Up you go: The 2015 Rooftop Films schedule is here

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Love outdoor movies but hate being tethered to the filthy ground? It’s a good thing then that Rooftop Films is around with an entire season of outdoor movies going on around New York City’s filthy roofs (and sometimes still the ground, sorry). The schedule for this summer’s films are here, and as always, they’ve got a cool-looking lineup of short films, animation, features and NYC-centric documentaries (because who needs to learn anything about other places). Unless otherwise noted, all the movies are $15, and you can get tickets here. Or you can just go to the free ones exclusively, it’s your life.

Friday, May 29
On the Rooftops of Industry City, Sunset Park
This is What We Mean by Short Films
OPENING NIGHT! Rooftop launches our 19th year with spectacular short films about cinematic escapes.
FILMS: All Your Favorite Shows! (Danny Madden); La Nuit Américaine d’Angélique (Pierre-Emmanuel Lyet & Joris Clerté); Actor Seeks Role (Michael Tyburski); Butter Ya’Self (Julian Petschek); The Land (Erin Davis); Lesley the Pony Has an A+ Day! (Christian Larrave); Kung Fury (David Sandberg); Thank Ewe (Keith Wilson).

Saturday, May 30
Old American Can Factory, Gowanus
7 Chinese Brothers (Bob Byington)
Bob Byington’s latest hangdog comedy, starring Jason Schwartzman and his trusty sidekick, Arrow.

Thursday, June 4 (FREE)
Metrotech Commons, Downtown Brooklyn
Sundance Film Festival Shorts
Highlights from Sundance 2015 include wild, weird and wonderful short films.
FILMS: Palm Rot (Ryan Gillis); The Face of Ukraine (Kitty Green); Papa Machete (Jonathan David Kane); Mynarski Death Plummet (Matthew Rankin); Volta (Stella Kyriakopoulos); Pop-Up Porno: m4m (Stephen Dunn); Mulignans (Shaka King); Myrna the Monster (Ian Samuels); Storm Hits Jacket (Paul Cabon).

Friday, June 5
Old American Can Factory, Gowanus
Spartacus & Cassandra (Ioanis Nuguet)
An intimate cinematic portrait of two Roma children forced to become their parents’ parents. Courtesy of UniFrance.

Saturday, June 6 
Industry City, Sunset Park
The Wolfpack (Crystal Moselle)
Brothers locked away from society find a window to the outside through their love of film. Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

Friday, June 12
Old American Can Factory, Gowanus
Welcome to Leith (Michael Beach Nichols & Christopher K. Walker)
Aryan militants invade a small North Dakota town. The town fights back.

Saturday, June 13
Industry City, Sunset Park
Love Comes Later: Romantic Short Films
These strangely funny, lovingly sexy, romantic short films are sure to turn you on (to something).
FILMS: My Baby 8L3W (Neozoon); Bottom Feeders (Matt Reynolds); Pop-Up Porno: m4f (Stephen Dunn); SMILF (Frankie Shaw); Brontosaurus (Robert Putka); Prends Moi (Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette & André Turpin); Heartless (Nara Normande & Tião); Serenity (Jack Dunphy); Cutaway (Kazik Radwanski); Pop-Up Porno: f4m (Stephen Dunn); AND A SECRET SNEAK PREVIEW FILM.

Friday, June 19
Industry City, Sunset Park
New York Non-Fiction
It’s your city. Take a Look.
FILMS: Call of Duty (Matt Lenski); Hopkins & Delaney LLP (Sean Buckelew); Manhattan One Two Three Four (Tomonari Nishikawa); The Sucklord (Joey Garfield); Videos of Strange Caliber (Josh Freed); Eric, Winter to Spring (Danya Abt); Half-Sour (Sean McGing, & Mary Ann Rothberg); Buffalo Juggalos (Scott Cummings); Stop (Reinaldo Marcus Green).

Saturday, June 20 
Industry City, Sunset Park
Dark Toons
Bizarre, poetic, animated shorts featuring surreal worlds and surprising twists and turns.
FILMS: Cruising (Zachary Zezima); Démontable (Douwe Dijkstra); Jiro Visits the Dentist (Gina Kamentsky); TORO (Lynn Kim); Day 40 (Sol Friedman); Upon the Rock (James Bascara); Sun Elephant (Peter Millard); A Horse Throat (David Barlow-Krelina); Sports (Brian Smee); Canis Marc Riba & Anna Solanas; Color Neutral (Jennifer Reeves); Small People With Hats (Sarina Nihei); Pond (Josh Shaffner); Dead Dog (Hannah Jacobs); OM Rider (Takeshi Murata).

Friday, June 26
Old American Can Factory, Gowanus
Sam Klemke’s Time Machine (Matthew Bate)
A free-wheeling and non-fiction portrait of an extra-ordinary nobody, 35 years in the making. Courtesy of Visit Films.

Thursday, July 2 
Trilok Fusion Center for Arts, Clinton Hill
It Seemed So Real: Documentary Shorts
A program of dazzling documentaries that challenge our understanding of every observation.
FILMS: Sound of a Million Insects, Light of a Thousand Stars (Tomonari Nishikawa): Lopapeysa (David Scott Kessler); On The Spot: Gaza – Chronicles of a Conflict (Eszter Cseke & Andras S. Takacs); Starting Point (Michał Szcześniak); Bär (Pascal Flörks).

Friday, July 10
Old American Can Factory, Gowanus
Bloomin’ Mud Shuffle (Frank V. Ross)
A charming drama about a housepainter in love from one of the Midwest’s finest indie auteurs.

PRECEDED BY Meat (Michael Forstein)
Desperate for work, Darren agrees to a one day trial as a door to door meat salesman.

Saturday, July 11 
Industry City, Sunset Park
Romeo is Bleeding (Jason Zeldes)
In downtrodden region of Northern California, the youth of a city mount an urban adaptation of Romeo and Juliet.

Friday, July 17 (FREE)
Metrotech Commons, Downtown Brooklyn
Field Niggas (Khalik Allah)
A visceral documentary captures the inhabitants and sultry streets of Harlem in mid-summer.

PRECEDED BY Santa Cruz del Isolte (Luke Lorentzen)
A community of about 600 people live on one of the most densely populated islands in the world; a way of life that can no longer continue with ease.

Saturday, July 18 
Old American Can Factory, Gowanus
The Chinese Mayor (Hao Zhou)
The fascinating life of a bureaucrat restoring ancient ruins at the expense of his own career.

Friday, July 24 
Industry City, Sunset Park
{THE AND} Game Live Experience (THE SKIN DEEP)
An interactive social experiment that explores the labyrinths of human intimacy.

{THE AND} Marcela & Rock (Topaz Adizes)
A short documentary that brings the viewer into the emotional space of a modern day relationship.

Saturday, July 25 
Industry City, Sunset Park
First Comes Love: Romantic Short Films
Romantic short films about heartbreak, foolish devotion, and the ephemeral flash of love.
FILMS: Minor Monuments (Joe Kowalski & Zoe Logan); Nena (Alauda Ruiz de Azúa); Fifteen (Maurilio Martins); Gary Has an AIDS Scare (Joe Callander); She Walks (Victoria Visco); My Gal, Rosemarie (Jason Tippet); Feelings (Hannah Jacobs).

Saturday, August 15 
Industry City, Sunset Park
Finders Keepers (Bryan Carberry & Clay Tweel)
A man finds a dismembered foot in an auctioned meat smoker. Then things get strange. Courtesy of The Orchard.

Tuesday, August 18 
Industry City, Sunset Park
Digging for Fire (Joe Swanberg)
Jake Johnson digs for answers in Joe Swanberg’s latest indie-star-studded drama. Courtesy of The Orchard.

Saturday August 22
Industry City, Sunset Park
Rooftop Shots
CLOSING NIGHT! Rooftop concludes our 19th year with stunning short films about saying goodbye.
FILMS: Kukka & Hauta (Tomi Malkki); Blobby (Laura Stewart); Sleepers’ Beat (Anastasia Kirillova); We Will Stay In Touch About It (Jan Zabeil); Bloedhond (Mees Peijnenburg); Last Base (Aslak Danbolt); Le Mal du Citron (Jeremy Rosenstein & Kaspar Schiltknecht); Sleeping Giant (Andrew Cividino).

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