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“Underground Movies Outdoors”: Rooftop Sets Summer Schedule

"Underground Movies Outdoors": Rooftop Sets Summer Schedule

This summer, Rooftop Films will screen more than 23 feature films and 21 programs of short films as part of its 14th Annual Summer Series of “Underground Movies Outdoors.”. Films come from around the world will reflect Rooftop’s focus on “exciting, innovative, independent cinema.” Most events include live music, filmmaker Q&As and after-parties with free drinks. Events will be held in thirteen different spectacular outdoor locations, on rooftops, in parks and on piers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. The festival runs weekends from May 14-August 20, with special shows in September. Titles include Sundance favorites “Gas Land,” “Last Train Home,” “Lovers of Hate” and “Holy Rollers,” as well as SXSW award winner “Tiny Furniture.”

The complete schedule is listed below. Unless otherwise noted, all shows have these details: 8:00 – Doors Open 8:30 – Live Music 9:00 – Films 11:00 – Filmmaker Q & A 11:30 – After Party with complimentary drinks. Tickets are $10, available online or at the door In the event of rain, the show will be held indoors at the same location.

Friday, May 14
THIS IS WHAT WE MEAN BY SHORT FILMS Opening Night of Rooftop Films
14th Annual Summer Series features grand stories in little packages.
Venue: On the roof of Open Road at New Design High School (350 Grand St., Lower East Side, Manhattan)

Saturday, May 15
“Holy Rollers” Special sneak preview.
An intense drama set in late-90s NYC about Hasidic Jews who get caught up in a drug smuggling ring. The feature debut from director Kevin Asch is based on a true story and stars Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Bartha and Q-Tip.
Venue: On the roof of Open Road at New Design High School (350 Grand St., Lower East Side, Manhattan)

Friday, May 21
HOPELESSLY DEVOTED (short films)
Romantic short films about the sacrifices and struggles we all endure for love. The program includes dazzling animation, hilarious comedy, touching documentary and a spectacular new short by Spike Jonze.
Venue: On the roof of Open Road at New Design High School (350 Grand St., Lower East Side, Manhattan)

Saturday, May 22
“Engkwentro” US Premiere.
On the mean streets of the Philippines, teen gangs run wild trying to survive with the specter of government death squads chasing them. The masterful debut feature from 22-year-old Pepe Dionko has won awards at worldwide festivals.
Venue: On the roof of Open Road at New Design High School (350 Grand St., Lower East Side, Manhattan)

Thursday, May 27
“Etienne” NY Premiere.
A quirky slacker road movie comedy about a man and his hamster.
Venue: On the roof of Brooklyn Tech High School (29 Ft. Greene Pl., Ft. Greene, Brooklyn)

Friday, May 28
DARK ‘TOONS (short films)
Animation that shines a light on the darkest parts of our souls.
Venue: On the roof of Open Road at New Design High School (350 Grand St., Lower East Side, Manhattan)

Saturday, May 29
HOME MOVIES (short films)
Intimate and (mostly) true stories explore the little random moments that make up a recorded life.
Venue: On the roof of Open Road at New Design High School (350 Grand St., Lower East Side, Manhattan)

Thursday, June 3
FULL FRAME DOCUMENTARY (short films)
One of the world’s leading documentary festivals presents short films from this year’s edition, including Cambodian karaoke with a social message, Taiwanese mountain watchers, and the search for an elusive photograph of Jesus.
Venue: On the roof of Brooklyn Tech High School (29 Ft. Greene Pl., Ft. Greene, Brooklyn)

Friday, June 4
DANGEROUS DOCS (short films)
Even in a cultural landscape dominated by Hollywood action blockbusters, semi-scripted “reality TV” and carefully-crafted stage personalities, sometimes the most insane adventures and outlandish characters are actually real.
Venue: On the roof of Open Road at New Design High School (350 Grand St., Lower East Side, Manhattan)

Saturday, June 5
FEARS AND FANTASIES (short films)
A fun, frantic program of films about losing your grip on reality . . . and loving it.
Venue: On the roof of Open Road at New Design High School (350 Grand St., Lower East Side, Manhattan)

Friday, June 11
“Biker Fox” NY Premiere.
A documentary about Tulsa’s best-known bicycle-riding, raccoon-feeding, scrapyard-dealing, screaming, ranting philosopher of life.
Venue: On the roof of Open Road at New Design High School (350 Grand St., Lower East Side, Manhattan)

Saturday, June 12
“The Man Next Door” NY Sneak Preview.
A smug designer in a one-of-a-kind Le Corbusier home has to deal with his crass neighbor’s new construction project in this dark comedy about architecture, class, and urban living.
Venue: On the roof of El Museo del Barrio (1230 Fifth Ave., East Harlem, Manhattan)

Sunday, June 13
“Tiny Furniture”
22-year-old Aura returns home to her artist mother’s TriBeCa loft with the following: a useless film theory degree, 357 hits on her Youtube page, a boyfriend who’s left her to find himself at Burning Man, a dying hamster, and her tail between her legs. Presented in partnership with BAM CinemaFest.
Venue: In the lot across from BAM (Fulton & Ashland, Ft. Greene, Brooklyn) * In the event of rain, this event will be held on Thursday, June 17.

Friday, June 18
NEW YORK NON-FICTION (short films)
Unexpected history lessons about the birth of our nation, the end of an artistic era, and the complex commotion of contemporary NYC. It’s your city. Take a look. Venue: On the roof of Open Road at New Design High School (350 Grand St., Lower East Side, Manhattan)

Saturday, June 19
“Lovers of Hate”
In this savage comedy about deceit and sibling rivalry, two estranged brothers, Rudy and Paul, have nothing in common but their love for the same woman. In the shadows of a posh chalet, Rudy tries desperately to sabotage the relationship in director Bryan Poyser’s brilliantly executed game of cat and mouse.
Venue: On the roof of Open Road at New Design High School (350 Grand St., Lower East Side, Manhattan)

Sunday, June 20
“Sweet Mud”
A satirical drama about a young man and his mentally-troubled mother, living on a kibbutz in 1974. Winner of the award for Best World Drama at the Sundance film festival. A special presentation with the Consulate General of Israel Cultural Affairs Office. No charge for admission
Venue: On the pier at Solar One (23rd St. & East River, Kips Bay, Manhattan)

Thursday, June 24
THE RURAL LIFE AND SPIRIT (short films)
An adorable yodeling animal animation, a legendary buck-dancer documentary, a splendid story of spirits in the tropics, plus more magnificent movies from pastoral places.
Venue: On the lawn of Automotive High School (50 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

Friday, June 25
“The Happy Poet” NY Premiere.
Rooftop alum Paul Gordon returns as Bill, an out-of-work poet, who puts his heart, soul, and last few dollars into starting an all-organic mostly-vegetarian food stand, but complications with the business jeopardize his dreams for a hot dog-free future.
Venue: On the roof of Open Road at New Design High School (350 Grand St., Lower East Side, Manhattan)

Saturday, June 26
“Gravity was Everywhere Back Then”
When Leonard’s wife Mary was diagnosed with cancer, he thought he could build their house into a healing machine. It didn’t work. But he kept building. The magnificent debut feature from Rooftop alum musician/animator/artist Brent Green will be performed with a live soundtrack, featuring members of punk idols Fugazi. Venue: On the roof of Open Road at New Design High School (350 Grand St., Lower East Side, Manhattan) * In the event of rain, this show will be held on the following day, June 27.

Friday, July 2
INDUSTRIANCE (short films)
In this striking program of short films, self-constructing buildings battle for fidelity, makers of mold-o-form plastic deer muddle their love, and Werner Herzog plays a discarded plastic bag desperately seeking the meaning of existence.
Venue: On the roof of The Old American Can Factory (232 Third St., Gowanus, Brooklyn)

Thursday, July 8
“Nyarma” & “Polar Explorer” NY Premiere.
Two films from the cold edges of the vast Russian frontier, from the hardscrabble life of nomadic reindeer herders to the dangerous life of arctic bear researchers. Venue: On the roof of Brooklyn Tech High School (29 Ft. Greene Pl., Ft. Greene, Brooklyn)

Friday, July 9
KICKSTARTER A
Selection of film, video and art projects supported on the new crowd-source funding website kickstarter.com, fitting for Rooftop’s community-minded approach.
Venue: On the roof of The Old American Can Factory (232 Third St., Gowanus, Brooklyn)

Saturday, July 10
“The Tightrope” US Premiere.
A lyrical documentary about small town Mexican circus, balancing precariously on the brink of disappearance.
Venue: On the roof of El Museo del Barrio (1230 Fifth Ave., East Harlem, Manhattan)

Friday, July 16
“We Don’t Care About Music Anyway” NY Premiere.
In this stunning and engaging documentary about the avant-garde music scene in Japan everyday objects are transformed into musical instruments and radical noise art is grounded in a poetic reality. Presented in partnership with Issue Project Room.
Venue: On the roof of The Old American Can Factory (232 Third St., Gowanus, Brooklyn)

Saturday, July 17
BROOKLYN TRANSFORMATIONS (short films)
Local filmmakers deal with stolen dogs, dying industries, gentrification and immigration, in fiction and documentaries with that particular Brooklyn flair, featuring sensitive tough guys and boldly smart girls. Presented in partnership with the Brooklyn Arts Council and CM Letitia James. No charge for admission
Venue: On the lawn in Fort Greene Park (South Oxford & Myrtle, Ft. Greene, Brooklyn)

Wednesday, July 21
SWEDISH CINEMA (short films)
Rooftop kicks off a weekend-long partnership with the Swedish Film Institute with a program of short films that represent the dynamic diversity of emerging talent in Sweden, including an Academy-Award nominated comedy.
Venue: On the lawn of Socrates Sculpture Park (3134 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, Queens)

Friday, July 23
“The Ape” NY Premiere.
Rooftop and the Swedish Film Institute partner on a weekend long celebration of Swedish Cinema, including this intense and intimate psychological thriller.
Venue: On the roof of Brooklyn Tech High School (29 Ft. Greene Pl., Ft. Greene, Brooklyn)

Saturday, July 24
“Greetings from the Woods” NY Premiere.
Rooftop and the Swedish Film Institute partner on a weekend long celebration of Swedish Cinema, including this wondrous documentary exploration of the strangeness of everyday suburban society.
Venue: On the roof of The Old American Can Factory (232 Third St., Gowanus, Brooklyn)

Thursday, July 29
CAPUCINE: FILMMAKING MONKEYS & OTHER RENEGADES (short films)
Crazy characters who make their own rules, as cake-addicted cranks, Rambo-revering detectives, and an actual filmmaking monkey. Plus a live performance by fabulist Luis Nieto.
Venue: On the roof of Brooklyn Tech High School (29 Ft. Greene Pl., Ft. Greene, Brooklyn)

Friday, July 30
ANIMATION BLOCK PARTY (short films)
Some call it punk rock, some call it grass roots, but labels aside, NYC-based Animation Block is dedicated to exhibiting the world’s best independent, professional and student animation.
Venue: On the lawn of Automotive High School (50 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

Saturday, July 31
“Disco and Atomic War” NY Premiere.
This quirky documentary hybrid about Estonia and Finland in the early 80s covers an unexpected information war, where a totalitarian regime stands face to face with the heroes of popular culture…and loses.
Venue: On the roof of The Old American Can Factory (232 Third St., Gowanus, Brooklyn)

Friday, August 6
DOOMED LOVE AND THE DEVILLES (short films)
Spectacularly failing romances, including an alcoholic comedy, some stunning facts about the sexuality of one of the founding fathers, and a luscious documentary about a stripper / punk rocker husband and wife duo.
Venue: On the lawn of Automotive High School (50 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

Friday, August 13
“Last Train Home”
Every New Year, 130 million people leave China’s industrial cities to return to their rural homelands–the largest human migration in history. This overwhelming yet intimate documentary follows one family through their chaotic, desperate, agonizing journey. Presented in partnership with Hot Docs.
Venue: On the roof of The Old American Can Factory (232 Third St., Gowanus, Brooklyn)

Friday, August 20
ROOFTOP SHOTS (short films)
The official Closing Night of Rooftop Films 2010 Summer Series includes short films so sharp we call them shots, fired from the roof on last time this year.
Venue: On the roof of The Old American Can Factory (232 Third St., Gowanus, Brooklyn)

TBD September
“Gas Land”
When a natural gas mining company offered Josh Fox and his upstate New York neighbors $100,000 each for the right to drill for gas on their land, Fox decided to examine the issue via a personal, revelatory journey across America. Presented in partnership with The Fledgling Fund.
Venue: On the pier at Solar One (23rd St. & East River, Kips Bay, Manhattan)

TBA – August
SHORT FILMS
From the dawn of hip-hop in one of NYC hottest clubs to a contemporary jazz master gigging in the subways, these films from the Bronx and other inner city areas highlight hard luck stories and local heroes. Presented in partnership with City Council Member Maria del Carmen Arroyo.
Venue: TBA in the Bronx

TBD September
IFP LABS (trailers and scenes)
A sneak peek at trailers and scenes from narrative and documentary films from IFP’s 2010 Labs–next year’s hot festival and indie releases.
Venue: TBA

TBD September
“Twelve Ways to Sunday” World Premiere.
Amid a rural landscape and disappearing communities, the residents of Allegany County, NY are living the working-class American story. This luscious and intimate cinematic portrait captures the testimonies of life in these small towns.
Venue: TBA

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