Sunday, May 17, 2015

Rooftop Films Announces Schedule, Venues, and Ticket Sales

Rooftop Films Announces Schedule, Venues, and Ticket Sales 

(Mya Taylor and Kitana Kiki Rodriguez in Sean Baker's TANGERINE)



Official dates and locations for the 2015 Summer Series have been announced and tickets are now on sale online.




ALL SHOW DETAILS (unless otherwise noted)


8:00PM Doors Open

8:30PM Live Music

9:00PM Film Begins

11:00PM After-party


$15 online or at the door (select shows free) includes live music, film and after-parties.


In the event of rain, screenings are indoors at the same location. Select shows have rain dates.




Friday, May 29th

On the Rooftops of Industry City, 220 36th Street, Sunset Park

This is What We Mean by Short Films 

OPENING NIGHT! Rooftop launches our 19th year with spectacular short films about cinematic escapes. 

FILMS: All Your Favorite Shows! (Danny Madden); La Nuit Américaine d'Angélique (Pierre-Emmanuel Lyet & Joris Clerté); Actor Seeks Role (Michael Tyburski); Butter Ya'Self (Julian Petschek); The Land (Erin Davis); Lesley the Pony Has an A+ Day! (Christian Larrave); Kung Fury (David Sandberg); Thank Ewe (Keith Wilson).


Saturday, May 30th

Old American Can Factory, 232 3rd Street, Gowanus

7 Chinese Brothers (Bob Byington) 

Bob Byington’s latest hangdog comedy, starring Jason Schwartzman and his trusty sidekick, Arrow.


Thursday, June 4th – (FREE SHOW)

Metrotech Commons, Downtown Brooklyn

Sundance Film Festival Shorts

Highlights from Sundance 2015 include wild, weird and wonderful short films.

FILMS: Palm Rot (Ryan Gillis); The Face of Ukraine (Kitty Green); Papa Machete (Jonathan David Kane); Mynarski Death Plummet (Matthew Rankin); Volta (Stella Kyriakopoulos); Pop-Up Porno: m4m (Stephen Dunn); Mulignans (Shaka King); Myrna the Monster (Ian Samuels); Storm Hits Jacket (Paul Cabon). 


Friday, June 5th

Old American Can Factory, Gowanus

Spartacus & Cassandra (Ioanis Nuguet)

An intimate cinematic portrait of two Roma children forced to become their parents’ parents.


Saturday, June 6th

Industry City, Sunset Park

The Wolfpack (Crystal Moselle)

Brothers locked away from society find a window to the outside through their love of film. Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.


Wednesday, June 10th

Solar One, Kips Bay

Desperate Measures: Short, Spellbinding Mysteries

Uncanny short films about images that burn into our minds and stain our brains.

FILMS: Nugget (Sara Salovaara); Gun Shy (Sam Goetz); The Breath (Fabian Kaiser); Teeth (Tom Brown & Daniel Gray); Slope Park (Dudi Dorham); Sea Devil (Dean Marcial & Brett Potter); Unicorn (Grace Nayoon Rhee); A Million Miles Away (Jennifer Reeder).


Friday, June 12th

Old American Can Factory, Gowanus

Welcome to Leith (Michael Beach Nichols & Christopher K. Walker)

Aryan militants invade a small North Dakota town. The town fights back. 


Saturday, June 13th

Industry City, Sunset Park

Love Comes Later: Romantic Short Films

These strangely funny, lovingly sexy, romantic short films are sure to turn you on (to something).

FILMS: My Baby 8L3W (Neozoon); Bottom Feeders (Matt Reynolds); Pop-Up Porno: m4f (Stephen Dunn); SMILF (Frankie Shaw); Brontosaurus (Robert Putka); Prends Moi (Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette & André Turpin); Heartless (Nara Normande & Tião); Serenity (Jack Dunphy); Cutaway (Kazik Radwanski); Pop-Up Porno: f4m (Stephen Dunn); AND A SECRET SNEAK PREVIEW FILM.


Wednesday, June 17th – (FREE SHOW)

Elevated Acre, Financial District

High Jinks: Short Pranks on the Elevated Acre

Playful short films about games and pranks. Part of the Water Street “Game On” program.

FILMS: Applied Metacinema (Nieto); Spearhunter (Adam Roffman & Luke Poling); Calls to Okies: The Park Grubbs Story (Ben Steinbauer & Bradley Beesley); Unhittable: Sidd Finch and the Tibetan Fastball; (Peter Sillen); everything & everything & everything (Alberto Roldán); Migrash Mishakim (Dan Bogoslavsky); Interior. Family. (Esteve Soler).


Friday, June 19th

Industry City, Sunset Park

New York Non-Fiction 

It’s your city. Take a Look.

FILMS: Call of Duty (Matt Lenski); Hopkins & Delaney LLP (Sean Buckelew); Manhattan One Two Three Four (Tomonari Nishikawa); The Sucklord (Joey Garfield); Videos of Strange Caliber (Josh Freed); Eric, Winter to Spring (Danya Abt); Half-Sour (Sean McGing, & Mary Ann Rothberg); Buffalo Juggalos (Scott Cummings); Stop (Reinaldo Marcus Green).


Saturday, June 20th

Industry City, Sunset Park

Dark Toons

Bizarre, poetic, animated shorts featuring surreal worlds and surprising twists and turns. 

FILMS: Cruising (Zachary Zezima); Démontable (Douwe Dijkstra); Jiro Visits the Dentist (Gina Kamentsky); TORO (Lynn Kim); Day 40 (Sol Friedman); Upon the Rock (James Bascara); Sun Elephant (Peter Millard); A Horse Throat (David Barlow-Krelina); Sports (Brian Smee);Canis Marc Riba & Anna Solanas; Color Neutral (Jennifer Reeves); Small People With Hats (Sarina Nihei); Pond (Josh Shaffner); Dead Dog (Hannah Jacobs); OM Rider (Takeshi Murata).


Friday, June 26th

Old American Can Factory, Gowanus

Sam Klemke’s Time Machine (Matthew Bate)

A free-wheeling and non-fiction portrait of an extra-ordinary nobody, 35 years in the making.  


Thursday, July 2nd

Trilok Fusion Center for Arts, Clinton Hill

It Seemed So Real: Documentary Shorts

A program of dazzling documentaries that challenge our understanding of every observation.

FILMS: Sound of a Million Insects, Light of a Thousand Stars (Tomonari Nishikawa): Lopapeysa (David Scott Kessler); On The Spot: Gaza - Chronicles of a Conflict (Eszter Cseke & Andras S. Takacs);Starting Point (Michał Szcześniak); Bär (Pascal Flörks).


Friday, July 3rd

Location TBA

Men Go To Battle (Zachary Treitz)

A Civil War epic of intimate proportions, written & directed by Rooftop Film Fund Grantees. 


PRECEDED BY American Renaissance (Jarred Alterman & Ryan Scafuro)

Explore the fantastic world of Elizabethan England... in a small town in upstate New York. 


Tuesday, July 7th

Location TBA

Tangerine (Sean Baker)

The riotous Christmas tale of a transgender prostitute searching for the pimp that broke her heart. Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.


Friday, July 10th

Old American Can Factory, Gowanus

Bloomin’ Mud Shuffle (Frank V. Ross)

A charming drama about a housepainter in love from one of the Midwest’s finest indie auteurs. 


PRECEDED BY Meat (Michael Forstein)

Desperate for work, Darren agrees to a one day trial as a door to door meat salesman.


Saturday, July 11th

Industry City, Sunset Park

Romeo is Bleeding (Jason Zeldes)

In downtrodden region of Northern California, the youth of a city mount an urban adaptation of Romeo and Juliet.


Friday, July 17th – (FREE SHOW)

Metrotech Commons, Downtown Brooklyn

Field Niggas (Khalik Allah)

A visceral documentary captures the inhabitants and sultry streets of Harlem in mid-summer.


PRECEDED BY Santa Cruz del Isolte (Luke Lorentzen)

A community of about 600 people live on one of the most densely populated islands in the world; a way of life that can no longer continue with ease.


Saturday, July 18th

Old American Can Factory, Gowanus

The Chinese Mayor (Hao Zhou)

The fascinating life of a bureaucrat restoring ancient ruins at the expense of his own career. 


Friday, July 24th

Industry City, Sunset Park

{THE AND} Game Live Experience (THE SKIN DEEP)

An interactive social experiment that explores the labyrinths of human intimacy.


{THE AND} Marcela & Rock (THE SKIN DEEP)

A short documentary that brings the viewer into the emotional space of a modern day relationship. 


Saturday, July 25th

Industry City, Sunset Park

First Comes Love: Romantic Short Films

Romantic short films about heartbreak, foolish devotion, and the ephemeral flash of love.

FILMS: Minor Monuments (Joe Kowalski & Zoe Logan); Nena (Alauda Ruiz de Azúa); Fifteen (Maurilio Martins); Gary Has an AIDS Scare (Joe Callander); She Walks (Victoria Visco); My Gal, Rosemarie (Jason Tippet); Feelings (Hannah Jacobs).


Wednesday, July 29th – (FREE SHOW)

Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City
Kings of the Wind & Electric Queens (Cédric Dupire & Gaspard Kuentz)

A compelling and hypnotic glimpse into one of India’s wildest carnivals.


PRECEDED BY The Golden Legend (Olivier Smolders)

Collector of cursed musicians, unreasonable murderers, fairground freaks, paranoid revolutionaries, flatulists and suicidal hermits, a psychiatric patient presents a gallery of the historic figures he is haunted by.


Thursday, July 30th – (FREE SHOW)

Brookfield Place, Financial District

Animation Block Party

Rooftop Films is proud to co-present the opening night of Animation Block Party, the premier animation festival on the East Coast, dedicated to exhibiting all genres of the world's best independent, professional and student animation. 



Saturday, August 8th

Location TBA

Divine Location (Michael Loeken & Ulrike Franke)

A subtly delightful comic portrait of a small German town undergoing huge changes.


Saturday, August 15th

Industry City, Sunset Park

Finders Keepers (Bryan Carberry & Clay Tweel)

A man finds a dismembered foot in an auctioned meat smoker. Then things get strange. Courtesy of The Orchard.


Tuesday, August 18th

Industry City, Sunset Park

Digging for Fire (Joe Swanberg)

Jake Johnson digs for answers in Joe Swanberg’s latest indie-star-studded drama. Courtesy of The Orchard. 


Saturday August 22nd

Industry City, Sunset Park

Rooftop Shots

CLOSING NIGHT! Rooftop concludes our 19th year with stunning short films about saying goodbye.

FILMS: Kukka & Hauta (Tomi Malkki); Blobby (Laura Stewart); Sleepers' Beat (Anastasia Kirillova); We Will Stay In Touch About It (Jan Zabeil); Bloedhond (Mees Peijnenburg); Last Base (Aslak Danbolt); Le Mal du Citron (Jeremy Rosenstein & Kaspar Schiltknecht); Sleeping Giant (Andrew Cividino).




Goodnight Mommy (Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz)

A bone-chilling Austrian thriller about two young boys and their mysteriously altered mother. Courtesy of RADiUS-TWC.


Krisha (Trey Shults)

Rooftop grantee Trey Shults’ daring, SXSW-winning drama about a family on the brink