Rooftop Films Returns to Lower East Side June 9

Rooftop Films/Seward Park HS

Rooftop Films returns to the Lower East Side in about a week with the first of several screenings on the rooftop at New Design High School.

They’re kicking it off June 9 with a romantic short films program, “Love is Weird.” Beforehand, there will be a musical performance by Philadelphia quartet, Queens of Jeans. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. (be prepared to trudge up the stairs to the roof). The film begin at 8:30, and there will be Q&A afterwards, as well as an after-party at DCTV on Lafayette Street.

Rooftop Films is back in the neighborhood June 15 with more shorts,  “about hasty, lusty, slightly awkward encounters.”

On June 22, there’s a feature presentation, “The Gospel of Eureka.” The documentary, narrated by Mx Justin Vivian Bond, tells the story of, “love, faith and civil rights (colliding) in a (small Arkansas) town as evangelical Christians and drag queens step into the spotlight to dismantle stereotypes.”

On Saturday, July 14, Rooftop Films presents a shorts program, “Come and Take It,” featuring films by and about women who, “aren’t afraid to confront complex issues like gentrification and media representations, to fight on camera, to release primal animal screams into the internet, or to defiantly aim their dildos at the faces of heavily armed men.”

The Lower East Side portion of the program wraps up Aug. 14 with “The Breaker Uppers,” a feature about best friends who run a business which specializes in breaking up couples for cash.

All Rooftop Films events cost $16. New Design High School is located at 350 Grand St. You can find more details here.