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SOME PRESS CLIPS:
"a great showcase for independent films for the last 14 years"
TIME OUT NEW YORK
" If you feel that's not enough to warrant your ten big ones, (a) what's wrong with you? and (b) your ticket also gets you access to the open bar at the after-party at Fontana's. You don't get that with Toy Story."
"Check out the city from above while watching truly entertaining movies."
"an excellent summer series"
THE NEW YORKER
"In New York City, rooftops are for more than just keeping the rain off one's head. They're places of respite. Some use them as tar beaches. Those looking for more active forms of entertainment can turn to the Rooftop Film Festival."
THE DAILY BEAST
"Nothing is better than watching a movie by an up-and-coming filmmaker, overlooking the city in the summer. Rooftop Films is also a nonprofit organization that engages youth across the boroughs and rents equipment at low cost to artists. So it's a blast and you're doing something good for culture and community at the same time!"
THE VILLAGE VOICE
"On weekends around sunset, spread over 13 outdoor locations in four boroughs, Rooftop's 14th-annual series offers both consistently thoughtful programming and a fully realized summer experience"
"Rooftop Films provides one of the livelier venues for dedicated indie audiences each summer...this year's lineup offers plenty of remarkable accomplishments from a handful of young directors with keen insight into modern society...I can't imagine a better venue for these movies than the breezy outdoor setting offered by Rooftop. " - Eric Kohn
"If you're the kind of person who likes to sit on roofs, listen to Sephardic rock and watch films about Hasidic ecstasy smugglers then have I got the show for you!"
CAPITAL NEW YORK
"It's events like these--”music, film, free, friendsâ€--that offer a reminder of why New York summers are worth the heat."
"one of the great Brooklyn film community feel good stories"
"One of the great treats this summer"
TIME OUT NY
"The independent flicks and shorts are all carefully selected, smart and brand new (most are U.S. or world premieres); the views from school, museum and factory roofs are stunning; and nearly every screening includes a Q&A with the filmmaker, preshow and live music at an after-party. Bottom line: This weekend series is well worth the $10 ticket."
"a quintessential New York City attraction...What started atop a tenement apartment building on 14th Street now spans across the boroughs, with as many as 43 programs and more than 175 films. Shorts, independent and new films are aired and range from documentaries to comedy animation; most include a question-and-answer session with the filmmaker."
TIME OUT NY
"...celebrate your right to watch movies atop buildings at Rooftop Films."
"an ode to film and the New York skyline in its 14th year"
JON CRONIN'S STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS
"Best Place in Brooklyn to Watch a Film"
"If you're looking to skip Manhattan...try the ever-popular Rooftop Films Summer Series, which offers weekend outdoor screenings of new indie features on top of some of Brooklyn's finest rooftops ."
TIME OUT NY
"Despite the high-minded mission, the vibe is very mellow and light; there's often preshow live music, and attractive singles abound."
"Rooftop Films hosts a great outdoor, underground film festival each summer at different rooftop locations throughout NYC. The cityscape views at the venues are fantastic, the movies are really good if you like independent film and the showings often include an afterparty with free drinks and live bands, all for $10 per person!"
"Rooftop Films Summer Series is a non-profit event that takes advantage of the warmer evening weather with outdoor screenings of independent film, literally, on the rooftops around New York. With the showcasing of original works aiming to achieve a cultural relevancy that all art forms strive for, it would only be natural to feature local musical acts that live and breathe the same sentiment."
"Rooftop Films...provides a forum and an audience for emerging and established film makers who make deeply personal cinema, films that offer intimate looks into individual lives and distinct communities worldwide."
"Since July 1997, Rooftop Films has been attracting thousands of viewers to unique outdoor screenings of movies that would otherwise go unseen, and supporting independent filmmakers through grants, partnerships, services and education."
"The official start to OUR summer is when Rooftop Films announces its outdoor screening schedule." - Flavorpill
"what an innovative way to take advantage of a tall building or green space in and around the city...it is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and to give independent film makers a chance to show off their talents."
"When city streets sizzle in the heat, New York cinephiles head to where they can breathe easy -- the roof. Now in its 14th summer, Rooftop Films is a film screening series that alights atop Manhattan and Brooklyn buildings for 'underground movies outdoors.'"
THE L MAGAZINE
"with its sociable mixing of American indie features and local up-and-comers" Rooftop Films has "deep ties to the city's local filmmaking community"
A TASTE OF JULIA
Sweaty palms and the "will he hold my hand" willies always brings me back to simpler times...with the added bonus of being old enough to grab a drink afterwords.
"the magic of cinema slices right through the hype"
TIME OUT NY
"Fourteen years ago, Vassar graduate Mark Elijah Rosenberg started an event series called Rooftop Films atop his tenement building on East 14th Street (he later had to change venues when a disgruntled landlord gave him the boot that same year).