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Brooklyn Exhibition Spaces
Posted October 12, 2010 to photo album "Brooklyn Exhibition Spaces"
As part of Movie City Brooklyn, Nick Dawson takes a trip around some of the most interesting places to catch a movie in the New York borough.
Slide 7: Rooftop Films
Rooftop Films, one of the great Brooklyn film community feel good stories, actually began in Manhattan in 1997, when founder and artistic director Mark Elijah Rosenberg screened movies on the roof of his East Village tenement. Rosenberg was evicted when his landlord found out, and the event thus moved to Williamsburg. Initially, Rosenberg organized a single night of short films every summer, but in 2002 Dan Nuxoll became program director at Rooftop and he and Rosenberg began a major expansion of the organization. Today, the Rooftop Film Series programs numerous events every summer across venues not only in Brooklyn (where its regular haunts are Old American Can Factory in Gowanus and Brooklyn Technical College in Fort Greene) but also a variety of other places around the city. The events offer a live band and new independent filmmaking (promising to “bring underground movies outdoors”), and recently some of the movies screened (including Benh Zeitlin’s Glory at Sea and PJ Raval’s Trinidad) have received assistance from the Rooftop Filmmakers' Fund. Rooftop now is not just an event, but a broader film organization who declare themselves “a community… a collective collaboration between filmmakers and festivals, between audience members and artists, between venues and neighborhoods,” whose goal is “to nurture a vibrant independent filmmaking community not only by exhibiting the work of low-budget filmmakers but also by providing essential support systems for those who otherwise have none.”