Summer is just around the corner, and there’s nothing better than a beautiful summer night in New York City. The city streets come alive, outdoor festivals and concerts resume, and tattooed bodies reunite with short-shorts and tank tops. What better way to enjoy an evening outdoors than a rooftop film?
Rooftop Films premiered its 2012 summer series on Saturday night on a Lower East Side rooftop, and it turned out to be one of THE coolest things I’ve ever done in New York. The film was on top of New Design High School, a caged outdoor space that is covered in graffiti, probably by student artists. It also looks like it’s a part-time skate park and basketball court. Imagine going to a high school with this amazing outdoor space? Unbelievable!
The night began with an acoustic set by Bird Courage, a laid-back duo with seriously relaxing tunes. The feature film “Think of Me” was fantastic, if not somewhat depressing. It depicts the realistic struggle of a single mom in Las Vegas—very thought-provoking and relevant. There was a brief Q&A with the director and even an after party with free beer.
The series will continue throughout the summer. It’s a non-profit festival that showcases independent films of all genres atop rooftops all over Manhattan and Brooklyn. Admission is only $12 (less than most movie theaters) and it’s money well-spent. Not only will you get amazing views of the city, but also live music and a film you might not see anywhere else. See the schedule and find out more here.