Rooftop Films’ 17th Annual Summer Series Opens This May

Posted on: April 29th, 2013 at 10:13 am by

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When it’s summer in New York City, there’s nothing like taking in a film under the stars. On the Lower East Side. And once again, Rooftop Films will showcase some of cinema’s finest in independent filmmaking when their 17th season kicks off on Friday, May 10.

Movie lovers will be able to take in 45 outdoor screenings at some of the city’s most fantastic venues, plus sneak previews, live music and select talent Q&As are also planned. Opening night is at the Open Road Rooftop (fka Seward Park High School) and will include “This is What We Mean by Short Films” selection, followed by a special sneak preview of Frances Ha, directed by Noah Baumbach and starring Greta Gerwig.

“We realize that filmmakers and audiences want more than just a movie screening,” said Rooftop’s Founder and Artistic Director Mark Elijah Rosenberg in a statement. “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.”

Rooftop’s Program Director, Dan Nuxoll added, “The films that we will be screening at Rooftop this year are more dynamic than ever before. These movies explode off the screen with tremendous energy, and we thought it was important to feed off that energy and present each of them in a manner that amplifies their impact. 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.”

Also on tap for Rooftop this summer is a sneak peek of Crystal Fairy, an independent comedy starring Michael Cera (Arrested DevelopmentJuno) as a boorish young American on the hunt for a secret hallucinogenic cactus in the Chilean desert. Director Sebastián Silva grabbed the Sundance Film Festival award for Best Director in World Cinema earlier this year.

The coming-of-age comedy The Kings of Summer will premiere on Saturday, May 25, marking the feature film debut from Jordan Vogt-Roberts. Later in July, Rooftop Films teams up with Arts Brookfield for the River To River Festival 2013 to present Brasslands, a documentary spotlighting what happens when a bunch of keen American musicians, a Gypsy trumpet master and some of Serbia’s best brass artists come together at the world’s largest trumpet festival.

For more on Rooftop Films’ upcoming festivities, you can visit their official site here.

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