ROOFTOP FILMS

ROOFTOP FILMS FIRST ANNUAL GALA

Thank you to everyone who came to our first ever gala! It was a great success. Stay tuned for more information about our next Gala. If you would like to support Rooftop Films and our work click donate below. Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who came to our first ever gala! It was a great success. Stay tuned for more information about our next Gala. If you would like to support Rooftop Films with a donation you can do so here. Thank you!

Rooftop Films is excited to hold our first Annual Gala to be held at the breathtaking St. Bart's Church in the heart of Midtown Manhattan on Park Avenue! The evening will raise funds for our vital community programs as well as celebrate the gifted, creative and fearless artists who have made a contribution to the art of filmmaking this past year.

This isn't going to be your run-of-the-mill fundraising party: no black tie or gown required (unless you want to wear one!). This will be a spectacular, unique and fun Rooftop Films style party celebrating art, film and community, with live performance, food, drinks, music, special guests and more! Join us!


Featured Entertainment

Brent Green and Sam Green: Live Cinema

A boundary breaking live performance from animator Brent Green and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sam Green combining cinema, musical accompaniment, and live narration.

The "live documentary" form is something we came to separately, but both of us see it as an important kick in the ass to cinema. In an age when people are often watching films under the most diminished conditions — on laptops while checking Facebook, for example — this form is a reminder of the value to be found in unique experience, in the hand-crafted, the ephemeral, and things that are never experienced the same way twice.

But there's also a broader politics to live cinema. At this moment when there are so many forces pushing us into private and mediated experiences, the simple act of getting together with other people to talk, catch up, drink, and have a collective experience is a radical, and, dare we say, even utopian gesture.
— Brent Green and Sam Green



Honorees

Kirsten Johnson has worked in the documentary field for 25 years and shot for over 60 directors as a cinematographer, including for acclaimed filmmakers Laura Poitras, Michael Moore, Barbara Kopple, Gini Reticker, Raoul Peck, Amy Ziering, and Kirby Dick. She has followed people in conditions of war, poverty, and violence, during emergencies in hospitals as well as in the joys of unexpected victories. She has filmed the subtleties and extremities of the range of human emotion. In her critically acclaimed 2016 feature Cameraperson, Johnson revisited footage from her quarter century tenure to engage with the questions of ethical dilemmas and unintended consequences in the filming process. The result was a formal and collaborative innovation that pushed the boundaries of nonfiction filmmaking.

Taika Waititi’s career began with a bang when his short film, Two Cars, One Night, was nominated for an Academy Award. His following feature-length films have won awards at Berlinale, as well as the Maui, Sydney, Melbourne and AFI Film Festivals, with Boy becoming the highest grossing local film in New Zealand’s history. Waititi is best known in America for his 2014 vampire mocumentary What We Do In The Shadows, and his latest feature, and 2016 Summer Series Selection Hunt for the Wilderpeople. On its opening weekend Wilderpeople took in 1.3 million dollars in New Zealand, more than half of which was taken in on that Saturday — making Hunt for the Wilderpeople’s Saturday the highest grossing single day for a New Zealand film EVER. Clearly somebody over at Disney was paying attention because it was around this time that Taika was tapped to direct the latest Avengers feature Thor: Ragnarok.

Special Guests

    Joe Berlinger (Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru, Paradise Lost Trilogy)
    Vikram Gandhi (Barry, Kumaré)
    Crystal Moselle (The Wolfpack)
    Marshall Curry (Street Fight)
    Reinaldo Green (Stop, Rooftop Filmmakers Fund Grantee)
    Cara Cusumano (The Bloop, Rooftop Filmmakers Fund Grantee)
    Merete Mueller(Tiny, Rooftop Filmmakers Fund Grantee)
    Kitty Green (Casting JonBenet, Rooftop Filmmakers Fund Grantee)

About Rooftop Films

Rooftop Films is a unique collaboration between filmmakers and festivals, audiences and artists, venues and neighborhoods. At Rooftop Films, we do not screen in theaters. We screen in communities. By bringing film directly to locations throughout the city, Rooftop creates inspiring environments that truly change the way people interact with and think of their community, their neighbors, the city, the creative community locally and around the world, and the global issues that affect us all.

Rooftop Films Inc. is a 501(c)3 public charity; all contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. If you have any questions, contact Rooftop Films at 718-417-7362 or email donate@rooftopfilms.com.

Host Committee
    IDDO I. ARAD
    Partner, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC

    STEVEN C. BEER
    Partner, Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo, P.C.

    ANNE CAREY
    President of Production, Archer Gray

    MICHAEL CLARK
    Partner, Beachside Films

    SAMARA DALY
    Principal, DalyGonzalez

    DANIELLE DIGIACOMO
    VP of Acquisitions, The Orchard

    LINDY FOX
    Founder and Fashion Designer, Lindy Fox Designs

    BRENT GREEN
    Visual artist, Filmmaker, Animator

    ROBERT GREENE
    Filmmaker

    MARGARET HEAPHY
    Fortress Investment Group
  
    ANNE HUBBELL
    Co-Founding Partner, Tangerine Entertainment

    TERESA LEE
    Research Analyst, Jane Street Capital

    JEFFREY LEISER
    Co-founder, Albino Fawn Productions

    EVAN LIST
    Vice President & Client Advisor, Bernstein Global Wealth Management

    CASIMIR NOZKOWSKI
    Filmmaker

    MARK ELIJAH ROSENBERG
    Filmmaker, Founder and Director Emeritus of Rooftop Films

    VINAY SINGH
    Partner, Archer Gray

    LAURA V. SMITH
    Chief Operating Officer, Glocap

    RYAN J. SMITH
    Managing Director, Stifel Financial
 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

    Saint Bartholomew's Church
    325 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022

    VIP Reception 6:30PM - 7:30PM
    Gala 7:30PM - 10:00PM


Tickets

    General Admission: $225
    VIP Admission: $500

      The VIP portion of the evening includes access to a special pre-reception to meet the talent, honorees, and special guests.


Sponsors



Sponsorship Opportunities


    For more information contact Genevieve DeLaurier, Managing Director, at genevieve (at) rooftopfilms (dot) com or 718-417-7362.

Gala Sponsor: $2,500
    • 4 VIP Pre-Reception Tickets plus 10 Gala Tickets.
    • On-stage acknowledgement.
    • Logo on gala invitations, print and digital materials, social media, signage, and on-screen.
    • Logo on website, mass emails and onscreen at Rooftop Films events year-round.

Gala Supporter: $5,000
    • 8 VIP Pre-Reception Tickets plus 20 Gala Tickets.
    • On-stage acknowledgement.
    • Logo on gala invitations, print and digital materials, social media, signage, and on-screen.
    • Logo on website, mass emails and onscreen at Rooftop Films events year-round.

Gala Presenting Sponsor: $10,000
    • 10 VIP Pre-Reception Tickets plus 30 Gala Tickets.
    • Speaking role on stage presenting one of the filmmaker honoree awards.
    • On-stage acknowledgement.
    • Logo featured prominently on gala invitations, print and digital materials, social media, signage, and on-screen.
    • Logo on website, mass emails and onscreen at Rooftop Films events year-round