by Lela Scott MacNeil
May 5th, 2011

Read all about it in the Hollywood Reporter.

We couldn’t be more excited to announce our special weekend of select films from the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival, making their New York Premieres June 3-5 2011, as part of Rooftop Films 15th Annual Summer Series.

The films making their New York Premieres as part of our South by Southwest Weekend are The Dish and the Spoon directed by Alison Bagnall and starring Greta Gerwig, No Matter What directed by Cherie Saulter, and Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund and Edgeworx Studios Grantee The City Dark directed by Ian Cheney.

The Austin based festival’s programming has long served as an industry standard for innovative and courageous filmmaking. For this reason, Rooftop Films is proud to present a special weekend of SXSW World Premieres as a part of our ongoing mission to bring exciting and vital films to broad audiences across New York City and beyond.

“Rooftop Films puts on great events that draw large, enthusiastically engaged crowds to enjoy smart independent films in an unforgettable setting,” says Janet Pierson, SXSW Conference & Festival Producer. “Our sensibilities are really well aligned, so it’s both flattering and completely organic that a wonderful batch of SXSW premiere films will enjoy their NYC launch in such a wonderful way at Rooftop.”

“Both SXSW and Rooftop are committed to discovering and supporting first-time filmmakers and emerging auteurs,” adds our own Artistic Director Mark Elijah Rosenberg. “Our SXSW Weekend feels like a natural extension of our mutual work promoting deeply personal, intimate films, and this weekend will be a fantastic way to enable large crowds to see these new and wonderful films.”

Show Details:

Friday, June 3, 2011
Rooftop Films and SXSW Present:
The Dish and the Spoon

In this delicate affecting romance, indie starlet Greta Gerwig boldly plays against type as Rose, a woman furious with her unfaithful husband. During a drinking binge, she encounters an alienated teen played by newcomer Olly Alexander, and the two go on whimsical adventures together, their relationship becoming more enchantingly intimate as they gambol about a small beachside town.

Venue: Open Road Rooftop, 350 Grand Street, Lower East Side, New York, NY

Saturday, June 4, 2011
Rooftop Films and SXSW Present:
No Matter What

Teenagers Joey and Nick are navigating the complex landscape of rural Florida on their own — they don’t really have parents, they prefer skateboarding to school. When the pair set out to find Joey’s mother — camping out in drug dealers’ backyards, hopping freight trains — we wonder if, perhaps, they should just keep going.

Venue: Open Road Rooftop, 350 Grand Street at Essex St., Lower East Side, New York, NY

Sunday, June 5, 2011
Rooftop Films, SXSW and Edgeworx Studios present:
The City Dark

(Ian Cheney | Brooklyn, NY | 84 minutes)

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 consciousness. Would bringing back the sky make us better humans, or save us from some of the harmful effects of modern city life? Supported in part by the Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund and the Edgeworx Studios Post-Production Grant.

Screening with a selection of 2011 SXSW Shorts:
Heliotropes (Michael Langan | San Francisco, CA | 3 min.): Heliotropes documents the parallel goals of man and nature, through the most primitive and sophisticated means, to simply stay in the light. Based on the poem by Brian Christian.

Howling at the Moon (Jason Tippet, Elizabeth Mims | Los Angeles, CA | 8 min.): Matt and Harry receive an invitation to see a fellow employees band. To escape the awkward coffee shop performance, Matt comes up with a somewhat decent excuse.

Venue: On the Roof at the Old American Can Factory, 232 3rd St. at 3rd Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY

Tickets on sale soon!


The SXSW Film Festival is a uniquely creative environment featuring the dynamic convergence of talent, smart audiences and industry heavyweights. A hotbed of discovery and interactivity, the event offers invaluable networking opportunities and immersion into the art and business of the rapidly evolving world of independent film. The internationally acclaimed, nine-day Festival celebrates raw innovation and emerging talent, featuring a truly diverse program that includes provocative documentaries, subversive comedies, DIY narratives, genre standouts and more. More at


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  1. [...] Friday, Rooftop Films kicks off our SXSW Weekend the NY Premiere of Alison Bagnall’s new film The Dish and The Spoon, a charmingly off-kilter [...]

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