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STANLESS STEEL PERFORMS DEATH-DEFYING STUNT FOLLOWING ROOFTOP SCREENING OF “STRONGMAN”

STANLESS STEEL PERFORMS DEATH-DEFYING STUNT FOLLOWING ROOFTOP SCREENING OF “STRONGMAN”

Getting back to Rooftop’s roots as a guerrilla screening series, on Saturday May 30, following the screening of Zachary Levy‘s documentary Strongman, Stanless Steel, the star of the film, raced time and defied all laws of common sense and safety, in order to lie in the street (on a leopard print rug, no less) and let a truck […]

“GLORY AT SEA!” FUNDRAISER SAT., APRIL 26, @ THE WALTER READE THEATER

“GLORY AT SEA!” FUNDRAISER SAT., APRIL 26, @ THE WALTER READE THEATER

Rooftop Films & Court 13 present“Glory at Sea!”As a fundraiser for injured director Benh Zeitlin Sat., April 26, 10:30pmWalter Reade Theaterat Lincoln Center, NYC SOLD OUT!We raised over $5,000! “Glory at Sea!” will be screening at Rooftop Films’ 2008 Summer Series on June 12. So if you haven’t already, join our email list (left) to […]

April 2-8: 15TH AND FINAL NYUFF

April 2-8: 15TH AND FINAL NYUFF

New York Underground Film FestivalApril 2-8, 2008@ Anthology Film Archiveswww.nyuff.com Tickets March 27 @ 9:45pm Selections from the 2007 NYUFF@ IFC CenterTickets The New York Underground Film Festival, a venerable anti-establishmentarian institution, the godfather of all “Underground” film festivals, will be hosting its 15th and Final installation in April, and then doing what any good […]

DVDs for GLORY AT SEA!

DVDs for GLORY AT SEA!

A quick update in the ongoing saga of Benh Zeitlin and “Glory at Sea!” You can read the backstory here, here, and here. Very nice posts were also written by The Austin Chronicle, Slamdance, and Spout. As I wrote earlier, Benh was unable to make it to very much at the festival, because of his […]

SXSW REVIEW: FICTION VS. NON-FICTION IN “WOODPECKER” AND OTHER FILMS

SXSW REVIEW: FICTION VS. NON-FICTION IN “WOODPECKER” AND OTHER FILMS

Late last night, after jumping from IFC’s My Morning Jacket / Yo La Tengo concert to the wide-open SXSW Closing Night party and finally onto Joel Heller‘s birthday, I wound up at the Magnolia diner, eating scrambled eggs and discussing scrambled documentaries. I was there with Dan Nuxoll from Rooftop, Joel, and Alex Karpovsky and […]

“GLORY AT SEA” WINS SXSW WOLPHIN AWARD

“GLORY AT SEA” WINS SXSW WOLPHIN AWARD

Like the film itself, this story has (in its own way) a happy ending. As you probably read in my other posts below, Benh Zeitlin–the director of “Glory at Sea,” a miraculous short film that Rooftop co-funded–was in a brutal car accident the day of his first screening at SXSW. He’s doing much better now, […]

ROOFTOP ALUM & SXSW FILMMAKER BENH ZEITLIN NEEDS YOUR HELP

ROOFTOP ALUM & SXSW FILMMAKER BENH ZEITLIN NEEDS YOUR HELP

GO SEE “GLORY AT SEA!” A few days ago, I posted below about “Glory at Sea!” a short film directed by Benh Zeitlin of Court 13 Productions. It’s a movie that Rooftop Films partially funded, and which is an amazing, uplifting, collaborative project, a mythical narrative about a community (set in post-Katrina New Orleans) coming […]

SXSW REVIEW: “THE PLEASURE OF BEING ROBBED”

SXSW REVIEW: “THE PLEASURE OF BEING ROBBED”

The pleasure of “The Pleasure of Being Robbed” is the joy of discovering a bag full of kittens (and watching them playfully flip through the air); the bliss of an unexpected overnight road trip with a friend; the warmth of a frolic with a polar bear. Josh Safdie’s film is filled with a carefree awkwardness, […]

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 […]

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