Rooftop Films announces 2022 Summer Series collection

After two years of truncated programming due to the pandemic, rooftop movies It will return in force in the Summer 2022 series, with movie screenings and live music performances on rooftops and outdoor spaces throughout New York City.

“Inspired by the resilience of our colleagues in New York as well as the independent filmmaking community, Rooftop Films has persevered, delivering hundreds of outdoor shows of all kinds over the past two years,” said Dan Noxall, President of Rooftop Films. “This summer, Rooftop Films is excited to return to its roots: supporting the incredible work of emerging filmmakers in immersive personal shows in memorable locations, offering vibrant Q&A and group discussions, pairing exciting live shows with films, and throwing festive movie parties in communities all over the world. across New York City. It’s been a complex time to produce and deliver films, which makes these great films—most of which were made by first feature filmmakers—even more inspiring.”

The 2022 Rooftop Films list includes New York premieres of the latest festival favorites such as: Adrien Murray’s recedingAndrew Simans resurrectionJohn Patton Ford emily the criminalwinner of the James Morosini SXSW Award I love my dadChloe Okono ForemanSierra Pettingail Riotsville, USAthe winner of the dance Hana ha ha It is preceded by a live musical performance by lead actress Hannah Lee Thompson, and more. There is also a musical science fiction movie by Saul Williams, Neptune Frost.

As usual, Rooftop Films officially kicks off its 2022 season, “This is What We Mean By Short Films,” on May 20 at Green Wood Cemetery with live music from J Howard and the Eternal torches.

Ahead, there’s a special “Pre-Summer Sneak Preview Event” on May 9 at the Von King Park Amphitheater featuring a screening of the Hold Your Fire documentary with a follow-up Q&A with director Stephen Forbes, Producer Fab 5 Freddyand special guests. This is free with RSVP.

Check out their 2022 Rooftop Films lineup below and head over to their website for more information.


2022 Rooftop Films Summer Programming Series
Additional movies and shows will be announced soon

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.
Courtesy of IFC Films and AMC Networks

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.
New York premiere
Courtesy of IFC Midnight

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.
Courtesy of Kino Lorber

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.
Courtesy of HBO Original Documentaries

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.
Courtesy of Neon

June 24
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 combine to a devastating effect on the Holy Spirit, and
Debut feature from Chema Garcia Ibarra.
US premiere
Presented in partnership with Festival Rizoma

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
New York premiere

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
sea ​​in front
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.
US premiere

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.
Courtesy of Neon

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.
Courtesy of Bleecker Street

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.
New York premiere

July 30
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.
New York premiere
Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

August 3
Capital One City Parks Foundation Summer Stage
(Der. Isabel Castro | Feature Documentary | USA, Mexico | 88 min)
Doris Muñoz, an aspiring young music director, discovers singer Jack and begins her career while coming to terms with an undocumented family.
Preceded by live music performances by Silvana Estrada, Doris Muñoz, Jacques Haupt and special guests to be announced!
New York premiere
Courtesy of the original Disney documentary

August 11
Hana ha ha
Brooklyn Commons
(Dir. Jordan Titosky | Feature Fiction | 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.
New York premiere

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.
New York premiere

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.
Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

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.
Courtesy of Roadside Attractions

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
New York premiere
Courtesy of IFC Midnight

short film programs

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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