by Christian Paxton
July 3rd, 2012

In New York City, what can be better than a night out to the movies? The answer: a FREE night out to the movies. Or even better yet… a FREE night out to the movies on a ROOFTOP. This summer, Rooftop Films is proud to bring the city of New York free movies to outdoor venues all across the five boroughs. Thanks to our generous sponsors, NYC & Company, Coney Island Development Corporation, and Made in NY, we are able to screen classics like Ghostbusters (July 2, on the beach at Coney Island) and Sandlot (August 16, at the Ball Park at Staten Island), newbies like Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (August 6, on the beach at Coney Island), and all around must-sees like award-winning Inocente (August 3, at Brooklyn’s Metrotech Commons) without asking for a dime from our audiences. With live music performances before each film, we like to think that we have cooked up the perfect night out for anyone who is sick of reaching into that wallet. Think its too good to be true? Check out the full listing of our schedule and awesome venues below!

Brooklyn: Coney Island Flicks on the Beach

Presented by NYC & Company, the Coney Island Development Corp. and Rooftop Films

Venue: On the Beach at Coney Island

Address: 3059 West 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY

Directions: Take the D, F, N or Q train to Coney Island, walk to the beach and make a left.

7:00PM: Music

8:30PM: Film begins

Monday, July 2
Catch a screening of the film that brought ectoplasm to the New York Public Library and hellhounds to Tavern on the Green.

Monday, July 9
Edge of the City: Underground NY Shorts by the Sea
See the finest short selections from around the world, contending for the top prize in categories like LGBT, student, foreign language and animation.

Saturday, July 14
Bound for Glory
David Carradine plays Woody Guthrie in this Oscar-winning biopic, set in the Dust Bowl, about the folk artist’s experience with the working class after leaving Texas to join the Okies headed to California in search of work. This special Saturday screening commemorates the legendary folk singer and former Coney Island resident’s 100th birthday.

Monday, July 16
See Diane Keaton, Mariel Hemingway and Meryl Streep in Woody Allen’s Oscar-winning love story.

Monday, July 23
The Muppets
Jim Henson’s much-loved characters return to the big screen, as Gary (Jason Segel) and Mary (Amy Adams) aim to reunite the gang in an attempt to salvage The Muppet Theater.

Monday, July 30
Girl Walk // All Day
This feature-length film is actually a long-form dance music video, featuring three dancers who use the cityscape as their stage. The movie is set to Girl Talk’s sample-heavy 2010 album, All Day.

Monday, August 6
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
Tom Cruise stars as Ethan Hunt in the fourth installment of the Mission Impossible series. Hunt and his team, who are implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, must go rogue to clear the Impossible Missions Force’s name.


Brooklyn: Metrotech Commons

All the screenings at Metrotech Commons are presented in partnership with Downtown Brooklyn PartnershipForest City Ratner and Rooftop Films

Venue: Outdoors at Metrotech Commons

Address: Bridge St & Johnson St. Brooklyn

Directions: Take the A, C, F or R Train to Jay Street Metrotech or 2, 3, 4, 5 to Borough Hall or B, Q or R to DeKalb

8:00PM: Doors open

8:30PM: Live music

9:00PM: Films begin

Friday, July 6

New York Filmmakers Shorts Program

Many of the most innovative films and filmmakers in the world are coming out of Brooklyn. Kicking off our series in Downtown BK, we present daring shorts by local filmmakers.Many of the most innovative films and filmmakers in the world are coming out of Brooklyn. Kicking off our series in Downtown BK, we present daring shorts by local filmmakers.

Friday, July 20

Coming Home Shorts Program

It’s never easy to go home, but this program of spirited black comedies, fraught animations and intimate documentaries offers hope for reconciliation.

Tuesday, August 3


A series of free screenings, plus art workshops and exhibitions, centered on this inspiring and lovely documentary, made by Academy Award-nominated filmmakers, about a homeless teen finding hope through creativity.

Presented by Rooftop Films and The Fledgling Fund.


Brooklyn: Ft Greene Park

Presented by AT&T and Rooftop Films

Venue: On the lawn at Fort Greene Park (at Myrtle Ave & Washington Park)

Address: Myrtle and N. Portland, Ft Greene Brooklyn

Directions: Enter the park at Myrtle and N. Portland and walk up the path

8:30PM: Film begins

Thursday, August 9

Welcome to Pine Hill

A recently reformed drug dealer working as a claims adjuster receives earth-shattering news that compels him to make peace with his past and search for freedom beyond the concrete jungle of New York. Filmmaker Keith Miller will be in attendance for a Q and A following the screening.


Bronx: Rooftop Films at Bronx Terminal Market

Presented with support from NYC & Company

Celebrate the summer with Bronx Terminal Market and Rooftop Films every other Tuesday this July and August for a family-friendly film series under the stars on Bronx Terminal Market’s Level 6 garage roof deck..

Venue: Bronx Terminal Market

Address: 610 Exterior Street, Bronx

Directions: 2, 4, or 5 trains to 149 Street and Grand Concourse or B, D, or 4 trains to 161st-Yankee Stadium.

7:30PM: Doors Open

8:30PM: Film

Tuesday, July 10
Johnny Depp is the voice of Rango, an ambitious chameleon who lands in Dirt, a Western town without a sheriff. He steps up to the law-enforcement challenge and sets out to find the town’s missing water, though his intentions are not so pure.

Tuesday, July 24
Remy the rat isn’t exactly a welcome guest of the Paris kitchen where he sets up shop. But that doesn’t stop the aspiring chef from following his dreams of serving gourmet dishes to the masses.

Tuesday, August 7
This documentary follows a homeless girl with lofty dreams of becoming an artist. The film took home an award for inspirational filmmaking at this year’s Arizona International Film Festival.

Tuesday, August 21
Kung Fu Panda
In this Oscar-nominated underdog tale, Po (Jack Black), an out-of-shape panda, is chosen for a special martial-arts mission. With the odds stacked against him, he must defeat a snow leopard and save the Valley of Peace from danger. The film’s star-studded cast includes Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen and Lucy Liu.


Manhattan: Dag Hammarskold Plaza

Presented by Ford FoundationFriends of Dag Hammarskold Plaza and Rooftop Films

Venue: Dag Hammarskold Park

Address: 2nd Ave & E 47th St Manhattan

Directions: Take the 4, 5, 6, 7, or S to 42nd Street.

8:00PM: Doors Open

9:00PM: Film

Tuesday, July 24

The Waiting Room

An evening of health care activism based around a character-driven documentary, going inside a hospital struggling to care for a community of uninsured patients as they cope with disease, bureaucracy and hard choices.

Tuesday, July 31


A series of free screenings, plus art workshops and exhibitions, centered on this inspiring and lovely documentary, made by Academy Award-nominated filmmakers, about a homeless teen finding hope through creativity. Presented by Rooftop Films and The Fledgling Fund.

Tuesday, August 14

5 Broken Cameras

A documentary on a Palestinian farmer’s chronicle of his nonviolent resistance to the actions of the Israeli army.


Queens: Socrates Outdoor Cinema

Presented by Socrates Sculpture Park and AT&T, in collaboration with the Museum of the Moving Image, NYC & Co and Rooftop Films

Venue: On the Lawn at Socrates Sculpture Park

Address: 3134 Vernon Blvd. Long Island City

Directions: Take the N or W train to the Broadway stop in Queens and walk eight blocks west on Broadway (toward the East River) to the intersection of Vernon Boulevard.

7:00PM: Music

8:30PM: Films

Wednesday, July 4
The American Experience
Celebrate Independence Day with a selection of shorts that pay tribute to the culture and history of America through humor, drama and more.

Wednesday, July 11
Soul Kitchen
German foodie comedy Soul Kitchen centers on a down-on-his-luck restaurateur whose fortunes begin to turn around when he hires the best chef in the city. Presented in German with English subtitles.
Wednesday, July 18
Lemonade Joe
This Czech comedy is about a straight-laced cowboy who drinks only Kolaloka lemonade in a town full of whiskey-soaked gunslingers. Presented in Czech with English subtitles.

Wednesday, July 25
Her Master’s Voice
Delve into the world of ventriloquists in this documentary, which follows director Nina Conti as she attends a convention in Kentucky and brings a puppet from her late mentor to its final resting place.

Wednesday, August 1
This documentary tells the story of Brazilian Formula One driver Ayrton Senna, a three-time F1 world champion, who died at age 34.

Wednesday, August 8
Summer Wars
When his account in a massive computer-simulated world is hacked, the real and virtual worlds of math wiz Kenji Koiso become blurred in this Japanese anime adventure.

Wednesday, August 15
Certified Copy
In this film, a British writer travels to Tuscany to give a talk about his new book and meets a beautiful antiques dealer (Juliette Binoche).

Wednesday, August 22
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring
This South Korean drama tells the story of a Buddhist monk as he passes through the seasons of life, from childhood to old age.


Staten Island: St. George Film Series

Presented by NYC & Company, the Staten Island Yankees and Rooftop Films at Richmond County Bank Ballpark

Watch films outdoors in Richmond County Bank Ballpark, home of the Staten Island Yankees, offering sweeping views of New York Harbor and Lower Manhattan.

Venue: Richmond County Bank Ballpark

Address: 75 Richmond Terr at Wall St
8:30PM: Film begins
Thursday, July 26
The Natural
With the aid of a bat carved from a lightning-struck tree, Roy Hobbs (Robert Redford), a middle-aged baseball player, takes a losing 1930s team to first place.

Thursday, August 9
Field of Dreams
If you build it, they will come: such is the lesson learned by Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) in this Oscar-nominated baseball fable. When Kinsella, an Iowa corn farmer, begins to hear voices, he builds a baseball field on his farm, which draws ghosts from the scandalized 1919 Chicago “Black Sox” team.

Thursday, August 16
The Sandlot
Scotty Smalls, the shy new kid in town, musters up the courage to play baseball with the neighborhood boys. Although he’s not very good at first, as the summer passes he becomes a vital team member and manages to bring the group face-to-face with “The Beast,” a ferocious guard dog located beyond the fence of the sandlot.


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