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ROOFTOP FILMS 2023 LINEUP: See the Indie Hits Coming to NYC This Summer

Any New Yorkers have plans this summer? How about chilling under the sun to some of this year’s hot new indie films?

Rooftop Films has just announced its lineup for its 2023 Summer Series, which will take place throughout NYC from May 25 through August 24 with over 45 events featuring new independent feature films, short film programs, and live performances.

Some of the highlights of the series include Savannah Leaf’s A24 tearjerker Earth Mama, Eva Longoria’s crowd-pleasing directorial debut Flamin’ Hot, and Bill Pohland’s Donnie & Joe Emerson biopic Dreamin’ Wild, starring Casey Affleck, Walton Goggins, and Zooey Deschanel.

Other films in the lineup include recent Sundance and SXSW darlings. Among them are D. Smith’s Sundance-winning trans documentary Kokomo City, Charlotte Regan’s Grand Jury Prize winner Scrapper, Sebastian Silva’s jaw-dropping industry satire Rotting In The Sun, Sam Osborn & Alejandra Vasquez’s crowd-pleasing Sundance-winning doc Going Varsity in Mariachi, and Aristotle Torres’ SXSW-winning Story Ave.

Tickets and locations for select upcoming screenings are on sale now via the Rooftop Films website, with additional dates and tickets to be released in the coming weeks. See the full lineup below. Additional titles will be announced soon.


The Arc of Oblivion | Ian Cheney | US | 98 mins Tuesday, August 1 @ Brooklyn Grange Sunset Park

Biosphere | Mel Eslyn | US | 106 mins Tuesday, June 13 @ Brooklyn Grange Sunset Park

birth/rebirth | Laura Moss | US | 98 mins Saturday, August 12 @ Industry City

Bobi Wine: The People’s President | Moses Bwayo & Christopher Sharp | UK | 114 mins Thursday, July 27 @ SummerStage Central Park

The Deepest Breath | Laura McGann | UK, Ireland | 108 mins Friday, July 7th @ Brooklyn Army Terminal

Dreamin’ Wild | Bill Pohlad | US | 110 mins Date and Venue To Be Announced

Earth Mama | Savanah Leaf | US, UK | 97 mins Wednesday, June 28th @ The Old American Can Factory

Flamin’ Hot | Eva Longoria | US | 98 mins Saturday, June 3 @ Brooklyn Army Terminal

Going Varsity in Mariachi | Alejandra Vasquez & Sam Osborn | US | 104 mins Saturday, August 5th @ Brooklyn Army Terminal

Joonam | Sierra Urich | US | 100 mins Thursday, July 27th @ Brooklyn Commons

Kite Zo A: Leave the Bones | Kaveh Nabatian | Canada, Haiti | 70 mins Saturday, August 19th @ Brower Park

Kokomo City | D. Smith | US | 73 mins Tuesday, July 25th @ Fort Greene Park

The Last Year of Darkness | Ben Mullinkosson | China, US | 95 mins Saturday, July 29th @ The Old American Can Factory

Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues | 2023 | Sacha Jenkins | US | 106 mins Tuesday, May 30th @ Louis Armstrong House

Max Roach: The Drum Also Waltzes | 2023 | Sam Pollard, Ben Shapiro | US | 82 mins Saturday, June 17th @ Von King Park

Natalia | 2023 | Elizabeth Mirzaei | US | 86 mins Date and Venue To Be Announced

Ramona | Andrea Bagney | Spain | 80 mins Friday, June 30th @ The Old American Can Factory

Rotting in the Sun | Sebastián Silva | Mexico, US | 109 mins Date and Venue To Be Announced

Scrapper | Charlotte Regan | UK | 84 mins Friday, August 4th @ Old American Can Factory

Story Ave | Aristotle Torres | US | 94 mins Tuesday, August 8th @ Van Cortlandt Park

The Stroll | Kristen Lovell & Zackary Drucker | US | 84 mins Monday, June 5th @ Gansevoort Plaza, Meatpacking District

WHAM! | Chris Smith | US | 90 mins Thursday, June 29th @ Industry City

You Were My First Boyfriend | Cecilia Aldarondo & Sarah Enid Hagey | US | 97 mins Wednesday, July 12th @ Gansevoort Plaza, Meatpacking District


This is What We Mean by Short Films: Opening Night 2023 | Thursday, May 25th @ Green-Wood Cemetery

Cemetery Shorts | Friday, June 16th @ Green-Wood Cemetery.

Dangerous Docs | Date and Venue To Be Announced

Dark Toons | Date to be announced @ Brooklyn Commons

Love is Strange: Romance Shorts | Friday, June 23rd @ Green-Wood Cemetery

New York Non-Fiction | Saturday, July 22nd @ Green-Wood Cemetery

Queerly Beloved: Pride Shorts in the Park | Wednesday, June 21st @ Fort Greene Park

Vidas Vibrantes: Shorts en Español (Vibrant Lives: Spanish-Language Shorts) | Wednesday, June 14th @ Fort Greene Park

Trapped: Uncanny Thrillers | Date to be announced @ Brooklyn Commons

Rooftop Shots: Closing Night 2023 | Thursday, August 24th @ Green-Wood Cemetery


Beat Street | 1984 | Stan Lathan | US | 105 mins Saturday, May 13 @ Restoration Plaza

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever | 2022 | Ryan Coogler | US | 161 mins Tuesday, June 20th @ Helen Marshall Playground

Chungking Express | 1994 | Wong Kar Wai | Hong Kong | 98 mins Wednesday, May 17th @ Fort Greene Park

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M.J. O'Toole began writing for HtN in early 2021 during the Sundance Film Festival. An NYC native and lifelong cinephile, his favorite films include Chungking Express, The Three Colors Trilogy, Hiroshima Mon Amour, Lovers on the Bridge, and Midnight Cowboy. He is the Digital Marketing Manager for the agency 3rd Impression - working alongside Editor-at-large Matt Delman - that specializes in digital marketing for independent film. He holds a BA from Adelphi University and a Masters in Digital Photography from the School of Visual Arts. You can check out his portrait and street photography on Instagram.

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