Rooftop Films has announced its opening weekend, features and select highlights of the 19th annual Rooftop Films Summer Series. This year’s series will feature over 40 outdoor screenings in 19 spectacular venues, with huge crowds, live music, special enhancements and the best in new, independent films from around the world. This year’s edition kicks off on Friday, May 29th, at their principal venue, Industry City, in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, with some of the greatest new short films from around the world.
The event will include the New York premiere of David Sandberg’s highly anticipated and hilarious short film, Kung Fury, which raised $630,000 on Kickstarter and the trailer for which has racked up more than 10,000,000 views online.
The following night, Saturday, May 30th, Rooftop Films will head to the roof of The Old American Can Factory, in Gowanus, Brooklyn, to present Bob Byington’s charming offbeat comedy, 7 Chinese Brothers, starring Jason Schwartzman as an irrepressible man-child attempting to pull his life together and win over his boss at the Quick-Lube. David Sandberg will be in attendance opening night, Bob Byington and Jason Schwartzman will be in attendance on May 30th, and both evenings will feature live music before each screening and a post-screening after party, featuring Signature Sponsor New Amsterdam Spirits.
The 2015 Rooftop Films Summer Series continues through the summer, with screenings each week in a variety of exciting and picturesque outdoor locations. It is Rooftop Films’ goal with each event and each season to re-imagine the festival and reinvigorate communities across New York. With live performances, audience interaction, and enhanced themed events at amazing venues, Rooftop turns each film screening into an unforgettable event.
“2015 is shaping up to be a tremendous year for independent film, with many remarkable films making their debuts at festivals and reaching wide, appreciative audiences in theaters and online,” said Dan Nuxoll, Rooftop Films program director. “The indie film world is not only alive and well—it is thriving, and this year’s Summer Series slate features some truly stunning and innovative films from all over the world: personal works of film art, auteurist takes on genre and breathtakingly cinematic documentaries that stretch the boundaries of the form.”