New York nonprofit expands indie support

A new grant from Rooftop Films and AT&T reps Rooftop’s latest expansion of the org beyond its central annual event, a Gotham series of summertime outdoor screenings of indie films.

The $10,000 grant is aimed at helping out filmmakers at critical junctures in the production of a feature, with full details of the support to be firmed up in the coming weeks.

The award presented with AT&T, which is a sponsor of the summer series, joins a roster of other Rooftop grants that are handed out to mitigate production or post-production costs. Other awards come from partnerships with postproduction house Edgeworx Studios, production rental firm Eastern Effects and the Adrienne Shelly Foundation.

A number of the projects bolstered by Rooftop’s grants have gone on to success on the festival circuit and beyond, including recent Fox Searchlight release “Beasts of the Southern Wild” as well as “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and Oscar-nommed short “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom.”

Meanwhile, the 16-year-old program of summer screenings aims to attract audience attention to underground indies by pairing them with live performances and afterparties. The lineup this year has provided a Gotham showcase for such smaller-budget, lower-profile indies as “Fat Kid Rules the World,” “Sun Don’t Shine” and “The Comedy.” Org also programs additional, better-known titles including “Manhattan,” “The Muppets” and “Ghostbusters.”

The current summerlong festival, held at New York venues across multiple boroughs, runs through mid-August.

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