Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage

SummerStage: Valerie June + Shorts

Sun Sep 12 5:00 PM

The Films

More Happiness

Livia Huang | US | 13

In a late night conversation, a daughter asks her mother how to be a person. As they talk, the woman thinks of an old lover. Seasons change and memories accumulate without relief.

The Criminals (Les Criminels)

Serhat Karaaslan | France, Romania, Turkey | 24

Late at night in a small Turkish town, a young couple tries to find a hotel room to spend the night together. They are rejected from all hotels for not having a marriage certificate. Once they believe they’ve found a trick to use, the situation gets out of hand.

To Know Her (母 • 緣)

Natalie A. Chao | US, Hong Kong | 15

I will never forget the first time I found my mother’s wedding video. There she was, in her wedding dress, the camcorder held close to her veil. A pan to her parents—who sit there stoically by the hotel room window—then a quick pan back to the mirror. I’ve never seen her do a self-portrait, she passed away before selfies, and in these 3 small seconds I felt her presence. I replay that part, over and over. It’s her! Holding a camera. Capturing, loving, feeling. I can only hold onto her image—but what separates us except time and space? That is the question that has been haunting me ever since.


Valerie June

Tennessee-born and Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Valerie June, a SummerStage alumna, has been recording and performing since she was 19 years old, climbing from Memphis coffee houses to national TV performances and getting name-checked by Bob Dylan. Her latest album The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers weaves a tapestry of folk, soul, gospel, country, blues, psychedelia, and symphonic pop, performed by an eclectic lineup of musicians with a dizzying palette of instruments (flute and banjo, mbira and Mellotron, saxophone and synth) absorbed in free-flowing experimentation.

Event Details

5:00 PM
Doors Open
6:00 PM
Short Films Begin
7:00 PM
Performance Begins


Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage in Central Park

Rumsey Playfield (accessible via the 5th Avenue and 69th Street entrance to Central Park)

venue on Google Map

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