Rooftop Films opens season at MetroTech
If there’s any sure indication that summer is around the corner, it’s the start of the Rooftop Films event season. This Friday, they will open their Brooklyn series of film screenings at MetroTech Commons with Brothers Hypnotic, followed by a live jazz performance from the film’s stars, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.
The film tells the story of eight brothers brought up under the tutelage of their ferociously dedicated musician father Philip Cohran. Their rigid musical education and their penchant for rebelliousness combined to turn them into a hypnotic presence as Chicago music buskers. Eventually, they exploded into popularity, hosting shows around the country and in Europe. As with most Rooftop Films screenings, once the film is over, its story will be brought to life in front of the audience with a live performance from the protagonists themselves.
“We’re always looking for films where we can really augment the event in some fashion to take it to another level, draw people in, and give them a creative access point to the film,” said Rooftop Films Program Director Dan Nuxoll.
This is the second year in a row that Rooftop Films (now in its seventeenth year running) has made use of MetroTech Commons to show a series of outdoor films, and it’s all part of an expanded season of programming called Summer@MetroTech, made possible by support from Forest City Ratner Cos. The next two movies on the Commons will be Interface Innovation (in partnership with NYU-Poly) on June 12 and North of South, West of East on August 2, both free and open to the public.
Rooftop Films shows only new and independently produced movies. “All events at MetroTech are really special,” said Nuxoll of this year’s schedule. “Not just film screenings. People are doing something we’ve never seen before – giving voice to a new group of people or a new way of looking at things.”
North of South, West of East promises to be one of the boldest screenings on Rooftop Films’ summer schedule. Directed by Meredith Danluck, the film tells the stories of four characters, each on a different screen. Seated in the middle of the Commons, the audience will have the movie projected over their heads onto the screens surrounding them. Rooftop Films’ technical expertise made the showing possible thanks to a playback system that will split signal from a single computer to four different elevated long throw projectors on scaffolding around the space.
It’s a clear sign that Rooftop Films has set out to make this year’s schedule at MetroTech Commons bigger and bolder than the last, a development Nuxoll is excited about. “It is really such a lovely space with an intimate feel. It’s got a wonderful peaceful vibe and a great space to set up a public event.”