During the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, it was evident from the overwhelming number of sold-out shows, that exploring new films is a very popular pastime by residents of the city and the suburbs as well as tourists and visitors who come to enjoy all that the city has to offer.
This summer it is time to relive it all over again in a different sort of way. Rooftop Films is a New York based non-profit with the priority to engage diverse communities by showing independent films in outdoor locations during a beautiful time of the year along with producing new films, coordinating youth media education and renting equipment to artists at a low cost.
Rooftop Films has a magical way of entertaining, enhancing, reinventing and most of all, reinvigorating the outdoor screenings all throughout the summer. As in the years past, the films will extend throughout the summer months with 45 new, independent films being presented in both New York City and Brooklyn.
This year brings a brand new presenting sponsor, Industry City. As presenting sponsor, the venue will serve as the primary venue for this 2014 series. Industry City is located in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Collaborating together, both Rooftop Films and Industry City are ready to wow moviegoers with a really unique experience.
“The Rooftop Film Summer Series” is not just about discovering great new films and music, it is also about visiting different neighborhoods and spaces, ” says Dan Nuxoll, Program Director for Rooftop Films. “Last year we presented three sold-out screenings on the roofs and in the courtyard at Industry City, and the events were fantastically successful. Our audience loved their iconic buildings and appreciated the opportunity to explore a small bit more of their historic complex. This summer, Industry City, is showing their support for Rooftop Films and the Sunset Park Community, by hosting more than 15 events onsite, including our opening and closing night and two additional free screenings. We are thrilled to be a part of the exciting new things going on in Sunset Park.”
The restoration of Industry City is well underway and drawing a whole new set of artists, creators, builders and entrepreneurs to release their inner creativity in such a conducive setting. The number one goal for both is to build, enhance and support robust arts communities in the diverse neighborhoods in each of the five boroughs and beyond.
The series opened on Friday, May 16, 2014, with a showing of ‘THIS IS WHAT WE MEAN BY SHORT FILMS’ which highlighted individualized short films from all around the world. The next evening debuted a modern-day romantic comedy called ‘THE OBVIOUS CHILD’ with a surprise appearance by one of its stars, Jenny Slate. There was a great deal of music and merriment directly following the screening.
The Summer Series will bring emotional, educational, innovative and thought-provoking films to the screen. There will be animation, a trip to different corners of the earth, imagination run wild, technology in rare form, how-to videos, dreams that have become reality, biographies and best of all, a number of free screenings. The entire schedule of films can be found at www.rooftopfilms.com.
It will be a real treat on Friday, May 30, 2014 as it becomes more than just about the film. Michael Tully’s ‘PING PONG SUMMER’ will be part of a special sneak preview screening. It is being presented by Rooftop Films, Time Out New York and Gravitas Ventures. This was one of the treasured films of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Not only will ecstatic filmgoers get to see the film on the roof of the Old American Can Factory in Brooklyn, but there will be live music from John Cafferty and The Beaver Brown Band. After the film comes to an end, writer/director, Michael Tully, along with some of his cast members, will be on hand to conduct a Q&A session with the audience. To bring the evening to a close, there will be an after party with a live DJ and the audience is invited to celebrate.
Each film that is shown during the next few months will hold its own share of surprises for its audience. There could be no better way to escape reality and enjoy the arts than by enjoying the 2014 Summer Series by Rooftop Films.