This is a part of an incredible New York initiative, SOLAR ONE, that encourages New Yorkers to become more environmentally aware and sponsors programs in green engergy, arts, and education. A part of the arts arm of SOLAR ONE is the city's first completely solar powered theater, which is located outside in beautiful, sustainable Stuyvesant Cove Park (23rd St. and the East River) and Sunday summer movies are FREE. This Sunday, beginning at 9pm, is the 1997 anime, Princess Mononoke (read below). I'm going. Who'se coming with me?

August 27, 2006
Princess Mononoke
(1997, 134 mins)
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

With an introduction by Claire Danes.
Mature in theme, operatic in scope, mystical in style, Princess Mononoke is the mythological tale of a war between encroaching civilization and the beast gods of the forest. In a remote mountain village far away in Northern Japan, the young warrior Ashitaka, is forced to kill a monster to protect his village. Too late, he discovers that the boar-like creature he killed is a protector-god of the forest. In killing the demon boar, Ashitaka has brought upon himself a curse, its sign: a twisted scar on his right forearm that is slowly spreading.

Ashitaka journeys to the land of the Tatara clan where he hopes to uncover the mystery of the curse before it takes his young life. Along the way, he becomes involved in the bitter fight between two warring factions of humans and a race of forest-gods trapped in the middle.

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