Brooklyn’s Rooftop Films is increasingly curating out-of-town screening series and special one-offs indoors and even in Manhattan, but the heart of what the series, now in its 15th summer, does, remains unchanged: outdoor screenings (and parties) of new independent films, especially from NYC, on roofs at the Old American Can Factory and elsewhere, every weekend it’s warm enough. They’ve just announced the first leg of their summer ’11 schedule, which runs from May 13-August 20, and named many of the films upcoming.
Rooftop programming has grown more competitive over the years, and so the hundreds of submissions they received have yielded a pretty high-profile line-up.
Coming this summer are a few World Premieres of NYC-based indies we’re eager to hear more about, including Kati with an I director Robert Greene’s new wrestling doc Fake It So Real (followed by wrestling).
It’ll also be a showcase for several of the best American films from this year’s South By Southwest, many making their NYC debuts: Green, from the young Greenpoint writer-director Sophia Takal; mercurial gag comedy The Catechism Cataclysm; post-apocalyptic bromance Bellflower; the strange, symphonic doc Convento; and the excellent Afghanistan doc Where Soldiers Come From.
Rooftop also now donates a percentage of their proceeds to local filmmakers they like; Sundance winner and Fox pickup Martha Marcy May Marlene and SXSW entry The City Dark received funding on the strength of the filmmakers’ previous Rooftop entries, so don’t be surprised if either or both makes an appearance this summer as well.
Also this summer, Rooftop will present a screening at Northside Film; and in keeping with their commitment to new local films, they’ll screen the winners of the Northside’s DIY Film Competition on a rooftop this summer.