Rooftop Films just filled us in on its Summer Series’s opening weekend, along with its shorts lineup and more. If you didn’t make it down to SXSW and missed TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe winging Jason Schwatzman in 7 Chinese Brothers, good news: the film will be screening May 30, with Schwartzman and director Bob Byington doing a q&a after, and some free-flowing vodka after that.

Alex Karpovsky of Girls (who we spotted at one of last year’s Rooftop screenings) also makes an appearance in 7 Chinese Brothers, and he’ll also be doing a turn in Michael Tyburski’s Actor Seeks Role, part of the short film series on opening night, May 29. “This Is What We Mean By Short Films” will also feature David Sandberg’s much buzzed-about short Kung Fury, a pre-screening musical performance, and a post-screening q&a with Sandberg, as well as a party.

Also on tap this summer is one of our favorite Tribeca Film Festival docs, The Wolfpack, about a band of brothers who cope with their cloistered existence inside of a Lower East Side housing project by recreating their favorite films.

Other highlights include mumblecore darling Joe Swanburg’s new one Digging For Fire; Half Sour, a documentary about the skateboarders turned picklers who operate the pickle tent you’ve probably whiffed outside of the IFC Center; a doc about cult pranksters Park Grubbs; a cold, hard look at Juggalos in Buffalo; and Kids-in-Johannesburg Tribeca favorite Necktie Youth.

Check out the whole lineup here.

Below are the details just release about opening weekend.


Friday, May 29th, 2015

At Industry City (Rooftops) 220 36th Street (Sunset Park, Brooklyn)


8:00PM Doors Open

8:30PM Live Music

9:00PM Film Begins

10:30PM Q&A with David Sandberg

11:00PM After-party with DJ Conor C. sponsored by New Amsterdam Vodka

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

At The Old American Can Factory (Roof & Courtyard) 232 3rd Street (Gowanus, Brooklyn)


8:00PM Doors Open

8:30PM Live Music

9:00PM Film Begins

10:30PM Q&A with Bob Byington and Jason Schwartzman

11:00PM After-party sponsored by New Amsterdam Vodka



Cinema can be an adventure, an obsession, a way of life. We immerse ourselves in movies, and there we play and we prance, we dance and we die—we are free. We can hack ourselves back in time, we can conjure alternate storylines for our lives, we can pretend to be a badass even if we’re just a banana. The astonishing, exciting, award-winning movies in this program are a microcosm of the many magical worlds Rooftop Films will bring you to this summer. Join us on the journey. Join us on the roof.

ALL YOUR FAVORITE SHOWS! (Danny Madden | USA | 5 min.)

Anything you wanna watch in the palm of your hand! Crazy convenient! …crazy.

LA NUIT AMÉRICAINE D’ANGÉLIQUE (Joris Clerté, Pierre-Emmanuel Lyet | France | 7 min.)

When she saw François Truffaut’s La nuit Américaine (Day For Night), Angelique discovered that it was possible to dream up her life.

ACTOR SEEKS ROLE (Michael Tyburski | USA | 18 min.)

An aspiring method actor (Alex Karpovsky) in New York City resorts to medical acting, a part-time gig performing the symptoms of various illnesses for student doctors.Although his talents are overlooked for traditional roles on stage and screen, they catch the attention of a medical instructor (Dylan Baker) with a flair for the theatric.

BUTTER YA’SELF (Julian Petzchek | USA | 4 min.)

A banana and a hot dog bun are famous.

THE LAND (Erin Davis | USA | 23 min.)

The Land is a short documentary film about the nature of play, risk and hazard set in The Land, a Welsh “adventure” playground. At The Land children climb trees, light fires and use hammers and nails in a play-space rooted in the belief that kids are empowered when they learn to manage risks on their own.

LESLEY THE PONY HAS AN A+ DAY! (Christian Larrave | USA | 4 min.)

Lesley the Pony goes on a fun-filled adventure through the town of Merryville while making lasting memories with his friend, The Duke.

KUNG FURY (David Sandberg | Sweden | 30 min.)

KUNG FURY is an over-the-top action comedy written and directed by David Sandberg. The movie features: arcade-robots, dinosaurs, nazis, vikings, norse gods, mutants and a super kung fu-cop called Kung Fury, all wrapped up in an 80s style action packed adventure.

THANK EWE (Keith Wilson | USA | 1 min.)

A barrage of whiteness and niceness, Thank Ewe is too much of a good thing.