Rooftop Films Takes On Modern Love This Weekend

"Gayby," one of the films about modern love playing at Rooftop Films this weekend.

This weekend, Rooftop Films’ Summer Series takes a turn for the romantic, offering movies both comic and touching about the sultriest of topics: modern love. On Friday, “Is It Love?”—a series of short films from several directors about contemporary love and relationships—screens on the roof at 350 Grand Street. Doors open at 8, and the films begin at 9. On Saturday, Rooftop will host the New York premier of “Gayby,” a comedy that follows a single woman and her gay best friend as they decide to fulfill a childhood dream to conceive a child—and struggle to prepare for its arrival. The film, which made successful appearances at SXSW and the Los Angeles Film Festival, will also begin at 9 p.m., but come early, because tickets are limited.

Also, on seven different dates throughout the summer, Rooftop Films will project “Sweet Stream Love’s River,” an interactive projection project sponsored by AT&T. The installation hinges upon its audience’s emotional participation; viewers type passionate messages directly from their phones, only to see them materialize onscreen minutes later over a watery virtual surface. Submissions have included marriage proposals and apologies; for those who swear communication is the key to a successful relationship, “Sweet Stream Love’s River” is vindication. The project makes its next appearance on Friday, accompanying “Is It Love?” at 9.