St. Bart’s Church

325 Park Ave, New York, NY 10022
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Honoring the work of

Amy Seimetz (The Girlfriend ExperiencePet Sematary, Wild Nights with Emily, My Days of Mercy)
Penny Lane (Hail Satan?, The Pain of Others, Nuts!, Our Nixon)

Our Annual Spring Gala isn’t your run-of-the-mill shindig: no black tie or gown required (unless you’re feeling that fantasy!), just a fun party for lovers and leaders of the film community to come together in celebration of Rooftop Films and the bold, accomplished artists who’ve made a distinct contribution to independent cinema.

This year, we’re honoring two of the most talented innovators working: Amy Seimetz, best known as co-creator and executive producer of the critically acclaimed Starz series The Girlfriend Experience and star of the upcoming Pet Sematary & Rooftop alumni Wild Nights with Emily; and Penny Lane, who’s been making award-winning, innovative non-fiction films for over a decade. Her most recent feature documentary, Hail Satan?, debuted at Sundance earlier this year and will be released by Magnolia Pictures.

All proceeds for the evening will go to support our vital community programs.


General Admission: $150

VIP Admission: $300
(VIP includes pre-reception to meet the talent and honorees)

Become a Member to receive 20% your Gala ticket(s)!

Food and drinks served throughout the evening.

Meet the Honorees:

Amy Seimetz

Amy Seimetz is best known as the co-creator and executive producer of the critically acclaimed Starz series The Girlfriend Experience. Based on the Steven Soderbergh feature of the same name, the show premiered in 2015 and was nominated for a Golden Globe and quickly renewed for a second season which aired in 2017. Sun Don’t Shine, Seimetz’s directorial debut feature film, won a special jury prize at South By Southwest in 2012 and was nominated for two Gotham Awards. In 2018, Seimetz directed two episodes of the acclaimed FX series Atlanta and subsequently signed a first-look production deal with the network.

Seimetz’s notable film credits in front of the camera include Shane Carruth’s acclaimed Upstream Color (for which she was nominated for a Gotham Award), Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant, and the upcoming films My Days of Mercy, Wild Nights with Emily (a 2018 Rooftop alum), and Pet Sematary. Seimetz’s television acting credits include Netflix’s Stranger Things, the AMC/Netflix series The Killing, Christopher Guest’s HBO comedy series Family Tree, and EPIX’s Get Shorty. Seimetz’s short film in which she also appeared, When We Lived In Miami, was selected for the 2013 Summer Series. She also appeared in 2010 Summer Series Selection Tiny Furniture, directed by Lena Dunham.

Penny Lane

Penny Lane has been making award-winning, innovative non-fiction films for over a decade. Her most recent feature documentary Hail Satan? debuted at Sundance and will be released by Magnolia Pictures in 2019. Her three previous feature documentaries are The Pain of Others (2018), Nuts! (2016) and Our Nixon (2013).

In 2018, Penny was honored with the Vanguard Award at SF DocFest, a Chicken & Egg Breakthrough Award and was admitted into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Her short films, such as Just Add Water (2016) and The Voyagers (2010), have won accolades at film festivals and popularity online. Film festival screenings span the independent and experimental film worlds, including Sundance, Rotterdam, Images, IMPAKT, Hot Docs, Full Frame, CPH:DOX and Oberhausen. Rooftop Films first screened Penny’s work in 2010, with the short film The Commoners, and most recently screened her 2018 short Normal Appearances.

She has been awarded grants from the Rooftop Filmmakers Fund, the Sundance Institute, Creative Capital, Cinereach, TFI Documentary Fund, Jerome Foundation, Catapult Film Fund, LEF Foundation, NYSCA, and many other organizations.

And yes, Penny Lane is her real name.

Notable Guests:

Desiree Akhavan

Filmmaker | The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Annabelle Attanasio

Filmmaker/Actor | Mickey and the Bear

Kentucker Audley

Filmmaker/Actor | Sylvio

Josephine Decker

Filmmaker | Madeline’s Madeline


Lisa Joyce

Actor | Insecure

Dasha Nekrasova

Actor/Writer | Wobble Palace

Joe Swanberg

Filmmaker/Actor | Drinking Buddies

Michael Tyburski

Filmmaker | The Sound of Silence


Host Committee:

Iddo Arad, Board Member
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz

Steven Beer, Board Member
Franklin Weinrib Rudell & Vassalo

Justin Campbell

Michael Clark, Board Member
Beachside Films

Danielle DiGiacomo, Board Member
The Orchard

Carrie Edmundson

Daryl Freimark
Hardball Entertainment

Brent Green, Board Member
Visual Artist/Filmmaker/Animator

Anne Hubbell, Board Member
Tangerine Entertainment

Jess Jacobs, Board Member
Invisible Pictures

Teresa Lee, Board Vice Chair/Treasurer
Jane Street Capital

Evan List, Board Member
Bernstein Global Wealth Management

Greg Muecke

Casimir Nozkowski, Board Secretary

Philip Nuxoll

Mark Elijah Rosenberg, Board Member
Founder & Director Emeritus of Rooftop Films

Vinay Singh, Board Chair
Archer Gray

Ryan Smith, Board Member
Stifel Financial

Michael Thomas Vassallo
The Orchard

Jason Ward, Board Member
Candy Factory Films

Wyatt Ward

Nancy Marie Whitchurch

Elizabeth Wilkes



The Shafer-McHale Team, Compass Real Estate


Green-Wood CemeteryIFC Films
Metropolitan Mobile VetFrankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz



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Artwork by Justin Tierney