The Rooftop Films Production Collective is currently
on hiatus as we are working with new partners to restructure and relaunch
it in the near future.
Over the past seven years, the majority of the
short, independent movies which we at Rooftop Films have seen and shown
are primarily the work of one person. Time and again, we have seen films
in which the director is also the producer, editor, cinematographer,
writer, even the actor. And while often this singularity of vision produces
works of startling power and clarity, many times the burden of all those
responsibilities causes flaws in the production which might have been
avoided had there been more than one person working on the project.
But time, equipment and talent are scarce, and it's not always easy to find people who are willing to work on a short, independent film.
The Rooftop Films Production Collective aims to fill that void, and provide independent filmmakers with the resources they need to truly achieve their vision, their way.
The Production Collective maintains equipment (including cameras, microphones, a sound mixer and an editing system) and a database of talented actors, crew, musicians, as well as locations and services, which is available to all the filmmakers whose work has been screened at Rooftop Films. Beginning this spring, there will be regularly scheduled meetings, at which filmmakers can share their ideas, their scripts, their edits, and can look for advice and production help among a pool of like-minded film artists. The key to the collective model is that in exchange for the services Rooftop Films provides, a filmmaker would agree to work on other Rooftop Films projects. All the while, the filmmaker maintains complete artistic control over his or her production, while reaping the benefits of having an independent studio working for them.
So far, Rooftop Films has produced or co-produced many short films, including: Mark Elijah Rosenberg's The Man who Shouted Teresa, Joshua Breitbart's Tickets, and Road and Horn, a documentary about a strike at a Brooklyn lumberyard made by the Friends of Teamsters Local 1206. Mark Elijah Rosenberg and Dan Nuxoll collaborated on the films The Second Windiest Day of the Year, and Police Relations in Bushwick after 9/11. And Rooftop produced the animated very-short The Sad and True Tale of the Human Condition by Sarah Palmer and Aaron Seward. All the films were screened on the roof.
Currently, Rooftop Films is collaborating on many projects, including Christoph Gelfand's (Poulty Productions shorts, 7/5/02; Life As We Know It: Squirrels In the Attic, 9/5/03) Brooklyn documentary Bingo; Timothy Greenberg's (La Puppe, 9/13/02) lonely drama 3E; Lucy Weismann's (In the Red, 8/2/02) sex-comedy Faking It; Rob Sosin's (Silas and Mange, 6/14/02) absurdist movie-review show The Will Carlough Awesome Movie Hour; and Francisco Diaz (Rubi, 7/5/02) Spanish-language drama 22-65.
More productions are currently in development. At this time, the Production Collective is only open to filmmakers whose work has screened at Rooftop Films, and to Rooftop volunteers and staff. If you would like to take part, volunteer or submit a film now.
COMPLETED The Man Who Shouted Theresa by Mark Elijah Rosenberg
Tickets by Joshua Breitbart
Road and Horn by Friends of Teamsters Local 1206
The Sad and True Tale of the Human Condition by Sarah Palmer and Aaron Seward
The Second Windiest Day of the Year by Dan Nuxoll and Mark Elijah Rosenberg
Police Relations in Bushwick after 9/11 by Dan Nuxoll and Mark Elijah Rosenberg