Rooftop Films Announces 2012 Feature Film Lineup

Posted on: April 19th, 2012 at 11:18 am by

Rooftop Films was spawned in the summer of 1997 by filmmaker Mark Elijah Rosenberg.  He began screening avant-garde cinema on the roof of his East Fourteenth Street tenement abode. Success was immediate, with hundreds showing up for each event. The landlord subsequently discovered what was happening and booted Rosenberg from the building. The concept then moved to Northern Brooklyn. Growth has reportedly been steady ever since.

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Now in its sixteenth summer season, Rooftop Films has just announced this year’s lineup. The 2012 series kicks off May 11 at the Open Road Rooftop atop 350 Grand Street, the former Seward Park High School, and will feature a collection of “the greatest new short films from around the world.”

Full schedule from the press release:

Opening Weekend:

Friday, May 11, 2012
This is What We Mean by Short Films
Opening Night of Rooftop Films 16th Annual Summer Series will feature grand stories in little packages, with some of the greatest new short films from all around the world.
Venue: Open Road Rooftop (350 Grand Street, LES)

Saturday, May 12, 2012
Think of Me (Bryan Wizemann)
“Trembling with vulnerability, Lauren Ambrose is positively devastating” (The New York Observer) as a young single mother doing her best not to fall apart.
Venue: Open Road Rooftop (350 Grand Street, LES)

Additional 2012 Feature Selections will include: (in alphabetical order)

An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (Terence Nance)
Terence Nance’s explosively creative debut feature documents the relationship between Terence and a woman as it teeters on the divide between platonic and romantic.

Argentinean Lesson (Wojciech Staron)
Captured in breathtaking 16mm film, an eight-year-old traveling from Poland to Argentina meets Marcia, a beautiful and brave young girl, 11 going on 30.

Bovines (Emmanuel Gras)
In the fields, one sees them, wide in grass or grazing peacefully. Large placid animals which one believes to know because they are livestock. Lions, gorillas, bear have all our attention, but did one ever really look at cows?

China Heavyweight (Yung Chang)
In central China, a Master coach recruits poor rural teenagers and turns them into Western-style boxing champions.

Detropia (Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady)
Detropia is a cinematic tapestry of a city and its people who refuse to leave the building, even as the flames are rising.

Dicke Maedchen (Heavy Girls) (Axel Ranisch)
Sven shares his entire life, the apartment, even the bed with his mother, who is suffering from dementia. But when she and takes off, Sven goes on a journey that turns his life upside down.

Fat Kid Rules the World (Matthew Lillard)
Marking Matthew Lillard’s (SLC Punk, Scream) directorial debut, and based on the bestselling novel by the same title, Fat Kid Rules the World is a story for anybody who has ever needed to find their inner rock star.

Gayby (Jonathan Lisecki)
Jenn and Matt, two best friends from college who are now in their 30s and single by choice, decide to fulfill a youthful promise to have a child together… the old-fashioned way. Gayby will screen during Gay Pride weekend.

Grandma Lo-Fi (Louise Johansen)
At the tender age of 70 Sigríður Níelsdóttir started recording and releasing her own music straight from the living room. 7 years later, she had 59 albums to her name with more than 600 songs – an eccentric myriad of catchy compositions mixing in her pets’ purrs and coos, found toys, kitchen percussion and Casio keyboards.

Her Master’s Voice (Nina Conti)
Internationally acclaimed ventriloquist Nina Conti, takes the bereaved puppets of her mentor and erstwhile lover on a pilgrimage to ‘Venthaven’ the resting place for puppets of dead ventriloquists.

I Think It’s Raining (Joshua Moore)
Starring and featuring original songs written and performed by Alexandra Clayton, I Think It’s Raining is a music-infused San Francisco portrait of a young woman at odds with who she once was and who she will become.

Inocente (Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine)
At 15, Inocente refuses to let her dream of becoming an artist be undermined by her life as an undocumented immigrant forced to live homeless for the last nine years. Rooftop and the Fledgling Fund present a series of screenings and art workshops for adults and youth alike.

Kid-Thing (David and Nathan Zellner)
A fever-dream fable about a rebellious girl who spends her time roaming the land, leaving destruction in her wake.

Kumaré (Vikram Ghandi)
Kumaré is a documentary about a man who impersonates a wise Indian Guru and builds a following in Arizona. At the height of his popularity, the Guru Kumaré must reveal his true identity to his disciples and unveil his greatest teaching of all.

Love Story (Florian Habicht )
A chance encounter between a man and a woman on a train leads to a day of adventure and discovery in this romance written on the streets of New York.

Only the Young (Jason Tippet & Elizabeth Mims)
Kevin and Garrison are boyhood friends in a sleepy California suburb. They share a love of skateboarding, an evangelical Christian faith and a sense of confusion about romantic relationships.

Sun Don’t Shine (Amy Seimetz)
Sun Don’t Shine follows Crystal (Kate Lyn Sheil) and her boyfriend Leo (Kentucker Audley) on a tense and mysterious road trip through the desolate yet hauntingly beautiful landscape of central Florida.

The Imposter (Bart Layton)
A documentary centered on a young Frenchman who convinces a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who went missing for 3 years.

The Patron Saints (Brian Cassidy & Melanie Shatzky)
The Patron Saints, a recipient of the Rooftop Filmmaker’s Fund grant, is a disquieting and hyperrealistic glimpse into life at a nursing home. Bound by the candid confessions of a recently disabled resident, the film weaves haunting images, scenes and stories from within the institution walls.

The Sheik and I (Caveh Zahedi)
Commissioned by a Middle Eastern Biennial to make a film on the theme of “art as a subversive act,” independent filmmaker Caveh Zahedi (I Am a Sex Addict) goes overboard when told that he can do whatever he wants except make fun of the Sheik.

The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom (Lucy Walker)
Survivors in the areas hardest hit by Japan’s recent tsunami find the courage to revive and rebuild as cherry blossom season begins. Supported by the Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund.

The Waiting Room (Peter Nicks)
The Waiting Room is a character-driven documentary film that uses extraordinary access to go behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients.

Think of Me (Bryan Wizemann)
“Trembling with vulnerability, Lauren Ambrose is positively devastating” (The New York Observer) as a young single mother doing her best not to fall apart.

This Ain’t California (Marten Persiel)
A hit at the 2012 Berlinale,This Ain’t California takes a look at the transformation of Germany over the course of 40 years through the lens of three skateboarder friends.

Welcome to Pine Hill (Keith Miller)
A recently reformed drug dealer working as a claims adjuster receives earth-shattering news that compels him to make peace with his past and search for freedom beyond the concrete jungle of New York.

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