Rooftop Films Announces Summer Schedule

Open Road Rooftop via Rooftop Films
Open Road Rooftop via Rooftop Films

Rooftop Films, the underground movie series that has been showing films on fantastic rooftops around the city for 13 years now, has announced the Summer Series schedule for their 14th season.  This summer, Rooftop Films will screen more than 23 feature films and 21 programs of short films, including festival hits and world premieres. Most events include live music, filmmaker Q&As and after-parties with free drinks, and many of the films are shown here on the L.E.S., at the Open Road Rooftop on Grand Street.  The festival runs weekends from May 14-August 20, with special shows in September.  Here is the schedule for May.  (Visit their website for complete listings and more info.)

Friday, May 14
THIS IS WHAT WE MEAN BY SHORT FILMS
Opening Night of Rooftop Films 14th Annual Summer Series features grand stories in little packages.
Venue: On the roof of Open Road at New Design High School (350 Grand St., Lower East Side, Manhattan)

Saturday, May 15
HOLY ROLLERS
Special sneak preview. An intense drama set in late-90s NYC about Hasidic Jews who get caught up in a drug smuggling ring. The feature debut from director Kevin Asch is based on a true story and stars Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Bartha and Q-Tip.
Venue: On the roof of Open Road at New Design High School (350 Grand St., Lower East Side, Manhattan)

Friday, May 21
HOPELESSLY DEVOTED (short films)
Romantic short films about the sacrifices and struggles we all endure for love. The program includes dazzling animation, hilarious comedy, touching documentary and a spectacular new short by Spike Jonze.
Venue: On the roof of Open Road at New Design High School (350 Grand St., Lower East Side, Manhattan)

Saturday, May 22
ENGKWENTRO
US Premiere. On the mean streets of the Philippines, teen gangs run wild trying to survive with the specter of government death squads chasing them. The masterful debut feature from 22-year-old Pepe Dionko has won awards at worldwide festivals.
Venue: On the roof of Open Road at New Design High School (350 Grand St., Lower East Side, Manhattan)

Thursday, May 27
ETIENNE
NY Premiere. A quirky slacker road movie comedy about a man and his hamster.
Venue: On the roof of Brooklyn Tech High School (29 Ft. Greene Pl., Ft. Greene, Brooklyn)

Friday, May 28
DARK ‘TOONS (short films)
Animation that shines a light on the darkest parts of our souls.
Venue: On the roof of Open Road at New Design High School (350 Grand St., Lower East Side, Manhattan)

Saturday, May 29
HOME MOVIES (short films)
Intimate and (mostly) true stories explore the little random moments that make up a recorded life.
Venue: On the roof of Open Road at New Design High School (350 Grand St., Lower East Side, Manhattan)