Superhero of Summer Series

For fourteen years, Rooftop Films has been bringing underground independent quality movies outdoors to Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens rooftops near you. Features, shorts and all things in between are projected on giant screens on top or inside of schools, parks, museums and just about anywhere else that provides an unusually stimulating evening of summer cinema love.

If you’re lucky, you’ll plan out a Rooftop Films event that involves music. Whether it’s the warm-up act or part of the main course (some movies feature a score played live on site), you should expect to find something eclectic, independent and innovative. A few years back, we had the pleasure of checking out a new (at the time) music video by our friends Lucky Ghost, a pretty fantastic melodic indie prog/pop band led by Storyteller Seth Berkowitz. The video was sandwiched between a pair of shorts that were one part meditative art house and one part action/adventure thriller. There was also animation and documentary and lions and tigers and bears, oh my.

Rather than use the remainder of this space to mention all the prestigious and award-winning filmmakers who are showing work this year (see Spike Jonze’s catalogue, for instance), I want to conclude by mentioning something you may not be able to discover by mouse and scroll. There’s something for everyone at the Rooftop Films Summer Series and in a world that is increasingly moving towards something for a specific type of someone, this is a breath of fresh air. Yes, some of these films are esoteric. And yes, you’re not going to enjoy every venue. But let me assure you, when you’re settling in on your blanket and the stars are out and the audience is filled with beautiful people of all shapes, sizes and creeds, you’ll quiet the villain that is irony for a while and believe that this is still the greatest city in the greatest country lighting up the greatest planet to ever appear on the great screen of sky that is the universe.

alan semerdjian

Alan Semerdjian is a writer, musician, English teacher, and occasional visual artist. Besides LI Pulse, his work has appeared in Newsday, Adbusters, Chain, The Lyric Review and numerous other print and online publications, anthologies, and chapbooks. His first full-length book of poetry is In the Architecture of Bone (Genpop Books 2009). You can visit him digitally at and find out about his music at