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At Rooftop Films, we’ll give you more. We’re building something bigger this year and here's your chance to be a part of it.

Do you want to sit at home alone streaming low-res movies on your laptop, or do you want to meet up with hundreds of cool people and get wrapped up in a film glowing on a giant inflatable screen? Do you want to be hushed up in some boring black box, or do you want to hang out while the city unfurls beneath you, the wide-open sky above? Suffer through canned pre-show commercials, or cheer the hippest bands in NYC? Kicked out for the next seating, or chilling out with the filmmakers at an after-party with free drinks? In essence, do you want the same old movie passive experience, or do you want to be a part of something more?

At Rooftop Films, we’ll give you more. We’re building something bigger this year, we’re going further this year, we’re doing more, and we can only do it with you. Rooftop Members are at the core of what we do, so if you want in on the action, become a member now.

"You will spend 95 bucks on your Netflix Streaming account this year. That’s a good deal. Here’s a better one: become a member of Rooftop Films in 2013 for $65 and get access to every single show all summer long." - Michael Clark, Creative Executive at Beachside Films

What more do you want? Your membership sparks these things:

ACCESS TO THE HOTTEST INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS IN THE WORLD
Rooftop Members get to hang out with the filmmakers and actors at the premieres and sneak previews of such films as Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha (starring Greta Gerwig), Sebastian Silva’s Crystal Fairy (starring Michael Cera and Gaby Hoffman), and David Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara).

FIRST LOOK AT THE EVENTS EVERYONE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT
Rooftop members are the energy behind shows that are more than a movie screening; they are the unique events that are defining New York film culture. We’re not just screening a documentary about a brass band; we’re hosting whole brass band festivals (Brasslands). It’s not just an indie crime caper; it’s an indie crime caper with four images on four screens simultaneously. Not just a touching portrait of a modern strongman; an exhilarating exhibition of horseshoe bending and crowbar twisting. 

GUARANTEED ENTRY TO THE COOLEST SECRET SITES IN THE CITY
Rooftop shows consistently sell out, but members get in free. Not only do we have favorite rooftop venues back from the past (the graffiti-covered Open Road in the Lower East Side; the gothic architecture of the Old American Can Factory in Gowanus, Brooklyn; the waterside grandeur of Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, Queens), we’ve got a city full of new rooftop venues for extra special events. We’re showing our ever-popular “New York Non-Fiction” shorts show on multiple rooftops of a massive complex of factory buildings in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. On a boat in Red Hook, we’re showing a mysterious film about artists exploring the arctic via schooner. We’ll be screening acclaimed local comedies on a lovely communal roof in the very neighborhood the films were made. Rooftop members don’t get turned away!

YOUR OWN UNIQUE FILMMAKER GRAB BAG
With a slate full of action painting, motorcycle tricks, sex parties, and drinking contests—brought to life at Rooftop!—we want you to take home souvenirs from these vivid films. Become a member of Rooftop and show the world your goodies.

There’s so much going on at Rooftop this summer, you can find out more at www.rooftopfilms.com, and you can be a part of it all by becoming a member now.

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We planning all this for you, our filmmakers and our audience, but we couldn’t do it without you. Without our members, it all falls apart. Empty chairs, dimming projectors, lifeless parties, a less dynamic city. So pledge to make these events happen. Pledge to become a member of Rooftop Films.

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