A Summer Classic With an Independent Twist
With temperatures in the city creeping into the mid-70s, more and more events are moving from their walled confines into outdoor venues. Despite its lack of green space, the city has its share of outdoor concerts and film screenings, ranging from headliners to independent acts. One such film festival—The Rooftop Summer series—brings lesser-known films into the outdoors. In its 15th year, the Rooftop Films Summer series continues to put an independent twist on a warm-weather classic. All throughout the summer, the festival will be screening independent, underground and foreign films across three boroughs. The venues range from Socrates Sculptural Park in Long Island City, a venue just outside of Automotive High School in Williamsburg, and a rooftop in the LES, amongst others. The Summer Series kicks off this Friday, May 13th, with the showing of eight short films on the Open Road Rooftop (350 Grand Street, NYC), plus music from folk rocker Dustin Wong and an after party at Fontanas. Tickets are $10 per person, sold online and at the venue itself. If you’re worried about sitting on the ground or grass with your white Diesel jeans, don’t forget to bring a blanket—seats are limited.
For more information on this event and a full listing of all the venues, musical performances and film screenings, visit the Rooftop Films website.