The 20th anniversary of New York’s Rooftop Films will open next month with a sneak preview screening of 2016 Sundance U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize winner “Weiner,” about disgraced New York Congressman Anthony Weiner’s mayoral campaign.
The special screening will be held Wednesday, May 18 on the rooftops of Brooklyn’s Industry City, with the official opening night taking place on Friday May 20 at Bushwick Generator. The opening night program will feature an “innovative” collection of shorts called “This is What We Mean By Short Films”.
Rooftop’s 2016 series will include more than 50 outdoor screenings across more than a dozen venues. Both of the screenings on May 18 and May 20 will feature live music in advance of the show, filmmaker Q&A’s and after parties sponsored by Stella Artois.
“19 summers ago, our founder Mark Elijah Rosenberg gathered together a batch of short films that he loved, handed out a thousand fliers and lugged some gear up onto a roof,” Rooftop Program Director Dan Nuxoll said in a statement. “There was no plan to launch an organization, he just wanted to bring thoughtful people together in a fun location and show them a batch of films that he found meaningful…The roofs, crowds and films have all gotten bigger, but as we embark upon our 20th summer of Rooftop Films the formula remains the same: show people brilliant new films that and create an environment that is more expansive than a movie theater, more thought-provoking than a concert, more fun than a party, and as affirming as a night out with friends.”