Light the Spark - Rooftop Winter Benefit
Monday Dec 19, 2011

455 Carroll Street
455 Carroll Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Subway: R to Union St., F/G to Carroll St.


This Show Presented in Partnership With
Buffalo Trace

Rooftop Films and AT&T honor the Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund grantees in an intimate benefit, and light the spark for Rooftop’s 2012 Summer Series, our 16th year of Underground Movies Outdoors.


You are invited to this intimate benefit with emerging filmmakers Sean Durkin (director of Martha Marcy May Marlene, starring Elizabeth Olsen), Gillian Robespierre (director of Obvious Child, starring Jenny Slate), and dozens of other Rooftop alumni whose careers we’ve helped ignite. In addition, Obvious Child star Jenny Slate (SNL, Marcel the Shell with Shoes on) will join Gillian as we honor their Rooftop grantee film, and the event will feature a custom installation of the amazing Kinetic Beasts of Christiaan Zwanikken!

Your contribution at this party will help sustain Rooftop through the cooler months and help us prepare for another amazing year of outdoor cinema. Gather around the hearth and be a part of Rooftop’s vital community.

Filmmakers in attendance/ live music from Rooftop bands / Complimentary food and drink!

Learn more about what we do for filmmakers HERE

Can't make the benefit? Make a tax deductible donation HERE, or inquire about our Funder's Circle at


Live Footage
In 2008 a humble basement apartment in Brooklyn became the laboratory for the Brooklyn-based electroacoustic duo, Live Footage. Mike Thies and Topu Lyo first met at a Halloween party, unaware that years later they would be described as some of the finest “surrealist soundtrack composers” in the making by scoring some of the most eclectic contemporary pieces on air, in dance and in tune composing their own music. Conceived through the art of improvisation, Lyo plays cello, incorporating the use of live loops and a handful of electronics with no pre-recorded samples of any kind. Thies plays drums and keyboards, often simultaneously.

Live Footage’s formula is unique: songs are structured in such a way that enables them to actually build loops without disaster, all while keeping the music’s integrity and allowing ample room for improvisation even when covering the likes of Jay-Z, Dr. Dre and Squarepusher.

It is Live Footage’s coherent complexity that inherently wow’s new ears away. Plain and simple, they are “cinematic, experimental, yet still catchy and melodic.”

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Rooftop Films is a New York based non-profit whose mission is to engage diverse communities by showing independent movies in outdoor locations, producing new films, coordinating youth media education, and renting equipment at low cost to artists.

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