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All photos Edu Bayer/BBQ Films
All photos Edu Bayer/BBQ Films

Gabriel and Lauren Rhoads never thought their love for film and entertaining guests would attract the likes of SONY.

Gabriel and his wife, residents of the Jackson Heights area, are co-founders of BBQ Films. BBQ Films is an event production company that provides a platform for a new type of film experience. They call it transportative cinema.

Last Saturday, June 11, BBQ films tied up their “Ghostbusters” interactive film experience in a rented five-room warehouse in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In light of the release of the series reboot this summer, the place was stocked with ectoplasm, spooky furniture and ghostbusters in full uniform. The Rhoads place an emphasis on authenticity and hospitality.

“When you walk in these doors, you walk into a world where ghosts are actually real,” Gabriel said, “where all of these people that you see dressed in brown jumpsuits are actually a paranormal public utility because ghosts are real and we need to bust ghosts … It’s silly, it’s fun, it doesn’t take itself too seriously. You can believe it within those walls and that’s something that’s a real pleasure.”

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BBQ films recruited fans country-wide to help rid the city of ghosts.

Lauren said that the success of their five-day paranormal experience was a collaboration with “the Ghostbusters franchises [which] have showed up too; their hospitality is in their blood. And they’ve been amazing just to have [been] involved, helping us out for this whole run.”

BBQ Films got its start on the rooftop of the Rhoads’ former apartment in Spanish Harlem. They invited friends over, fired up the grill and projected movies for their guests to enjoy. Since then, their audience has gotten larger and their parties more elaborate.

The film crew is comprised of 250 volunteers that are as dedicated to recreating authenticity as the founders are.

The film crew is comprised of 250 volunteers who are as dedicated to recreating authenticity as the founders are.

No more BBQ, but food, cocktails, and fun are guaranteed!

Instead of watching a movie, engage in it. Visit their website to experience a film outside the confines of a mundane movie theater. Expect their next project in late July!

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