Summertime here in New York brings with it the Rooftop Films event, taking place this year from May 19th through August 19th, and featuring more than 45 outdoor screenings across 10 locations. The events also feature live music and social-gatherings, all while showcasing independent and feature films from around the world.
This year will begin with “This is What We Mean by Short Films,” a collection of short films of the past year. The screening will take place on the roof of The Old American Can Factory, in Gowanus, Brooklyn. The following night, Saturday, May 20th Rooftop will present a sneak preview screening of Zoe Lister-Jones’ 2017 Sundance indie hit, “Band Aid,” free and outdoors at House of Vans in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Starring Lister-Jones, Adam Pally (“The Mindy Project”), and Fred Armisen (“Portlandia”), the film tells the story of a couple attempting to piece their marriage back together by turning their fights into indie rock lyrics. The cast will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A followed by a live performance from their on-screen band. “Band Aid” opens in theaters June 2nd, courtesy of IFC Films.
Rooftop films will also present a preview screening of Michael Showalter’s new comedy, “The Big Sick,” starring and co-written by Kumail Nanjiani. This will be ahead of the film’s June 23rd theatrical release. Also screening at the event will be “Rough Night,” starring Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, and Zoë Kravitz. Writer, director, and star Noël Wells’ Austin-based feature film debut “Mr. Roosevelt” will screen, as well as Jessica Williams’ “The Incredible Jessica James”.
The festival, in partnership with NEON, welcomes back Rooftop Films Piper-Heidsieck Feature Film Grant winner, Ana Lily Amirpour, with an exclusive screening of her new film, “The Bad Batch,” at the House of Vans in Greenpoint. Also returning is Joshua Z Weinstein with his Brooklyn-based, Rooftop/Brigade Festival Publicity Grant winning Menashe and Lauren Wolkstein and Christopher Radcliffe with “The Strange Ones”.
Of course this only a sampling of the 40+ films that will be hitting the festival this year. Interested attendees can checkout the event’s official website for a full-list of films and guests that will be in attendance. Tickets for select 2017 Summer Series shows are now an sale. For first-access to events, memberships are available at rooftopfilms.com/membership .