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‘Frances Ha,’ ‘Drinking Buddies,’ ‘Crystal Fairy,’ Among Rooftop Films’ 2013 Opening Weekend and Lineup Highlights

'Frances Ha,' 'Drinking Buddies,' 'Crystal Fairy,' Among Rooftop Films' 2013 Opening Weekend and Lineup Highlights

New York’s Rooftop Film today announced their Opening Weekend lineup and select highlights from this year’s lineup for their Annual Summer Series. Taking place at various venues throughout the city, the festival also announced that this year’s final lineup will feature over 45 outdoor screenings with live music and a varied collection of new, independent and foreign films.

This year’s series will open on May 10 at Open Road Rooftop in the Lower East Side and feature the short film program “This is What We Mean by Short Films.” The selected shorts will be announced shortly. The next evening will mark the festival’s first feature presentation of the Summer Series with a screening of Noah Baumbach’s “Frances Ha,” additionally including a post-screening discussion with Baumbach and co-writer, star Greta Gerwig.

Other highlights include David Lowery’s festival favorite “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” Joe Swanberg’s “Drinking Buddies,” starring Olivia Wilde and Anna Kendrick, and a special, sneak preview screening of Sebastián Silva’s Sundance Best Director winning “Crystal Fairy,” starring Michael Cera and Gaby Hoffmann.

“We realize that filmmakers and audiences want more than just a movie screening,” said Mark Elijah Rosenberg, Rooftop’s Artistic Director and Founder. “We’re going to astound people with this year’s lineup of events, running the gamut from wild and daring to thoughtful and inspiring, with a whole lot of fun throughout. We’re building something new at Rooftop this year.”

The final lineup will feature over 45 outdoor screenings with live music, and a collection of new, independent and foreign films.

“The films that we will be screening at Rooftop this year are more dynamic than ever before,” continued Dan Nuxoll, Rooftop’s Program Director. “With novel new venues, innovative modes of exhibition, exciting new partners and live entertainment that is perfectly matched to the films, this year’s Summer Series builds on the ideas that we have been developing for 17 years and takes our organization to another level.”

Check out the official opening weekend and select Summer Series highlights below from Rooftop Films’ press release below:

Rooftop Films 17th Annual Summer Series Opening Weekend

Friday, May 10, 2013
This is What We Mean by Short Films
Opening Night of Rooftop Films 17th Annual Summer Series will feature grand stories in little packages,
with some of the greatest new short films from all around the world. Shorts will be announced soon.
Venue: Open Road Rooftop (350 Grand Street, LES)

Saturday, May 11, 2013
Frances Ha (Dir. Noah Baumbach)
Frances wants so much more than she has, but lives her life with unaccountable joy and lightness.
“Frances Ha” is a modern comic fable in which Noah Baumbach explores New York, friendship, class,
ambition, failure, and redemption. Courtesy of IFC Films.
Venue: Open Road Rooftop (350 Grand Street, LES)

Rooftop Films 17th Annual Summer Series Highlights

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (Dir. David Lowery)
“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” tells the tale of an outlaw who escapes from prison and sets out across the
Texas hills to reunite with his wife and the daughter he has never met.
Courtesy of IFC Films.

Brasslands (Dir. Meerkat Media Collective)
Presented by Rooftop Films and Arts Brookfield
Devoted American musicians, Serbian brass heavyweights, and a Gypsy trumpet master collide at the
world’s largest trumpet festival.

Crystal Fairy (Dir. Sebastián Silva)
A hilariously unpredictable comedy about a self-involved young American searching for a secret
hallucinogenic cactus in the desert of Chile.
Courtesy of IFC Films.

Drinking Buddies (Dir. Joe Swanberg)
Presented by Rooftop Films and BAMcinématek
Luke and Kate are co-workers at a Chicago brewery where they spend their days drinking and flirting.
They’re perfect for each other, except that they’re both in relationships. But you know what makes the line
between “friends” and “more than friends” really blurry? Beer.
Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

Newlyweeds (Dir. Shaka King)
Brooklyn residents Lyle and Nina blaze away the stress of living in New York City, but what should be a
match made in stoner heaven turns into a love triangle gone awry.
Courtesy of Phase 4 Films.

The Kings of Summer (Dir. John Vogt-Roberts)
A unique coming-of-age comedy about three teenage friends who, in the ultimate act of independence,
decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land.

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