Jian Liu’s second animated feature, Have a Nice Day, is a sardonic, stylish crime thriller. The film begins as a series of seemingly unrelated vignettes, depicting the residents of a dreary industrial cityscape in southern China. However, once a briefcase filled with one million yuan shows up, the characters move closer and closer to one another until […]
If you’ve ever found yourself down a YouTube rabbit hole, surveying the curious and twisted content that the people of the internet have to offer, odds are that you’ve come across a compilation of Russian dash cam videos. These videos document daily life in Russia through the lens of a windshield, and often capture events […]
“Hold no man responsible for what he says in his grief.” So says the Talmud, the ancient rabbinic writings on Jewish law. It is this quotation that seems to float unheard past the ensemble of A24’s latest gem, Menashe. The film, which was a Rooftop Films and Brigade 2016 Festival Publicity grantee, and premiered at Sundance to […]
The Strange Ones features another half-female directorial collaboration between experienced shorts-makers Lauren Wolkstein and Christopher Radcliff. The project is both Wolkstein and Radcliff’s feature-debut, and The Strange Ones tackles complex ideas surrounding youth, sexuality, morality, and identity, similar to Wolkstein’s short film “Social Butterfly” (2013), and of course the short film version of “The Strange Ones.” Lauren Wolkstein […]
Most people who are familiar with the American film industry are aware of the major gap between movie audiences (50% of movie tickets are sold to women), and the number of women who are making films, especially in the directing role (28% of independent films are directed by women, while only 4.4% of studio films […]
Indie film champion Bob Hawk sits for a lengthy conversation about his life and his career on Episode 413 of the podcast. Among his many producing credits are Kimberly Reed’s Prodigal Sons, Dayna Goldfine & Daniel Geller’s Ballets Russes, David Munro’s Full Grown Men, Jim Fall’s Trick, Alex & Andrew Smith’s The Slaughter Rule and Kevin Smith’s Chasing Amy. He has also consulted & advised on many film sets including Rob Epstein’s Oscar-winning The Times of Harvey Milk, Nathaniel Kahn’s My Architect, and Kevin Smith’s Red State and Dogma. A documentary was recently made about Bob called Film Hawk and it is currently available for streaming on the Tribeca Shortlist.
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If you have ever been to a Rooftop Films screening, you know that our members are some of the most interesting taste-makers out there. Each time I work at one of these eclectic screenings as a diligent intern (yes, that is me you see on Saturday nights running around with a camera), I’m struck by the […]
Jeff Unay’s directorial debut The Cage Fighter certainly packs a punch. The film follows Joe Carman, a blue-collar worker who is continuously lured by the thrill of cage fighting much to the dismay and fear of his family. Upon my first viewing, I was mystified. The acting was hyper-realistic. I figured that the people in […]
The Maribor Uprisings: A Live Participatory Film is a documentary that subverts the viewing experience. Pulling from footage of the 2012 demonstrations in Maribor, Slovenia against corruption in the government, the film places you in the streets with a first-person look at the action. Filmmakers Milton Guillén and Maple John Razsa have compiled and structured […]
In film and at our events, place is key. This summer, we’ll dive into the history of our venues and we start with New Design High School as we make our return there after a few years away. The corner of Grand Street, which used to connect to its counterpart in Brooklyn (before the Williamsburg […]