Rooftop Films 20th Annual Summer Series Announces Opening Weekend Lineup

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‘Hunt For The Wilderpeople’

I had a great time attending last year’s Rooftop Films Summer Series last year, and this year’s opening weekend lineup has been announced, with highlights including Anna Rose Holmer‘s The Fits, Taika Waititi‘s Hunt For The Wilderpeople, and Elizabeth Wood‘s White Girl just to name a few.

This year’s festival will feature over 50 films at 13 venues across New York City, for ticketing and more information you can check out the official site here.

Take a look below for the full list of opening weekend films.

Rooftop Films 20th Annual Summer Series Opening Weekend

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Industry City, Sunset Park, Brooklyn


 (Elyse Steinberg & Josh Kriegman)

Sexts, lies, and Carlos Danger: watch the wildest political meltdown in recent history.
Presented in Partnership with: Sundance Selects 

 Friday, May 20, 2016

The Bushwick Generator, Bushwick, Brooklyn

This is What We Mean by Short Films

Celebrate our 20th anniversary with the stuff of summer: dancing, swimming, and hanging with old friends.


Feature Documentaries (more films, dates and venues to be announced soon)

The Bandit

(Jesse Moss | USA | 82’)

Burt Reynolds and Hal Needham recount the strange, wild making of Smokey and the Bandit.

Presented in Partnership with CMT



(Kirsten Johnson | USA | 102’)

Cinematographer Kirsten Johnson’s deeply poetic memoir, culled from footage shot for other films.

Presented in Partnership with The Film Collaborative


Danny Brown Concert Documentary (Title TBA)

(Andrew Cohn | USA)

An intimate, behind-the-scenes adventure with Detroit rapper Danny Brown during a hometown show.

Presented in partnership with House of Vans


Don Juan

(Jerzy Sladkowski | Sweden/Finland | 92’)

A 4-sided love triangle, complete with autism & neuroses in the Russian city Nizhny Novgorod.

Presented in Partnership with IDFA and Swedish Film Institute


Goodnight Brooklyn – The Story of Death by Audio

(Matthew Conboy | USA | 82’)

The origins, influence and ultimate closure of one of Brooklyn’s best DIY music venues.


Life, Animated

(Roger Ross Williams | USA | 91’)

A young man with autism discovers a way to make sense of world via classic Disney animated films.

Presented in Partnership with The Orchard, in theaters July 8


Los Punks: We Are All We Have

(Angela Boatwright | USA | 79’)

All thrash, noise, and pits; meet the fans and bands of the thriving backyard punk scene in LA.

Presented in partnership with House of Vans


The Music of Strangers: Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble

(Morgan Neville | USA | 96’)

The extraordinary story of the renowned international musical collective which was created by famed cellist, Yo-Yo Ma.

Presented in Partnership with The Orchard, in theaters June 10



(David Farrier & Dylan Reeve | New Zealand | 92’)

The shadowy world of competitive tickling is exposed in this stranger than fiction tale.

Presented in Partnership with Magnolia Pictures


Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru

(Joe Berlinger | USA | 115’)

Go behind the scenes of renowned life and business strategist Tony Robbins in a revelatory cinema verite by renowned director Joe Berlinger.
Presented in Partnership with Netflix


Fiction Feature Films

Donald Cried

(Kris Avedisian | USA | 85’)

Stranded in his hometown, a favor from Peter’s old friend becomes a long van ride into the past.


The Fits

(Anna Rose Holmer | USA | 72’)

A tomboy’s desire for a dance team’s acceptance warps when its members fall prey to mysterious spasms.

Presented in Partnership with Oscilloscope Laboratories, in theaters June 3rd


Hunt For the Wilder People

(Taika Waititi | New Zealand | 101’)

Raised on hip-hop and foster care, a defiant city kid starts fresh in the New Zealand countryside.

Presented in Partnership with The Orchard, in theaters June 24


Hunter Gatherer

(Josh Locy | USA | 85’)

A darkly comic tale of unlikely friendship with an indelible central performance by Andre Royo.


In the Treetops

(Matthew Brown | USA | 78’)

Driving all night, packed in a car, 5 high school friends avoid their final destination: home.


Jacqueline, Argentine

(Bernardo Britto | USA | 87’)

A playfully mysterious whistle-blower comedy from Film Fund Grantee Bernardo Britto.


White Girl

(Elizabeth Wood | USA | 88’)

A NYC college girl goes to wild extremes to get back her drug dealer boyfriend.

Presented in Partnership with FilmRise and Netflix, in theaters this September