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  MARCH 2011   TOP
SUNDAY MAR 27, 2011
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Ace Hotel
Chelsea, Manhattan

Join us at the Ace Hotel for the New York premiere of DIY director Joe Swanberg's latest film, starring Kent Osborne as a cartoonist spending a sexually charged...

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  APRIL 2011   TOP
SUNDAY APR 10, 2011
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Ace Hotel
Chelsea, Manhattan

A special sneak preview of Benjamin Heisenberg's taut thriller about a champion marathoner leads a double life as a serial bank robber, sprinting between fixes (and...

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  MAY 2011   TOP
WEDNESDAY MAY 4, 2011
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Before there was Jackass...before there was Tom Green...there was Ralph Zavadil. Rooftop's Partnership with the Hot Docs festival continues!

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THURSDAY MAY 5, 2011
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Rooftop's Partnership with the Hot Docs festival continues with award-winning director Whitney Dow's humane and truly exceptional rendering of Haiti’s pride,...

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FRIDAY MAY 6, 2011
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Rooftop's partnership with Hot Docs continues with a film that is part Spinal Tap parody, part earnest portrait of Swedish glam rock frontman Ola Svenson.

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FRIDAY MAY 13, 2011
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The roof of New Design High School (formerly Open Road)
Lower East Side, Manhattan

Rooftop opens our 15th festival with a flash of creativity, a splatter of inspiration, and short epic stories that could save your life.

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SATURDAY MAY 14, 2011
World Premiere
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The roof of New Design High School (formerly Open Road)
Lower East Side, Manhattan

A special World Premiere of the new black comedy from New York based filmmaker Zachary Raines.

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THURSDAY MAY 19, 2011
NY Premiere
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Solar One
Kips Bay, Manhattan

A clever and maniacally entertaining Swedish comedy about a group of “musical terrorists” who break into hospitals, banks, and other public places to play...

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WEDNESDAY MAY 25, 2011
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Solar One
Kips Bay, Manhattan

Enjoyably evil animation.

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THURSDAY MAY 26, 2011
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These fun and frantic short films—comedy, animation, music videos—tell the twisted tales of terrified souls trapped inside the machine.

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FRIDAY MAY 27, 2011
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The roof of New Design High School (formerly Open Road)
Lower East Side, Manhattan

Short romantic films about chasing love, by bicycle and bottle, on the internet and in the air.

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SATURDAY MAY 28, 2011
U.S. Premiere
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The roof of New Design High School (formerly Open Road)
Lower East Side, Manhattan

A nuanced, visually inventive vista of young life in Albuquerque, Bad Posture follows Flo as he seeks to make amends—and make a connection—with Marisa, a...

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  JUNE 2011   TOP
FRIDAY JUN 3, 2011
NY Premiere
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The roof of New Design High School (formerly Open Road)
Lower East Side, Manhattan

Indie starlet Greta Gerwig and newcomer Olly Alexander put on alternately fierce and delicate performances in this enchantingly offbeat romance about an alienated...

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FRIDAY JUN 3, 2011
US Premiere
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Brooklyn Heights Cinema
Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn

A group of people in Rooftop’s beloved Brooklyn come together to fight the Atlantic Yards Project—a massive real estate development that threatens to destroy...

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SATURDAY JUN 4, 2011
NY Premiere
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The roof of New Design High School (formerly Open Road)
Lower East Side, Manhattan

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...

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SUNDAY JUN 5, 2011
NY Premiere
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The Old American Can Factory
Gowanus, Brooklyn

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...

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THURSDAY JUN 9, 2011
Sneak Preview
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Fort Greene Park
Fort Greene, Brooklyn

A group of people in Rooftop’s beloved Brooklyn come together to fight the Atlantic Yards Project—a massive real estate development that threatens to destroy...

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FRIDAY JUN 10, 2011
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The roof of New Design High School (formerly Open Road)
Lower East Side, Manhattan

It’s Your City. Take a Look.

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SATURDAY JUN 11, 2011
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The roof of New Design High School (formerly Open Road)
Lower East Side, Manhattan

Out in the woods, existing relationships start to fray, and the makings of a dangerous love triangle start to come together. Or do they? Takal’s auspicious debut...

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SUNDAY JUN 12, 2011
NY Premiere
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The Piazza at Schmidt's
Philadelphia

Rooftop kicks off our shows in Philly in partnership with The Awesome Fest with Ian Cheney's Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund Edgeworx Post-Production Grant winning film....

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THURSDAY JUN 16, 2011
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indieScreen
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

A collection of New York shorts about people and places, time and forgetting, plus a special presentation of Welcome To Pine Point, an interactive video scrapbook...

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FRIDAY JUN 17, 2011
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The roof of New Design High School (formerly Open Road)
Lower East Side, Manhattan

Looking for companionship, animated foxes, Queens con artists, and drunken babies all wind up in comically awkward and poignantly tragic circumstances.

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SATURDAY JUN 18, 2011
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BAM Cinematek Outdoors
Ft. Greene, Brooklyn

Rohal’s madcap story about Father William Smoortser, who drops his bible into a toilet at a rest stop just before embarking on a day-long canoe trip, breaking...

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SUNDAY JUN 19, 2011
NY Premiere
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The roof of New Design High School (formerly Open Road)
Lower East Side, Manhattan

Jose Gonzalez will perform live on the roof prior to the New York premiere of this lovely, lyrical, thoughtful look at the day to day life and creative processes of...

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FRIDAY JUN 24, 2011
NY Premiere
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The roof of New Design High School (formerly Open Road)
Lower East Side, Manhattan

Premiering on Gay Pride weekend, this playful send-up of 1950's sci-fi follows a group of lesbian extraterrestrials banished to Earth because their feelings of love...

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SATURDAY JUN 25, 2011
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The roof of New Design High School (formerly Open Road)
Lower East Side, Manhattan

Joshua Milton Blahyi is a Liberian warlord turned evangelical minister in this stirring verité documentary about the nature of justice and absolution.

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SUNDAY JUN 26, 2011
NY Premiere
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The Old American Can Factory
Gowanus, Brooklyn

Luridly fascinating and darkly comic, Family Instinct is unlike any film you have seen before: a verite pseudo-documentary comedy about an isolated town in rural...

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TUESDAY JUN 28, 2011
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Solar One
Kips Bay, Manhattan

A special collection of short films that let us peek into the lives of strangers, plus a special sneak preview of Commercial Kings, a new series on IFC.

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  JULY 2011   TOP
FRIDAY JUL 1, 2011
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Greenpoint High School For Engineering and Automotive Technology (Formerly Automotive High School)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

A special outdoor screening of Echotone, winner of the first annual Northside Film Fest DIY Competition. This lyrical documentary provides a telescopic view into the...

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SATURDAY JUL 2, 2011
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The Old American Can Factory
Gowanus, Brooklyn

On July 4th weekend, Rooftop presents a journey from a snowy small town in Northern Michigan to the mountains of Afghanistan and back, following childhood friends...

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WEDNESDAY JUL 6, 2011
Free Show!
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Socrates Sculpture Park
Long Island City, Queens

A collection of extraordinary new short films, all selected from the 2011 Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, the premier short film festival in the world.

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FRIDAY JUL 8, 2011
US Premiere
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Greenpoint High School For Engineering and Automotive Technology (Formerly Automotive High School)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Neurotypical looks at autism from within, as its own culture to be accepted and appreciated, and ultimately broadens the concept of what it means to be human.

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SATURDAY JUL 9, 2011
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The Old American Can Factory
Gowanus, Brooklyn

The 2nd Annual Kickstarter Film Festival will be held the evening of Saturday, July 9th at 7PM in Brooklyn, New York. Advance tickets for this event are completely...

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FRIDAY JUL 15, 2011
NY Premiere
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Greenpoint High School For Engineering and Automotive Technology (Formerly Automotive High School)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Rooftop Films, indieWIRE, and SnagFilms celebrate the 15 year anniversaries of Rooftop and indieWIRE with a special sneak preview of this apocalyptic love story for...

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SATURDAY JUL 16, 2011
NY Premiere
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The Old American Can Factory
Gowanus, Brooklyn

Artists fashion a madcap dance between nature and machine, between past and future, between the living and the dead, featuring robo-animal sculpture installations by...

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THURSDAY JUL 21, 2011
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chashama LIC
Long Island City, Queens

Lonely romantics lost in limbo, in a program of comedies, dramas, documentaries and more about the brilliant anguish of new love and the bittersweet taste of love...

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FRIDAY JUL 22, 2011
NY Premiere
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Greenpoint High School For Engineering and Automotive Technology (Formerly Automotive High School)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Love will find you when you least expect it.

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SATURDAY JUL 23, 2011
NY Premiere
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The Old American Can Factory
Gowanus, Brooklyn

An omnibus of short films about our solar system, commissioned and created by Cinemad and Rooftop Films.

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SUNDAY JUL 24, 2011
FREE SHOW
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The Piazza at Schmidt's
Philadelphia

An omnibus of short films about our solar system, commissioned and created by Cinemad and Rooftop Films.

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THURSDAY JUL 28, 2011
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Crown Vic
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

A dynamic documentary about indie wrestling and a live demo of the daring escapades.

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FRIDAY JUL 29, 2011
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Greenpoint High School For Engineering and Automotive Technology (Formerly Automotive High School)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Some call it punk rock, some call it grass roots, but labels aside, NYC-based Animation Block Party is dedicated to exhibiting the world's best independent,...

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SATURDAY JUL 30, 2011
FREE SHOW
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The Piazza at Schmidt's
Philadelphia

Rooftop again treks down to our sister city in Philadelphia for another outdoor screening with our partners at the Awesome Fest. This special sneak preview of Robert...

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SATURDAY JUL 30, 2011
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The Old American Can Factory
Gowanus, Brooklyn

Rooftop Films and Kill Screen present a night of short films, new videogames, and special presentations that showcase the impact that videogames have on our culture...

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SUNDAY JUL 31, 2011
FREE SHOW
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The Piazza at Schmidt's
Philadelphia

Rooftop's free outdoor screenings in Philadelphia continue with the Awesome Fest. We reprise our successful screening of Jarred Alterman's documentary "Convento,"...

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  AUGUST 2011   TOP
THURSDAY AUG 4, 2011
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Crown Vic
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Female Mexican professional wrestlers! Canadians assaulting rock stars in 7-Eleven! Moped gang wars in Virginia! It is time for some Dangerous Docs, PLUS a special...

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FRIDAY AUG 5, 2011
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Solar One
Kips Bay, Manhattan

Nothing is as it seems in a world of dreams, deception, and resurrection. Sometimes breathing comes more easily underwater.

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SATURDAY AUG 6, 2011
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The Old American Can Factory
Gowanus, Brooklyn

Enzo returns from prison to reunite with his faithful Mary, but all is not as it seems in this one of a kind love story of two outsiders in the underworld of Genoa.

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SUNDAY AUG 7, 2011
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Brooklyn Grange
New York City

A program of enchanting animations, magical music videos, delirious documentaries and fantastical fictions, co-presented as the Closing Night of the Rural Route Film...

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SUNDAY AUG 7, 2011
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Brooklyn Grange
New York City

The natural world writes our origin myths and spells out our destruction in a fertile program about the decline of the rural life, co-presented as the Closing Night...

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WEDNESDAY AUG 10, 2011
NY Premiere
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Socrates Sculpture Park
Long Island City, Queens

Bizarre rituals help soldiers develop powerful bonds amidst the tense existence of one of the Russian army's last existing frozen outposts.

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FRIDAY AUG 12, 2011
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The Old American Can Factory
Gowanus, Brooklyn

An intricate exploration of the emotions that fill the places we inhabit.

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SATURDAY AUG 13, 2011
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The Lexington Academy
East Harlem, Manhattan

Rooftop Films brings the power of poetry to the streets of New York with this documentary about lives and language on the edge: three teens from the Bronx tell their...

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TUESDAY AUG 16, 2011
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The High Line
Chelsea, Manhattan

Rooftop Films brings the power of poetry to the streets of New York with this documentary about lives and language on the edge: three teens from the Bronx tell their...

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FRIDAY AUG 19, 2011
World Premiere
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The Old American Can Factory
Gowanus, Brooklyn

World Premiere! Miles hasn't seen Matt since their father passed away. Now, they're going to blast him into space. Once they steal his ashes. And figure out how to...

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SATURDAY AUG 20, 2011
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The Old American Can Factory
Gowanus, Brooklyn

Closing Night! Short films fired from the roof one last time, with fiction, documentary, comedy and animations so sharp we call them shots.

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  SEPTEMBER 2011   TOP
SATURDAY SEP 17, 2011
Free Show
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Joyce Kilmer Park
, Bronx

Rooftop Films brings the power of poetry to the streets of New York with this documentary about lives and language on the edge: three teens from the Bronx tell their...

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SUNDAY SEP 18, 2011
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Ace Hotel
Chelsea, Manhattan

A special FREE sneak preview of the critically acclaimed new feature film by Andrew Haigh. The filmmaker will be present for a Q and A following the screening. RSVP...

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MONDAY SEP 19, 2011
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Central Park
Upper West Side, Manhattan

ROOFTOP FILMS AND IFP PRESENT: In celebration of IFP's Independent Film Week, Rooftop and IFP present a special sneak preview of Alrick Brown’s Kinyarwanda....

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TUESDAY SEP 20, 2011
MOVED INDOORS
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Walter Reade Theater
New York City

Discover tomorrow’s next great independent films today! Exclusive excerpts from the 21 projects participating in IFP’s 2011 Documentary and Narrative...

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WEDNESDAY SEP 21, 2011
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United Artists Court Street
New York City

A special FREE advance screening of Roadside Attractions' upcoming documentary THUNDER SOUL! Houston's legendary Kashmere Stage Band reunites in this funky,...

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  OCTOBER 2011   TOP
SUNDAY OCT 2, 2011
Free Show!
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Cellardoor Winery
Lincolnville, Maine

A special FREE, closing night, outdoor screening of Jarred Alterman's magical documentary at the exquisitely beautiful Cellardoor Winery. There will be a reception...

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TUESDAY OCT 11, 2011
Free w/RSVP
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Andaz Hotel Wall Street
New York City

Rooftop Films, New York Magazine and the Andaz Salon Series present an exclusive FREE screening of Joshua Gross' debut Feature, World's Best Dad. Enjoy complimentary...

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  NOVEMBER 2011   TOP
FRIDAY NOV 11, 2011
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Museum of Natural History
Upper West Side, Manhattan

Rooftop Films partners with the Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival to bring you Jarred Alterman's magical CONVENTO.

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SATURDAY NOV 12, 2011
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Museum of Natural History
Upper West Side, Manhattan

Rooftop Films partners with the Margaret Mead Film Festival to bring you a selection of shorts that will take you across the globe.

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THURSDAY NOV 17, 2011
Free w/RSVP
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Andaz West Hollywood
Los Angeles

Love will find you when you least expect it. Rooftop Films presents our first screening in L.A.!

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  DECEMBER 2011   TOP
TUESDAY DEC 13, 2011
Free Show!
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reRun Gastropub Theater
Brooklyn

Before Occupy Wall Street, a group of climate activists in the UK organized themselves and engaged in direct action campaigns using the same methods that OWS took on...

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WEDNESDAY DEC 14, 2011
Free Show!
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Brooklyn Society For Ethical Culture
Brooklyn

In 2003 filmmaker Michael Galinsky read a NYTimes article about a New Jersey Nets stadium coming to Brooklyn. Eight years and three lawsuits later, the Forest City...

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THURSDAY DEC 15, 2011
Free Show!
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Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
New York City

A special FREE screening of by international award-winning documentary that examines the causes and aftermath of the greatest financial crisis since the Wall Street...

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FRIDAY DEC 16, 2011
Free Show!
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Union Docs
Brooklyn

Brooklyn documentary collective UnionDocs is opening its doors to a series of short films and multimedia projects from activists and filmmakers who documented the...

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MONDAY DEC 19, 2011
SOLD OUT
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455 Carroll Street
Gowanus, Brooklyn

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...

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