Feature Film Program


Searchers draws on encounters with a diverse set of New Yorkers as they navigate their preferred dating apps.


Sat Aug 28 8:00 PM

The Films


Pacho Velez | US | 81

Searchers draws on over seventy-five encounters with New Yorkers of different races, genders, ages, social classes, and sexual preferences, as they navigate their preferred dating apps, searching for their special someone. The film unfolds online; the characters, including the director himself, wade through apps, using their instincts and experience to decode dating profiles while narrating their decision-making process.

Alternately humorous and touching, these portraits capture the variety of sexual and romantic experiences available online, as well as the diverse community of people seeking them out. Interspersed between these character vignettes, the film features moments of public affection, set against the backdrop of a bustling New York City enduring its COVID-summer.


Leah Shore | US | 8

Samantha really wants to get laid, but is having a hard time for some reason.

Sweet Sweat

Jung Hyun Kim | Estonia | 6

A child recognizes the erotic relationship between the parents. Curious but overwhelmed, the child takes control.

The Two Bees

Sarah Kamaras & Harry Spitzer | US | 9

Bette and Bonnie are not your average roommates. Both 95-years-old, the two ladies have been sharing a top floor, Brooklyn Heights apartment for 15 years now.

But this isn't the first time they've been roommates. After 70-plus years of friendship, living across the country and across the world, Bette and Bonnie share the story of how they decided to live together – again.

Bette puts it best: "Husbands come and go, your children move away, but your friends are forever."

Event Details

8:00 PM
Doors Open
8:45 PM
9:00 PM
Short Films Begin
9:20 PM
Searchers Begins
10:45 PM
Q&A with director Pacho Velez
How will it work?
Using your RSVP, our team will check in all patrons by last name at will call. 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 be checking proof of vaccination. Masks will be required while interacting with event staff. Chairs will be provided.

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 at the event, except while eating or drinking. 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 inside of the venue, as it is still required by the city to wear a mask while attending a public event. 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.

Where will the screening take place within The Brooklyn Army Terminal?
Check in will be through the entrance at 80 58th Street, but the screening location will be down at the end of the pier. Please contact us if someone in your party will need assistance getting to the location.

How accessible is this venue?
This venue will be entirely one level, with the exception of a ramp at the entrance, making it very accessible. The venue is approximately a 15 minute walk from the nearest subway station. If this brings up any concerns, please email us at tickets@rooftopfilms.com or call at 718-417-7362 for more information.

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?
It is not necessary to print your ticket. Our team will check the name on your RSVP at will call.


Brooklyn Army Terminal

80 58th St, Brooklyn, NY 11220

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