by Sata Cissokho
October 21st, 2011

Yep, it is getting seriously cold. And dark, oh so dark when you get off work. No more “oh it’s so nice out why would I stay indoors?!”

But instead of rushing home and warm up under your blanket, our brilliant and talented Rooftop alums have some pretty insane films in theatres for you to make you forget about the bad sides of Fall.

This weekend Todd Rohal, takes you on an absurd and hilarious road (river?)-trip with The Catechism Cataclysm. Cherry on top, he will be attending the 8:15 screening at the IFC Center for a little not-to-be-miss Q&A.

Looking for something more nerve-wracking? Make sure to see grantee Sean Durkin’s intense psychological thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene opening at the Angelika and the AMC at Lincoln Square. The film keeps accumulating nominations since its Sundance debute including 3 nominations for the 21th Gotham Independent Film Award.

The Catechism Cataclysm

Venue: IFC Center, 323 6th Ave (at W 3rd St.), New York, NY 10014
Subway: Take the A, B, C, D, E, F or M to the West 4th Street/Washington Square stop or the 1 to Christopher Street/Sheridan Square

Rooftop alum Todd Rohal’s The Catechism Cataclysm follows the storyline of your typical road-trip movie. On a boat. With a priest. Who’s obsessed with bad heavy metal music. (He became a priest because of Judas___. Dig?) Throw in some Japanese tourists with a head-exploding device and a man living inside a concrete highway bunker, and voila, instant classic.

Martha Marcy May Marlene

Venues: Opening in New York and Los Angeles
Tickets available here:

Martha is Marcy May is Marlene. She’s a victim and teacher and a leader and a lost soul. And she’s the most fascinating psychologically-damaged characters in recent cinema, the lead of Sean Durkin’s intricate and astonishing debut feature honored with the Best Dramatic Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival.

IndieWIRE calls it “the most anticipated American indie releases of the year”.

Should be enough to keep you busy for the weekend!


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