Rooftop Films Announces Schedule, Venues, and Ticket Sales for 19th annual Rooftop Films Summer Series


Rooftop Films is proud to announce its Opening Weekend, Features and select highlights of the 19th annual Rooftop Films Summer Series. This year’s series will feature over 40 outdoor screenings in 19 spectacular venues, with huge crowds, live music, special enhancements and the best in new, independent films from around the world.

Rooftop Films is a is a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization whose mission is to engage and inspire diverse communities by showing movies in outdoor locations, producing new films, teaching filmmaking to young people, and renting low-cost equipment to artists and non-profits. At Rooftop Films, they bring underground movies outdoors.

Rooftop Films Industry City

Rooftop Films Industry City

The Rooftop Films 2015 Summer Series of “Underground Movies Outdoors,” will run every weekend from May 29-August 22. Programming for the 2015 Summer Series includes feature-length films and programs of shorts, all new, all independent. Most of the feature films are either New York, US or World Premieres. Most screenings will include a filmmaker Q & A. Films represent a diverse range of documentaries, fiction, drama, comedy animation and more. We couple films with venues, and connect artists with audiences so that each event is unique and memorable.

Rooftop Films Brookfield Place. Photo Credit: Darial Sneed

Rooftop Films Brookfield Place. Photo Credit: Darial Sneed

The Series kick things off on Friday, May 29th, at the principal venue, Industry City, in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, with some of the greatest new short films from around the world. The event will include the New York premiere of David Sandberg’s highly anticipated and hilarious short film, Kung Fury, which raised $630,000 on Kickstarter and the trailer for which has racked up more than 10,000,000 views online. The following night, Saturday, May 30th, it moves to the roof of The Old American Can Factory, in Gowanus, Brooklyn, to present Bob Byington’s charming off-beat comedy, 7 Chinese Brothers, starring Jason Schwartzman as an irrepressible man-child attempting to pull his life together and win over his boss at the Quick-Lube. David Sandberg will be in attendance opening night, Bob Byington and Jason Schwartzman will be in attendance on May 30th, and both evenings will feature live music before each screening and a post-screening after party, featuring Signature Sponsor New Amsterdam Spirits. Tickets for both events are on sale now at Rooftop Films members are admitted free of charge. Memberships are available at

Rooftop Films - The Old American Can Factory.  Photo Credit: Irwin Seow

Rooftop Films – The Old American Can Factory. Photo Credit: Irwin Seow

It will continue throughout the summer with screenings each week in a variety of stellar outdoor locations. With live performances, audience interaction, and enhanced themed events at amazing venues, Rooftop turns each film screening into an unforgettable event.

Rooftop Films Summer Series. Photo Credit: Dillon DeWaters

Rooftop Films Summer Series. Photo Credit: Dillon DeWaters

The full feature film slate includes exceptional fiction films, such as Sean Baker’s warm-hearted yet riotously entertaining Tangerine; Trey Shults’ powerful SXSW-winning Krisha; Frank V. Ross’ delicately personal Bloomin’ Mud Shuffle; Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz’s bone-chilling psychological thriller Goodnight Mommy; and many more fantastic films, including Zachary Treitz’ Rooftop Films Edgeworx grantee Men Go To Battle, Joe Swanberg’s Digging for Fire, and more.

The Series will also highlight powerful, innovative and invigorating documentaries. This year’s slate includes non-fiction discoveries from all across the world: Crystal Moselle’s critically acclaimed The Wolfpack; Khalik Allah’s ground-breaking Field Niggas; Bryan Carberry and Clay Tweel’s wildly entertaining Finders Keepers; Jason ZeldesRomeo is Bleeding; Hao Zhou’s The Chinese Mayor; Ulrike Franke and Michael Loeken’s Divine Location; and many more great docs, including Welcome to Leith, Kings of the Wind and Electric Queens, Spartacus and Cassandra, and Sam Klemke’s Time Machine, just to name a few.

Rooftop Films Brooklyn Grange. Photo Credit: Irwin Seow

Rooftop Films Brooklyn Grange. Photo Credit: Irwin Seow

Rooftop Films Socrates Sculpture Park

Rooftop Films Socrates Sculpture Park

This summer, new editions of signature themed short film programs will return, including two Romantic Shorts screenings, a New York Non-Fiction program, two showcases of groundbreaking animation, and many big thrillers, comedies, docs and dramas in small packages.

This year’s series also includes a number of special events and partnerships including the annual South by South West – SXSW Weekend, a Sundance Short Film program, a Swedish Focus in partnership with the Swedish Film Institute, a presentation of The Skin Deep’s {The And} interactive event, and more special screenings to be announced soon.

All shows include live-music before the screenings and most include filmmaker Q&As and complementary after parties. The Summer Series will also include more than 13 programs of short films, and there will be additional feature films and special events announced shortly.

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. “The title comes from a famous analysis of slave hierarchy and assimilation by Malcolm X, and photographer/filmmaker Khalik Allah is determined to pay tribute to people who are easily dehumanized in contemporary culture. Hanging around the infamous corner of 125th and Lexington in Harlem on a series of summer nights, Allah engages a wide variety of people who regularly inhabit the area and some who are just passing through. Concentrating on one corner in a tough city neighborhood reminds one of David Simon and Ed Burns’ reporting that resulted in the book The Corner, and the acclaimed HBO series that was adapted from it, and once again a powerful work of art emerges from an urban corner.” (by Jed Dietz)

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 its 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.