A crowd in eager anticipation of that night’s film at a recent Rooftop Films screening. Photo via @Rooftopfilms on Facebook.

If you’re an independent film buff who’s curious about the ins and outs of running a film festival, and you don’t mind a bit of manual labor, here’s an opportunity for you: Rooftop Films is seeking volunteers for the rest of its summer season, which goes until August 21. You’d be working during the screenings, which are held Friday and Saturday nights with occasional midweek dates, which means you’d get to see the films for free! 

Call time is 6pm and a shift usually goes until midnight. One of the many appealing things about Rooftop Films is that it’s mobile — the screenings rotate venues, so one day you’d be reporting to House of Vans in Greenpoint, another day Industry City in Sunset Park, yet another the Socrates Sculpture Garden in Long Island City. Not only would you be spending summer evenings at diverse settings all across the city, but you’d be getting the full Rooftop Films experience, which includes a screening, live music, and sometimes Q&A’s with the filmmakers, and typically costs $15, for free.

You’d be responsible for setting up and breaking down equipment, among other duties. If nights don’t work for your schedule but you’d still like to be involved, they’re also looking for folks to help out in the office during the day, and with tasks such as distributing flyers around town. Just fill out this volunteer sign-up form (click Join Organization); email volunteer@rooftopsfilms.com or call 718-417-7362 with any questions.

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