Rooftop Films Announces 2014 Summer Lineup, Featuring Sneak Previews, Premieres and More, Beg. 5/16
Rooftop Films has announced the feature film lineup for the 18th Annual Rooftop Films Summer Series presented by Industry City. This year's series will feature more than 45 outdoor screenings of the best in new, independent, and foreign films, each screened against the backdrop of New York's stunning skyline. This year's series kicks off at Industry City in Sunset Park with some of the most exciting new short films from around the world on Friday, May 16th, followed by a special sneak preview of Gillian Robespierre's upcoming A24 release Obvious Child on Saturday, May 17th.
The 2014 Rooftop Films Summer Series continues through the summer, with screenings each week in a variety of exciting and picturesque outdoor locations. Rooftop Films' full feature film slate includes documentaries about mushroom hunters in search of human connection (The Last Season), no-budget trailer park filmmakers (Giuseppe Makes A Movie), untouched corners of endangered rainforest (Forest Of The Dancing Spirits), and idiosyncratic jazz legends (The Case Of The Three-Sided Dream); bold, mind-bending fiction (R100, The Infinite Man, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night); and sneak previews of the most exciting festival hits of the year, including razor-sharp comedies (Obvious Child, The One I Love, Skeleton Twins, Appropriate Behavior, Ping Pong Summer, The Trip To Italy) and powerful independent dramas (10,000KM, Cold In July, Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter). Additionally, Rooftop Films will be presenting the World Premiere of Adam Newport-Berra's powerful feature film debut, Thanksgiving.
"This is a tremendous year in independent cinema," says Dan Nuxoll, Program Director for Rooftop Films, "and I am particularly impressed by how many of the year's breakthrough works are also tremendously entertaining films. Many of the films in this year's Rooftop slate technically exist within the boundaries of traditional mainstream genres, but the brilliant ways in which the filmmakers explore and upend those categories make these films thrillingly engaging. It will be a fun summer on the roof."
It is Rooftop Films' goal with each event and each season to re-imagine their festival and reinvigorate their community. With live performances, audience interaction, and enhanced themed events at amazing new venues, Rooftop turns each film screening into an unforgettable event. This summer, Rooftop Filims' enhanced special screenings will include live performances by renowned musicians, mushroom hunting on the world's largest rooftop soil farm, ping-pong tournaments, and drag performances.
Please find below the line-up for the 2014 Summer Series listing of feature films. All shows include live-music before the screenings and most include filmmaker Q&As and complementary after parties. The Summer Series will also include over 13 programs of short films, and there will be additional feature films and special events announced shortly. The full schedule including locations and dates will be announced in the coming weeks.
In addition to our Presenting Sponsor Industry City, Rooftop Films is also pleased to announce their Signature Sponsors: New Amsterdam Spirits who are generously sponsoring Rooftop's famous after parties; Talenti Gelato, who will be providing gelato pops to guests at select events; and AT&T, who will continue to support Rooftop Films for a third straight year.
Rooftop Films 2014 Summer Series Feature Films Line-up
10,000KM (Long Distance) (Carlos Marques-Marcet | 99 min.) Special Sneak Preview
Part of Rooftop Films SXSW Weekend
Separated by 10,000 kilometers, Alexandra and Sergi must rely on virtual communication to keep the flame of their relationship alive. But with their realities no longer shared and the touch of one another gone, the technology that has supposedly brought the world closer together may just tear them apart.
Appropriate Behavior (Desiree Akhavan | 82 min.) Special Sneak Preview
Shirin is struggling to become an ideal Persian daughter, politically correct bisexual and hip young Brooklynite but fails miserably in her attempt at all identities. Being without a cliché to hold onto can be a lonely experience.
The Case of the Three Sided Dream (Adam Kahan | 87 min.) Special Sneak Preview
Presented by Rooftop Films and Arts Brookfield
Free Screening. Multi-instrumentalist, civil rights activist and worshipper at the church of dreams, Rahsaan Roland Kirk overcame blindness, paralysis and social injustice to fundamentally alter the landscape of jazz.
Cold In July (Jim Mickle | 109 min.) NY Premiere
Jim Mickle's Sundance hit is an ostensible thriller-cum-revenge flick, harking back to 80's b-movies and delicately crafted around a simple premise that turns out to be anything but. Courtesy of IFC Films.
The Deadly Ponies Gang (Zoe McIntosh | 65 min.) International Premiere
Clint and Dwayne are two of a kind. The kind that start a pimped-out pony gang (ponies replete with glitter, oversized sunglasses, and bling) on the edges of rural New Zealand. Riding through town the duo deals some drugs, tries to snuggle up to some ladies, and attempts a fundraiser for new teeth while learning the lengths people will go for their mates.
The Disobedient (Mina Djukic | 112 min.) NY Premiere
Running through life with wild abandon, lifelong friends Leni and Lazar set out on an improvised countryside bike trip. Like tiny tornadoes they whirl around rural Serbia resulting in the type of destruction that can only come from true, disastrous love.
Five Star (Keith Miller | 82 min.)
Free Show. In a blend of fiction and reality, Five Star explores the relationship between two men - Primo, a five star general in the Bloods, and John, a young man trying to decide whether gang life is the path for him. As Primo mentors John in the workings of the gang world, a secret threatens both men's futures. Winner of a Rooftop Filmmakers Fund grant.
Forest of the Dancing Spirits (Linda Västrik | 104 min.) NY Premiere
Deep within one of the world's last untouched rainforests lives the Yaka/ Mbendjele tribe, a group of hunter-gatherers from the Congo Basin, who are about to discover the Western world's intense lust for "progress." Beyond just an ethnographic study, award-winning filmmaker Linda Västrik imbues each lush frame with humor, heartbreak and vibrant storytelling.
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (Ana Lily Amirpour | 107 min.) Special Sneak Preview
A mysterious female vampire haunts an Iranian ghost town and falls for one of its alienated locals in this fantastical black-and-white romance. Produced by Elijah Wood, the Sundance-acclaimed title is a daring, original take on the genre.
Giuseppe Makes A Movie (Adam Rifkin | 83 min.) NY Premiere
Using his trailer park neighbors and homeless friends, former child-actor Giuseppe Andrews (Independence Day, Detroit Rock City) has made 30 underground feature films for almost no money. This is the stranger-than-fiction story of him making his newest film, "Garbonzo Gas." Winner of a Rooftop Filmmakers Fund grant.
Happy Christmas (Joe Swanberg | 78 min.) Special Sneak Preview
Anna Kendrick stars as a newly single woman who crashes with her brother and wreaks havoc on his household in Joe Swanberg's delicate comedy, which also features energetic turns by Melanie Lynskey and Lena Dunham. Courtesy of Magnolia Films.