Rooftop Film’s 2023 Summer Series offers fun, free and inclusive ways to celebrate Pride in New York City this summer. Rooftop Films is a non-profit organization dedicated to championing the work of independent filmmakers and connecting the diverse neighborhoods of New York City through film.

Hosting one of its signature and distinctly unique screenings that’ll feature live music and an afterparty, Rooftop is kicking off Pride Month with Sundance standout The Stroll, a documentary showcasing the history of New York’s Meatpacking District, told from the perspective of transgender sex workers who lived and worked there. The film is co-presented with NewFest, New York’s leading LGBTQ+ film and media organization, and HBO Documentary Films. 

Viewers can also check out the New York premiere of Netflix’s new film WHAM! on June 29th which documents the iconic band, or settle in on June 21st for Queerly Beloved, Rooftop’s night of LGBTQ+ themed shorts. More information below!

The Stroll | Kristen Lovell & Zackary Drucker | US | 84 mins

Monday, June 5th @ Gansevoort Plaza, Meatpacking District

The Stroll tells the history of New York City’s Meatpacking District from the point of view of transgender sex workers who lived and worked there. Director Kristen Lovell worked “The Stroll” for a decade, and reunited her sisters to recount the violence, policing, homelessness, and gentrification they overcame to build a movement. Courtesy of HBO Documentary Films. Free screening presented in partnership with the Meatpacking District and NewFest. New York Premiere.

  • Event highlights: 
    • 7:00 PM: Doors Open
    • 7:30 PM: Live Music
    • 8:15 PM: Film introduction by Kristen Lovell, Zackary Drucker,  Matt Wolf, and the subjects of The Stroll
    • 10:00 PM: Post-screening reception at The Whitney Museum of American Art (RSVP information to be announced)

WHAM! | Chris Smith | US | 90 mins

Thursday, June 29th @ Industry City

In 1982, the best of friends and still teenagers – George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley as Wham! set out to conquer the world. By June of 1986 they played their very last gig at Wembley Stadium having done exactly that. Now for the very first time, told in their own words, the amazing story of how, in four years, they dominated the charts around the world with timeless and classic pop songs. Courtesy of Netflix. Free screening presented in partnership with Industry City. New York Premiere.

RSVPs Coming Soon 

Queerly Beloved: Pride Shorts in the Park

Wednesday, June 21st @ Fort Greene Park 

Celebrate NYC Pride with an illuminating showcase of LGBTQIA+ stories from around the world. Presented in partnership with Fort Greene Park Conservancy.

RSVPs Available Now

The Stroll