Ethan Hawke appears in Tesla by Michael Almereyda, an official selection of the Premieres program at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Cara Howe.
Ethan Hawke appears in Tesla by Michael Almereyda

Rooftop Films, in partnership with Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI) and the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI), announced the programming for August as part of their summer drive-in festival at the Queens Drive-In location in New York City.

The Queens Drive-In will kick off August 13th with a screening of IFC Films’ Tesla, directed by Michael Almereyda and starring Ethan Hawke; the documentary thriller The Last Out, directed by Sami Khan; the classic family favorite The Muppet Movie; the New York premiere of Summer White (Blanco de Verano), directed by Rodrigo Ruiz Patterson; the Academy Award-winning feature film Mad Max: Fury Road, directed by George Miller; David Osit’s documentary feature Mayor; and Stanley Kubrick’s enduring and visionary sci-fi masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey. Free film screenings presented by Queens Borough President Sharon Lee will be held at the Queens Drive-In beginning in mid-August. The full schedule of Borough President Lee’s free screenings, and other details, will be announced in the coming days.

Rooftop Films also announced the appointment of Nadine Goellner as their new Executive Director. A strategic and collaborative arts leader, Goellner brings over fifteen years of experience in the New York cultural sector to Rooftop’s team. She previously served as part of the inaugural senior leadership team at The Shed, where she was an integral part of building infrastructure and resources necessary for the successful launch of the organization. She produced The Shed’s opening program Soundtrack of America with Steve McQueen and Quincy Jones, as well as new works by luminaries Claudia Rankine, Björk, William Forsythe, and Jonas Mekas, among others. Prior to The Shed, Goellner was Managing Director for THE OFFICE performing arts + film, where she programmed cultural events in ongoing partnerships with the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival and MASS MoCA.

In her new role at Rooftop Films, beginning August 10th, Goellner will lead the operational financial oversight of the organization and participate in the formulation of Rooftop’s artistic vision, in collaboration with Rooftop’s Artistic Director, Dan Nuxoll, and will report directly to the board of directors.

“I am honored to be joining Rooftop Films at this critical time for arts organizations in New York,” states Goellner. “I’ve been impressed by the programming and the dedication of the team as they engage and inspire communities throughout our city. I look forward to bringing my experience and skills to bear in furthering our mission and leading the next chapter in Rooftop Films’ journey.”

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