New York’s Rooftop Films has set the initial lineup for its 20th annual summer series, soft-opening May 18 with a screening of “Weiner,” the winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s 2016 U.S. documentary grand jury prize.
For the last two decades the festival has brought pre-release indie films to outdoor venues all across New York City, often with live music or other event elements. This year’s edition officially kicks off May 20 with short film program, “This is What We Mean By Short Films.” Both the May 18 screening and the May 20 screening will include music performances, filmmaker Q&As and post-screening parties.
Aside from “Weiner,” the 20th edition Rooftop Films slate includes presentations of documentaries “Don Juan” and “Life, Animated” (the Sundance prize winner that recently screened at the Tribeca Film Festival), as well as narrative titles “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” and “White Girl,” (directed by Elizabeth Wood, on of Variety’s 10 Directors to Watch in 2015).
“The roofs and crowds and films have gotten bigger, but as we embark upon our 20th summer of Rooftop Films the formula remains the same: show people brilliant new films and create an environment that is more expansive than a movie theater, more thought-provoking than a concert, more fun than a party, and as affirming as a night out with friends,” said Rooftop Films program director Dan Nuxoll in a statement.
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Rooftop Films will announce the summer series’ short film slate and additional feature film presentations in the coming weeks.