Rooftop Films 2018 Gala

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:
Big Lazy

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

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

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.

Notable Guests:

Kentucker Audley

Filmmaker, Actor | Sylvio, Christmas, Again

Kitty Green

Filmmaker | Casting JonBenet

Reinaldo Marcus Green

Filmmaker | Monsters and Men

Eliza Hittman

Filmmaker | Beach Rats

Andre Hyland

Filmmaker, Actor | The 4th,
Mr. Roosevelt

Crystal Moselle

Filmmaker | The Wolfpack, Skate Kitchen

Michael Tyburski

Filmmaker | Palimpsest

Joshua Z Weinstein

Filmmaker | Menashe

Jeremiah Zagar

Filmmaker | We the Animals

Host Committee:

Iddo I. Arad, Board Member
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC

Steven C. Beer, Board Member
Franklin Weinrib Rudell & Vassalo PC

Justin Campbell

Michael Clark, Board Member
Beachside Films

Stacy Cochran

Danielle DiGiacomo, Board Member
The Orchard

Frank DiGiacomo

Brent Green, Board Member
Visual Artist, Filmmaker, Animator

Lynda Hansen
Lynda A. Hansen & Associates

Anne Hubbell, Board Member
Tangerine Entertainment

Alyssa Keene

Teresa Lee, Board Treasurer
Jane Street Capital

Evan List, Board Chair
Bernstein Global Wealth Management


Randall Lotowycz
Workman Publishing

Casimir Nozkowski, Board Secretary

Philip Nuxoll

Mark Elijah Rosenberg, Board Member
Founder & Director Emeritus of Rooftop Films

Blake Shapiro
Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas

Vinay Singh, Board Vice Chair
Archer Gray

Laura V. Smith

Ryan J. Smith
Stifel Financial

Ilya Svintsitski
Evercore Group

Michael Thomas Vassallo
The Orchard

Jason Ward
Board Member
Candy Factory Films

Nancy Marie Whitchurch


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