NYWIFT x Rooftop Films Present: New York Non Fiction Program

Please join New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) and Rooftop Films for an in-person screening of their signature New York Non Fiction Program on Friday, July 1st, 2022 at 9 PM. 

For more than two decades, Rooftop Films has presented their annual New York Non Fiction Program, a night of new short documentaries made by and about New Yorkers. And every year, the screening is one of their biggest and most exhilarating of the year, bringing together uniquely-unforgettable-but-perhaps-previously-overlooked characters and situations. With live music before and after the screening, and an after-party by the Historic Chapel to end the night, this year’s show might be the greatest one yet.

New York is a city full of passionate people, but sometimes it seems like no two passions are the same. Some of us love to birdwatch and cause ruckus in Central Park, and some of us collect tchotchkes with our name on them. Some of us have a passion for performing the dabka dance deep in bay Ridge, and some of us are driven to save the lives of our neighbors, even if it means taking control of a hospital in the South Bronx. New York Non-Fiction is a night of connection and community, so bring a friend, and use the occasion to make a new one.

Date: Friday, July 1st, 2022

Time: 9:00PM ET (Doors Open at 7:30 PM)

Location: Green-Wood Cemetery – 500 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232

Cost: $16 


The Films

Bob of the Park
Jake Sumner | US | 15
Meet Robert “Birding Bob” DiCandido. Friendly Central Park bird walk leader to some, arch-nemesis to others.

Coming Home
Naim Naif & Margot Bowman | US | 10
Coming Home follows Freedom Dabka Group – a collective of Palestinian-American dancers, living in Bay Ridge (Brooklyn) who use Dabka as a way to connect to their community and homeland. Shot on 16mm under the unique constraints of 2020-21 featuring archive photography from The Palestinian Museum.

Glen Eden
Rebecca Blandon | US | 14
A short documentary about a man named Glen Eden Einbinder who exists as many things at once. In this whimsical and heartwarming character study, Glen reveals his decades-old eponymous collection and shows viewers how it has brought him closer to many worlds he may have never known otherwise.

The Originals
Cristina Costantini & Alfie Koetter | US, Canada | 10
In September 2012, Cristina Costantini and Alfie Koetter moved into a brownstone apartment on Union Street in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. It didn’t take long for them to fall in love with the neighborhood and their landlord, Matty “Square” Ruggiero. Ten years later and now living across the country, Cristina and Alfie get back in touch with Matty to hear him and his childhood friends, the Union Street Boys, tell their story of what it was like to grow up in South Brooklyn, where money was tight but friendships were tighter.

Stranger Than Rotterdam with Sara Driver
Lewie Kloster & Noah Kloster | US | 9
In 1982, the completion of Jim Jarmusch’s sophomore film, Stranger Than Paradise, hinged on producer Sara Driver’s willingness to smuggle one of the world’s rarest and most controversial films across the Atlantic Ocean.

Emma Francis-Snyder | US | 38
Takeover explores the twelve historic hours on July 14, 1970, in which fifty members of the Young Lords Party stormed the dilapidated Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx, drove out their administrative staff, barricaded entrances and windows, and made their cries for decent healthcare known to the world. They raised the Puerto Rican flag atop the building, as well as a banner reading “The People’s Hospital” — a nom de guerre still used today. Through archival footage, seamless reenactments, and modern-day interviews, we follow the Young Lords’ resistance against institutions curated by wealth and white supremacy, and their fight for the most basic of human rights: the right to accessible, quality healthcare.


July 1 @ 7:30pm
7:30 pm — 10:30 pm (3h)

500 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232



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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.