Rooftop Films Announces 2016 Summer Series Lineup

Rooftop Films is happy to announce free movies, feature documentary and feature film line up for the summer of 2016. This year Rooftop will help produce over 30 free outdoor screenings, many of which are new, independent films– in partnership with Institutions Across New York City– that will screen as part of the 20th Annual Summer Series. Rooftop Films will also partner with multiple New York cultural institutions to screen new independent films along with classics and recent blockbuster hits.

Rooftop Films is a non-profit organization whose mission is to engage and inspire the diverse communities of New York City by showcasing the work of emerging filmmakers and musicians. In addition to their annual Summer Series – which takes place in unique outdoor venues every weekend throughout the summer – Rooftop provides grants to filmmakers, teaches media literacy and filmmaking to young people, rents equipment at low-cost to artists and non-profits, and produces new independent films.

Highlights include four events with lululemon athletica, including a sneak preview of Anna Rose Holmer‘s Sundance Film Festival hit and Rooftop Films/Brigade Marketing Grantee The Fits, a danceathon screening of Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat’s The Living Stars, a special silent screening of Patrick Shen’s In Pursuit of Silence, during which the audience will listen to the film on headphones, and a Cinema Ramble at Storm King Art Center with multiple screens set up across the park.

FEATURE DOCUMENTARIES (MORE FILMS, DATES AND VENUES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON)

The Bandit (Jesse Moss | USA | 82′)

Burt Reynolds and Hal Needham recount the strange, wild making of Smokey and the Bandit. Presented in Partnership with: CMT

Cameraperson (Kirsten Johnson | USA | 102′)

Cinematographer Kirsten Johnson’s deeply poetic memoir, culled from footage shot for other films. Presented in Partnership with: The Film Collaborative

Danny Brown Concert Documentary (Title TBA) (Andrew Cohn | USA)

An intimate, behind-the-scenes adventure with Detroit-rapper Danny Brown during a hometown show. Presented in partnership with: House of Vans

Don Juan (Jerzy Sladkowski | Sweden/Finland | 92′)

A 4-sided love triangle, complete with autism & neuroses in the Russian city Nizhny Novgorod. Presented in Partnership with: IDFA and Swedish Film Institute

Goodnight Brooklyn – The Story of Death by Audio (Matthew Conboy | USA | 82′)

The origins, influence and ultimate closure of one of Brooklyn’s best DIY music venues.

In Pursuit of Silence (Patrick Shen | USA | 81’)

A contemplative meditation that explores our relationship with silence, sound, and the impact of noise on our lives. The film will be presented as a special silent screening, with the audience listening to the film on headphones.

Life, Animated (Roger Ross Williams | USA | 91′)

A young man with autism discovers a way to make sense of world via classic Disney animated films. Presented in Partnership with: The Orchard, in theaters July 8

Los Punks: We Are All We Have (Angela Boatwright | USA | 79′)

All thrash, noise, and pits; meet the fans and bands of the thriving backyard punk scene in LA. Presented in partnership with: House of Vans

The Music of Strangers: Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (Morgan Neville | USA | 96′)

The extraordinary story of the renowned international musical collective which was created by famed cellist, Yo-Yo Ma. Presented in Partnership with The Orchard, in theaters June 10

Tickled (David Farrier & Dylan Reeve | New Zealand | 92′)

The shadowy world of competitive tickling is exposed in this stranger than fiction tale. Presented in Partnership with: Magnolia Pictures

Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru (Joe Berlinger | USA | 115′)

Go behind the scenes of renowned life and business strategist Tony Robbins in a revelatory cinema verite by renowned director Joe Berlinger. Presented in Partnership with: Netflix

FICTION FEATURE FILMS

Donald Cried (Kris Avedisian | USA | 85′)

Stranded in his hometown, a favor from Peter’s old friend becomes a long van ride into the past.

The Fits (Anna Rose Holmer | USA | 72′)

A tomboy’s desire for a dance team’s acceptance warps when its members fall prey to mysterious spasms. Presented in Partnership with: Oscilloscope Laboratories, in theaters June 3rd

Hunt For the Wilder People (Taika Waititi | New Zealand | 101′)

Raised on hip-hop and foster care, a defiant city kid starts new in the New Zealand countryside. Presented in Partnership with: The Orchard, in theaters June 24

Hunter Gatherer (Josh Locy | USA | 85′)

A darkly comic tale of unlikely friendship with an indelible central performance by Andre Royo.

In the Treetops (Matthew Brown | USA | 78′)

Driving all night, packed in a car, 5 high school friends avoid their final destination: home.

Jacqueline, Argentine (Bernardo Britto | USA | 87′)

A playfully mysterious whistle-blower comedy from Film Fund Grantee Bernardo Britto.

White Girl (Elizabeth Wood | USA | 88′)

A NYC college girl goes to wild extremes to get back her drug dealer boyfriend.

Presented in Partnership with: FilmRise and Netflix, in theaters this September

ROOFTOP FILMS 2016 FREE SUMMER PROGRAM:

Rooftop Films and Lululemon Athletica (Various Locations)

May 31 – Elevated Acre, Financial District, Manhattan

The Fits (Anna Rose Holmer)

A tomboy’s desire for a dance team’s acceptance warps when its members fall prey to mysterious spasms.

Presented in Partnership with: Oscilloscope Laboratories. In theaters June 3rd.

More Info: http://rooftopfilms.com/2016/schedule/the-fits

June 25 – Solar One, Kipps Bay, Manhattan

Living Stars (Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat)

Free screening. Free Dance Party! No script, no plot, just music and gyrating bodies. Living Stars is a sixty-minute dance party and everyone’s invited!

More Info: http://rooftopfilms.com/2016/schedule/living-stars

July 30 – Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place, Financial District, Manhattan

In Pursuit Of Silence (Patrick Shen)

A meditative exploration of our relationship with silence, sound, and the impact of noise on our lives.

More Info: http://rooftopfilms.com/2016/schedule/in-pursuit-of-silence

August 13 – Storm King Art Center, New Windsor, NY

CINEMA RAMBLE AT STORM KING ART CENTER

A special night of short films sited among the sculptures and meadows of the Storm King Art Center.

More Info: http://rooftopfilms.com/2016/schedule/cinema-ramble-at-storm-king-art-center

Rooftop Films and The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. All Screenings take place at Metrotech Commons, Downtown Brooklyn

June 10 – SUNDANCE SHORT FILMS

Highlights from Sundance 2016 include these wild, weird and wonderful short films.

More Info and film list: http://rooftopfilms.com/2016/schedule/sundance-short-films/

June 15 – TIES THAT BIND: SHORT FILMS ABOUT FAMILIES

Family, for better and for worse: the protagonists of these films are the people we wish our family would be and sometimes are.

More Info and film list: http://rooftopfilms.com/2016/schedule/ties-that-bind-short-films-about-families/

June 24 – DANGEROUS DOCS

Thrilling and unsettling and frighteningly true.

More Info and film list: http://rooftopfilms.com/2016/schedule/dangerous-docs-1/

Rooftop Films and Roosevelt Island. All Screenings take place at Firefighters’ Field, Roosevelt Island, Manhattan

June 11 – TERRITORY: SHORT FILMS ABOUT TURF WARS

Stories of the (sometimes) shared (sometimes) human space.

More Info and film list: http://rooftopfilms.com/2016/schedule/territory-short-films-about-turf-wars/

Rooftop Films and the River to River Festival. All Screenings take place at Liberty Plaza, Manhattan

June 22 – RIVER TO RIVER PRESENTS: OLGA BELL’S KRAI

Olga Bell’s Krai is an audio‐visual performance concerned with the rest of the map: the wilderness, the towns, the inhabitants and their stories. Presented by: The River to River Festival

More Info: http://rooftopfilms.com/2016/schedule/river-to-river-presents-krai/

Rooftop Films and Arts Brookfield. All Screenings take place at Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place, Financial District, Manhattan

July 28 – ANIMATION BLOCK PARTY

Experience some of the year’s best animated short films at the incomparable Animation Block Party!

More Info: http://rooftopfilms.com/2016/schedule/animation-block-party-3

July 30 – IN PURSUIT OF SILENCE (Patrick Shen)

A meditative exploration of our relationship with silence, sound, and the impact of noise on our lives.

More Info: http://rooftopfilms.com/2016/schedule/in-pursuit-of-silence

Rooftop Films and Outdoor Cinema at Socrates Sculpture Park, All Screenings take place at Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, Queens

July 20 – SONITA (Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami)

18-year-old rapper Sonita looks for a better life outside Iran in this complex and layered doc. Presented in partnership with Women Make Movies.

More Info: http://rooftopfilms.com/2016/schedule/sonita/

August 3 – GIRL ASLEEP (Rosemary Meyers)

Greta’s bubble of obscure loserdom is burst when her parents throw a surprise 15th birthday party with her whole school!

Presented in partnership with Oscilloscope Laboratories

More Info: http://rooftopfilms.com/2016/schedule/girl-asleep/

Rooftop Films and Coney Island Flicks on the Beach. All Screenings take place Mondays on the beach at West 10th Street. Dates TBA

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (J.J. Abrams)

Inside Out (Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen)

Avengers: Age Of Ultron (Joss Whedon)

Labyrinth (Jim Henson)

Creed (Ryan Coogler)

More info: http://www.coneyislandfunguide.com/Attraction/Coney-Island-Flicks-on-the-Beach.html