Rooftop Films Summer 2015 Schedule

Our favorite movie organization, Rooftop Films, is back with a full schedule of free movies for the summer of 2015.

Rooftop Films Summer 2015 Schedule

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Our favorite movie organization, Rooftop Films, is back with a full schedule of free movies for the summer of 2015.

This year Rooftop will help produce over 60 free outdoor screenings, many of which are new, independent films that will screen as part of the 19th annual Summer Series. Rooftop Films will also partner with various New York cultural institutions to screen new independent films along with classics and recent blockbuster hits.

Over in Manhattan, Rooftop Films will co-present three free screenings of new independent films on the Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place (formerly World Financial Center) with Arts Brookfield. The screenings will take place July 30th through August 1st, with live musical performances preceding each of the films. July 30th marks the return of Animation Block Party, a selection of the year’s best animated shorts. This will be followed on July 31st by a special screening of the environmental exposé Racing Extinction, directed by the Academy Award® -winning filmmakers of The Cove. Racing Extinction will be broadcast worldwide in 220 countries and territories on Discovery Channel later this year.

Rooftop is also happy to support Olga Bell’s Krai, and Roomful of Teeth’s Render and Ritornello, which are co-presented by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and New Amsterdam Presents as part of the River To River Festival. River To River is a public engagement initiative that inspires residents, workers, and visitors in Lower Manhattan, by connecting them to artists, new ideas and perspectives, and other art-lovers to demonstrate the role that artists play in creating vibrant, sustainable communities. To learn more about River To River and for a full calendar of events, visit RiverToRiverNYC.com

Rooftop has also selected two films for Outdoor Cinema at Socrates Sculpture Park, which returns to Long Island City this summer for an 18th consecutive summer of free screenings of films from around the world on Wednesday nights in July and August. This year, Rooftop has chosen Rooftop Alums Gaspard Kuentz & Cedric Dupire’s sensational Kings of the Wind and Electric Queens, in addition to a series of Swedish Short Films, courtesy of the Swedish Film Institute, as their contributions to the festival. Rooftop will also help produce the rest of the Film Forum curated series, which includes Don’t Look Back, Iron Crows, and Wadjda among other international triumphs. In addition to films, the Outdoor Cinema festival invites visitors to picnic on the grass, and see musical and dance performances.

As part of the Summer Series, Rooftop has teamed up with The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and Forest City to bring outdoor movies to Summer@Metrotech in Downtown Brooklyn. These events include A Night with Khalik Allah, one of New York’s preeminent photographers and filmmakers, and a special screening of Bikes vs. Cars, which documents the transportation revolution.

Rooftop will also once again co-present Coney Island Flicks on the Beach in partnership with the Alliance for Coney Island and NYC & Company. Every Monday from July 6th to August 24th, a giant 40-foot inflatable screen will turn the beach at West 10th Street into an outdoor movie theater. This summer’s lineup includes a mix of modern, classic, and indie films, all for free, and starting at 7:30 pm.

Rooftop will also help Bronx Terminal Market host its 4th Annual Free Summer Film Series. Films include Home, The Lego Movie, and Big Hero 6. Each evening will begin with pre-film activities provided by Bronx Terminal Market retailers and local organizations such as Bronx Museum and CUNY Hostos.

This summer Rooftop will explore exciting new venues such as Elevated Acre, a full acre park three stories up between the two towers at 55 Water Street. As part of the Water Street Game On! Program, Rooftop will produce outdoor screenings of White Men Can’t Jump, The Karate Kid, and Rudy.

Rooftop Films will also present free outdoor events at the Ridge Hill Mall in Yonkers, including screenings of recent Academy Award® nominees Birdman and Whiplash. The screenings at Ridge Hill are presented in partnership with Forest City.

In addition to those listed above, Rooftop has also helped to program and present LOFT’s “LOL Movie Series” which will feature free screenings of Frances Ha, and Bridesmaids at Solar One in Kips Bay.

 

ROOFTOP FILMS 2015 FREE SUMMER PROGRAM:

Various Locations

June 22: Industry City, Sunset Park, Brooklyn
FRESH DRESSED (Sacha Jenkins)
Special FREE screening courtesy of Vimeo. Fresh Dressed is a fascinating chronicle of hip-hop, urban fashion, and the hustle that brought oversized pants and graffiti-drenched jackets from Orchard Street to high fashion's catwalks and Middle America shopping malls. Director Sacha Jenkins' music-drenched history draws from a rich mix of archival materials and in-depth interviews with rappers, designers, and other industry insiders. Featuring Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Sean “Puffy” Combs, Nas, Pusha T, Swizz Beatz, Damon Dash, André Leon Talley, A$AP Rocky, Marc Ecko, Big Daddy Kane, Kid ‘N Play & many others. Fresh Dressed will be released on Vimeo on Demand on June 26th. More Info: http://rooftopfilms.com/2015/schedule/fresh-dressed/

June 23: Liberty Plaza, Manhattan
RIVER TO RIVER PRESENTS: OLGA BELL’S KRAI

Krai (край) is the Russian word for edge, limit, frontier or hinterland. Present‐day Russia is divided into a myriad of ‘federal subjects’, including nine krais. Olga Bell’s Krai is an audio‐visual performance concerned with the rest of the map: the wilderness, the towns, the inhabitants and their stories.The setting for Krai is Pier 15, where a video installation showing landscapes of rural Russia provides a dreamlike backdrop for this performance. Using text that is a mix of traditional, liturgical and original poetry that Olga created with her mother, a former Radio Moscow broadcaster, Krai will feature Olga along with a small chorus will sing entirely in Russian of Cossack fables, Orthodox chants and politically charged limericks—all set to an astounding score, creating a dizzying mosaic of avant‐garde and vernacular soundscapes. River to River Festival includes 60 free dance, music, visual art events in Lower Manhattan and on Governors Island More Info: http://rooftopfilms.com/2015/schedule/river-to-river-presents-krai/

June 24: Liberty Plaza, Manhattan
RIVER TO RIVER PRESENTS: RENDER AND RITORNELLO

Roomful of Teeth is a Grammy-award winning vocal project founded by Brad Wells and dedicated to mining the expressive potential of the human voice. Drawing from their studies with masters of non-classical traditions from around the world, the eight-person ensemble is continually growing its vocabulary of singing techniques, which include Tuvan throat singing, yodeling, belting, Inuit throat singing, Korean P’ansori, Georgian singing, Sardinian cantu a tenore, Hindustani music, and Persian classical singing. Roomful of Teeth’s mesmerizing songs are guaranteed to capture your attention and show you the infinite possibilities of what the human voice can do through singing styles from around the world. River To River Festival includes 60 free dance, music, visual art events in Lower Manhattan and on Governors Island More Info: http://rooftopfilms.com/2015/schedule/river-to-river-presents-render-and...

July 17 : Metrotech Commons, Downtown Brooklyn
A NIGHT WITH KHALIK ALLAH

Join one of NYC’s preeminent urban photographers/filmmakers for a night of unforgettable imagery. More Info: http://rooftopfilms.com/2015/schedule/a-night-with-khalik-allah/

July 29: Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City
KINGS OF THE WIND AND ELECTRIC QUEENS
(Gaspard Kuentz & Cedric Dupire)
A compelling and hypnotic glimpse into one of India’s wildest carnivals. Courtesy of UniFrance. More Info: http://rooftopfilms.com/2015/schedule/kings-of-the-wind-and-electric-que...

July 30: Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey Street, Financial District
ANIMATION BLOCK PARTY
(SHORT FILMS)
Experience some of the year's best animated shorts at the incomparable Animation Block Party! More Info: http://rooftopfilms.com/2015/schedule/animation-block-party-short-films-2/

July 31: Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey Street, Financial District
RACING EXTINCTION
(Louie Psihoyos)
Filmmakers of The Cove bring you the latest environmental exposé More Info: http://rooftopfilms.com/2015/schedule/racing-extinction/

August 1: Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey Street, Financial District
TBA

August 5: Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City
COLD CONFLICTS: SWEDISH SHORT FILMS

A selection of Swedish short films about confrontations and disagreements. Part of Rooftop Films’ Swedish Summer Focus. More Info: http://rooftopfilms.com/2015/schedule/cold-conflicts-swedish-short-films/

August 6: Metrotech Commons, Downtown Brooklyn
BIKES VS. CARS
(Fredrik Gertten)
The bicycle, an amazing tool for change. Activists and cities all over the world are moving towards a new system. But will the economic powers allow it? Bikes vs Cars, a new film project from BANANAS!* and Big Boys Gone Bananas!* director Fredrik Gertten, looks into and investigates the daily global drama in traffic around the world. Part of Rooftop Films’ Swedish Summer Focus. More Info: http://rooftopfilms.com/2015/schedule/bikes-vs-cars/

LOL MOVIE SERIES (NEW YORK)
Solar One, Manhattan. Loft and Rooftop Films present three classic comedies, FREE, along the river at East 23rd Street.
More Info: http://loft.com/summermovies

June 25: LOFT AND ROOFTOP FILMS PRESENT: FRANCES HA (Noah Baumbach)
Noah Baumbach's brilliant comedy Frances Ha, FREE, outdoors at Solar One.

June 30: LOFT AND ROOFTOP FILMS PRESENT: BRIDESMAIDS (Paul Feig)
The instant-classic comedy, Bridesmaids, FREE, outdoors at Solar One

OUTDOOR CINEMA
Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City

July 1: DON’T LOOK BACK (D.A. Pennebaker)
Arguably the greatest music documentary ever. Bob Dylan’s 1965 British tour, intimately recorded by legendary filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker, reveals the genius/enfant terrible at the height of his growling ‘60s counter-culture persona. More Info: http://socratessculpturepark.org/program/dontlookback/

July 8: LIVE IN MAID (Jorge Gaggero)
A wonderful comedy of class consciousness and codependency that easily and subtly crosses cultural boundaries. More Info: http://socratessculpturepark.org/program/live-inmaid/

July 15: GAINSBOURG: A HEROIC LIFE (Joann Sfar)
The life and loves of French pop star Serge Gainsbourg are reimagined by comic book artist Joann Sfar. More Info: http://socratessculpturepark.org/program/gainsbourg-2/

July 22: IRON CROWS (Bong-Nam Park)
Remarkably beautiful cinematography affords indelible insights into how some of the most exploited people on earth retain their courage, decency and fortitude. More Info: http://socratessculpturepark.org/program/ironcrows/

July 29: Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City
KINGS OF THE WIND AND ELECTRIC QUEENS
(Gaspard Kuentz & Cedric Dupire)
A compelling and hypnotic glimpse into one of India’s wildest carnivals. Courtesy of UniFrance. More Info: http://rooftopfilms.com/2015/schedule/kings-of-the-wind-and-electric-que...

August 5: Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City
SWEDISH SHORT FILMS

A selection of Swedish short films about confrontations and disagreements. More Info: http://rooftopfilms.com/2015/schedule/swedish-short-films/

August 12: Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City
WADJDA
(Haifaa al-Monsour)
The charming, poignant story of a 10-year-old girl who longs for a bicycle so she can race her best friend (a boy) and attain some measure of independence in a society whose restrictions on women begin early. More Info: http://socratessculpturepark.org/program/wadjda/

August 19: Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City
ALICE
(Jan Svankmajer)
A live-action Alice encounters both animated animals and objects on her trip down the existential rabbit hole. More Info: http://socratessculpturepark.org/program/alice/

CONEY ISLAND FLICKS ON THE BEACH
On Mondays during July and August, a giant 40-foot inflatable screen turns the beach at West 10th Street into an outdoor movie theater! Come on down and see great flicks, representing a mix of modern, classic, and indie movies. Get ready for a great lineup for the fifth annual Coney Island Flicks on the Beach presented by Alliance for Coney Island, Rooftop Films and NYC & Company! More info at http://www.coneyislandfunguide.com/Attraction/Coney-Island-Flicks-on-the...

July 6: THE TERMINATOR (James Cameron, 1984)

July 13: THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (Wes Anderson)

July 20: THE GOONIES (Richard Donner)

July 27: INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM (Steven Spielberg)

August 3: BIG HERO 6 (Don Hall, Chris Williams)

August 10: MRS. DOUBTFIRE (Chris Columbus)

August 17: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (James Gunn)

August 24: TBA

GAME ON! AT ELEVATED ACRE, a full acre park three stories up between the two towers at 55 Water Street. More Info: http://gameon.downtownny.com/

July 8: WHITE MEN CAN’T JUMP (Ron Shelton)

August 12: KARATE KID (John G. Avildsen)

September 9: RUDY (David Anspaugh)

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Rooftop Films is a non-profit organization whose mission is to engage and inspire the diverse communities of New York City by showcasing the work of emerging filmmakers and musicians. In addition to their annual Summer Series – which takes place in unique outdoor venues every weekend throughout the summer – Rooftop provides grants to filmmakers, teaches media literacy and filmmaking to young people, rents equipment at low-cost to artists and non-profits, and produces new independent films. At Rooftop Films, we bring underground movies outdoors. For more information and updates please visit their website at www.rooftopfilms.com.

Rooftop Films Brookfield Place 01- Credit Darial Sneed
Rooftop Films Brookfield Place 01- Credit Darial Sneed