ROOFTOP Films 2010 – June’s Schedule for Outside Fun & Films


It’s time once again for the monthly schedule of the ROOFTOP Films summer festival, which goes on through the summer to showcase many wonderful independent films, in open air setting throughout the City. Whether in Brooklyn, Manhattan, in backyards or on rooftops, this is one wonderful festival not to be missed. There are quite a few NY Premieres in June, including one for the much talked about ‘The Happy Poet’ playing later in the month… For all additional info do click on ROOFTOP Films to access their website. Oh, and I ask you, does it get any better than this breathtaking sunset view on the rooftop of the El Museo del Barrio, pictured above??

Friday, June 11
BIKER FOX
NY Premiere. A documentary about Tulsa’s best-known bicycle-riding, raccoon-feeding, scrapyard-dealing, screaming, ranting philosopher of life.
Venue: On the roof of Open Road at New Design High School (350 Grand St., Lower East Side, Manhattan)

Saturday, June 12
THE MAN NEXT DOOR
NY Sneak Preview. A smug designer in a one-of-a-kind Le Corbusier home has to deal with his crass neighbor’s new construction project in this dark comedy about architecture, class, and urban living.
Venue: On the roof of El Museo del Barrio (1230 Fifth Ave., East Harlem, Manhattan)

Sunday, June 13
TINY FURNITURE
22-year-old Aura returns home to her artist mother’s TriBeCa loft with the following: a useless film theory degree, 357 hits on her Youtube page, a boyfriend who’s left her to find himself at Burning Man, a dying hamster, and her tail between her legs. Presented in partnership with BAM CinemaFest.
Venue: In the lot across from BAM (Fulton & Ashland, Ft. Greene, Brooklyn)
* In the event of rain, this event will be held on Thursday, June 17.

Friday, June 18
NEW YORK NON-FICTION (short films)
Unexpected history lessons about the birth of our nation, the end of an artistic era, and the complex commotion of contemporary NYC. It’s your city. Take a look.
Venue: On the roof of Open Road at New Design High School (350 Grand St., Lower East Side, Manhattan)

Saturday, June 19
LOVERS OF HATE
In this savage comedy about deceit and sibling rivalry, two estranged brothers, Rudy and Paul, have nothing in common but their love for the same woman. In the shadows of a posh chalet, Rudy tries desperately to sabotage the relationship in director Bryan Poyser’s brilliantly executed game of cat and mouse.
Venue: On the roof of Open Road at New Design High School (350 Grand St., Lower East Side, Manhattan)

Sunday, June 20
SWEET MUD
A satirical drama about a young man and his mentally-troubled mother, living on a kibbutz in 1974. Winner of the award for Best World Drama at the Sundance film festival. A special presentation with the Consulate General of Israel Cultural Affairs Office.
Venue: On the pier at Solar One (23rd St. & East River, Kips Bay, Manhattan)

Thursday, June 24
THE RURAL LIFE AND SPIRIT (short films)
An adorable yodeling animal animation, a legendary buck-dancer documentary, a splendid story of spirits in the tropics, plus more magnificent movies from pastoral places.
Venue: On the lawn of Automotive High School (50 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

Friday, June 25
THE HAPPY POET
NY Premiere. Rooftop alum Paul Gordon returns as Bill, an out-of-work poet, who puts his heart, soul, and last few dollars into starting an all-organic mostly-vegetarian food stand, but complications with the business jeopardize his dreams for a hot dog-free future.
Venue: On the roof of Open Road at New Design High School (350 Grand St., Lower East Side, Manhattan)

Saturday, June 26
GRAVITY WAS EVERYWHERE BACK THEN
When Leonard’s wife Mary was diagnosed with cancer, he thought he could build their house into a healing machine. It didn’t work. But he kept building. The magnificent debut feature from Rooftop alum musician/animator/artist Brent Green will be performed with a live soundtrack, featuring members of punk idols Fugazi.
Venue: On the roof of Open Road at New Design High School (350 Grand St., Lower East Side, Manhattan)
* In the event of rain, this show will be held on the following day, June 27.

Top image by Dillon DeWaters

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