Feature Film Program

Cha Cha Real Smooth

Due to weather conditions, the screening will be held indoors, in the auditorium. Box Office check-in begins at 7:00 PM and will take place on Ludlow between Grand and Broome.

PLEASE NOTE: Online RSVPs are sold out, but there will be a limited number of tickets available at the door on standby.


Sat Jul 16 7:30 PM

The Film

Cha Cha Real Smooth

Cooper Raiff | US | 107

Fresh out of college and without a clear life path going forward, 22-year-old Andrew is stuck back at home with his family in New Jersey. But if there’s one thing that belongs on his nonexistent résumé, it’s how to get a party started, which lands him the perfect job of motivational dancing at the bar and bat mitzvahs for his younger brother’s classmates. When Andrew befriends a local mom, Domino, and her daughter, Lola, he finally discovers a future he wants – even if it might not be his own. Cooper Raiff writes, directs and stars alongside Dakota Johnson, Brad Garrett, Leslie Mann and newcomers Vanessa Burghardt and Evan Assante in this tale of unconventional love that brims with emotional honesty. Courtesy of Apple Originals.


Rabbi Darkside

Sam Sellers (fka Rabbi Darkside) creates radically inclusive spaces through music at concerts, on dancefloors and in classrooms. With an expansive discography begun on wax in 2001, a performance career touching 5 continents, and over two decades in Education, there are countless places where you may have encountered him, from head coaching on MTV's MADE to headlining the Blue Note Jazz Festival consecutive years; facilitating interactive workshops from community centers in Uganda to Teacher's College at Columbia University. He is dedicated to artistic evolution, helping global citizens connect through the cypher, pursuit of clarity in personal pedagogy, and deepening his catalog. Recently he was Artist-in-Residence at AIR Cassis, France; released his first self-produced album; added to his C.V. teaching new college courses; headlined Breakthrough Hip Hop Dance Fest in Zurich; and was minted to 2019 End of the Weak Challenge of Champs U.S. Vice-Champion. He's been the official DJ for Saturday Night Live Season 43 & 44 afterparties; spent 4 years as resident DJ/MC at renowned NYC jam session The Lesson; and is in his 8th year teaching university seminars of his own design at The New School, where he is the faculty advisor to The New School Hip Hop Collective student group. He is also an ordained wedding officiant, having performed 14 secular ceremonies. Along the journey, he has shared the stage and studio with Aloe Blacc, bell hooks, Biz Markie, Common, Doug E. Fresh, Kool Herc, Last Poets, Lin Manuel-Miranda, Robert Glasper, The Roots, and Slick Rick, among many others.

Event Details

7:30 PM
Doors Open
8:15 PM
Live Music from Rabbi Darkside
9:00 PM
Film Begins
10:45 PM
Q&A with writer/director/actor Cooper Raiff and co-star Vanessa Burghardt
11:00 PM
After-Party at DCTV (87 Lafayette St)


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

Rooftop Films are open to all ages, but ID and proof of age is required for entry. You must be 21+ to attend the after party.

What can/can't I bring to the event?

No outside alcohol is permitted. Feel free to bring snacks!

Is proof of vaccination required to enter?

Proof of vaccination is not required to attend the screening, but *is* required to attend the after-party at DCTV. Vaccination cards will be checked at box office.

Do I need to wear a mask?

All attendees are required to wear a mask during check in, and while indoors. Masks are encouraged while interacting with staff outdoors. Mask policy may be updated based on current local conditions at the time of the event. Ticket holders will be notified of policy changes via email prior to the event.

Where will the screening take place at New Design High School?

The screening will take place on the roof, on the 6th floor. Attendees will access the roof via stairs – if this is not possible for you or someone in your party due to mobility issues, please email us at tickets@rooftopfilms.com or call at 718-417-7362 for more information.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

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Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

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New Design High School

350 Grand St., New York, NY 10002

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