As the city evolves and neighborhoods are transformed, we believe that the unique environments that we create are as indispensable as ever. For twenty years, Rooftop Films has cared deeply about the impact we have on the city and the international cultural community. And that will never change. And we know that you care about these things, too. Together, we can make sure that events like this continue to thrive and grow, in our 20th year and beyond.
We've listened and worked hard over the past year to create a more dynamic and extensive membership program. Rooftop Films new annual membership benefits include and ACCESS to year-round special member-only screenings and special events.
We've created a Summer Series program to give you PLUS a guest greater ACCESS: access to over 50 Summer Series events, and ACCESS to our filmmakers and musicians.
As a Rooftop Films Member, you will receive discounted Summer Series tickets, first access to ticket sales before the general public, priority entry at screenings, Rooftop merch, and partner giveaways PLUS you will receive invites to select member-only events and sneak preview screenings YEAR-ROUND. Enjoy incredible savings while being a vital part of keeping the spirit of independent film alive and thriving in NYC!
Have questions? Visit our Membership FAQ page here or give us a call at 718-417-7362.
Join our family. Join our community. As a non-profit organization, your membership directly supports our mission. Help us reach our goal of 1000 members before December 31st!
For two decades it has been our mission to bring people together via unique cinematic events, and that mission is never going to change. We are already gearing up for next summer, and the coming decades will bring majestic new venues, thousands of surprising new films, and unforgettable events that bring communities together to experience great works of art and to see their city--and their world--from new, illuminating perspectives.
• Bring ground breaking cinema, live music, filmmaker Q&As and other enhancements to bigger and more diverse crowds all across the five boroughs of NYC next summer, and for years to come.
• Expand our screenings in culturally underserved communities
• Continue to increase our support for independent filmmakers to help them produce more groundbreaking new films.
More than a film festival, Rooftop Films screenings are innovative, once-in a lifetime film events. We've refreshed the old traditions-taking the drive-in and turning it into an urban phenomenon on rooftops; taking the old concept of a film festival and turning it into a vibrant, thrilling event; taking independent film and bringing those works to new audiences that wouldn't otherwise be exposed to them.
In 2016, Rooftop Films celebrated its 20th summer of presenting the world's best, new independent films in spectacular fashion, presenting more than 50 outdoor screenings in amazing locations all across New York City. It was our most ambitious and successful Summer Series to date, featuring huge crowds, incredible performances, filmmaker and celebrity guest appearances, and groundbreaking films presented all across the region, bringing cultural events to all five boroughs and beyond, and creating some of the most exciting film happenings being staged anywhere in the world.
The 2016 Rooftop Films Summer Series kicked off in May with a sold out sneak preview screening of the Sundance-winning documentary Weiner atop two rooftops at Industry City in Brooklyn. Director Josh Kriegman and hundreds of attendees packed the roof to see the film that indiewire called "the best documentary about a political campaign ever made." The movie was released in theaters to rave reviews soon after our event, quickly becoming the most successful documentary of the season and an awards season frontrunner.
Two nights later, Rooftop moved across to Bushwick for our first program of short films, and more than 1,000 attendees packed Bushwick Generator for a collection of films about daring missions and hopeful beginnings.
Over the next 15 weeks, Rooftop presented more than one hundred thrilling new films by talent filmmakers on the rise, with the filmmakers in attendance each night for a Q and A and an after party following nearly every screening.
Atop Elevated Acre in lower Manhattan, Rooftop presented a screening of the Rooftop Films Brigade Marketing Filmmakers Fund Grant, The Fits, and with the help of Lululemon brought in The Q Kidz, a 45-girl dance group from Cincinnati, to perform live before the film in which they starred.
In August we took the trek up to the Hudson Valley for the Film Ramble at Storm King Art Center. Attendees meandered the grounds on meditative walks, world-renowned pianist Bruce Levingston performed majestic live scores, and afterwards the crowd moved throughout the park to seek out gorgeous experimental films projected on five different screens.
As a Rooftop Films member not only will you receive access over 45 Summer Series events, you also receive access to members only pre-screening receptions, and VIP Screenings and Sneak Preview events year-round. Some of this year's offerings have included special sneak previews of Jeremy Saulnier's Green Room at Nitehawk Cinema, Duplass Brothers' Televison's Animals at the HBO screening room, a special audio-visual presentation at Carnegie Hall featuring acclaimed pianist Bruce Levingston and Filmmakers' Fund Grantee Jarred Altermann, screenings at the Metrograph, discount tickets to Tribeca Film Festival, and more.
For the first time this summer, we presented events at Greenpoint's massive new venue, House of Vans. The world premiere of Andrew Cohn's new concert documentary, Danny Brown, Live at the Majestic packed the house, as more than 900 attendees gathered around three huge screens for a film screening, and raucous Q & A with the director and the subject of the film, followed by a wildly exuberant performance by the iconic maverick Detroit indie rapper.
We create post-screening energy and enthusiasm by putting together after-parties for many of the screenings in which you can celebrate the works you have just seen and interact with the filmmakers, stars, bands, and one another.