Now that SummerStage, Celebrate Brooklyn!, and Industry City’s Summer Series have announced their lineups, your summer plans are all but set. Today the missing piece of the puzzle falls into place, as Rooftop Films Summer Series has announced its slate of features.
For Sonic Youth fans who weren’t sated by the concert footage that screened at Nitehawk last year, the highlight will no doubt be “Sonic Youth: NYC & Beyond,” an Aug. 17 screening of NYC-specific material that’s described as “completely unseen, threaded together with a few items which are out there in the public knowledge but here presented from the best source available to the band.” A q&a with drummer Steve Shelley and archivist Aaron Mullan will follow.
Members of Sonic Youth also appear in Desolation Center, a documentary about the gonzo concerts in the Mojave Desert—a DIY precursor to Coachella— that director Stuart Swezey threw in the mid-’80s. Members of the Minutement, Meat Puppets, Swans and others also appear in the film.
But enough about music. This is, after all, an outdoor movie series, even if bands do play before the screenings. Among the film highlights: Brittany Runs a Marathon, the Jillian Bell vehicle that we caught at Sundance and described as “unabashedly populist laugh-out-loud entertainment you would feel perfectly fine recommending to both your midwestern grandma and your Brooklyn bartender.”
There’ll also be some features that screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, in case you missed them there: Running With Beto, about America’s favorite punk-rocker-turned-candidate; The Hottest August, a portrait of New Yorkers trying to make it through a tense, steamy month of 2017; and Goldie, Sam de Jong’s follow-up to Prince, about a troubled teenager from the Bronx trying to break through as a hip-hop dancer;
Other festival favorites include Sundance pick Midnight Family, about the cutthroat freelance ambulance scene in Mexico City, and Mickey and the Bear, a SXSW Audience Award winner about a teen looking after her PTSD-afflicted father.
Check out the Rooftop Films calendar for all the rest, and to snag tickets for screenings (and boozy after-parties!) taking place in Williamsburg, the Lower East Side, Sunset Park, Long Island City, and elsewhere around town.