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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Rooftop Films Harlem Shows Begin Tonight

Rooftop Films, NBPC and Historic Harlem Parks present
The Seventh Annual Historic Harlem parks Film festival

July 9-August 7
5 Harlem Parks
10 Shows
Live Music and Independent films

Open to the public--No charge for Admission

Historic Harlem Parks
PRESS Contact:
Genevieve Delaurier | 718-417-7362 |

Rooftop Films is proud to announce a very special partnership with Historic Harlem Parks. From July 9th through August 7th, Rooftop Films, Historic Harlem Parks, The National Black Programmers Consortium and The Central Park Conservancy will be co-presenting 10 screenings of new independent films in 5 different parks across Harlem. There is no charge for admission and the screenings are open to all. You can find the schedule, details about the event, directions and more at and

This Wednesday and Thursday, July 9th and 10th we'll have two screenings in Jackie Robinson Park--Wednesday will feature Short City Blocks, a program of fantastic short films about urban life; on Thursday, NBPC will present Stories from the Faubourg Tremé, a loving portrait of the oldest black neighborhood in America, the birthplace of the Civil Rights movement in the South and the home of jazz.

On July 16th and 17th the festival will head to Marcus garvey Park at 122nd Street. On Wednesday, July 16, Rooftop Films will present New York Non-Fiction Uptown 1st Edition, the first of two programs we'll be screening of documentaries made by real New Yorkers, about real New Yorkers. On the 17th, NBPC will present Marcus Garvey, Look for Me in a Whirlwind, the dramatic story of the rise and fall of an African American leader who influenced politics and culture around the world.

July 23rd and 24th takes us to the beautiful St. Nicholas Park on 135th street and St. Nicholas Avenue. On Wednesday the 23rd, Rooftop will present New York Non-Fiction 2nd Edition, films that tell the true stories of the people that make everything happen in this, the greatest city on earth. On Thursday the 24th, NBPC will present Hip Hop Revolution, a documentary that shows the struggles of South African DJs, B-Boys, MCs and creative graffiti artists.

The following week we will be in Morningside Park at 113th and Morningside. On Wednesday, July 30th, Rooftop will screen Hard Road Home, a riveting documentary about Julio Medina, a former felon and gang leader who created a Harlem program dedicated to breaking the cycle of incarceration, employing a staff of badass do-gooders who are ex-cons themselves. On the 31st, NBPC will screen Chisholm '72, the story of Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to the United States Congress (in 1969), who later became the first African American of either gender to seek a major party’s presidential nomination.

The festival concludes the following week at Harlem Meer in Central Park. On August 6th, Rooftop is proud to present Zeitgeist films' Trouble the Water. The winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, Trouble the Water tells the story of an aspiring rap artist and her streetwise husband who are trapped in New Orleans by deadly floodwaters. Armed with a video camera, they show what survival is all about when they seize a chance for a new beginning. Finally, on August 7th, NBPC will present Promised Land, an examination of post-apartheid South Africa’s efforts to bring about racial reconciliation through land redistribution.

All screenings are open to the public and there is no charge for admission.

There will be live music and dance before each show starting at 8 PM and all films will begin at 8:30.

Filmmakers and participants will often be in attendance, so check for further details about the shows as they are announced.

PRESS Contact:
Genevieve Delaurier | 718-417-7362 |


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