Rooftop Films

Rooftop Films 2022 Collection Announced

EXCLUSIVE: The nonprofit is set to screen some of the biggest winners from Sundance and SXSW across New York City this summer.

Summer is just around the corner, which means Rooftop Films is almost back. New York movie fans can look forward to another season of movie screenings from the long-running nonprofit, which screens independent films at a variety of outdoor locations throughout New York City. Over time, Rooftop Films has become a staple in the world of independent film, helping top filmmakers see their work while connecting undiscovered artists with the resources they need.

Notable films on this year’s list include Chloe Okuno’s “Watcher,” a Sundance horror film similar to an emulation of paranoid classics like “Rosemary’s Baby”; James Morosini’s “I Love My Dad” comedy with the highest awards in the narrative category at SXSW; and “Resurrection” by Andrew Seamans, a psychological thriller that earned high marks from critics and fans alike at this year’s Sundance.

Tickets for select upcoming shows are now on sale via the Rooftop Films website, with additional dates and tickets to be released in the coming weeks. Keep reading for the full programming schedule, which is exclusive to IndieWire:

For the sixth year in a row, SundanceTV will present the Rooftop Films summer film series. In addition, Diageo, the Rooftop’s exclusive alcoholic beverage sponsor, will give 30 pre- and post-show receptions throughout the summer.

Feature Film Programs:

May 9 – Pre-summer special sneak preview event

“hold your fire”
Fon King Park Amphitheater
(Dir. Stephen Forbes I. Documentary, USA, 95 min)
Brooklyn 1973. When Shoaib Rahim and his friends attempt to steal guns for self-defense, resulting in the longest hostage siege in NYPD history. The show will take place at Von King Park in Bed-Stuy, just blocks from the site of the historical events depicted in the movie. After the show, we’ll feature a chat with film director Stephen Forbes, producer Fab 5 Freddy, and special guests.

May 25

Industry City
(Dir. Chloe Okono | Fictional Feature | USA | 96 min)
A woman moves into an apartment with her fiancé and is tormented by the feeling that someone is following her in a nearby building. Starring Micah Monroe, Karl Glusman, Berne Gorman.

May 27

“Neptune Frost”
The roof of the old American can factory
(Der Saul Williams and Anisia Ozeman | Rwanda, USA | 105 min)
Multi-functional and multidisciplinary artist, Saul Williams brings his unique dynamism to this Afrofuturist vision, a sci-fi musical that is a visually fascinating fusion of themes, ideas, and songs that Williams explores in his work, particularly his 2016 album MartyrLoserKing. Co-directed with his partner, Rwandan-born artist and cinematographer Anisia Ozeman, the film is set in the hilltops of Burundi, where a group of fugitive miners in Coltan form a group of anti-colonial computer hackers. From their camp in yet another electronic dump, they are trying to take over the authoritarian regime that is exploiting the region’s natural resources – and its people. When the bisexual Fugitive and a Fugitive Coltan miner find each other through cosmic forces, their connection causes an imbalance in the larger divine circuits.

June 3

The roof of the old American can factory
(Dir. Tia Lisin, Emma Beldes | Documentary | 101 min)
In the spring of 1972, police raided an apartment on the south side of Chicago. Seven women were arrested and charged. Using code names, blindfolds, and safe houses to protect their identities and their work, they’ve built an underground service for women looking for safe, illegal, and affordable abortions. They called themselves Jane. In the face of the mafia, the church and the state, the Jin family has shown unparalleled courage and compassion for those who need it most.

June 18

High School Ceiling New Design
(Dir. Rebecca Hunt | Documentary | USA I 79 min)
Beba is a poetic and raw tale of coming of age as a New York City young man born and raised of Afro-Latino descent stares into shock with unwavering courage.

June 24

“The Holy Spirit (Espirito Sagrado)”
The roof of the old American can factory
(Monastery. Chema García Ibarra | Feature Film | Spain | 97 min)
The strange and the unexpected meet with devastating effect in The Sacred Spirit, Chema Garcia Ibarra’s extraordinary first feature.

June 25

“Let the little light shine”
Pier at Brooklyn Army Station
(Dir. Kevin Shaw I. Feature Film USA, 86 min)
A high-achieving elementary school in an ever-expanding Chicago neighborhood is a lifeline for black children, until gentrification threatens to shut it down

June 29

“Dos Estaciones”
Fort Green . Park
(Dir. Juan Pablo Gonzalez | Feature Film | Mexico | 99 min)
In the rural hills of the Jalisco Highlands, iron-willed businesswoman Maria Garcia battles the impending collapse of her tequila factory.

July 15

“The sea is in front of you”
The roof of the old American can factory
(Dir. Eli Dagher, first fictional novel, France, Lebanon, Belgium, USA, 115 min)
Jana suddenly returns to Beirut after a long absence. She finds herself reconnecting with the familiar and strange life she once left.

July 21

“We met in virtual reality”
The roof of the old American can factory
(Joe Hunting | Documentary | UK | 91 min)
Filmed entirely within the realm of virtual reality, this true-to-life documentary captures the excitement and surprising intimacy of a burgeoning cultural movement, demonstrating the power of online connectivity in an isolated world.

July 22

Greenwood Cemetery
(Dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul | Fictional Feature | Columbia | 136 min)
After hearing a loud “bang” at dawn, a Scottish woman with a mysterious sensory syndrome begins traversing the jungles of Columbia.

July 23

“love song”
Greenwood Cemetery
(Dir. Max Walker-Silverman | Feature Fiction | USA | 81 min)
In a rural western camp, a woman is alone waiting for the arrival of an old flame from her past, unsure of his intentions while ashamed of his.

July 30

“I didn’t see you there”
Pier at Brooklyn Army Station
(Dir. Reid Davenport I Feature Film, USA, 76 min)
A disabled filmmaker begins an unwavering reflection on the scene, (in) vision, and the devastating legacy of The Freak Show.

“I love my dad”
High School Ceiling New Design
(Dir. James Morosini | Feature Film | USA | 90 min)
A hopelessly single father hunts down his son in an attempt to reconnect. Inspired by a true story. Like, this literally happened to me.

August 3

Capital One City Parks Foundation Summer Stage
(Der. Isabel Castro | Feature Documentary | USA, Mexico | 88 min)
Aspiring young music director Doris Muñoz discovers singer Jacques Haupt and begins her career while bonding with an undocumented family.

Preceded by live music performances by Silvana Estrada, Doris Muñoz, Jacques Haupt and special guests to be announced!

August 11

“Hana ha”
Brooklyn Commons
(Dir. Jordan Titosky, Joshua Bykovsky | Feature Film | USA | 75 min)
Her brother, who returns and imposes his lifestyle on the family, is drawn to a kind-hearted town where she lives with her father.

August 18

Brooklyn Commons
(Dir. Adrian Murray | Feature Film | Canada | 74 min)
Simple traffic citation turns into an all-consuming obsession for a neurotic young woman.
Date and place to be announced

Riotsville, USA
(Sierra Pettingail | Feature Documentary | USA | 91 min)

Welcome to Riotsville, USA, a turning point in American history where the protest movements of the late 1960s came into conflict with increasingly militarized police departments. Focus on military training footage unearthed of model towns built by the Army called “Riotsvilles,” where the military and police have been trained to respond to civil disturbances in the wake of President Lyndon Johnson’s Kerner Commission, director of Sierra Bittengell’s fully kaleidoscope Archive Documentary reshapes a law-obsessed national consciousness And order by any means necessary. Drawing insights from a time similar to ours, Riotsville, USA pulls the emphasis on American institutional control and presents a compelling case that if the history of race in America rhymes, it is by design.

Date and place to be announced

“Emily the criminal”
(Dir. John Patton Ford I Fiction Feature I USA I 94 mins)
Faced with a series of dead-end job interviews, Emily soon finds herself enamored with the quick-witted critique and excitement of black market capitalism.

Date and place to be announced

(Dir. Andrew Semans I Fiction Feature I USA I 103 mins)
Margaret’s life is in order. Everything is under control. That is, until David returns, bringing with him the horrors of Margaret’s past. Starring Rebecca Hall and Tim Roth

Short film programmes:

May 20

This is what we mean by short films (opening night)
Greenwood Cemetery
Hey strangers, it’s been awhile. For 26 years, Rooftop Films has celebrated the coming of summer by presenting the best short films of the past year. Come celebrate with us at the cemetery!

June 4

Love is Short (movies): Romantic short films
High School Ceiling New Design
Short films about people who swipe right and the exciting, catastrophic, fun and unexpected circumstances that ensue

June 17

Cemetery short films
Greenwood Cemetery
Bittersweet program about joy, sadness, love, loss, celebration and mourning

July 1

New York is not fiction
Greenwood Cemetery
It is your city. take a look!

August 25

Rooftop Shots (Closing Night)
Greenwood Cemetery
All good things must end before they can begin again. Closing night!

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