by Mark Elijah Rosenberg
May 14th, 2010

The New Yorker ran an adorable illustration of Rooftop Films’ opening weekend screening of Holy Rollers, Saturday, May 15 at Open Road Rooftop above New Design High School. And here’s what they wrote in the Above and Beyond section (pg. 32) of the May 17, 2010 issue:

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. This nonprofit group has been screening films and running events above the city streets for fourteen years now. The season opens on May 14 atop the New Design High School, on the Lower East Side, with a short-film program and music by the indie-pop band Twin Sister (there’s also an after-party with drinking, but that’s off-site). The following night, the series offers a sneak preview of the feature “Holy Rollers,” followed by a Q.& A. and an after-party. This film is based on a true story about a Hasidic drug ring operating out of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a neighborhood that—adding another element to the experience—can be viewed from the Lower East Side rooftop venue.

Come see for yourself how the illustration stacks up against this super cool roof and film!


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