Feature Film Program


Oakland High School’s class of 2020 confronts an unprecedented year as anxiety over test scores, college applications, and efforts to eliminate the school district’s police force unfold against the pandemic and growing nationwide demands for systemic change.

Wed Aug 4 7:45 PM

The Films


Peter Nicks | US | 90

Directed by Peter Nicks and executive produced by Ryan Coogler, Hulu Original Documentary Homeroom follows a group of Oakland High School seniors in the tumultuous 2020 school year. The documentary is the final chapter in a trilogy of films by Nicks—including The Waiting Room (2012) and The Force (2017)—examining the relationship between health care, criminal justice, and education in Oakland, CA over the past decade. Oakland is a rich microcosm of American Life and Homeroom highlights how Oakland High is no exception. Displaced by gentrification in the Bay Area, constricted by fear of deportation, and intimidated by police, they have a firsthand education in systemic injustice. At centerstage is Denilson Garibo, one of two Student Directors on the Board of Education representing the students in Oakland. His role places him between two worlds, bringing the concerns of his peers to the ears of adults who are often pursuing different priorities. In a year derailed by the pandemic and rocked by the national trauma of the police killings of George Floyd and so many others, Homeroom celebrates the tenacity of today’s youth and their determination to make change. Courtesy of Hulu.

Watch the newly-released trailer here!

Give and Take

Gareth Smit | USA | 11

After seven of their drivers died from COVID-19, a car service in Queens, NY started hosting a community fridge on the sidewalk outside their offices. A small business started by immigrants, Fenix XL now serves a largely immigrant community with 24hr access to free food. Fanny, who lost her cleaning job when schools were closed, now relies on this fridge to survive. The first community fridge in NYC started outside a Bed Stuy apartment in February 2020; there are now over 100 across the city, inspiring a movement around the world.

Event Details

7:45 PM
Doors Open
8:45 PM
Give and Take (Short Film) Begins
9:00 PM
Homeroom Begins
10:30 PM
Q&A with director Peter Nicks
How will it work?
Bring your ticket (either printed or on your phone) and our team will check your tickets with a contactless check in scanner, respecting social distancing guidelines. Before your arrival, we will ask you to make sure you can answer “no” to all of the CDC’s COVID-19 safety screening questions. Upon arrival we will do a mandatory temperature check, unless you prefer to provide proof of vaccination. Masks will be required while interacting with event staff. Chairs will not be provided, but we suggest bringing picnic blankets for seating!

Where will the screening take place?
The entrance to the screening will be at the Myrtle Avenue and N Portland Ave entrance to Fort Greene Park. Seating will be on the lawn directly in front of this entrance, with check-in right at the gate to the lawn.

Can I bring food and drinks?
No alcoholic beverages are allowed. Feel free to bring snacks and non-alcoholic beverages! Food and drink must be consumed while you are sitting in your designated area.

I’m vaccinated, do I need to wear a mask?
All attendees and staff are required to wear a mask while interacting. You will also be reminded of the mandatory safety measures via email and on screen.

What COVID-19 Measures Have Been Taken?
Our guests and our team’s safety is our primary concern. Our COVID-19 safety measures include social distancing for both guests and staff, regular cleaning of all facilities, and contact-free check-in. All attendees and staff are required to wear a mask while interacting. You will also be reminded of the mandatory safety measures via email and on-screen. You may sit in your pod with up to 4 people, but we ask that you remain socially distanced from anyone not in the group you have chosen to sit with.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Rooftop Films are open to all ages.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
For a full list of Rooftop Films venues and directions visit www.rooftopfilms.com/venues

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
You can either have a printed out ticket, or be ready to present the QR code from your ticket on your phone.


Fort Greene Park

Myrtle Ave & N Portland Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

venue on Google Map

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