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SXSW REVIEW: A NECESSARY DEATH

SXSW REVIEW: A NECESSARY DEATH

In a certain way, this entire review is a spoiler, so if you don’t want to know too much, skip my writings and go see the film. Herein, I don’t really tell you the plot–an exciting and gripping drama–but I do get at the essence of the film.  I highly recommend it. In Daniel Stamm’s […]

SXSW REVIEW: AT THE DEATH HOUSE DOOR

SXSW REVIEW: AT THE DEATH HOUSE DOOR

Carroll Pickett was a minister in Huntsville, TX–a place best known for its many prisons and high number of executions–when two of his parishioners were taken hostage in an infamous prison riot in 1974. He was called in to try to broker peace, but his friends were eventually killed, and Pickett vowed to never return […]

BLEEDING RUST: “GLORY AT SEA!” IN NEW ORLEANS

BLEEDING RUST: “GLORY AT SEA!” IN NEW ORLEANS

“Glory at Sea!” plays at SXSW in the Shorts 3 program on March 9, 11th and 14th, at the Alamo Lamar Cinemas. In the guidelines to the Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund–the grants that Rooftop offers to filmmakers whose work has screened with us–we say “We are more likely to fund films that make the most of […]

ROOFTOP STAFF & ALUMS AT SXSW ’08

ROOFTOP STAFF & ALUMS AT SXSW ’08

A lot has been written about the South by Southwest Film Festival and their support of the Austin film community and the “Mumblecore” movement. Personally, I love the idea of indie filmmakers bonding, working together, supporting each other. You can say that the importance of the those scenes is blown out of proportion, and that […]

FREE SCREENING – THIRD WARD, TX

FREE SCREENING – THIRD WARD, TX

Third Ward, TXa documentary about art, life and real estateDirected by Andrew GarrisonProduced by Nancy Bless & Noland WalkerFriday, Feb 1, 6:30pm@ Center for Architecture536 LaGuardia Place, NYCRSVP: www.aiany.com/calendar FREE Project Row Houses is the unlikely home of cutting-edge art and visionary thinking about inner-city renewal. Third Ward, TX introduces artists and neighbors who are […]

“FILM AS A SUBVERSIVE ART: AMOS VOGEL AND CINEMA 16”

“FILM AS A SUBVERSIVE ART: AMOS VOGEL AND CINEMA 16”

TUESDAY, JANUARY 29, 8PMRooftop Films & Stranger Than Fiction co-present“Film as a Subversive Art: Amos Vogel and Cinema 16“a feature-length documentary by Paul Croninat The IFC Center | Tickets We at Rooftop Films are proud to be co-presenting this film because we certainly consider ourselves descendents of Amos Vogel’s Cinema 16. I think one of […]

Sundance Review – CARL DEAL & TIA LESSIN’S “TROUBLE THE WATER”

Sundance Review – CARL DEAL & TIA LESSIN’S “TROUBLE THE WATER”

There is no film I’m more pleased and proud to see here at Sundance than “Trouble the Water,” directed by Rooftop’s neighbors and friends Carl Deal and Tia Lessin. Dan and I first saw a rough cut of this film about a year ago and the material was so powerful and the story so compelling […]

Sundance Review – STACY PERALTA’S “MADE IN AMERICA”

Sundance Review – STACY PERALTA’S “MADE IN AMERICA”

“Made in America” is a radical film about the history of African-Americans in the infamous neighborhood of South Central, Los Angeles. The film outlines the early migrations of former slaves to Los Angeles, and discusses the post-WWII boom of skilled industrial careers which brought large numbers of blacks to LA for the first time. But […]

Sundance Review – CHRIS WAITT’S “A COMPLETE HISTORY OF MY SEXUAL FAILURES”

Sundance Review – CHRIS WAITT’S “A COMPLETE HISTORY OF MY SEXUAL FAILURES”

Rooftop showed Chris Waitt‘s humorous narrative short “Dupe” a couple years ago, so I was very eager to check out his debut feature. The slick short starred Chris as an extremely lazy hipster who orders off the internet a cloning machine (that looks like an crappy old photocopier) so he can send his dupes off […]

Sundance Review – DUPLASS BROTHERS’ “BAGHEAD”

Sundance Review – DUPLASS BROTHERS’ “BAGHEAD”

Jay and Mark Duplass’ “Baghead” is a miraculous film that succeeds in two genres for one simple reason: the characters are amazing. Four struggling actors–two guys and two girls–head off to a cabin in the woods to write a screenplay in the hopes that it will launch their careers. But flirtations, lust, jealousy, competitiveness and […]

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