5/2/14

Rooftop Films Opening Weekend at Industry City

Tickets are now on sale for Rooftop Films' 2014 Opening Weekend.

The 18th Annual Rooftop Films Summer Series season opener on Friday, May 16 at Industry City, 39th Street and First Avenue in Sunset Park (D/N/ R to 36) features a program of exciting and original short films from around the world.

The press is invited.  Email Caitlin Hughes at Caitlin@BrigadeMarketing.com to RSVP.

Here's the adventurous short film program:
  • Bunda Pandeiro (Carlo Sampietro | 3’ will be at the screeing.) “Bunda Pandeiro” is Brazilian slang likening a nice behind to a tambourine. This race-and-gender-bending film turns the actors into musical instruments.
  • Rhino Full Throttle (Nashom im Galopp) (Erik Schmitt | 15’.) An imaginative love story about a young man who uses art to reshape the city around him in search of its soul, but a beautiful tourist overtakes his mission.
  • Symphony No. 42 (Réka Busci | 10’) 47. Observations on the irrational connections between humans and nature.
  • An Extraordinary Person (Quelqu'un d'Extraordinaire) (Monia Chokri | 28’.) A beautiful, socially-crippled 30-year-old scholar has an awkward confrontation with old acquaintances at a bachelorette party. Winner of SXSW Jury Prize.
  • Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared II: Time (Rooftop alums Becky Sloan, Joe Pelling | 4’.) Travel through directorial duo Becky and Joe’s existentialist universe of temporal confusion, TV guides and bath-time.
  • Afronauts (Rooftop alum Frances Bodomo | 13' will be in attendance.) On July 16, 1969, as America is preparing to launch Apollo 11, the Zambia Space Academy hopes to be the first on the moon.
  • Master Muscles (Efren Hernandez | 13’ will be in attendance.) Veronika and Efren take a trip.
  • Person To Person (Rooftop alum Dustin Guy Dega | 18’.)  A man discovers a stranger passed out on his floor after a party and spends the rest of the day trying to convince her to leave.
Tickets are $13.

Doors open @ 8:00PM.
Live music @ 8:30PM.
Films begin @ 9:00PM.
DJd after-party @ 11:30PM.

Sneak Preview: Obvious Child

The next night, May 17, at Industry City, Rooftop Films will present a special sneak preview of the international festival favorite and upcoming A24 Films release Obvious Childa subversive modern-day romantic comedy from writer/director Gillian Robespierre.

Donna Stern, a Brooklyn comedian, gets dumped, fired and pregnant just in time for the best/worst Valentine's Day of her life.

Courtesy of A24 Films.

Winner of the Rooftop Films Eastern Effects Equipment Grant.

Tickets: $13

Doors open @ 8:00PM.
Live music @ 8:30PM.
Films begin @ 9:00PM.
Q and A with filmmaker Gillian Robespierre 10:30PM.
After-party 11:30PM.

Both evenings will feature live music pre-screening and an after-party hosted by New Amsterdam Spirits.

Rooftop Films returns to Industry City throughout the summer.  For one weekend, the screening and the party will be moved to a spectacular interior waterfront space at Industry City known only as the “Secret Party Cove."

To see the 2014 schedule, visit the Rooftop website.

Rooftop Films ("underground movies outdoors") is a non-profit organization on a mission to engage and inspire the city's diverse communities by showcasing the work of emerging filmmakers and musicians. In addition to their annual Summer Series – in unique outdoor venues every weekend throughout the summer – Rooftop provides grants to filmmakers, teaches media literacy and film-making to young people, offers low-cost rentals on equipment to artists and non-profits, and produces new indie films.

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