Hard to believe, but summer's just around the corner and Rooftop Films has unveiled its May-June schedule, a precursor to a summertime's worth of great films, with opening night festivities set for next Friday the 15th to ring in their 13th season. It's the best deal in town on a warm summer's night: for only nine bucks, you get to sit under the stars, look out on New York City's magnificent skyline, listen to live music from some of New York's hottest bands (presented by Sound Fix Records), see a couple of hours of wonderfully programmed cinema, and then attend an after-party at a local club with free beer and wine. That's a lot of bang for your buck, no?
Times are tough for us all and RF has some incredibly generous partners and sponsors; however, it is a non-profit arts organization that relies heavily on the support of its audiences, so if you can swing a few extra dollars at the door, please do so. (Sending a big fat check to their offices will work nicely, as well.) Their strong point is connecting audiences with artists and each event they produce is unique and loads of fun.
Opening night's program is called This Is What We Mean By Short Films, a collection of newly-discovered dramatic and comedic narratives, animation pieces and documentaries on the Open Road Rooftop above the New Design High School in the East Village. If it rains that evening, the program will move to Sunday the 17th at the same location.
Visit the website to see the rest of the programming for May and June. Come discover this wonderful New York summertime tradition, if you haven't already. As a side note: Rooftop Films is seeking bands for the '09 season. Click here to submit your music and e-press kit.
See you up on the roof!