Mark Elijah Rosenberg is someone I’ve gotten to know over the years, as we tend to travel in similar film circles. Luckily, I’m a fan of his and a fan of what he’s done at Rooftop Films. It’s an amazing achievement, and the Gothamist chats with him on the eve of a few cool screenings coming up (including SXSW 2008 prizewinner Up With Me, in Spanish Harlem!). From the interview:
Gothamist: I imagine you use a lot of locations that generally remain untouched most of the time. What’s been the strangest thing you’ve found while doing a screening?
Rosenberg: I think the most amazing thing that’s been found at Rooftop Films screenings is love. At our events, you watch a movie with hundreds of strangers, but it’s not like a typical movie-going experience, where you sit in a black room with strangers for an hour and a half, then get up and leave; nor is it like going to a bar, where mostly you hang out with your friends and talk about stuff external to the bar.
There’s entertainment, and socializing, and a surprising number of people I know have met at Rooftop and eventually fallen in love. It’s also an amazing place to take a date, because even with all those people around, up on the roof or in some secret space, you do feel secluded, and special. Our upcoming screening of Romantic Short Films, “Looking for Love,” on Saturday, August 30 at The Yard will take that romance to a new level, as we’ll be accepting Personal Ads, Missed Connections, and general Romantic Notes on our website, playing them on screen before the show and at intermission, giving away free wine, showing romantic films in a romantic setting, and helping people to find love!