Nathalie Charles, Program Officer for the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York currently directs the Films on the Green Festival, an annual summer film festival that features free French films throughout various NYC parks. The festival is a rampant success - for many, it is a distinctive component of their summers in New York City – the perfect bridge of French culture and American society.
Since 2008, when Nathalie became the Officer for Films on the Green, the festival has expanded long beyond the cozy community gardens of the East Village and Morningside Heights. The Festival now takes place in over 5 parks in New York City, including an opening screening in Central Park, which then moves on to Washington Square and on to the other areas of the City.
Films on the Green on the Steps of the Columbia University Library
Films on the Green is a model for the adapted versions which have now sprung, including some expected festivals in Boston, Miami, Burlington Vt., and Washington DC.
The success of Films on the Green is largely due to the undivided commitment of Nathalie Charles to organically expand the festival to its full potential. It’s just in her nature to continue developing what she establishes – as a 14 year old, Nathalie first came to the United States to Mississippi on a family trip, and then again at 17 through an exchange program. She fell in love with the country, repeatedly seeking and successfully securing opportunities to return - first through volunteer opportunities, and after completing her degree in Arts Administration, returning to work for the Délégation Générale des Alliances Françaises in Washington DC.
With experience in various film-related jobs, including working events at the Cannes Film Festival, Nathalie couldn’t be a better fit for Films on the Green. Without a doubt, New York is very fortunate to have her. Next up: an international Films on the Green?