Rooftop Films = Great Weekend for Movie Watching!

I’m a huge fan of the Rooftop Films concept. An indie movie, a friend or two, and a cool drink in hand, on a hip rooftop or in a park, what is there not to love?! And lets be honest here, summer in the Big Apple ain’t always what it’s cracked up to be. It can be downright tedious to have to decide what to do each and every night. But Rooftop’s summer program started and this weekend, it’s turning up the heat.

On Friday, check out the NY premiere of The Dish and the Spoon by Alison Bagnall, presented by SXSW and Rooftop Films. Indie starlet Greta Gerwig and newcomer Olly Alexander put on alternately fierce and delicate performances in this enchantingly offbeat romance about an alienated teen and a woman on the run from a troublesome marriage. Over the last five years, Greta Gerwig has made her mark as one of the most promising young actresses to come out of American independent cinema. Even though she has since appeared in larger Hollywood projects such as Arthur, Gerwig hasn’t lost touch with her indie roots, as proven by her extraordinary performance in Alison Bagnall’s charming feature film. Greta Gerwig and Alison Bagnall will be there in person to answer questions after the film.

The film screens at the OPEN ROAD ROOFTOP, 350 Grand Street (at Essex). Tickets are $10, doors open at 8 and the film starts at 9 P.M. Afterparty is at Fontana’s on Eldridge.

On Saturday, you’ve got two choices! First one, is the NY premiere of No Matter What, by Cherie Saulter, again presented by SXSW and Rooftop Films. SXSW Weekend continues with the story of Nick and Joey, two best friends living in the crumbling landscape of rural Florida, whose lives and friendship are changed by the journey to find Joey’s mother. Teenagers Joey and Nick are navigating the complex landscape of rural Florida on their own — they don’t really have parents, they prefer skateboarding to school. When the pair set out to find Joey’s mother — camping out in drug dealers’ backyards, hopping freight trains — we wonder if, perhaps, they should just keep going.

This film also screens at OPEN ROAD ROOFTOP, 350 Grand Street (at Essex). Tickets are $10 and the timings are the same as above.

Second choice, and it’s not a rating system but simply a matter of tossing a coin to decide, is the Brooklyn Film Fest presentation of Battle for Brooklyn. Brooklyn Film Festival (BFF) and Rooftop Films are proud to announce the US Premiere of Battle For Brooklyn, a controversial look at the Atlantic Yards project. The film will open the 2011 Brooklyn Film Festival on June 3rd at Brooklyn Heights Cinemas at 8pm. The film will be also shown as a part of the Rooftop Films Summer Series on June 9th in Fort Greene Park. Tickets are $10.

On Sunday, the weekend’s almost over but the fun continues with the NY premiere of The City Dark, by Ian Cheney, presented by Rooftop Films, SXSW, and Edgeworx Studios. For thousands of years, the night sky was a crucial part of human experience, but due to light pollution, the stars are disappearing from our vision and consciousness. Would bringing back the sky make us better humans, or save us from some of the harmful effects of modern city life? Our SXSW weekend concludes with the New York premiere of The City Dark. Filmmaker Ian Cheney (Rooftop alum, King Corn) grew up with a deep fascination with the sky — he was even an amateur astronomer and astrophotographer who built his own telescope on his family’s farm in rural Maine. His childhood memories comprise as much looking out, into the universe, as looking around him. When he moved to New York, the relative lack of visible stars was a rude awakening. The difference seemed more than purely aesthetic, and eventually Cheney asked himself how the flood of light, and lack of night sky, could be affecting all creatures on the planet – humans and otherwise.

This screening is on the roof of The Old American Can Factory, 232 3rd St. (at 3rd Ave.), Gowanus/Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11215, doors open at 8, films starts at 9 and tickets are $10. Reception in the courtyard follows the film.

Remember that with Rooftop Films you are guaranteed so see what can’t be found anywhere else in the city and that there is always a band playing before the film, which makes for double the fun.

For more info, check out the Rooftop Films schedule. N-joy!

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