Rooftop Films has announced the May and June portion of its 2009 Summer Series, dubbed their "13th year of Underground Movies Outdoors," which will run every weekend from May 15-September 20 in New York City.

Programming for the 2009 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. More details will be available next week, including information about live music, ticket sales, after-parties and more... So check back with their website.

The 2009 Rooftop Films Summer Series:
(with descriptions provided by Rooftop)

SCHEDULE:

Friday, May 15
This Is What We Mean By Short Films
Opening Night of Rooftop Films 2009 Summer Series, our 13th year of Underground Movies Outdoors. A program of dramas, comedies, animations and documentaries that could only be shorts, in an array of tales about people, polar bears and pixel-based adventurers coming together for companionship.
Venue: On the Open Road Rooftop above New Design High School
Address: 350 Grand St. @ Essex (Lower East Side, Manhattan)
Rain: In the event of rain the show will be Sun 5/17 at the same location. Check www.rooftopfilms.com or call 718-417-7362 on the day of the event if the weather seems questionable.

Friday, May 22
Romantic Short Films: Endless Forgiveness
Peter Ustinov once said, “Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.” Love isn’t easy, and the films included in Romance Shorts: Endless Forgiveness display the many varied sacrifices we make to be with the people we love and lust after.
Venue: On the Open Road Rooftop above New Design High School
Address: 350 Grand St. @ Essex (Lower East Side, Manhattan)

Saturday, May 23
Dangerous Docs
You can’t make this stuff up.
Venue: On the Roof of Brooklyn Technical High School
Address: 29 Fort Greene Place (Fort Greene, Brooklyn)

Friday, May 29
Dark ‘Toons: Optical Illusions
Animated short films that bring the still to life.
Venue: On the Open Road Rooftop above New Design High School
Address: 350 Grand St. @ Essex (Lower East Side, Manhattan)

Saturday, May 30
Strongman
(Zachary Levy | New York, NY | www.strongmanfilm.com | 113 min.)
A humorous but heart-wrenching verité documentary about Stanless Steel, the only man in the world who can bend a penny with his fingers, a working class strongman struggling to succeed and survive. Stanless will be in attendance to perform a stunning feat of strength.
Venue: On the Roof of Brooklyn Technical High School
Address: 29 Fort Greene Place (Fort Greene, Brooklyn)

Friday, June 5
Trapped Inside The Machine
A fun, frantic, fantastical program of films about losing your grip on reality, and reality losing its grip on the world.
Venue: On the Open Road Rooftop above New Design High School
Address: 350 Grand St. @ Essex (Lower East Side, Manhattan)

Saturday, June 6
Stingray Sam
(Cory McAbee | Brooklyn, NY | www.stingraysam.com | 70 min.)
New York Premiere!
A dazzling six-episode musical-western comedy that takes place in outer space, written, directed by and starring Cory McAbee, the creator of The American Astronaut. The filmmakers will be in attendance.
Venue: On the Roof of Brooklyn Technical High School
Address: 29 Fort Greene Place (Fort Greene, Brooklyn)

ROOFTOP PANORAMA, June 10-13:
Four screenings in four days highlighting the diversity of Rooftop Films work.

Wednesday, June 10
PANORAMA: Tales of Mere Existence
Funny films about anxiety, awkwardness and existential emotions, featuring the animations of internet sensation Lev. Plus a live reading from Lev's new book.
Venue: On the Roof of Brooklyn Technical High School
Address: 29 Fort Greene Place (Fort Greene, Brooklyn)

Thursday, June 11
PANORAMA: Rooftop Films & The Fledgling Fund present . . .
A sneak preview of a New York documentary. Details announced soon.
Venue: On the lawn of Automotive High School
Address: 50 Bedford Ave. @ North 13th St. (Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

Friday, June 12
PANORAMA: New York Non-Fiction
Short films that explore New York’s diverse landscape and culture from the perspective of our workers, hustlers, lovers and royalty. It’s your city. Take a look.
Venue: On the Open Road Rooftop above New Design High School
Address: 350 Grand St. @ Essex (Lower East Side, Manhattan)
Rain: In the event of rain the show will be Sun 6/14 at the same location. Check www.rooftopfilms.com or call 718-417-7362 on the day of the event if the weather seems questionable.

Saturday, June 13
PANORAMA: Persona Non Grata
US Premiere!
(Fabio Wuytack | Belgium & Venezuela | 90 min.)
Prosecuted as a rebel. Banned as a priest. Committed as an artist. Loved as a father. An inspiring and important documentary co-funded by Rooftop Films.
Venue: On the roof of the Old American Can Factory
Address: 232 3RD St. @ 3rd Ave. (Gowanus/ Park Slope, Brooklyn)

Friday, June 19
Winnebago Man
New York Sneak Preview!
(Ben Steinbauer | Austin, TX | www.winnebagoman.com | 84 min.)
Ben Steinbauer hires a private detective, who scours a long list of address changes and misdirections, and successfully tracks down this icon of foul-mouthed freakouts. The results will startle you. Turns out, he’s living peacefully alone in the woods, more J.D. Salinger than Ted Kaczynski.
Venue: On the Open Road Rooftop above New Design High School
Address: 350 Grand St. @ Essex (Lower East Side, Manhattan)

Saturday, June 20
New Muslim Cool
(Jennifer Maytorena Taylor | Pittsburgh/San Francisco | 82 min.)
A Puerto Rican Muslim rapper fights oppression in Pittsburgh.
Venue: On the roof of El Museo Del Barrio
Address: 1230 Fifth Ave. @ 104th St. (East Harlem)

Thursday, June 25
Rooftop Films, BAM Cinemafest and Arthouse Films present
William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe
(Sarah and Emily Kunstler | Brooklyn, NY | 85 min.)
He might have been the most hated and most beloved lawyer in the world, but did anyone really know William Kunstler?
Venue: Outdoors across from BAM Cinematek
Address: Parking lot across from BAM @ Fulton and Ashland (Ft. Greene, Brooklyn)

Friday, June 26
Rooftop Films and Magnolia Pictures present
Humpday
(Lynn Shelton | Seattle, WA | 94 min.)
Male bonding goes a little bit too far in this bromantic comedy.
Venue: On the Open Road Rooftop above New Design High School
Address: 350 Grand St. @ Essex (Lower East Side, Manhattan)

Saturday, June 27
Voices from El-Sayed
(Oded Adomi Leshem | Israel | 75 min.)
New York Premiere!
In this smart and amusing documentary, the world’s largest community of deaf people is suddenly given a gift that threatens to disrupt local heritage.
Venue: On the roof of the Old American Can Factory
Address: 232 3RD St. @ 3rd Ave. (Gowanus/ Park Slope, Brooklyn)

Unless otherwise noted, all screenings follow this schedule:

8:00PM: Doors open
8:30PM: Live music presented by Sound Fix Records
9:00PM: Film(s)
11:30PM-1:00AM: After-party

And unless otherwise noted, in the event of rain shows take place indoors at the same location, same time. Filmmakers please note: if you submitted a movie for consideration, they still may program your film. At this time we are only releasing our May-June schedule. Programming for July, August and September will be finalized in June, and all filmmakers will be notified about the status of their films in June.