20 Years of Rooftop Short Films

Monday Aug 8, 2016
7:30PMLive festivities begin on the beach at 7:30PM!

On the Beach at Coney Island
Coney Island
3059 West 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY
Take the D, F, N or Q train to Coney Island, walk to the beach and make a left.


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Tribeca Shortlist
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See pivotal films from the last 20 years

As we look back on 20 years, we are excited to present films from the early careers of now-famous and acclaimed directors and from the defining moments of New York City’s and Rooftop’s own history. Before studio deals and Academy Awards filmmakers climbed a staircase to a New York City roof and introduced one of these short films. No doubt the view from that roof has changed a lot, much like the city. We examine the pivotal changes around our Coney Island venue in Under the Roller Coaster and in the larger New York City with the harrowing Collateral Damage which was shot in Lower Manhattan on September 11, 2001.


Under the Rollercoaster (Lila Place | USA | 15 min.)
To thousands, the Thunderbolt Roller Coaster was a Coney Island icon, but for Mae Timpano it was home. This enchanting film examines the true-life experience of one woman and her unique relationship to Coney Island living under the famed Thunderbolt Roller Coaster.

Egg (Benh Zeitlin | USA | 9 min.)
A rollicking high seas adventure featuring a mixture of sophisticated animation and live action chicken-creatures, with an egg beater Ahab going down the giblet to a gastronomical demise. The film that won the 2005 Grand Jury Prize for Best Animated Short at Slamdance returns to New York for a grand, new screening.

Las Palmas (Johannes Nyholm | Sweden | 14 min.)
A middle-aged lady on a holiday in the sun tries to make new friends and have a good time. The role is played by a one-year-old girl (Johannes’ daughter); the rest of the cast are marionette puppets. The trailer received over 8 million views on YouTube. Here now is the US premiere of the complete version of Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund grantee Johannes Nyholm’s legendary short film. johannesnyholm.se

Pioneer (David Lowery | Dallas, TX | 15 min.)
A father (Will Oldham) tells his little boy the most epic bedtime story ever.

Bottle (Kirsten Lepore | Los Angeles, CA | 5 min.)
Animated on location at a beach, in snow, and underwater, this heartbreaking stop-motion short details a transoceanic love affair between two adorable bumps trading messages in a bottle.

Warriors: The Bike Race (Christopher Ryan, Michael Green, and Jesse Epstein | Brooklyn, NY | 24 min.)
In August of 2002, over 800 bicycle riders descended upon New York City in the form of 89 gangs. Their goal: to live out the epic gang warfare movie known as THE WARRIORS. During the all night race from the Bronx to Coney Island, riders were lost, blood was shed, police outwitted, and countless brain cells destroyed. Most of what took place that night was thankfully never discussed again until. . . WARRIORS: THE BIKE RACE.

Collateral Damage (Ben Ibrahim Riesman | New York, NY | 20 min.)
A powerful experimental documentary about the filmmakers experience in Lower Manhattan on September 11, 2001.

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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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