All this Twittering from foofy France has me glad that I, and a few others, are still in New York City to partake in the opening night festivities of Rooftop Films. Jane Campion? Michael Haneke? The Safide Brothers? Phewy! Tonight on the LES is where it's AT, yo. Go to the official Rooftop website for more information.
The Rooftop Crew has announced their Summer Schedule and, as usual, they've proven themselves to be some of the sharpest independent film programmers in town. Films that I can personally recommend:
Strongman (Zachary Levy) — May 30th
Stingray Sam (Cory McAbee) — June 6th
Humpday (Lynn Shelton) — June 26th
I'm also privy to some of mid/late-summer's titles, which are also some of 2009's finest. That announcement will be coming soon enough.
The best part about Rooftop Films, though, is the overall vibe of things. Every time I attend a screening, whether it be in a parking lot on the Lower East Side, on a lawn in Williamsburg, or on an actual rooftop in Park Slope, I have this overriding sense of pleasure. And not just with regards to the indie film community. There's just a genuinely positive feeling in the air. It's great to be outside, with other human beings, listening to good music and watching good movies. Times may be tough out there, but a visit to pretty much any Rooftop Films event will remind you that all hope is not lost.
See y'all mofos tonight (those of you that aren't in foofy France, that is)...