2022 Summer Series Announcement

SKIP TO 2022 SUMMER SERIES PROGRAMMING

This year’s Summer Series will run from May 20th through the end of August and will include more than 40 outdoor screenings featuring new independent feature films, short film programs, and live performances. Programming highlights include:

  • The NY premieres of festival hits including Adrien Murray’s Retrograde, Andrew Semans’ Resurrection, John Patton Ford’s Emily the Criminal, James Morosini’s SXSW Winner I Love My Dad, Chloe Okuno’s Watcher, Sierra Pettengill’s Riotsville, USA, and Slamdance winner Hannah Ha Ha, preceded by a live musical performance by lead actress Hannah Lee Thompson, and more.
  • The chance to catch this year’s most exciting first-feature gems from emerging independent filmmakers such as, Ely Dagher’s The Sea Ahead, Juan Pablo Gonzalez’s Dos Estaciones, Max Walker-Silverman’s A Love Song, Rebecca Huntt’s Beba, Joe Hunting’s We Met in Virtual Reality, Reid Davenport’s I Didn’t See You There, Chema García Ibarra’s The Sacred Spirit (Espíritu sagrado), and more.
  • A partnership with Capital One City Parks Foundation’s SummerStage to screen the NY Premiere of Isabel Castro’s Sundance standout Mija with live musical performances by Silvana Estrada, Doris Muñoz, Jacks Haupt, and special guests, in addition to a series of short films that will be featured ahead of their concerts throughout the summer.
  • Free community screenings and foreign language programming to bring independent films to the larger New York audience including special screenings for communities in Corona and East Elmhurst, Queens, in partnership with City Councilmember Francisco Moya; in Fort Greene Park in partnership with the Fort Greene Park Conservancy; and many more free community events throughout the City; and a special Bedford Stuyvesant community screening of Stefan Forbes’ Hold Your Fire just blocks from where the films’ historic events took place, featuring a panel discussion addressing issues of criminal justice reform and police violence featuring the filmmaker, Fab 5 Freddy, and community leaders.
  • Live performances at nearly every show this summer, including Freedom Dabka Group performing at Rooftop’s annual New York Non-Fiction screening, pre-screening performances by J. Hoard, Hannah Thompson, Low Roller, Aviva Jaye, Hannah Sumner, Molly Joyce, beccs, Madam West, and dozens more.
  • The current complete list of programming is below. Additional programming, including short film programs, dates, venues and partnerships will be announced throughout the summer.

“Inspired by the resilience of our fellow New Yorkers as well as the independent filmmaking community, Rooftop Films has persevered, presenting hundreds of outdoor screenings of all types over the last two years,” said Dan Nuxoll, President of Rooftop Films. “This summer, Rooftop Films is excited to return to its roots: championing the amazing work of emerging filmmakers at immersive in-person screenings in unforgettable locations, presenting vibrant Q&As and panel discussions, pairing thrilling live performances with the movies, and throwing festive film parties in communities all across NYC. It has been a complicated time to make and present movies, which makes these impressive films–most of which were made by first-time feature filmmakers–that much more inspiring.”

For the sixth consecutive year, the Rooftop Films Summer Series will be presented by SundanceTV. Lay’s Potato Chips will present more than 20 musical performances throughout the summer and provide free snacks at every single Rooftop Films Summer Series. Additionally, Rooftop’s exclusive liquor sponsor Diageo will present 30 pre- and post-screening receptions throughout the summer.

2022 venue partners will include Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn; Brookfield’s Brooklyn Commons; Fort Greene Park, in partnership with the Fort Greene Park Conservancy; The Old American Can Factory in Gowanus; the pier at The Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park, which will host multiple screenings throughout the summer; The roof of New Design High School in the Lower East Side; City Parks Foundation’s SummerStage in Central Park; Industry City in Sunset Park; and multiple additional city park locations to be announced soon.

2022 Rooftop Films Summer Series Programming

Additional films and programs to be announced soon!

Feature Film Programs:

May 9 – Special Pre-Summer Sneak Preview Event
Hold Your Fire
Herbert Von King Park Amphitheatre
(dir. Stefan Forbes | Documentary Feature | US | 95 mins)
Brooklyn 1973. When Shu’aib Raheem and friends attempted to steal guns for self defense, sparking the longest hostage siege in NYPD history. The screening will take place in Von King Park in Bed-Stuy, just blocks from the location of the historic events depicted in the film. Following the screening we will present a conversation with filmmaker Stefan Forbes, producer Fab 5 Freddy, and special guests.
Courtesy of IFC Films and AMC Networks
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May 25
Watcher
Industry City
(dir. Chloe Okuno | Fiction Feature | US | 96 mins)
A woman moves into an apartment with her fiancé and is tormented by the feeling that she is being stalked by someone in an adjacent building. Starring Maika Monroe, Karl Glusman, Burn Gorman.
New York Premiere
Courtesy of IFC Midnight
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May 27
Neptune Frost
The Roof of the Old American Can Factory
(dir. Saul Williams & Anisia Uzeyman | Rwanda, US | 105 mins)
Multi-hyphenate, multidisciplinary artist Saul Williams brings his unique dynamism to this Afrofuturist vision, a sci-fi punk musical that’s a visually wondrous amalgamation of themes, ideas, and songs that Williams has explored in his work, notably his 2016 album MartyrLoserKing. Co-directed with his partner, the Rwandan-born artist and cinematographer Anisia Uzeyman, the film takes place in the hilltops of Burundi, where a group of escaped coltan miners form an anti-colonialist computer hacker collective. From their camp in an otherworldly e-waste dump, they attempt a takeover of the authoritarian regime exploiting the region’s natural resources – and its people. When an intersex runaway and an escaped coltan miner find each other through cosmic forces, their connection sparks glitches within the greater divine circuitry.
Courtesy of Kino Lorber
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June 3
Rooftop Selects: The Janes
The Roof of the Old American Can Factory
(dir. Tia Lessin & Emma Pildes | Documentary Feature | US | 101 mins)
In the spring of 1972, police raided an apartment on the South Side of Chicago. Seven women were arrested and charged. Using code names, blindfolds, and safe houses to protect their identities and their work, they built an underground service for women seeking safe, affordable, illegal abortions. They called themselves Jane. Facing off against the mafia, the church, and the state, the Janes exhibited unparalleled bravery and compassion for those most in need.
Courtesy of HBO Original Documentaries
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June 18
Beba
The Roof of New Design High School
(dir. Rebecca Huntt | Documentary Feature | US | 79 mins)
Beba is a poetic and raw coming of age tale, in which a young NYC born and bred Afro-Latina stares down trauma with unflinching courage.
Courtesy of NEON
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June 24
Rooftop Selects: The Sacred Spirit (Espíritu sagrado)
The Roof of the Old American Can Factory
(dir. Chema García Ibarra | Fiction Feature | Spain | 97 mins)
The uncanny and the unexpected combine to devastating effect in The Sacred Spirit, the extraordinary debut feature from Chema Garcia Ibarra.
US Premiere
Presented in partnership with Festival Rizoma
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June 25
Let the Little Light Shine
The Pier at Brooklyn Army Terminal
(dir. Kevin Shaw | Documentary Feature | US | 86 mins)
A high-achieving elementary in Chicago’s expanding neighborhood is a lifeline for Black children, until gentrification threatens its closure
New York Premiere
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June 29
Dos Estaciones
Fort Greene Park
(dir. Juan Pablo Gonzales | Fiction Feature | Mexico | 99 mins)
In the bucolic hills of the Jalisco Highlands, iron-willed businesswoman María García fights the impending collapse of her tequila factory.
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July 15
Rooftop Selects: The Sea Ahead
The Roof of the Old American Can Factory
(dir. Ely Dagher | Fiction Feature | France, Lebanon, Belgium, US | 115 mins)
Jana suddenly returns to Beirut after a long absence. She finds herself reconnecting with the familiar yet strange life she had once left.
US Premiere
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July 21
We Met in Virtual Reality
The Roof of the Old American Can Factory
(Joe Hunting | Documentary Feature | UK | 91 mins)
Filmed entirely inside the world of VR, this verité documentary captures the excitement and surprising intimacy of a burgeoning cultural movement, demonstrating the power of online connection in an isolated world.
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July 22
Memoria
Green-Wood Cemetery
(dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul | Fiction Feature | Columbia | 136 mins)
After hearing a loud ‘bang’ at daybreak, a Scottish woman begins experiencing a mysterious sensory syndrome while traversing the jungles of Colombia.
Courtesy of NEON
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July 23
Rooftop Selects: A Love Song
Green-Wood Cemetery
(dir. Max Walker-Silverman | Fiction Feature | US | 81 mins)
At a campground in the rural West, a woman waits alone for an old flame from her past to arrive, uncertain of his intentions while bashful about her own.
Courtesy of Bleecker Street
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July 30
I Didn’t See You There
The Pier at Brooklyn Army Terminal
(dir. Reid Davenport | Documentary Feature | US | 76 mins)
A disabled filmmaker launches into an unflinching meditation on spectacle, (in)visibility, and the corrosive legacy of the Freak Show.
New York Premiere
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July 30
I Love My Dad
The Roof of New Design High School
(dir. James Morosini | Fiction Feature | US | 90 mins)
A hopelessly estranged father catfishes his son in an attempt to reconnect. Inspired by a true story. Like, this literally happened to me.
New York Premiere
Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures
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August 3
Mija
Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage
(dir. Isabel Castro | Documentary Feature | US, Mexico | 88 mins)
An ambitious young music manager, Doris Muñoz, discovers singer Jacks Haupt and launches her career while bonding over having undocumented family.
Preceded by live musical performances by Doris Muñoz, Jacks Haupt, Silvana Estrada, and special guests to be announced!
New York Premiere
Courtesy of Disney Original Documentary
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August 11
Hannah Ha Ha
Brooklyn Commons
(dir. Jordan Tetewsky & Josh Pikovsky | Fiction Feature | US | 75 mins)
A kindhearted townie living with her father is pulled in different directions by her brother who returns and imposes his lifestyle on the family.
New York Premiere
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August 18
Retrograde
Brooklyn Commons
(dir. Adrian Murray | Fiction Feature | Canada | 74 mins)
A minor traffic citation spirals into an all-consuming obsession for a neurotic young woman.
New York Premiere
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DATE AND VENUE TBA
Riotsville, USA
(Sierra Pettengill | Feature Documentary | US | 91 mins)
Welcome to Riotsville, USA, a turning point in American history where the protest movements of the late 1960s came into conflict with increasingly militarized police departments. Focusing on unearthed military training footage of Army-built model towns called “Riotsvilles,” where military and police were trained to respond to civil disorder in the aftermath of the Kerner Commission created by President Lyndon B. Johnson, director Sierra Pettengill’s kaleidoscopic all-archival documentary reconstructs the formation of a national consciousness obsessed with maintaining law and order by any means necessary. Drawing insight from a time similar to our own, Riotsville, USA pulls focus on American institutional control and offers a compelling case that if the history of race in America rhymes, it is by design.
Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures
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DATE & VENUE TBA
Emily the Criminal
(dir. John Patton Ford | Fiction Feature | US | 94 mins)
Faced with a series of dead-end job interviews, Emily soon finds herself seduced by the quick cash and thrills of black-market capitalism.
Courtesy of Roadside Attractions
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DATE AND VENUE TBA
Resurrection
(dir. Andrew Semans | Fiction Feature | US | 103 mins)
Margaret’s life is in order. Everything is under control. That is, until David returns, carrying with him the horrors of Margaret’s past. Starring Rebecca Hall and Tim Roth
New York Premiere
Courtesy of IFC Midnight
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Short Film Programs:

May 20
This is What We Mean By Short Films: Opening Night 2022
Green-Wood Cemetery
Hi Strangers, It’s Been Awhile. For 26 years, Rooftop Films has celebrated the coming of summer with the best short films of the last year. Come party with us at the cemetery!
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June 4
Love is Short (Films)
The Roof of New Design High School
Short films about people who swiped right and the sexy, disastrous, hilarious, and unexpected circumstances that ensued.
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June 17
Cemetery Shorts
Green-Wood Cemetery
A bittersweet program about joy and sorrow, love and loss, celebration, and mourning.
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July 1
New York Non-Fiction
Green-Wood Cemetery
It’s Your City. Take a Look!
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August 25
Rooftop Shots: Closing Night 2022
Green-Wood Cemetery
All good things must end before they begin again. Closing Night!
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