Lights! Camera! Action! Carnegie Hill Neighbors Launches First Film Fete at Historic UES Sites

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Lights! Camera! Action! Carnegie Hill Neighbors

Launches First Film Fete at Historic UES Sites

Sept. 21 to Sept. 23 – and The Seats are Free


Our latest Film Fete sponsor, Gumley Haft is so excited about being involved they’ve released their own press release!


UPDATE: This event has now passed. We look forward to your attendance at our Film Fete next year.


New York — Carnegie Hill Neighbors (CHN), that veritable fount of activities in the Upper East Side, has come up with an entertaining idea to get the neighbors together of every age. While the organization is known for mobilizing volunteers to participate in beautification efforts for cleaner streets and green areas, this time the group is creating a cultural event that is New York to its core.

Blending its efforts for historic preservation with New York’s status as an East Coast Hollywood, the first CHN Film Fete will launch on the weekend of Friday, Sept. 21st to Sunday, 23rd. CHN Film Fete, like a mini-film festival uptown, combines free screenings along with the treat of viewing the films in some of the true architectural gems of the area. Some venues were used as film locations.

Like every film festival, opening night includes a cocktail party. This one is in the Fabbri Mansion, with the screening in the Library, built in Italy in 1598 and transported to New York in 1916 when the mansion was built. All that is necessary to see the interior is to make a  reservation at Eventbrite. See below.

Carnegie Hill being a virtual back lot of creative talents, CHN gathered together TV, film, and theater professionals, as well as preservationists, to serve on the CHN Film Fete Advisory Board and help plan the event.

It’s now ready to kick-off with a program to appeal to adults and children. Including suspense (Ransom), animals with a funny bone (Mr. Poppers Penguins), and romance (84 Charing Cross Road), the new CHN Film Fete has some extras at each event, from High Tea to a walking tour of film locations.

As the property management company for several buildings in Carnegie Hill, Daniel Wollman, chief executive officer, Gumley Haft, congratulates CHN for taking this step into the spotlight. He says, “With productions filming at authentic locations in New York to tell stories, the new CHN Film Fete is a terrific idea. We look forward to seeing it expand in the future.”

The program is as follows:

  • Friday, Sept. 21st: Date Night at the Fabbri

Location: The Fabbri Mansion Library, 7 East 95th Street

6:00 p.m. Cocktails

7:00 p.m. Screening

Film: Ransom (1996), dir. Ron Howard, with Mel Gibson, Gary Sinise, and Rene Russo.  Several scenes of this suspenseful thriller were shot in the Fabbri Mansion Library. Also known as The House of the Redeemer, it is currently a non-denominational retreat house. Find out more here:


  • Saturday, Sept. 22nd: Family Day

Location: Wetherby-Pembridge School, 7 East 96th Street

4:00 p.m. Screening

Film: Mr. Popper’s Penguins (2011), dir. Mark Waters, with Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino, Angela Lansbury

While the kids watch this G-rated movie, parents can tour Wetherby-Pembridge and hear how this recent UK transplant is collaborating with CHN on local green initiatives. Refreshments.

  • Sunday, Sept. 23rd: High Tea and Walking Tour

2:00 p.m. Screening

Film: 84 Charing Cross Road (1987), dir. David Jones, with Anthony Hopkins, Anne Bancroft and Judi Dench.


Church of the Heavenly Rest, Fifth Avenue and 90th Street at 1085 Fifth Avenue

Post-Screening: Take a Tour

Join a cinematic walking tour featuring Carnegie Hill locations, led by Cole Smithey, film critic and historian, who develops walking tours of Carnegie Hill along Museum Mile; and Lo van der Valk, president of Carnegie Hill Neighbors.

CHN Film Fete Co-Chairs:

Christin Belcher has worked in news media and business development at Time, Inc. She recently signed a multi-book deal with Kensington Publishers, debuting in July 2019.

Francesca Olivieri has worked for Jim Henson Productions, the Voyager Company, Time Warner Electronic Publishing, and IBM. She is a director at Golden Seeds.

CHN Film Fete Advisory Board:

Matthew Coody is development manager for the Historic House Trust of New York City and was formerly executive director of The New York Preservation Archive Project, a CHN community partner.

Eric Drath is a two-time Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, 30 for 30/ESPN Films

Yael Melamede is an internationally recognized documentary filmmaker, and co-founder of Salty Features productions. Emmy Award as executive producer, When I Walk/P.O.V.

Mark Shanahan is a theater actor and director, and teaches Film Studies at Fordham and Pace Universities.

Cole Smithey is a film critic and historian. Cole developed “Fifth and Park,” a film and fiction walking tour of Carnegie Hill along Museum Mile.

Chris White is executive producer for P.O.V., the award-winning documentary series on PBS, as well as American Reframed, in partnership with WGBH World Channel

Debi Wisch is a principal of Hot & Sunny Productions. Her most recent production includes The Price of Everything (nom. Grand Jury Prize, Sundance). She also produced Lisa Vreeland’s new film, Love, Cecil, about the costume designer Cecil Beaton.