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Rooftop Films Announces Full 2012 Schedule

(Photo: Heavy Girls, via Rooftop Films)

It is nearly the summer, and that means the return of Rooftop Films to NYC with multiple screenings and after parties in Brooklyn. This series kicks off this month and runs through to August, offering attendees a barrage of exciting and innovative cinema. Rooftop Films also boasts special appearances by the films’ casts and subjects, live music, filmmaker Q&A’s, and after parties (with complementary drinks!) Best of all, the cost of attending these events is either low or free, allowing anyone to catch the next big filmmaker or band.

Here are the local screenings that we have to look forward to: 

Thursday, May 17
On Your Own (Short Films)
In this dynamic program of comedy, animation, drama and documentary, people on the mad margins of society express a creative vision of the world that is alluring and bizarre.
Venue:  Dekalb Market (Downtown Brooklyn), 138 Willoughby St. at Flatbush Avenue

Saturday, May 19
The Waiting Room (Peter Nicks)
The Waiting Room is a character-driven documentary film that uses extraordinary access to go behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients.
Venue: On the roof of the Old American Can Factory (Park Slope/Gowanus), 232 3rd Street

Wednesday, May 23
Heavy Girls (Axel Ranisch)
Sven shares his entire life, the apartment, even the bed with his mother, who is suffering from dementia. But when she and takes off, Sven goes on a journey that turns his life upside down.
Venue: On the lawn in front of Automotive High School (Williamsburg), 50 Bedford Avenue

Thursday, June 7
The Sheik and I (Caveh Zahedi)
Commissioned by a Middle Eastern Biennial to make a film on the theme of "art as a subversive act," independent filmmaker Caveh Zahedi (I Am a Sex Addict) goes overboard when told that he can do whatever he wants except make fun of the Sheik.
Venue: On the lawn in front of Automotive High School (Williamsburg), 50 Bedford Avenue

Thursday, June 14
Kid-Thing (David and Nathan Zellner)
A fever-dream fable about a rebellious girl who spends her time roaming the land, leaving destruction in her wake.
Venue: On the lawn in front of Automotive High School (Williamsburg), 50 Bedford Avenue

Thursday, June 21
An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (Terence Nance)
Terence Nance’s explosively creative debut feature documents the relationship between Terence and a woman as it teeters on the divide between platonic and romantic.
Venue:  Dekalb Market (Downtown Brooklyn), 138 Willoughby St. at Flatbush Avenue

Wednesday, June 27
The Comedy (Rick Alverson)
Tim Heidecker stars in this black comedy about a self-absorbed, filthy-rich, obnoxious hipster, insulting his friends and condescending to strangers, and yet somehow appearing compelling, pitiable, perhaps even likeable. Presented by Rooftop Films and BAMcinemaFest
Venue: Outdoor parking lot at BAM Cinematek (Fort Greene), Fulton Street and Ashland Place

Saturday, July 7
The Madness Of Production (Short Films)
Rooftop Films and XO Projects’ annual INDUSTRIANCE™ show presents visually astonishing and intellectually stimulating films that examine the changing landscape in industry and architecture and the way these changes affect individuals around the world.
Venue: On the roof of the Old American Can Factory (Park Slope/Gowanus), 232 3rd Street

Friday, July 13
Clermont-Ferrand (Short Films)
A collection of extraordinary new short films, all selected from the 2012 Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, the premier short film festival in the world.
Venue: Dekalb Market (Downtown Brooklyn), 138 Willoughby St. at Flatbush Avenue

Saturday, July 14
Argentinean Lesson (Wojciech Staron)
Captured in breathtaking 16mm film, an eight-year-old traveling from Poland to Argentina meets Marcia, a beautiful and brave young girl, 11 going on 30.
Venue: On the roof of the Old American Can Factory (Park Slope/Gowanus), 232 3rd Street

Friday, July 20
Coming Home (Short Films)
It’s never easy to go home, but this program of spirited black comedies, fraught animations and intimate documentaries offers hope for reconciliation.
Venue: Outdoors at Metrotech Commons (Downtown Brooklyn), Bridge St & Johnson Street

Saturday, July 21
Brooklyn Castle (Katie Dellamaggiore)
Co-Presented with Kickstarter
Brooklyn Castle tells the story of I.S. 318 - an inner-city school where most students come from low-income homes - that also happens to have the most winning chess team in the country.
Venue: On the roof of the Old American Can Factory (Park Slope/Gowanus), 232 3rd Street

Friday, July 27
Animation Block Party (Short Films)
Some call it punk rock, some call it grass roots, but labels aside, NYC-based Animation Block Party is the premier animation festival of the East Coast.
Venue: On the lawn in front of Automotive High School (Williamsburg), 50 Bedford Avenue

Saturday, July 28
The Tsunami And The Cherry Blossom (Lucy Walker)
Lucy Walker’s Academy Award-nominated, Rooftop co-funded documentary headlines a program of inspiring films that reveal exquisite hope amidst tragedy and ruin.
Venue: On the roof of the Old American Can Factory (Park Slope/Gowanus), 232 3rd Street

Saturday, August 4
The Patron Saints (Brian Cassidy & Melanie Shatzky)
The Patron Saints, a recipient of the Rooftop Filmmaker’s Fund grant, is a disquieting and hyperrealistic glimpse into life at a nursing home. Bound by the candid confessions of a recently disabled resident, the film weaves haunting images, scenes and stories from within the institution walls.
Venue: On the roof of the Old American Can Factory (Park Slope/Gowanus), 232 3rd Street

Thursday, August 9
Welcome to Pine Hill (Keith Miller)
A recently reformed drug dealer working as a claims adjuster receives earth-shattering news that compels him to make peace with his past and search for freedom beyond the concrete jungle of New York.
Venue: The Myrtle Avenue Hill in Ft. Greene Park, Myrtle and N. Portland

Saturday, August 11
Detropia (Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady)
Detropia is a cinematic tapestry of a city and its people who refuse to leave the building, even as the flames are rising.
Venue: On the roof of the Old American Can Factory (Park Slope/Gowanus), 232 3rd Street

Saturday, August 18
Rooftop Shots (Short Films)
Closing Night! The sharpest short films—Award-winning comedy, drama, animation and documentary—fired from the roof one last time.
Venue: On the roof of the Old American Can Factory (Park Slope/Gowanus), 232 3rd Street

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