“Frances Ha” Greeted With Cynical Debate From Crowd

Frances Ha still via Rooftop Films

Frances Ha still
via Rooftop Films

Rooftop Films opened this weekend with an advance screening of Noah Baumbach’s “Frances Ha” to a controversial reception. Almost drowned out by a spectacular spring thunderstorm, the evening started in the elaborately painted auditorium of Open Road High School on the Lower East Side. The band Brazos played eerie, rousing, psychedelic rock n’ roll as murals loomed over the stage and trippy reflections of color were projected on a screen behind them.

When the band put down their instruments to applause, Rooftop Films founder Mark Elijah Rosenberg announced the weather would hold and the film would be shown on the roof. Crowds pushed joyously to the top of the building where a clear sky and sparkling skyline greeted us.

Arts Watch: Rooftop Films Kicks Off Summer Season This Weekend

Frances Ha  Courtesy Rooftop Films

Frances Ha

Our favorite outdoor movies series, Rooftop Films, kicks off its 17th summer season this weekend right here on the LES with two signature programs: This is What We Mean by Short Films, and a sneak peek at writer and director Noah Baumbach’s feature, Frances Ha.  

Opening night’s This is What We Mean by Short Films features a line up that according to Rooftop, are “grand stories in little packages with some of the greatest new short films from all around the world.” Shorts to watch out for include Azul, about a small group of cruise-ship revelers who find themselves alone on a mysterious tropical island, and the documentary, Slomo, about “life-shifting, philosophy, and slow-motion rollerblading.”

Rooftop Films Announces Opening Weekend of 2013 Summer Series

Rooftop Films at Open Road Rooftop - photo by Sarah Palmer

Rooftop Films at Open Road Rooftop – photo by Sarah Palmer

Our friends at Rooftop Films have announced the lineup for the opening weekend of their 17th Annual Summer Series.  They’ll be kicking off the summer season down here at the Open Road Rooftop at New Design High School (350 Grand St., formerly Seward Park High School) on Friday, May 10th with their beloved short film program, “This is What We Mean by Short Films.”