Mark Elijah Rosenberg, Founder & Artistic Director
Born and raised in New York City, Mark received his BA from Vassar College and began showing movies on his roof in 1997. Mark has overseen the growth of Rooftop Films into one of the most innovative film companies in the country.
Mark has published articles on filmmaking and programming, and been a guest lecturer at places such as Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the Allied Media Conference and the University of Texas. Mark has served on grants panels for Cinereach, NYSCA, LMCC and Renew Media, and is on the Advisory Council for Fractured Atlas. Mark has programmed film screenings across the world, and was on the jury at numerous festivals including Sundance and SXSW.
As a curator and filmmaker in his own right, Mark's taste and work favor low-budget, personal cinema. Mark has shot, directed, and edited dozens of short films, and was a producer-editor on the Emmy Award-winning WNYE television show IMNY, where he taught video production to New York City public school students. Mark recently co-produced and directed a segment ofOrbit(Film),an omnibus movie about our solar system, and is developing a feature-length multi-media story about a man on a one-way mission toward the unknown. The film, Ad Inexplorata, was recently selected for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, and Mark has been awarded a grant from Creative Capital.
Mark is an outfielder for the New York Giants amateur baseball team, a receiver on the nationally-traveling NYGFL flag football team, the proud father of a dog named Dizzy, and the husband of Stephanie Skaff, a musician and media activist. Mark is currently on sabbatical (mostly) for 2015 while working on other projects.