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Support Rooftop Films as we embark on our 22nd year of bringing spectacular and meaningful film and music events to the roofs, streets, parks, and waterways of New York City.

Do you want to sit at home alone streaming movies on your laptop, or do you want to meet up with hundreds of interesting people and together get wrapped up in a film glowing on a giant screen? Do you want to be hushed up in some boring black box, or do you want to hang out on the roof of a 100-year-old high school while the city churns below, the wide-open sky stretching out above? Do you want to get kicked out of the theater for the next seating, or do you want to hang out with the filmmakers at an after-party with free drinks? Do you want the same old passive movie experience, or do you want to be a part of something more?

WHO WE ARE 

Rooftop Films is a Brooklyn based nonprofit whose mission is to engage diverse communities by showing independent films in amazing outdoor locations throughout New York City. We are best known for the Rooftop Films Summer Series, an annual, outdoor, summer-long film festival that showcases the best new independent and foreign films in the world on rooftops and in other scenic locations. That massive series features more than 100 new films in 15 different locations and attracts tens of thousands of attendees—and almost all of the planning and preparation for that series is done by 7 year-round employees who work their butts off all year long.

Even if that was all we did, we would still need your help. But we also do so much more..

Through the Rooftop Films Community Fund we offer equipment and our event production expertise at low rates and even free to artists, nonprofits, and community groups. These events include more than 50 additional, FREE, large scale partner events and community happenings in locations throughout NYC.

And through the Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund, Rooftop works to foster talent in the independent filmmaking community by providing more than $200,000 worth of cash and services every year to help films get made—exhilarating, innovative, independent films like Obvious Child, Beasts of the Southern Wild, and Casting JonBenet.

In order for Rooftop to continue to serve our audience, filmmakers and support the broader cultural community all across New York City, year-round, we need YOU—the members of our community—to support all that we do. So please make a (tax deductible) contribution today!

NO ONE DOES WHAT WE DO 

We at Rooftop strive to create events with meaning. More than a film festival, Rooftop Films screenings are innovative, once-in a lifetime film events. We bring films directly to communities across the city and create unique holistic events tying together the film, venue and live music.

'Beach Rats' @ Coney Art Walls
'Beach Rats' @ Coney Art Walls

 

'Rat Film' @ The Old American Can Factory
'Rat Film' @ The Old American Can Factory

 

'Band Aid' @ House of Vans
'Band Aid' @ House of Vans
 
'New York Non Fiction' @ New Design High School
'New York Non Fiction' @ New Design High School

WHY YOUR SUPPORT MATTERS

As a small non-profit organization, Rooftop accomplishes a great deal with a small, passionate staff of 7 full time employees. Every penny we earn goes back into the Rooftop community and towards providing a quality experience for our artists, audience and members.

Because of you we are able to travel the city to present events on rooftops, in parks, and along waterways and to celebrate film, music, and spectacular locales.

Because of you we are able to support emerging filmmakers and connect them with new audiences across the city.

Because of you we are able to showcase the best new independent films in the world--like Menashe, The Big Sick, The Fits, Cameraperson, Tangerine, The Wolfpack, and many more.

And because of you we all get to explore hidden corners of the city together; from the top of the William Vale Hotel, 25 stories above Brooklyn, to the graffiti covered roof of New Design High School overlooking the Lower East Side.

PLEDGE TODAY 

Be a part of our community! Let’s create thousands of new moments together! Make a donation or become a member today and support Rooftop Films as we continue to create unforgettable events featuring the best in film, live music and culture to diverse communities. And your support of Rooftop will directly support the broader community of artists, filmmakers, musicians, schools and nonprofit organizations – the cultural and artistic community of NYC we all share.

And to thank you, our amazing supporters, you get cool stuff too! 
What could make supporting the arts even more exciting? How about some great perks and discounts? Rewards include DVDs and Blu-Rays as well as tickets to Rooftop shows, discounted tickets to our Annual Gala, and the best reward of all: Rooftop Films Memberships, which offer great benefits at discounted prices including discounted access to the Summer Series, priority access and entry, and invites to year-round special events, premieres, and parties.


 
 

Thank you from all of us at Rooftop Films!

Risks and challenges

As a non-profit organization we will always face the challenge of relying on the support from our backers to sustain Rooftop Films. This Kickstarter project is not a means to an end; it is a stepping stone for us to grow and expand. And with that growth comes greater responsibility, challenges, and needs. We are a hard-working team of seven year round employees and we work tirelessly to provide a unique experience for all who come to our shows. There is still work to be done and we are glad that you are on this journey with us.

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    Factory25 Catalogue

    One digital download of a Rooftop Films alumni from the Factory 25 catalogue. Options include CONVENTO, FAKE IT SO REAL, YOUNG BODIES HEAL QUICKLY, THE COLOR WHEEL and many more.

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    Oscilloscope Laboratories Catalogue

    A Blu-Ray or DVD from the Oscilloscope Laboratories catalogue. Options include from Rooftop Filmmakers Fund Grantee THE FITS, and Rooftop alums TWELVE O'CLOCK BOYS and BELLFLOWER.

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    One Blu-Ray from the A24 catalogue. Options include MOONLIGHT, THE WITCH, and Rooftop Filmmakers' Fund Grantees KRISHA and MENASHE.

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    Limited Edition Book from Factory 25

    Limited Edition Hardcover book of GRAVITY WAS EVERYWHERE BACK THEN directed by Rooftop alumni, Brent Green.

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    Illustration from Hilary Campbell

    One Original illustration from Rooftop alum and "New Yorker" cartoonist Hilary Campbell.

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    DIGGING MY OWN GRAVE from Factory25

    Limited Edition Box Set of 36 films directed by Caveh Zahedi. Titles include THE SHEIK AND I, I AM A SEX ADDICT, and many more. Plus writings about Zavedi by filmmakers and a 7" vinyl of songs by Will Oldman and Don Lennon.

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    Signed Poster: THE FLORIDA PROJECT

    One poster of Rooftop Films alum Sean Baker's 2017 hit THE FLORIDA PROJECT. Signed by the director, and stars Brooklynn Prince, Bria Vinaite, and Willem Dafoe. Courtesy of A24.

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    Signed Poster: A GHOST STORY

    One poster of Rooftop Films alum and Filmmakers' Fund Grantee David Lowery's critically acclaimed feature A GHOST STORY. Signed by the director. Courtesy of A24.

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    Signed Poster: ROUGH NIGHT

    One poster of Rooftop Films 2017 Summer Series feature ROUGH NIGHT. Signed by stars Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, Scarlett Johannson, Zoë Kravitz, and Kate McKinnon. Courtesy of Sony Pictures.

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    Print from Niki Lindroth von Bahr

    A printed still from Rooftop Filmmakers' Fund grantee Niki Lindroth von Bahr's short film THE BURDEN, selected for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

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    Brainstorm w/ Filmmaker Kirsten Johnson

    2016 Rooftop Films/Garbo NYC Grantee Kirsten Johnson (CAMERAPERSON) will meet you for a visual thinking brainstorming session. Includes homework, a visit to a NYC museum of your choice, and lunch.

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    Consultation w/ Filmmaker Robert Greene

    2016 Rooftop Films/Garbo NYC Grantee Robert Greene (FAKE IT SO REAL, ACTRESS, KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE, BISBEE '17) will consult on your documentary project. Includes two phone sessions.

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    Rooftop Patron

    Join a group of like-minded leadership donors that help strengthen Rooftop Films and support our year-round efforts. In return we'll provide you with VIP invitations for you and a guest to year round special events and sneak previews.

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    As a Sponsor of our Second Annual Gala you will receive 4 VIP Pre-Reception Tickets, plus 10 Gala Tickets, a verbal thank you from the stage, plus Logo/Name recognition in all gala materials as well as on the Rooftop Films website year-round! Date, honorees, and special guests to be announced soon. Join us in celebrating film, art, and our community!

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    As a Patron of our Second Annual Gala you will receive 10 VIP Pre-Reception Tickets, plus 30 Gala Tickets, a speaking role on stage presenting one of the filmmaker honoree awards, plus Logo/Name recognition in all gala materials and on the Rooftop Films website, social media, emails and on-screen year-round. Date, honorees, and special guests to be announced soon. Join us in celebrating film, art, and our community!

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    Oscilloscope Laboratories' DANK Pack

    Dank swag from our friends at Oscilloscope Laboratories! Includes O-Scope matches; O-Scope rolling papers; O-Scope hoodie (limited sizes available); and a Blu-Ray, or digital download of EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT, ONE WEEK AND A DAY, and CONTEMPORARY COLOR.

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    Signed Poster: LADY BIRD

    One poster of Rooftop Films alum Greta Gerwig's directorial debut LADY BIRD. Signed by the director, and stars Saoirse Ronan, Lucas Hedges, Beanie Feldstein, Laurie Metcalf, and Tracy Letts. Courtesy of A24.

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