WHAM! directed by Chris Smith
WHAM! directed by Chris Smith (Netflix)

Rooftop Films announced the lineup for its 27th annual Summer Series set to kick off on Thursday, May 25th at Green-Wood Cemetery with This is What We Mean by Short Films, showcasing some of the best new short films of the year.

This year’s Summer Series will run from May 25th through August 24th and will include over 45 events featuring new independent feature films, short film programs, and live performances.

Highlights include the New York premieres of several of 2023’s most anticipated films including Eva Longoria’s directorial debut Flamin’ Hot (Searchlight Pictures), and Laura McGann’sThe Deepest Breath (dir. Laura McGann, Netflix); Chris Smith’s WHAM!; HBO Documentary Films’ The Stroll, featuring in-person introductions from directors Kristen Lovell & Zackary Drucker and the film’s subjects, co-presented by NewFest as Closing Night of their 3rd Annual NewFest Pride; Savanah Leaf’s critically acclaimed directorial debut, Earth Mama (A24), starring Tia Nomore, Erika Alexander, and Doechii; and Bill Pohlad’s Dreamin’ Wild (Roadside Attractions), starring Casey Affleck, Walton Goggins, and Zooey Deschanel

A spectacular New York premiere for Christopher Sharp & Moses Bwayo’s Bobi Wine: The People’s President from National Geographic Documentary Films at Capital One City Parks Foundation’s SummerStage. The film will be preceded by a live musical performance by Bobi Wine, the afro-pop star who led a presidential campaign seeking to unseat Yoweri Museveni, who has ruled Uganda for more than 35 years

2023 Rooftop Films Summer Series Slate

Feature Films

The Arc of Oblivion | Ian Cheney | US | 98 mins
Tuesday, August 1st @ Brooklyn Grange Sunset Park
The Arc of Oblivion explores a quirk of humankind: in a universe that erases its tracks, we humans are hellbent on leaving a trace. Tickets Available Now

Biosphere | Mel Eslyn | US | 106 mins
Tuesday, June 13th @ Brooklyn Grange Sunset Park
Billy (Mark Duplass) and Ray (Sterling K. Brown) are lifelong best friends, brothers from another mother–and the last two men on earth. Courtesy of IFC Films and AMC Networks. Screening presented as part of the Alfred P. Sloan Science on Screen® series. New York Premiere. Tickets Available Now

birth/rebirth | Laura Moss | US | 98 mins
Saturday, August 12th @ Industry City
A single mother and a childless morgue technician are bound together by their relationship to a little girl they have reanimated from the dead. Courtesy of IFC Films, Shudder, and AMC Networks. New York Premiere. RSVPs Coming Soon.

Bobi Wine: The People’s President | Moses Bwayo & Christopher Sharp | UK | 114 mins
Thursday, July 27th @ SummerStage Central Park
In Uganda’s 2021 presidential election, music star, activist and opposition leader Bobi Wine, together with his wife Barbie, rallies his people in a dangerous fight for freedom from President Museveni’s oppressive 35-year regime. Courtesy of National Geographic Documentary Films. New York Premiere. Free screening co-presented with City Parks Foundation. More Details to Come.

The Deepest Breath | Laura McGann | UK, Ireland | 108 mins
Friday, July 7th @ Brooklyn Army Terminal
A champion freediver and expert safety diver seemed destined for one another despite the different paths they took to meet at the pinnacle of the freediving world. A look at the thrilling rewards—and inescapable risks—of chasing dreams through the depths of the ocean. Courtesy of Netflix. Screening presented as part of the Alfred P. Sloan Science on Screen® series. New York Premiere. RSVPs Coming Soon.

Dreamin’ Wild | Bill Pohlad | US | 110 mins
Date and Venue To Be Announced
What if a childhood dream suddenly came true – but thirty years later? That’s what happened to singer/songwriter Donnie Emerson. His dream of success suddenly – and unexpectedly – came true, but only as he approached 50 years old. And while it brought hopes of second chances, it also brought ghosts of the past and long-buried emotions as Donnie, his brother Joe and their entire family came to terms with their newly found fame. Dreamin’ Wild is an incredible true story of love, hope, family, guilt and responsibility. Courtesy of Roadside Attractions.

Earth Mama | Savanah Leaf | US, UK | 97 mins
Wednesday, June 28th @ The Old American Can Factory
With two children in foster care, Gia, a pregnant single mother pitted against the system, fights to reclaim her family. In her close-knit Bay Area community, she works to make a life for herself and her kids, in this singular debut feature from filmmaker Savanah Leaf. A glowing breakout at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival starring Tia Nomore, Erika Alexander, Doechii, and Dominic Fike. Courtesy of A24. RSVPs Coming Soon.

Flamin’ Hot | Eva Longoria | US | 98 mins
Saturday, June 3 @ Brooklyn Army Terminal
Flamin’ Hot is the inspiring true story of Richard Montañez (Jesse Garcia) who as a Frito-Lay janitor disrupted the food industry by channeling his Mexican-American heritage to turn Flamin’ Hot Cheetos from a snack into an iconic global pop culture phenomenon. Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures. Presented in Partnership with Brooklyn Army Terminal and NYCEDC. New York Premiere. RSVPs Available Now

Going Varsity in Mariachi | Alejandra Vasquez & Sam Osborn | US | 104 mins
Saturday, August 5th @ Brooklyn Army Terminal
In the competitive world of high school mariachi, the musicians from the South Texas borderlands reign supreme. Under the guidance of Coach Abel Acuña, the teenage captains of Edinburg North High School’s acclaimed team must turn a shoestring budget and diverse crew of inexperienced musicians into state champions. Presented in Partnership with NYCEDC. New York Premiere. RSVPs Coming Soon.

Joonam | Sierra Urich | US | 100 mins
Thursday, July 27th @ Brooklyn Commons
Spurred by a provocative family memory and a lifetime of separation from the country her mother left behind, a young filmmaker delves into her mother and grandmother’s complicated pasts, and her own fractured Iranian identity. Presented in Partnership with ArteEast’s Unpacking the Archive. New York Premiere. RSVPs Coming Soon.

Kite Zo A: Leave the Bones | Kaveh Nabatian | Canada, Haiti | 70 mins
Saturday, August 19th @ Brower Park
Kite Zo A: Leave the Bones is a sensorial journey into the rituals of Haiti, channeled through dancers, musicians, fishermen, daredevil rollerbladers, and Vodou priests. A celebration of the fiery, heady, and devastatingly beautiful spirit of the island. Presented in Partnership with Council Member Chi Ossé. New York Premiere. RSVPs Coming Soon.

Kokomo City | D. Smith | US | 73 mins
Tuesday, July 25th @ Fort Greene Park
A raw depiction of the lives of four black trans sex workers as they confront the dichotomy between the black community and themselves. Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. New York Premiere. RSVPs Coming Soon.

The Last Year of Darkness | Ben Mullinkosson | China, US | 95 mins
Saturday, July 29th @ The Old American Can Factory
In this unassuming corner bar hidden by Chengdu’s construction cranes, five locals escape their stress, even if it’s only for the night. New York Premiere. Tickets Available Now

Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues | 2023 | Sacha Jenkins | US | 106 mins
Tuesday, May 30th @ Louis Armstrong House
Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues offers an intimate and revealing look at the world-changing musician, presented through a lens of archival footage and never-before-heard home recordings and personal conversations. This definitive documentary, directed by Sacha Jenkins, honors Armstrong’s legacy as a founding father of jazz, one of the first internationally known and beloved stars, and a cultural ambassador of the United States. The film shows how Armstrong’s own life spans the shift from the Civil War to the Civil Rights movement, and how he became a lightning rod figure in that turbulent era. Courtesy of Apple Original Films. Presented in Partnership with New York City Council Member Francisco Moya. RSVPs Available Now

Max Roach: The Drum Also Waltzes | 2023 | Sam Pollard, Ben Shapiro | US | 82 mins
Saturday, June 17th @ Von King Park
Max Roach: The Drum Also Waltzes explores the life and music of the legendary drummer, composer, bandleader, and social activist through a remarkable series of creative peaks, struggles, and personal reinventions—from the Jim Crow era to the Civil Rights years, surveying the heady days of post-war modern jazz to hip hop and beyond. Part of a centennial year of celebrations of the legendary Jazz drummer. Presented in Partnership with Council Member Chi Ossé. New York Premiere. RSVPs Available Now

Natalia I 2023 I Elizabeth Mirzaei I US I 86 mins
Date and Venue To Be Announced
29-year-old Natalia is about to make her Life Profession in the orders of the Byzantine Catholic Church, having left behind her exciting life as a young student to devote herself to God. Natalia is a film about returning to the world or walking away from it, and just how far a person would go for who they love. New York Premiere.

Ramona | Andrea Bagney | Spain | 80 mins
Friday, June 30th @ The Old American Can Factory
Ramona has just moved to Madrid with her boyfriend Nico, and wants to start from scratch: she wants to be an actress, she wants to be a mother, she wants to live in Lavapiés. The day before her first audition, she meets an older man, Bruno, with whom she has an instant and strong connection. Ramona runs off, scared of her own feelings, but the next day she discovers that Bruno is the director she was supposed to meet! The opportunity is too big to pass and, encouraged by Nico, Ramona decides to go for it. Presented in Partnership with RIZOMA Festival in Madrid. US Premiere. Tickets Available Now

Rotting in the Sun | Sebastián Silva | Mexico, US | 109 mins
Date and Venue To Be Announced
Frustrated, Ketamine-addled artist Sebastian Silva crosses paths with ingratiating comedian-influencer Jordan Firstman on a nude beach in Mexico. When Firstman goes to visit him in Mexico City, he finds his new collaborator has mysteriously disappeared. New York Premiere.

Scrapper | Charlotte Regan | UK | 84 mins
Friday, August 4th @ Old American Can Factory
Georgie, a dreamy 12-year-old girl, lives happily alone in her London flat, filling it with magic. Suddenly, her estranged father turns up and forces her to confront reality. Winner of the World Cinema Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Kino Lorber. Tickets Available Now

Story Ave | Aristotle Torres | US | 94 mins
Tuesday, August 8th @ Van Cortlandt Park
After running away from home, a teenage graffiti artist holds up an unsuspecting MTA worker in a robbery gone right that changes their lives forever. Presented in Partnership with the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance. New York Premiere. RSVPs Coming Soon.

The Stroll | Kristen Lovell & Zackary Drucker | US | 84 mins
Monday, June 5th @ Gansevoort Plaza, Meatpacking District
The Stroll tells the history of New York City’s Meatpacking District from the point of view of transgender sex workers who lived and worked there. Director Kristen Lovell worked “The Stroll” for a decade, and reunited her sisters to recount the violence, policing, homelessness, and gentrification they overcame to build a movement. Courtesy of HBO Documentary Films. Free screening presented in partnership with the Meatpacking District and NewFest. New York Premiere. RSVPs Coming Soon .

WHAM! | Chris Smith | US | 90 mins
Thursday, June 29th @ Industry City
In 1982, the best of friends and still teenagers – George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley as Wham! set out to conquer the world. By June of 1986 they played their very last gig at Wembley Stadium having done exactly that. Now for the very first time, told in their own words, the amazing story of how, in four years, they dominated the charts around the world with timeless and classic pop songs. Courtesy of Netflix. Free screening presented in partnership with Industry City. New York Premiere. RSVPs Coming Soon.

You Were My First Boyfriend | Cecilia Aldarondo & Sarah Enid Hagey | US | 97 mins
Wednesday, July 12th @ Gansevoort Plaza, Meatpacking District
In this high school reunion movie turned inside out, filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo relives her tortured adolescence, wondering if she remembered it all wrong. Presented in partnership with the Meatpacking District. New York Premiere. RSVPs Coming Soon.

Short Film Programs

This is What We Mean by Short Films: Opening Night 2023
Thursday, May 25th @ Green-Wood Cemetery
Start the season off right with our annual evening of spectacular new short films, live music, and a party under the stars in Green-Wood Cemetery! Tickets Available Now

Cemetery Shorts
Friday, June 16th @ Green-Wood Cemetery.
Sometimes loss brings clarity. Other times, fog descends. Explore the mysteries, epiphanies, and surprises that can accompany tragedy. Screening presented as part of the Alfred P. Sloan Science on Screen® series. Tickets Available Now

Dangerous Docs
Date and Venue To Be Announced
Venture along the boundary between danger and adventure, through abnormal nonfiction borderlands too unusual to be invented.

Dark Toons
Date To Be Announced @ Brooklyn Commons
A deliciously fiendish night of short toons with bad vibes, dark twists, big feelings. Free screening presented in partnership with Brookfield Properties.

Love is Strange: Romance Shorts
Friday, June 23rd @ Green-Wood Cemetery
Experience the depths of love and lust with this collection of audacious, heart wrenching, and occasionally filthy short films about l’amour. Tickets Available Now

New York Non-Fiction
Saturday, July 22nd @ Green-Wood Cemetery
Eight million stories, six short films, one night. Tickets Available Now

Queerly Beloved: Pride Shorts in the Park
Wednesday, June 21st @ Fort Greene Park
Celebrate NYC Pride with an illuminating showcase of LGBTQIA+ stories from around the world. Presented in partnership with Fort Greene Park Conservancy. RSVPs Available Now

Vidas Vibrantes: Shorts en Español (Vibrant Lives: Spanish-Language Shorts)
Wednesday, June 14th @ Fort Greene Park
Experience vibrant and wistful stories of home, longing, and belonging in this transportive collection of Spanish language shorts. Presented in partnership with Fort Greene Park Conservancy. RSVPs Available Now

Trapped: Uncanny Thrillers
Date To Be Announced @ Brooklyn Commons
Prepare for the peculiar with this batch of eerie mind-benders, surreal comedies, and demented dispatches from parallel dimensions. Presented in partnership with Brookfield Properties.

Rooftop Shots: Closing Night 2023
Thursday, August 24th @ Green-Wood Cemetery
One last night of summer breezes, bittersweet tales of closings and commencements, and a final fête in the graveyard. Tickets Available Now

Free Community Screenings

Beat Street | 1984 | Stan Lathan | US | 105 mins
Saturday, May 13 @ Restoration Plaza
An aspiring DJ, from the South Bronx, and his best friend, a promoter, try to get into show business by exposing people to hip-hop music and culture. Presented in partnership with New York City Council Member Chi Ossé.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever | 2022 | Ryan Coogler | US | 161 mins
Tuesday, June 20th @ Helen Marshall Playground
Queen Ramonda, Shuri, M’Baku, Okoye and the Dora Milaje fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia and Everett Ross and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda.Presented in partnership with New York City Council Member Francisco Moya. RSVPs Now Available

Chungking Express | 1994 | Wong Kar Wai | Hong Kong | 98 mins
Wednesday, May 17th @ Fort Greene Park
The whiplash, double-pronged Chungking Express is one of the defining works of nineties cinema and the film that made Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar Wai an instant icon. Two heartsick Hong Kong cops (Takeshi Kaneshiro and Tony Leung), both jilted by ex-lovers, cross paths at the Midnight Express take-out restaurant stand, where the ethereal pixie waitress Faye (Faye Wong) works. Anything goes in Wong’s gloriously shot and utterly unexpected charmer, which cemented the sex appeal of its gorgeous stars and forever turned canned pineapple and the Mamas and the Papas’ “California Dreamin’” into tokens of romantic longing. Free screening presented in partnership with Fort Greene Park Conservancy. RSVPs Available Now

Encanto | 2021 | Jared Bush & Byron Howard | US | 102 mins
Wednesday, May 31st @ Louis Armstrong House
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Encanto, featuring all-new songs by award-winning songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda, tells the tale of the Madrigals, an extraordinary family living in a magical house in the Colombian mountains. But when Mirabel, the only ordinary family member, discovers the magic surrounding their home is in danger, she may be her family’s last hope. Presented in partnership with New York City Council Member Francisco Moya. RSVPs Available Now

In The Heights | 2021 | Jon M. Chu | US | 143 mins
Tuesday, June 13th @ Hinton Park
Lights up on Washington Heights…The scent of a cafecito caliente hangs in the air just outside of the 181st Street subway stop, where a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies this vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all is the likeable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi (Anthony Ramos), who saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines and sings about a better life. In The Heights fuses Lin-Manuel Miranda’s kinetic music and lyrics with director Jon M. Chu’s lively and authentic eye for storytelling to capture a world very much of its place, but universal in its experience. Presented in Partnership with New York City Council Member Francisco Moya. RSVPs Available Now

Love Jones | 1997 | Theodore Witcher | US | 108 mins
Saturday, July 15th @ Brower Park
Say hello to Darious Lovehall (Larenz Tate) and Nina Mosley (Nia Long), two confused lovebirds who discover that you can never underestimate the power of a love jones.Presented in partnership with New York City Council Member Chi Ossé. RSVPs Coming Soon.

Minions: Rise of Gru | 2022 | Kyle Balda | US | 87 mins
Wednesday, June 7th @ Helen Marshall Playground
From the biggest global animated franchise in history, comes the origin story of how the world’s greatest supervillain first met his iconic Minions, forged cinema’s most despicable crew and faced off against the most unstoppable criminal force ever assembled in Minions: The Rise of Gru. Presented in partnership with New York City Council Member Francisco Moya. RSVPs Available Now

Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado | 2020 | Cristina Costantini & Kareem Tabsch | US | 96 mins
Thursday, June 8th @ Fort Greene Park
Dazzling and tender-hearted, legendary astrologer Walter Mercado vanished at the peak of his fame. This documentary poignantly explains what happened. Presented in partnership with Fort Greene Park Conservancy. RSVPs Now Available

Police Story 3: Supercop | 1992 | Stanley Tong | Hong Kong | 91 mins
Thursday, June 1st @ Fort Greene Park
To infiltrate a drug cartel, police Inspector Chan Ka Kui (Jackie Chan) goes undercover in a Chinese prison. There, he earns the trust of Panther (Yuen Wah), a cartel member, by breaking him out of prison. With the help of another undercover agent (Academy Award winner Michelle Yeoh), they travel to Hong Kong and join up with Panther’s gang. Ka Kui is accepted by the gang’s leader (Ken Tsang), but his operation is jeopardized when Ka Kui’s girlfriend (Maggie Cheung) accidentally reveals his true identity. Presented in partnership with Fort Greene Park Conservancy. RSVPs Available Now

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish | 2022 | Joel Crawford | US | 102 mins
Tuesday, May 23rd @ Park of the Americas
After burning through eight lives, Puss in Boots sets out on an epic journey to find the mythical Last Wish and restore all nine. Presented in partnership with New York City Council Member Francisco Moya. RSVPs Available Now

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