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Rooftop Films: Celebrate the 4th

By Mike Everleth ⋅ June 30, 2006

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Rooftop Films, the NYC summertime film festival that takes place on roofs across Manhattan and Brooklyn, is having a 4th of July bonanza with screenings tonight, Saturday night and on Tuesday the 4th. Watch a film, maybe see some fireworks — sounds like a blast. Here’s the lineup:

Friday, June 30th, 8:30 p.m.:
Feature film: Guerrilla Girl, a documentary from Denmark and directed by Frank Piasecki Poulsen. The movie chronicles the indoctrination of Isabel, a 21-year-old, into the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC). Poulsen got unprecedented access into the FARC training facilities.

Preceded By: The Substitute, a short film by Palya Layie about one Israeli woman’s desperate attempt to get out of her manditory military service. There will also be a live musical performance by Uli.

Screening held at Open Road Park, E. 12th St. between Aves. A & 1.

Saturday, July 1st, 8:30 p.m.:
Shorts collection: “This Land Is Not Yours.” Films include: Power Out, Lawn, The Wash, South Central Farmers, Site Specific_Las Vegas 05, Square Millimeter of Opportunity: Houses, Unhitched, Sea Change, Togtha, Treevil and Steel Dinosaur.

The films will also be preceded by a live music performance by Aarktica.

Screening held on the roof of The Old American Can Factory at 232 3rd St. at 3rd Ave. in Gowanus, Brooklyn.

Tuesday, July 4th, 5:00 p.m.:
Shorts collection: “Fun With the Founding Fathers.” Films include: Cox and Combs: Washington, Preacher With an Unknown God, Los ABC’s: Que Vivan los Muertos!, Flatnap Prophecies, Vol. 2: Lincoln, Frank and Wendy: A Blow to the Back of Society’s Head and Night Visions.

The films will be preceded by a live music performance by The Double and Woodpecker.

Screening held on the East River at Solar One (@23rd St.) just north of Stuyvesant Cove Park, Manhattan.

Also, you might notice that this event starts way earlier than the other two. That’s because you have to be within a police cordon at this time.

Go to the Rooftop Films official website for more info, including descriptions for the short films, ticket sales, directions and oh so much more. Plus, Rooftop will be having screenings all summer long and the Underground Film Journal will post more about them in the coming weeks. Lots of interesting stuff on their screening calendar.