Rooftop Films 2018 Gala

Thursday, February 15
At St. Bart’s Church
325 Park Ave, New York, NY. 10022

6:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Honoring the work of Filmmakers:
Sean Baker (Tangerine, The Florida Project)
Yance Ford (Strong Island)

This isn’t going to be your run-of-the-mill fundraising party (no stuffiness, we promise!). Sure we’ll be dressed up, but in the spirit of our innovative Summer Series events, we’ll be doing this Rooftop-style: Just a fun party for the lovers and leaders of the film community to come together and celebrate Rooftop Films and the gifted, creative and fearless artists that have made a contribution to the art of filmmaking this past year.

All proceeds for the evening will go to support our vital community programs.


General Admission: $150
VIP Admission: $300
(VIP includes pre-reception to meet the talent and honorees)

Food and drinks served throughout the evening.

Meet the Honorees:

Yance Ford

Sean Baker


Yance Ford is a Sundance Institute Fellow, a Creative Capital Grantee and featured in Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film. A graduate of Hamilton College and the Production Workshop at Third World Newsreel, he is a former series producer of the PBS anthology series POV. The Root 100 recently named Ford among the most influential African Americans of 2017 and in December the International Documentary Association will present him with their Emerging Filmmaker Award. His feature film Strong Island premiered to critical acclaim at Sundance in 2017 and premiered on Netflix.Sean Baker is the director of Take Out (2008) and Prince of Broadway (2009), both nominated for the John Cassavetes Independent Spirit Award, and Starlet (2012), the recipient of the Robert Altman Independent Spirit Award, as well as another Cassavetes nominee. His fifth feature Tangerine premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and was released by Magnolia Pictures. The film was nominated for 4 Independent Spirit Awards including Best Feature and Best Director, and 4 Gotham Awards Including Best Feature (it won the Audience Award). The Florida Project (2017) premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and was released by A24. Baker is a graduate of NYU. He is also the co-creator of the long-running American comedy series Greg the Bunny.


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