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From the Rooftop to the Desktop

The kids at Rooftop Films are finishing are winding down preparations for their 11th season, which launches this Friday, June 8, at the Open Road Rooftop Project in the Lower East Side. And while I'm always happy to see the gang wriggling out of hibernation for another summer, the shut-in in me is just as happy to hear that 100 of their programmed shorts from the past decade will be reintroduced daily online for the next three months.

Word came over late last week that Rooftop and IFC are partnering to bring the films to the Web; the series launched June 1 with Matt Palmer's suspense short Daylight Hole (above) and is current through this morning. IFC came on-board as a sponsor for the season and plans to preview at least a bit of its upcoming programming in the more traditional, humid, stargazing format, including a September screening of the live-action role-playing-game documentary Darkon (and, we hear, the possibility of an accompanying game in the streets of Brooklyn).

The Reeler will also be co-presenting some screenings this summer at Rooftop Films; look for more details here as they become available. Sadly, ours will not encourage workplace procrastination, but that's what the overall site is for anyway, so it all works out in the end.

Posted at June 4, 2007 7:00 AM

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