Rooftop Films is proud to announce the lineup for their 15th Annual Summer Series, presented by IFC and New York Magazine, featuring:
+ Over 50 shows: every weekend from May 13th – August 20th
+ 23 feature-length films including 2 World Premieres and 15 US or NY Premieres
+ 183 short films from 26 countries, shown in themed programs such as Romance Shorts, Thriller Shorts, and New York Non-Fiction
+ Fiction, documentary, comedy, drama, animation and more
+ 15 spectacular outdoor venues with stunning views across Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens & The Bronx
+ Live music, filmmaker Q&As, and after parties with complimentary drinks
+ Special events such as a live wrestling match at the screening of Robert Green’s Fake it So Real, featuring the semi-pro wrestlers from that film, and a sneak attack performance by the musical guerillas from the Swedish comedy The Sound of Noise
+ An expected 30,000 attendees
The 2011 Summer Series will begin on Friday, May 13th on the roof of the New Design High School in the Lower East Side and continue with screenings throughout the city every weekend through August 20.
Although Rooftop Films has continued to experience remarkable growth since their initial single screening on the roof of founder Mark Elijah Rosenberg’s tenement building in 1997, their focus remains on leveraging their grassroots popularity to bring out big crowds and shine a spotlight on new independent films that might otherwise never get the attention they deserve.
“15 years ago, screening films only available on 16mm prints, the problem was accessibility,” says Rosenberg, Rooftop’s Artistic Director. “Today, technology has made production and distribution available for thousands of films; the problem is getting people to watch them. Rooftop’s model builds a community around the world’s best independent films.”
Acting as innovators and leading an event-based marketing revolution, Rooftop Films has helped enable the success of many of alumni, including the films Wasteland, Trouble the Water, Holy Rollers, Winnebago Man, and numerous others. In addition, through their Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund, they are helping more powerful, understated films not only be seen, but made; films such as Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund Grantee Martha Marcy May Marlene, which went on to win Sean Durkin best director at Sundance and a distribution deal with Fox Searchlight Pictures.
However, the popularity and longevity of Rooftop Films comes primarily from the fact that their events take audiences beyond the average multi-plex movie going experience. This year is no different.
Rooftop Program Director Dan Nuxoll adds, “Outdoor film screenings are always special, but we strive to go one step further, to create unforgettable and meaningful events. We are really excited to continue that tradition in 2011 with some really remarkable shows, especially our screening of Robert Greene’s Fake It So Real, about a ragtag group of semi-professional wrestlers from North Carolina. For that show we’ll include a live wrestling match featuring a battle royale between the subjects from the film. We’ll also be screening Jarred Alterman’s documentary Convento, about the Dutch kinetic artist, Christiaan Zwankikken, who makes amazing robots out of local dead wildlife. But instead of just showing the film, we will also fly in Christiaan and have him create an installation of his robots onsite.”