Rooftop Films Brings Underground Movies Outdoors

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Rooftop Films takes audiences to inspiring heights. / Image: Robyn Lee via Flickr CC

When the sun comes out in New York City, the possibilities for enjoying the arts outdoors are virtually endless. I recently wrote about the High Line Park, where one can explore public art and installations on the stunning, mile-long elevated path. There are also dozens of destinations throughout the five boroughs to explore incredible murals, graffiti, and sculptures, like at the Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City.

One other way to soak up the sunshine while taking in some art is through Rooftop Films, an organization that is dedicated to “bringing underground movies outdoors.” Rooftop Films is a local nonprofit whose mission is “to engage diverse communities by showing independent movies in outdoor locations, producing new films, coordinating youth media education, and renting equipment at low cost to artists,” not only providing entertainment, but fostering a love of filmmaking and education surrounding film.

The organization’s Summer Series is an annual presentation of feature-length films and shorts, which are all new and all independently created. Many of these film screenings will also feature a Q & A session with the filmmakers or producers, making for a truly unique experience. The films themselves range from documentaries, to dramas, animated, comedies, and more. As NYC-ARTS explains, “Rooftop Films is a collective collaboration between filmmakers and festivals, between audience members and artists, between venues and neighborhoods,” of the way the organization seeks, and continues to succeed in being a multifaceted cultural program.

Admission to the outdoor film screenings is around $13, an entry fee that you can feel good about, as it goes towards supporting budding local filmmakers. Upcoming events include ones like a screening of short films and live music at the Brooklyn Grange, a large rooftop farm. These events are carefully organized and are incredibly entertaining, making for some of the best ways to enjoy a summer evening in the city.

Check out the Summer Series schedule and learn more at


About Alex Holt

I am a local artist from Brooklyn, NY. I love art, design, books, photography, gardening and blogging.
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