Date Night: Stars, Sangria, and South by Southwest Films

What: Rooftop Films

When: Fri July 10th – Sat July 11th, Doors at 8, Music 8:30, Films at 9p.m.

Where: Gowanus & Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Why: More than 50 years ago, Academy Award winning film On the Waterfront included a rooftop scene that was made for the history books. It was on the docks of New Jersey, where Terry (Marlon Brando) and Edie (Eva Marie Saint) begin one of the film’s most famous scenes:

“What are you doing up there on the roof,” said Terry.
“Just looking,” said Edie.

New York City has no shortage of movie screenings, and to continue with the summer trend, tonight you can take in views of a borough skyline, share a cold brew, and watch Rooftop Films’ advance screening of two award winning films from the South by Southwest festival (SXSW).

“The Way We Get By” is a documentary about three senior citizens at a tiny airport in Maine who find the strength to conquer their fears through simple acts of kindness. Saturday night in Gowanus, the documentary “45365” is set in a small Midwest American town that deals with pre-teen peer pressure, high school heartbreak, and adult disillusionment.

A filmmaker Q&A and a party with open bar will follow at Matchless after tonight’s screening, courtesy of Radeberger Pilsner. Preceding each film, Sound Fix records will present live music, including an appearance by Like Bells on Saturday. Saturday’s screening will also have a courtyard reception with free sangria at the Old Can Factory. If it rains, the screening will go indoors at the same location. For a full list of Rooftop’s three month screening schedule, check for updates. See you above ground.

Cost: $9, $6 in advance for select shows.

How to Get There: Williamsburg Screening: To the Automotive High School, take the V from Manhattan to 23rd Street-Ely Avenue/44 Drive. Transfer to the G heading to Brooklyn. Exit at Nassau near Nassau and Manhattan Avenue. Head north on Manhattan towards Bedford to 50 Bedford Ave. Gowanus Screening: To the Old American Can Factory, take the F from Manhattan to Carroll Street. Exit at the 2nd Place (south) side of the station. Cross Smith Street and turn left to walk downhill on 3rd Street for 3 blocks (you will cross the Gowanus Canal). You will arrive at a huge corner building, whose orange Rooftop signage will confirm you’re there. (Old (Old American Can Factory, 232 Third St., Brooklyn)