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Support Rooftop Films as we embark on our 20th year of bringing meaningful film events to the roofs, parks, and waterways of NYC
Support Rooftop Films as we embark on our 20th year of bringing meaningful film events to the roofs, parks, and waterways of NYC
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Thanks to your generous support we've made it to our $45,000 goal, which will go directly towards making our 20th year our biggest and best yet. If we raise an extra $4,000 in our final 24 hours, we will add an additional screening at our most spectacular venue—New Design High School in the Lower East Side.

Support Rooftop Films as we embark on our 20th year of bringing spectacular and meaningful film and music events to the roofs, streets, parks, and waterways of New York City.

SOMETIMES YOU FORGET...19 summers have come and gone since Rooftop Films was born atop a small tenement apartment building in the East Village. Since then, a lot has changed in New York, and when we read the news about the latest neighborhood transformation, or about a new real estate trend, or about some beloved local spot that has been displaced, it often seems that creeping, homogenizing influences are sapping our town of some bit of what long made it unique and vibrant. It has lately been too easy to forget what a special place New York truly is.

BUT SOMETIMES YOU ARE REMINDED...Sometimes, you climb a set of dusty stairs and reach the roof of an 130-year-old factory to find that a movie screen has been built atop the building and a crowd of hundreds is making their way to their chairs, the sun is setting behind the city skyline, and a live band is playing some entrancing new song. You sit down and prepare to get a first look at one of the most exciting new films in the world, and in that moment… sometimes…you are reminded. You are reminded that your city is still as exciting and vibrant and alive as any place in the world.

In 2016, Rooftop Films will celebrate our 20th summer dedicated to creating these sorts of once-in-a-lifetime experiences—experiences that remind you why you fell in love with New York in the first place.

So join us in celebration, and make a donation or become a member today, and support Rooftop Films as we continue to create unforgettable events featuring the best in film, music and culture, and bring together the diverse communities in magnificent locations all across New York City.

As the city evolves and neighborhoods are transformed, we believe that the unique environments that we create are as indispensable as ever. For twenty years, Rooftop Films has cared deeply about the impact we have on the city and the international cultural community. And that will never change. And we know that you care about these things, too. Together, we can make sure that events like this continue to thrive and grow, in our 20th year and beyond.   

By supporting Rooftop Films and our 20th Annual Summer Series, you will enable us to:

In 2016, let’s create thousands of new moments together, but let’s let each one of those moments serve as a reminder that some things should never change.

Needless to say, you will get some awesome stuff in return for your support. Check out our full list of rewards, which include digital downloads of Summer Series favorites from The Orchard’s library, original artwork from Summer Series alumni Julia Pott, Rooftop Films essentials, signed posters courtesy of Sony, tickets to the 2016 Summer Series, and more! 

And a Rooftop Films membership offers great benefits. With a $75 donation you receive complimentary access to more than 45 regularly priced Rooftop Films events in 2016—a savings of nearly $500! Membership also includes a first look at our Summer Series schedule, early access to reservations, priority entry to screenings, and special invites to VIP screenings and special events all year long. 

Oh, and membership also makes for a great holiday gift!  

As a non-profit organization, ticket sales from our screenings account for less than 15% of our overall budget that is why support from our biggest fans through donations and memberships is so vital. Your support will make an immediate impact on the work we do, as well as provide support to filmmakers, artists and public art. We can’t do any of this alone. So join the celebration! Make the 20th year of Rooftop Films the most spectacular yet!

Make your pledge today!

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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 six year round 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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    As presenting sponsor of a Rooftop Films event you will make it possible for more people to enjoy the Rooftop Films experience. Help Rooftop Films to add a FREE community event to the 2016 Rooftop Films Summer Series.

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    ONE digital download of either Sebastian Silva's NASTY BABY, or Joe Swanberg's DIGGING FOR FIRE, now available on iTunes and VOD, Courtesy of The Orchard + Two Tickets to any regularly priced Summer Series Screening.

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    Your choice of ONE Limited Edition Book from the Factory 25 Catalog, including Digging My Own Grave, The Sheik and I, Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, Hellaware and The Color Wheel + TWO Tickets to any regularly priced Summer Series screening

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    One Joe Swanberg: Collected Films Box Set, Courtesy of Factory 25 + ONE Rooftop Films Single Membership (a $585 value)

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    ONE SPECTRE Poster signed by Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Monica Bellucci, and Léa Seydoux, courtesy of Sony + ONE Rooftop Films Double Membership (a $1170 value): Free entry for member plus one guest to all regularly priced Summer Series shows.

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    ONE GOOSEBUMPS poster, signed by the entire cast and director Rob Letterman, courtesy of Sony + ONE Rooftop Films Double Membership (a $1170 value): Free entry for member plus one guest to all regularly priced Summer Series shows

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    One-of-a-kind, original artwork from Rooftop Films alumni Julia Pott (Pencil on Paper - black and white - 8 x 10") + ONE Rooftop Films Sustainer Membership (a $2025 value): Free entry for member plus two guests to all regularly priced Summer Series

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    Participate in a private yoga lesson from Orange is the New Black's YAEL STONE (trained in Accordance the Yoga Alliance) + ONE Rooftop Films Sustainer Membership (a $2025 value): Free entry for member plus two guests to all regularly priced Summer Series shows

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