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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, December 31 2018 8:00 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Over the last 21 years, Rooftop Films has screened thousands of new, independently produced films in amazing scenic spots all across New York City and beyond. 

But we can’t do it without your help!

Founded in 1997, Rooftop Films is a Brooklyn based nonprofit whose mission is to engage and inspire diverse audiences by screening independent films in unique locations throughout NYC and beyond; funding new independent films; and providing low-cost and free equipment rentals and production services to artists and nonprofits.

At Rooftop Films, we take films which would not otherwise be seen, outdoors, directly to tens of thousands of people across the city. Our mission is to keep these experiences accessible to all, that is why we keep our admission prices as low as possible and include multiple free screenings during our Summer Series year after year.

The arts and free expression are more important than ever. Help us continue to bring films and experiences rooted in compassion, tolerance, learning, togetherness, and exploration to tens of thousands of people throughout New York City. So please make a (tax deductible) contribution today!

As our name indicates, our trademark venues are rooftops. Rooftops hold metaphorical significance for our programming and mission—they offer a refuge, a hidden community space, and a venue for appreciating the city from an inspiring vantage point that shows the world’s promise and possibility. 

Our goal is to create culturally vibrant communities. Our unique style of site-specific programming fosters meaningful connections between neighbors, artists, activists, and the urban space we all share. We create environments that truly change the way people feel about the spaces they inhabit and move through, creating a bridge between cinema and the world in which we live in a way that is empowering, exciting, and unique.

CAN YOU HELP US CONTINUE TO INSPIRE?

Hi! This is us – the Rooftop Staff. As a nonprofit organization, Rooftop accomplishes a great deal with a small, dedicated, and passionate staff. We all care deeply about the work we do and its impact on our community of filmmakers, neighbors, friends, and supporters. With the current social and political climate, we have never been more committed to our mission and proud of the work we do for filmmakers and diverse audiences across the city.

Your support is vital to our unique work and will help us continue to…

  • activate outdoor public spaces as places for all residents to gather, share ideas, and co-create a sense of community.
  • bring the most talented emerging filmmakers on earth to New York City to create some of the most innovative, exciting, and inspiring film events anywhere in the world.
  • inspire, empower, and be an indispensable source for community building, filmmaker funding, and economic development in NYC.

Now more than ever, it is critical that all our voices be heard, our stories told, and that these groundbreaking films are brought to as many people as possible in the most innovative and inspiring ways possible.

OUR PROGRAMS – YOUR DIRECT IMPACT…

The only outdoor festival of its kind, screening site-specific programs of new independent films throughout NYC. More than just screenings, they are cinema events featuring live music, immersive performances, filmmaker Q&As, and huge after-parties. In 2018, we presented over 45 nights of film to roughly 50,000 audience members in 18 spectacular outdoor locations throughout NYC. Plus, screenings in Austin, Toronto and Berlin!

The Rooftop Film Fund leverages community support to help produce new films. In addition to support from our granting partners, Rooftop Films allocates $1 of every ticket and film submission fee to filmmakers whose work we have screened in the past. In 2018, Rooftop gave away over $250,000 in cash and service grants.

Through the Community Fund, Rooftop makes all our exhibition equipment, as well as our event production expertise, available to the public through low-cost or free rentals. In 2018 we donated/discounted $200,000 worth of equipment and services to artists, nonprofits, and community groups.

Rooftop Films is your community organization. We are here to serve you, your friends and family, our filmmakers, our diverse audience, and the vibrant city of New York. Not only does your pledge get you great perks and provide the resources that make an immediate impact on the work we do, your gift also provides support to filmmakers, artists, your neighbors, and a thriving New York arts scene. 

Help keep Rooftop Films strong! Make your pledge today!

🖤 Rooftop Films - Dan, Gen, Kate, Dom, Tristan, Maria, Kelley and Brendan

Want to know more? We are here to chat. Give us a call at 718-417-7362 or email info@rooftopfilms.com

SWEET REWARDS!

What's better than the satisfaction of supporting an organization you love? How about something more to show for it?!? Our amazing selection of rewards include box sets, Blu-rays, DVDs, downloads, and more from our partners, as well as tickets to Rooftop shows,  tickets to our third 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.

Risks and challenges

As a nonprofit 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 eight 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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    Opening Night Early Bird

    Be among the first to get your tickets to Rooftop Films' 2019 Opening Night at NYC's historic Green-Wood Cemetery. Join us on May 17th for "This Is What We Mean By Short Films" - a celebratory evening of new beginnings, and a rare chance to spend the evening with some of Brooklyn's most famous "permanent residents."

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    Super Secret EYESLICER Code

    Stream Season 1 (out now) or Season 2 (coming soon!) of THE EYESLICER, the variety TV show that blends boundary-pushing short-form works by filmmakers including Rooftop alumni Christina Choe, Darius Clark Monroe, Augustine Frizzell, David Lowery, and Amy Seimetz into a weird, wild, uninterrupted whole.

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    One digital download of a Rooftop Films alumni from the Factory 25 catalog. Options include CONVENTO, FAKE IT SO REAL, BLOOMIN' MUD SHUFFLE, THE COLOR WHEEL and many more.

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    Supplement your DVD/Blu-Ray collection with one of our many alumni films from The Orchard! Options include HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE, AMERICAN ANIMALS, WE THE ANIMALS, DINA & THE HERO. Plus we'll send you an AMERICAN ANIMALS coloring book!

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    Can't get enough of Green-Wood? Experience the cemetery at its most atmospheric as the sun fades over the horizon with a pair of tickets to one of their signature "Twilight Tours" (includes exclusive access to their famous catacombs, normally closed to the public.)

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    Supplement your collection with am alumni film from The Criterion Collection. Options include CAMERAPERSON, CERTAIN WOMEN, ELECTION, HOOP DREAMS, & DO THE RIGHT THING. We can't get you into the Criterion closet, but we can help you (slowly) build your own...

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    Blu-ray & Poster: FIRST REFORMED

    One Blu-ray copy and poster of Paul Schrader's FIRST REFORMED, starring Ethan Hawke & Amanda Seyfried. Courtesy of A24.

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    Blu-ray & Poster: MID90S

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    Membership: Supporting Level

    Welcome to the family! Your Supporting Membership gives you 50% off full price tickets for 2 people to all Summer Series screenings, guaranteed priority entry with ticket (member line) at all ticketed screenings, invites to select year-round member-only special events and sneak preview screenings, and a gorgeous (and practical) Rooftop Films Tote Bag!

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    O-Scope DOC-umentary Packs

    A jam-packed swag-pack from our friends at O-SCOPE. Featuring their signature lab coat, pocket protector, pens & rolling papers + and Oscilloscope tote to carry your brand new Blu-Rays of Summer Series alum THE ROAD MOVIE, BRIMSTONE & GLORY, & THE KING. "An O-Scope lab coat is versatile, stylish, and makes you look legit and expert-like doing whatever it is you're doing. " - People in the know

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    Skype Workshop w/ Jim Cummings

    A 90-minute Skype session with Jim Cummings, director, writer and star of THUNDER ROAD. Get advice on moving from short-to-feature from a filmmaker that turned his own one-shot short into a festival-winning breakout.

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    Hang w/ Crystal Moselle & Skate Kitchen

    Join celebrated director & two time Summer Series alum Crystal Moselle + members of The Skate Kitchen for either a hang sesh at (as the girls call it) Crystal's Clubhouse (order from their favorite restaurant while you watch YouTube videos and draw watercolors together) or, when it gets warmer, an intimate skate lesson in the L.E.S.!

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    An afternoon with Yance Ford

    Spend an afternoon in Astoria, Queens with Yance Ford, Academy Award nominated director of STRONG ISLAND. Will you go bowling and get a hot dog or get tacos and visit the Museum of the Moving Image? Like the directors’ favorite childhood books- choose your own adventure!

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    Private 16MM workshop @ Mono No Aware

    Our friends at MONO NO AWARE will teach you the ins and outs on a Bolex Rex5 camera, editing on a Steenback flatbed table, and project your final work on film. Workshop includes 8 hours of instruction, 200' of ORWO B&W reversal 16mm film, lab processing or the option to learn how to process the film by hand + access to editing equipment.

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