Friends and Fans! We Made It!
Thanks to everyone who's supported us! so far, we've raised over $10,000! The campaign ends tonight! Every extra dollar we raise will help us make our events bigger and better for you! With extra funds raised you can help us bring filmmakers to screenings, book more bands, buy bigger screens & make every event a memorable one!
What do roving gangs of dominatrices, female Iranian vampires, and drug-dealing pony-pimps have in common?
They’re all part of the 18th Annual Rooftop Films Summer
Get ready to experience some of the most outstanding films of the year in the most unique and exiting venues imaginable: dotting the rooftops and scenic spots of the greatest city in the world.
Now, what could make this even more exciting for passionate filmgoers? How about saving a ton of money while helping to support a grassroots arts movement?
As a non-profit organization, ticket sales from our screenings account for less than 15% of our overall budget. Without the income generated through annual memberships and donations from our biggest fans, Rooftop Films can’t continue to grow and bring the best of independent filmmaking to the rooftops, parks, beaches and waterways near you.
That is why we are asking you to join the biggest show in town this summer. Donate to Rooftop Films and receive your membership, plus Rooftop Films limited edition posters, totes & mugs; an official poster from Filmmakers Fund Grantee Blue Ruin (Jeremy Saulnier) and much more!
Donate and become a member today and you get free access to every regularly priced Rooftop Films event in 2014. If you bought all those tickets individually, that would cost more than $500 per member! However, donating and receiving your membership today gets you access to more than 45 outdoor events for just $75
All about the 2014 Summer Series
Bigger and better than ever before, the 18th Summer Series kicks off Friday, May 16th at Industry City in Sunset Park, Brooklyn with a brand new slate of the most talked about short films from local and international filmmakers, followed by a special sneak preview of Gillian Robespierre’s upcoming A24 release, Obvious Child on Saturday, May 17th.
2014 will be our biggest season ever and feature more than 45 outdoor screenings of over 120 films (including dozens of New York, International, and World Premieres - with filmmakers in attendance) bringing you the best in cutting edge, independent, and foreign films, each screened against the breathtaking backdrop of New York’s iconic skyline. Each night is carefully curated to shake-up the status quo and re-define what it means to “go to the movies” in your community.
Beyond just film screenings, this summer will include exclusive sets by well-known international musicians, mushroom hunting on the world’s largest rooftop soil farm, live competitive ping-pong tournaments, and raucous drag queen performances.
2014 Summer Series Highlights
The One I Love starring Elizabeth Moss and Mark Duplass. A married couple on the brink of separation escapes to a beautiful vacation house for a weekend getaway in an attempt to salvage what’s left of their relationship. That’s about where normalcy ends in this highly original, dizzyingly bizarre directorial debut from acclaimed author Charlie McDowell. Courtesy of Radius-TWC.
Director, writer and future Girls cast member Desiree Akhavan’s feature film debut Appropriate Behavior. Shirin is struggling to become an ideal Persian daughter, politically correct bisexual and hip young Brooklynite but fails miserably in her attempt at all identities. Being without a cliché to hold onto can be a lonely experience.
Special Sneak Preview of A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.
A mysterious female vampire haunts an Iranian ghost town and falls for one of its alienated locals in this fantastical black-and-white romance. Produced by Elijah Wood, the Sundance-acclaimed title is a daring, original take on the genre.
“You've Never Seen a Vampire Movie Like the Beautiful, Touching 'A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” - Indiewire
Cold in July, Sundance hit and Indiewire Summer Must See Cold in July is making a stop at Rooftop Films on its way to Cannes Director’s Fortnight. Dexter & Six Feet Under star Michael C. Hall heads to the big screen alongside Sam Shepard in Jim Mickle’s gritty revenge thriller.
Five Star, Rooftop Filmmakers Fund Grantee Keith Miller’s Tribeca Film Festival Award winning feature! In a blend of fiction and reality, Five Star explores the relationship between two men - Primo, a five star general in the Bloods, and John, a young man trying to decide whether gang life is the path for him. As Primo mentors John in the workings of the gang world, a secret threatens both men's futures.
A special sneak preview of Joe Swanberg’s latest feature, Happy Christmas. Anna Kendrick stars as a newly single woman who crashes with her brother and wreaks havoc on his household in Joe Swanberg’s delicate comedy, which also features energetic turns by Melanie Lynskey and Lena Dunham. Courtesy of Magnolia Films.
She’s Lost Control comes to Rooftop following a world premiere at Berlinale and US Premiere at SXSW. Focusing on the life of a sex surrogate working in Manhattan, Anja Marquardt’s impressively assured directorial debut casts a penetrating gaze on the complexities of professional intimacy. Part of Rooftop Films SXSW Weekend.
10,000 KM stars Natalie Tena and David Verdaguer won SXSW’s Special Jury Recognition for Best Acting Duo, screening as part of our SXSW Weekend. Separated by 10,000 kilometers, Alexandra and Sergi must rely on virtual communication to keep the flame of their relationship alive. But with their realities no longer shared and the touch of one another gone, the technology that has supposedly brought the world closer together may just tear them apart.
In The Trip To Italy, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon reprise their roles as themselves in this follow-up to the acclaimed The Trip in yet another off-the-cuff food adventure. Six meals in six different places on a road trip around Italy. Liguria, Tuscany, Rome, Amalfi and ending in Capri. Courtesy of IFC Films.
Adam Newport-Berra’s Thanksgiving: a film about love and bad behavior, featuring Kate Lyn Sheil and Reggie Watts! Alex & Amy are the perfect Brooklyn couple. They have a cat, a Thanksgiving table of bohemian friends, and a glowing future together. Yet the sudden holiday appearance of Amy’s mysterious brother Will quickly disrupts their idyllic lifestyle and calls into question what we’re truly “thankful” for.
Pulp: A Film About Live, Death & Supermarkets. The title speaks for itself! One of the greatest bands to come out of the ‘90s is captured in this intimate and imaginative documentary, structured around Pulp’s final concert in their hometown of Sheffield. Pulp is a music-film like no other – at once a concert film, a nostalgic look back at an iconic band, and a thoughtful and sweetly charming tribute to the hometown fans that fell in love with them. Courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories.
Over 100 short films from filmmakers around the world!
Rooftop Films began as a single night of short films on an East Village roof (and lead to founder Mark Elijah Rosenberg’s fortuitous eviction). This season we will present 120 shorts in over a dozen programs curated to compliment the theme and spirit of the films.As always, the program will showcase some of the best, most innovative short films by independent filmmakers around the world.
What We Need & What You Get
Rooftop Films is all about getting big things done with the resources available at hand, so we know the value of a dollar. For that reason, we wouldn’t ask for your help without offering a lot in return:
· ACCESS TO THE HOTTEST INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS IN THE WORLD: Rooftop Members get to mingle with the filmmakers and actors at the premieres and sneak previews of such films as The One I Love (starring Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss), The Trip To Italy (starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon), Happy Christmas (starring Anna Kendrick and Lena Dunham), Cold In July (starring Michael C. Hall), and many more breakthrough independent films.
· GUARANTEED ENTRY TO THE COOLEST SECRET SITES IN THE CITY: Not only are we bringing back our favorite venues from years past (atop the gothic architecture of the Old American Can Factory in Gowanus; amidst the bustling hub of Downtown Brooklyn at Metrotech Commons; the waterside grandeur of Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City), we also have exciting new venues to explore this year. We’ll travel back to the Industrial heyday on the old factory rooftops of Industry City, Sunset Park. We’ll explore the majesty of nature on the largest rooftop farm in the world.
Join A Growing Community of Artists and Art Lovers
Started on a rooftop 18 years ago by Brooklyn filmmakers and their friends, Rooftop Films accomplishes a great deal with a small, passionate staff. Our mission as a non-profit organization means that every penny we earn goes back into the Rooftop community and towards providing a quality experience for our growing audience and loyal members. Central to our mission is the popular idea that all people should have equal access to the arts, and so we keep these shows and these experiences accessible to all. Every year we strive to keep our screening fees and admission prices as low as possible for our ticketed events for just this reason.
“I’m really, really honored to have my film being screened as part of this Summer Series,” says writer/director Adam Newport-Berra, whose film Thanksgiving will have its World Premiere during the 2014 Summer Series. “I remember one of my first experiences at a film festival was on a rooftop in New York City. This atmosphere gets you out of those dark, stuffy rooms and gets your communing with a lot of fellow filmmakers and artists. Rooftop Films is a grassroots organization from the ground up and I’m really proud to be a part of this Summer Series. I hope that you will donate any and all money that you have!”
The Impact of your support!
Rooftop Films is more than just a festival, and we do more than simply exhibit films. By supporting Rooftop you also help independent filmmakers in their artistic pursuits.
Your support also helps the Rooftop Filmmakers Fund, where Rooftop donates cash and services to help our alumni filmmakers to produce their latest films. Over the years, Rooftop has helped more than 100 filmmakers complete their films, including Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild), David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints), Lucy Walker (The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom), Shaka King (Newlyweeds), Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene) and Gillian Robespierre (Obvious Child).
Other Ways You Can Help
There’s so much going on at Rooftop Films this summer that we encourage you to check out our website at www.rooftopfilms.com, and learn more about how you can be a part of it all by becoming a member today. You can also like us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep up with the latest from Rooftop Films HQ!
THANKS! We'll see you this Summer!