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Support Rooftop Films year-round and city-wide efforts to serve our audience, our filmmakers, and the cultural landscape of NYC.
Support Rooftop Films year-round and city-wide efforts to serve our audience, our filmmakers, and the cultural landscape of NYC.
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 A very special update in the final hours! Thanks to generous support from Mark Duplass and Katie Aselton, pledges made beyond our goal will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $5,000! Pledge by December 31st at 3PM and double your donation!

Rooftop Films is a Brooklyn based nonprofit whose mission is to engage diverse communities by showing independent films in outdoor locations throughout New York City and beyond. For the last 19 years, we have been bringing critically acclaimed, groundbreaking, independent film to the rooftops, parks, and public plazas across the region, and we need your support so that we can continue the work that we do.

Rooftop Films is best known for producing 45 outdoor screenings as part of our annual Summer Series. It is a massive endeavor to put together all those events, but that is not all that we do. 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 dozens of other community happenings in locations throughout NYC.

But wait, that still not all! Through the Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund, Rooftop works to foster talent in the independent filmmaking community by providing thousands of dollars in grants to promising filmmakers whose work we have shown to help them complete their next film. 

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 continue to support all that we do. So please make a (tax deductible) contribution today!

When you contribute to Rooftop Films you receive tremendous value in exchange for your support. Check out our full list of rewards, which includes DVDs and Blu-Rays of summer favorite Obvious Child, a Girl Walks Home Alone at Night comic book from Kino Lorber, a DVD of 12 O'Clock Boys from the Oscilloscope Laboratories catalog, films from the Magnolia Pictures and Factory 25 catalogs, Rooftop Films swag, tickets to the 2015 Summer Series, and more!

And especially take a look at the tremendous benefits of a Rooftop Films Membership. With a $75 donation you receive complimentary access to more than 40 regularly priced Rooftop Films events in 2015—a savings of nearly $500!

Membership also includes first look at our Summer Series schedule, early access to reservations, and priority entry to screenings, plus much more. 

PLEDGE TODAY! Rooftop Films operates year-round and city-wide. Your pledge helps keep us going during these cold winter months and helps us with each of our vital initiatives, including: 

THE ROOFTOP FILMS SUMMER SERIES Rooftop Films is a unique collaboration between filmmakers and festivals, between audience and artists, venues and neighborhoods. At Rooftop Films we don’t screen in theaters, we screen in communities. As North America’s largest and longest-running outdoor series dedicated to independent film, our Summer Series screenings expose audiences in virtually every part of NYC to exciting new works they might never see otherwise and create a vibrant popular forum for support of the thriving independent filmmaking community. We believe art and culture should be accessible to all therefore we keep our tickets prices and submission fees low. Your support will help us continue to bring ground breaking cinema, live music, filmmaker Q&A’s and other unique enhancements to communities in all five boroughs of NYC. 

Rooftop Films at Brooklyn Grange
Rooftop Films at Brooklyn Grange

ROOFTOP FILMS COMMUNITY FUND In an effort to support truly independent screenings we make all our film/video exhibition equipment, as well as our event production expertise, available to the public through low-cost or free rentals. In 2014 through the Rooftop Community Fund we donated and discounted over $100,000 worth of equipment and services to support community screenings, large and small, and other events organized by filmmakers, artists, musicians, nonprofits, civic organizations and community groups. Rooftop needs your pledge to underwrite, enhance and expand this program. By making our resources accessible to others, we support the vibrant and creative voices that enrich our city. 

Rooftop Films Community Partners
Rooftop Films Community Partners

THE ROOFTOP FILMMAKERS FUND Rooftop gives out more than $100,000 in cash and service grants to filmmakers whose work we have shown previously to help them to complete their next film. The program is generously supported by our partners – including the $10,000 Piper-Heidsieck Feature Film Cash Grant and service grants from Technological Cinevideo Services, Domicile NYC, Eastern Effects, Edgeworx Studios, and DCTV. Additionally, $1 of every ticket sold and $1 from every submission fee is dedicated to supporting the program.

Rooftop Filmmakers Fund Grantees
Rooftop Filmmakers Fund Grantees

WHAT YOUR SUPPORT MEANS Help us expand our capacity to serve our audience and community. With your support we will be able to better serve our audience and filmmakers and also expand our ability to help the broader community of artists, filmmakers, musicians, schools and nonprofit organizations – the cultural and artistic community of NYC we all share.

ABOUT ROOFTOP FILMS Rooftop Films is more than a film festival. We are a community. We are a collective collaboration between filmmakers and festivals, between audience members and artists, between venues and neighborhoods. Our goal is to nurture a vibrant independent filmmaking community not only by exhibiting the work of emerging filmmakers but also by providing essential support systems for those who otherwise have none. 

 At Rooftop Films, we bring underground movies outdoors. www.rooftopfilms.com

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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    ONE Digital Download of the GIUSEPPE MAKES A MOVIE official soundtrack. (Rooftop Filmmakers Fund Grantee) Songs (including two previously unreleased tracks) picked from Giuseppe's life making music in the Ramona Mobile Home Park in Ventura, CA. • Two Tickets to the 2015 Summer Series

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    ONE digital download of a Rooftop alumni film from the FACTORY 25 catalog, including: The Color Wheel, Fake It So Real, Sun Don’t Shine & Convento • Two tickets to the 2015 Summer Series

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    ONE DVD of Rooftop Films Alum 12 O'CLOCK BOYS (Courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories) • Two Tickets to the Rooftop Films 2015 Summer Series

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    ONE DVD or Blu-Ray of OBVIOUS CHILD, Rooftop Films Alum & Filmmakers Fund Grantee (Courtesy of A24 Films) • Two Tickets to the 2015 Summer Series

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    ONE DVD or Blu-Ray from the Magnolia Pictures 2014 catalog, including Rooftop Alum WE ARE THE BEST! • Two Tickets to the 2015 Summer Series

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    Rooftop Films Year-Round Essentials! • Custom Rooftop Films Sunglasses • Rooftop Films Roll-Up Blanket • Rooftop Films Tote Bag • Two tickets to the 2015 Summer Series

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    ONE copy of GRAVITY WAS EVERYWHERE BACK THEN book + a download of the film OR ONE soundtrack LP from the FACTORY 25 catalog + a download of the film • Two tickets to the 2015 Summer Series

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    ONE Rooftop Films Single Membership (a $585 value) • Free entry for member to all regularly priced Summer Series shows

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    ONE Rooftop Films Single Membership (a $585 value) • ONE OBVIOUS CHILD poster signed by director Gillian Robespierre, courtesy of A24 Films.

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    ONE Rooftop Films Double Membership (a $1170 value) • Free entry for member plus one guest to all regularly priced Summer Series shows • One Rooftop Films tote bag

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    ONE Rooftop Films Double Membership (a $1170 value) • Free entry for member plus one guest to all regularly priced Summer Series shows • One Rooftop Films mug

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    ONE Rooftop Films Sustainer Membership (a $1750 value) • Free entry for member plus two guests to all regularly priced Summer Series shows • Invitations to select off season events • One Rooftop tote bag or mug

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    Rooftop Films will treat you and a few of your friends to a private screening of Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund Grantee WESTERN, followed by an in-person Q&A with filmmakers Bill and Turner Ross. Screening will be held in the spring (date subject to change & will take place indoors in NYC)

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    ONE DVD or Blu-Ray of A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT plus the first issue of director Ana Lily Amirpour's comic book series based on the film, courtesy of KINO LORBER • Two tickets to the 2015 Summer Series

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    High Maintenance "Helping You Maintain" Fanny Pack Kit • HM Rolling Papers • HM sticker pack • TWO tickets to the 2015 Summer Series

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