Founded in 1838 and now a National Historic Landmark, Green-Wood was one of the first rural cemeteries in America. By the early 1860s, it had earned an international reputation for its magnificent beauty and became the prestigious place to be buried, attracting 500,000 visitors a year, second only to Niagara Falls as the nation’s greatest tourist attraction. Crowds flocked there to enjoy family outings, carriage rides, and sculpture viewing in the finest of first generation American landscapes. Green-Wood’s popularity helped inspire the creation of public parks, including New York City’s Central and Prospect Parks. Green-Wood is 478 spectacular acres of hills, valleys, glacial ponds and paths, throughout which exists one of the largest outdoor collections of 19th- and 20th-century statuary and mausoleums. Four seasons of beauty from century-and-a-half-old trees offer a peaceful oasis to visitors, as well as its 560,000 permanent residents, including Leonard Bernstein, Boss Tweed, Charles Ebbets, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Horace Greeley, Civil War generals, baseball legends, politicians, artists, entertainers and inventors. A magnet for history buffs and bird watchers, Green-Wood is a Revolutionary War historic site (the Battle of Long Island was fought in 1776 across what is now its grounds), a designated site on the Civil War Discovery Trail and a registered member of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System. On September 27, 2006, Green-Wood was designated a National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior, which recognized its national significance in art, architecture, landscaping and history. After almost two centuries, Green-Wood is as beautiful as it was at its founding. But such historic beauty is fragile. Time and weather have taken their toll on marble sculpture, granite monuments, brownstone mausoleums, cast-iron signs and landscaped parkland. Established in 1999, The Green-Wood Historic Fund’s mission is to maintain Green-Wood Cemetery’s monuments and buildings of historical, cultural and architectural significance; advance public knowledge and appreciation of this significance; and preserve the natural habitat and parklands of one of New York City’s first green spaces. With funding from memberships and donations, The Historic Fund not only preserves the past to enrich our future, but keeps a vibrant presence in our current time by presenting open-to-the-public events which include themed walking and trolley tours, book talks and special seasonal events. Since it's founding in 1838, Green-Wood Cemetery has been both a resting place and a vibrant cultural site. It has been a magnet for history buffs, bird-watchers, and historians researching art, architecture, landscaping and New York History. It has been a community gathering place since its very earliest years, and the Cemetery hosts art exhibitions and various other cultural events year round. Rooftop Films programs events in a variety of non-traditional locations, and we always take into account the cultural sensitivities of any space that hosts our events. The locations in the Cemetery that we have chosen for our events are not burial sites, and of course we will be respectful of the surrounding graves and expect our guests to respect the grounds as well. Luckily, we have great audiences that understand that the spaces that host our events must be treated with consideration and respect. As for the films that we have chosen to screen at Green-Wood this year, we have programmed a diverse batch of movies, but have paid particular attention to showing films that respect death, dying and the departed. None of the films that we are screening take death lightly. Not all the films that we have chosen deal with serious subject matter, but none of them are disrespectful of the location. Additionally, all of the subject matter has been run by Green-Wood's events team, and we all believe that these screenings will be wonderful events that won't in any way be disruptive to the Cemetery or the surrounding community.