Rooftop Films, AT&T, and IFC Films are bringing David Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints to the Queens County Farm on Thursday, August 15. Have a look at the official release:
(New York, NY | August 7, 2013) Rooftop Films and AT&T present a sneak preview of Ain’t Them Bodies Saints Thursday, August 15; ahead of its August 16 release by IFC Films. David Lowery’s hypnotic, dream-like second feature stars Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, walking away with rave reviews and the Cinematography Award in the U.S. Dramatic Category. Rooftop is committed to bringing bigger, more enhanced events to New York audiences and this very special screening exemplifies Rooftop’s curatorial ambitions. Audience members are invited to watch the tragic rural romance Ain’t Them Bodies Saints under the stars and amongst the farm animals at the Queens County Farm Museum in Glen Oaks, Queens.
“We have admired David Lowery’s poetic sensibility from the moment we first encountered his work” said Dan Nuxoll, Program Director for Rooftop Films. “His films possess a mysteriously powerful emotional undercurrent that sweeps you into a realm of deeper feelings. When he applied for a grant from the Rooftop Filmmakers Fund, we were blown away by his proposal for Ain’t Them Bodies Saints and we knew that it would soon become a rich and moving work of art. We couldn’t be more proud to have played a small part in helping him to complete such a masterful feature film.”
AT&T has been the Presenting Sponsor of the Rooftop Films Summer Series and the AT&T Rooftop Films Feature Film Grant since 2012, and in that time they have provided crucial support to Rooftop Films and the independent film community in New York. Prior to the screening, Rooftop will announce the winner of the AT&T Rooftop Films Feature Film Grant. The grant is awarded to a filmmaker who has previously screened with Rooftop Films and provides that filmmaker with $10,000 to help him or her produce an upcoming feature film. Previous winners of Rooftop Filmmakers Fund grants have included Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Lucy Walker (The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom) and many other groundbreaking and successful independent films.
“AT&T is committed to New York City’s vibrant arts and culture scene, and we are thrilled to support independent artists through the Rooftop Films Feature Film Grant,” said Marissa Shorenstein, New York State President – AT&T. “New York is a hub for filmmaking, aiding our cultural and economic development, and AT&T is proud to be a part of this important citywide movement. I am excited our support for the filmmaker grant has enabled the making of Ain’t Them Bodies Saints and look forward to its introduction to audiences across New York City.”
In 2011, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints received the Rooftop Films & Edgeworx Post-Production Grant. Edgeworx Studios is a post-production house based in Manhattan. For this grant, Edgeworx provided 2 weeks of post-production services to Lowery’s film. Rooftop screened Lowery’s short films, A Catalogue of Anticipations and Pioneer, and the feature film St. Nick.
Following the screening, David Lowery and producer James M. Johnston will be present for a Q & A and an outdoor reception sponsored by Red Stripe Lager and Bulleit Bourbon. Inspired by the film, specialty cocktails will be served including the Texas Tumbler and Bulleit Saint.
Bulleit Bourbon has partnered with Rooftop Films to help up-and-coming filmmakers create content that pushes the boundaries of the modern frontier. Their creative entrepreneurial spirit mirrors brand Founder Tom Bulleit’s own story of following his life-long dream to start Bulleit Distilling Co.
“As a team of film lovers, Bulleit Bourbon is happy to congratulate all the film makers who are being featured this summer,” said, Tom Bulleit. “Their work is truly inspiring and we are proud to join them on this trip to the frontier of film.”
A free shuttle will take audience members from the Little Neck LIRR stop to the farm continuously from 6pm to 2am. Rooftop Films and Bulleit Bourbon encourage attendees to take advantage of this opportunity and to always remember to drink responsibility.
AT&T is the proud presenting sponsor of the Rooftop Films 2013 Summer Series, the AT&T Rooftop Feature Film Grant, and the 2013 Rooftop Films Mobile Giving Service. Supporters of Rooftop Films can donate $10 to Rooftop Films by texting the word “Rooftop” to the number 50555, and each donation will be matched dollar for dollar by AT&T.