Thursday, February 15
At St. Bart’s Church
325 Park Ave, New York, NY. 10022
6:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Honoring the work of Filmmakers:
Sean Baker (Tangerine, The Florida Project)
Yance Ford (Strong Island)
With live music from:
This isn’t going to be your run-of-the-mill fundraising party (no stuffiness, we promise!). Sure we’ll be dressed up, but in the spirit of our innovative Summer Series events, we’ll be doing this Rooftop-style: Just a fun party for the lovers and leaders of the film community to come together and celebrate Rooftop Films and the gifted, creative and fearless artists that have made a contribution to the art of filmmaking this past year.
All proceeds for the evening will go to support our vital community programs. And if you sign up to join us at the gala you will receive complementary tickets to see longtime Rooftop Films supporter and celebrated concert pianist Bruce Levingston performing live at Carnegie Hall on April 9th!
General Admission: $150
VIP Admission: $300
(VIP includes pre-reception to meet the talent and honorees)
Food and drinks served throughout the evening.
Meet the Honorees:
Yance Ford is a Sundance Institute Fellow, a Creative Capital Grantee and featured in Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film. A graduate of Hamilton College and the Production Workshop at Third World Newsreel, he is a former series producer of the PBS anthology series POV. The Root 100 recently named Ford among the most influential African Americans of 2017. His feature film Strong Island was awarded Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking, Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film, and Outstanding Achievement in Direction at the 2018 Cinema Eye Honors, and has been nominated for best documentary at the 2018 Academy Awards®.
Sean Baker is the director of Take Out (2008) and Prince of Broadway (2009), both nominated for the John Cassavetes Independent Spirit Award, and Starlet (2012), the recipient of the Robert Altman Independent Spirit Award, as well as another Cassavetes nominee. His fifth feature Tangerine premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and was released by Magnolia Pictures. The film was nominated for 4 Independent Spirit Awards including Best Feature and Best Director, and 4 Gotham Awards Including Best Feature (it won the Audience Award). His latest feature The Florida Project was nominated for four Gotham Awards in 2017 and Best Supporting Actor at the 2018 Academy Awards®, and won the Heterodox Award at the 2018 Cinema Eye Honors.
Filmmaker, Actor | Sylvio, Christmas, Again
Filmmaker | Casting JonBenet
Reinaldo Marcus Green
Filmmaker | Monsters and Men
Filmmaker | Beach Rats
Filmmaker, Actor | The 4th,
Filmmaker | The Wolfpack, Skate Kitchen
Filmmaker | Palimpsest
Joshua Z Weinstein
Filmmaker | Menashe
Filmmaker | We the Animals
Iddo I. Arad, Board Member
Steven C. Beer, Board Member
Michael Clark, Board Member
Danielle DiGiacomo, Board Member
Brent Green, Board Member
Anne Hubbell, Board Member
Teresa Lee, Board Treasurer
Evan List, Board Chair
Casimir Nozkowski, Board Secretary
Mark Elijah Rosenberg, Board Member
Vinay Singh, Board Vice Chair
Laura V. Smith
Ryan J. Smith
Michael Thomas Vassallo
Nancy Marie Whitchurch
Rooftop Films Inc. (EIN 35-2323897) is a 501(c)3 public charity; all contributions are tax-deductible minus the value of of goods or services received.