Feature Film Program

Rotting in the Sun

New York Premiere! Frustrated, Ketamine-addled artist Sebastián Silva crosses paths with ingratiating comedian-influencer Jordan Firstman on a nude beach in Mexico. When Firstman goes to visit him in Mexico City, he finds his new collaborator has mysteriously disappeared…


Wed Aug 23 7:30 PM

The Film

Rotting in the Sun

Sebastián Silva | Mexico, US | 109

Chilean-born writer-director Sebastián Silva (Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus) turns the camera hilariously on himself in this story of a frustrated, Ketamine-addled artist who escapes to a gay nude beach for rest and relaxation only to collide head-on with gregarious Instagram influencer Jordan Firstman (also playing himself), who promptly ingratiates himself into Silva’s life. Intending to collaborate on a project, Firstman decamps to Mexico City — where the emotionally exhausted Silva is nowhere to be found. As Firstman’s investigation into his friend’s disappearance plays out on social media, the influencer grows skeptical of Silva’s skittish cleaning woman Vero (Catalina Saavedra) and best friend Mateo (also playing himself). At once a skewering of the gay creative class, a portrait of an artist under duress, and a generational mystery-comedy in the vein of Search Party (on which Firstman is credited as a writer), Rotting in the Sun is a riotous blast of being and nothingness from a world-class auteur of cringe comedy. Courtesy of MUBI.

Rotting in the Sun will be in US theaters September 8 and streaming exclusively on MUBI September 15.


Sterling Juan Diaz

Sterling Juan Diaz is a Dominican-American DJ and multidisciplinary artist born and based in New York City. Sterling creates sonic landscapes with his distinctive approach to music and mixing. Navigating the fringes and nuances of various genres, he blends global rhythms with the pulsating beats of the NYC underground scene crafting dynamic sets marked by an open exploration of energy and dancefloor rawness.

Event Details

7:30 PM
Doors Open
8:30 PM
Film Begins
10:20 PM
Q&A with filmmaker Sebastián Silva and actor Jordan Firstman
10:35 PM
After-Party, featuring DJ Set by Sterling Juan Diaz
General Admission tickets are now sold out, but an extremely limited number of Rooftop Member tickets are still available! Join today for access.


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