NYWIFT x Rooftop Films Present: ‘Riotsville, USA’

Please join New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) and Rooftop Films for an in-person screening of Riotsville, USA on Saturday, August 13th, 2022 at 9 PMET.
Short Film Black Mayonnaise to play before feature

Black Mayonnaise 
Nathan Kensinger | US | 9
A dark voyage into one of the most contaminated bodies of water in the United States. A Superfund cleanup is now underway in the heart of Brooklyn, unearthing the toxic sediment of black mayonnaise at the bottom of the Gowanus Canal.


Riotsville USA
Sierra Pettengill | US | 91
Welcome to Riotsville USA, a turning point in American history where the protest movements of the late 1960s came into conflict with increasingly militarized police departments. Focusing on unearthed military training footage of Army-built model towns called “Riotsvilles,” where military and police were trained to respond to civil disorder in the aftermath of the Kerner Commission created by President Lyndon B. Johnson, director Sierra Pettengill’s kaleidoscopic all-archival documentary reconstructs the formation of a national consciousness obsessed with maintaining law and order by any means necessary. Drawing insight from a time similar to our own, Riotsville USA pulls focus on American institutional control and offers a compelling case that if the history of race in America rhymes, it is by design.

Date: Saturday, August 13th, 2022

Time: 8:00PM ET(Doors Open) / 9:00PM ET (Film Begins)

Location: The Old American Can Factory – 232 3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Cost: $16


August 13 @ 7:30pm
7:30 pm — 10:30 pm (3h)

232 3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215



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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.