Rooftop Films | IFP Filmmaker Lab 2019

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Fort Greene Park

Myrtle Ave & N Portland Ave

Brooklyn, New York 11205

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The IFP Filmmaker Labs Showcase gives audiences a first look at exciting new films, before their festival premieres. This outdoor screening features excerpts from the ten narrative and ten documentary films participating in the 2019 IFP Filmmaker Labs, which are dedicated to filmmakers in post-production on their first feature-length films.

Date: Tuesday, September 17th
Venue: Fort Greene Park
Address: Myrtle Ave & N Portland Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

7:00 PM: Doors Open
7:45 PM: Live Music from Locobeach
8:15 PM: Showcase Begins
9:30 PM: Q&A

Narrative Lab

Beast Beast (dir. Danny Madden)
Three interweaving stories of youth navigating identity, first love, petty crime, and gun violence in a southern town.

Crestone (dir. Marnie Ellen Hertzler)
In the desert of Crestone, Colorado, a group of SoundCloud rappers live in solitude, growing weed and making music for the internet. When an old friend arrives to make a movie, reality and fiction begin to blur.

Eyimofe (This is My Desire) (dir. Arie Esiri, Chuko Esiri)
In Nigeria, two Lagosians work to better the lives of their families as tragedy and fate intervene

Freeland (dir. Kate McLean, Mario Furloni)
Forced to go legal, an outlaw pot farmer fights to preserve her way of life.

Grasshoppers (dir. Brad Bischoff)
Star-crossed immigrant lovers wander their gated community drink by drink.

A Nightmare Wakes (dir. Nora Unkel)
An adaption of the novel Frankenstein as told through the life of its author, Mary Shelley. As she creates her masterpiece, she gives birth to a monster.

Sin La Habana (dir. Kaveh Nabatian)
An Afrocuban ballet dancer seduces a tourist in order to keep the woman he truly loves.

The Surrogate (dir. Jeremy Hersh)
The results of a prenatal genetic test complicate the relationship between a surrogate/egg donor and the couple for whom she’s carrying.

Tazmanian Devil (dir. Solomon Onita, Jr.)
After moving to Arlington, Texas, a 19-year-old Nigerian immigrant struggles to balance his conflicting desires of joining a college fraternity and bonding with his strictly religious father.

The Unknown Country (dir. Morrisa Maltz)
An unexpected invitation from her estranged Lakota family sends a grieving young woman on a road trip through the Midwest.

Documentary Lab

Beba (dir. Rebecca Huntt, Sofia Geld)
Set in New York City, Beba tells the personal history of a young Afro-Latina who is uncompromising in her commitment to learn to love every part of herself and to thrive in the face of social strife.

Frank Bey: You’re Going to Miss Me (dir. Marie Hinson)
In 1977, Frank Bey quit singing after a deal gone wrong with James Brown. Now, the aging soul singer returns to the stage and finally, to Nashville.

The Last Out (dir. Sami Khan, Michael Gassert)
Three young Cuban baseball players leave their families and risk exile to train in Central America and chase their dreams of playing in the Majors.

Memphis (dir. David Zucker)
Captured over four years with vérité intimacy, from Texas to Italy, Memphis follows Memphis DiAngelis—a millennial with cerebral palsy —on his tumultuous coming-of-age journey in search of work, love and independence.

Million Dollar Block (dir. Diane Hodson, Jasmine Luoma)
With the future of public housing at stake, Million Dollar Block peers inside Van Dyke Houses, a development on the precipice of change.

A Place of Absence (dir. Marialuisa Ernst)
This poetic film follows director Marialuisa’s journey with Anita and Leticia, Central American women traveling to Mexico with the Caravan of Mothers of Missing Migrants.

Red Heaven (dir. Lauren DeFilippo, Katherine Gorringe)
Six people live for one year in a NASA psychological experiment, simulating the first human habitat on Mars.

Two Gods (dir. Zeshawn Ali)
A Muslim casket maker and ritual body washer in Newark brings two young men under his wing to teach them how to live better lives.

Untitled Wrongful Conviction Documentary (dir. Zoe Potkin)
Framed for murder by “mafia cops,” wrongfully incarcerated for 19 years, Barry Gibbs was finally set free only to discover his nightmare had just begun.





Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Rooftop Films screenings at Fort Greene Park are open to all ages.

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What can/can't I bring to the event?
No alcohol is permitted. Feel free to bring snacks!

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, your printed ticket is not required. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served.

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