We'll Be Spending Our Summer Nights With Rooftop Cinema Club—Here's Why

If you're wondering how to stay cool during those sweltering summer nights in New York City, look no further. Refinery29 is partnering with Rooftop Cinema Club to showcase empowering female-driven films in late May and June, 2017. At each event, Rooftop Cinema Club, which hosts experiential screenings in cities from London to L.A., will pair major blockbusters with one of Refinery29's own Shatterbox Anthology films, working to spotlight the women of Hollywood and the mesmerizing stories they've told. We hope you'll be able to join one of these gorgeous NYC showings—we've got the popcorn and champagne ready.

Ahead, learn more about our May screening dates, but don't panic if you can't make any of these events. RCC will also host a second series in late June.

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May 24th, 2017, 8:30 PM–11:00 PM:
Rooftop Cinema Club will kick off its Shatterbox partnership with a screening of breakout director Anu Valia's Lucia Before & After—a devastating look at Texas's arcane abortion regulations. A defiant portrait of choice, Lucia examines the shocking hurdles that still impede American women's efforts to take charge of their own bodies.

Next, audiences will watch the full feature, Erin Brockovich. Who doesn't want to re-live Julia Roberts's Oscar-winning portrayal of one undaunted mom's quest for justice? Grab your tickets here.

OfficeOps, 57 Thames Street, Brooklyn, NY 11237
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May 25th, 2017, 8:15 PM – 10:15 PM:
Next, RCC heads to Manhattan's YOTEL for a screening of Chloe Sevigny's directorial debut, Kitty. The story of an imaginative young girl (and the world's indifference to her stories), Shatterbox's Kitty is almost certainly the most whimsical film you'll see this summer.

After Kitty, stick around for 20th Century Women's nostalgic look at the late 1970s. Set in the blissed-out Southern California of the Carter era, 20th Century Women brings together a powerhouse cast, including Annette Bening, Kristen Stewart, and Elle Fanning, to explore the life of an unconventional family during this volatile moment in American history. Don't miss Bening's unforgettable portrayal of 70s cool (for which she earned a Golden Globes nomination). Get your tickets here.

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May 25th, 2017, 8:30 PM – 11:00 PM:

Back in Brooklyn on May 25th, prepare to laugh your way through episodes of Refinery29's Womanhood, starring our favorite comedy duo, Jo Firestone and Aparna Nancherla. You've probably just seen Nancherla appear in the second season of Master of None, but get ready join her and Firestone in their hilarious take on the absurdities of modern femininity, including everything from trying on prom dresses with mom, to waxing like a beauty queen.

Afterwards, RCC will screen Pretty Woman. Missing out on Julia Roberts as everyone's favorite Beverly Hills prostitute? Big mistake. Huge. Tickets available here.

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May 26th, 2017, 8:15 PM – 10:15 PM:

Definitely plan for a night of adventure. First, RCC will show Shatterbox Anthology's beautifully surrealist short film, Khethiwe & The Leopard. Set against South Africa's stunning landscape of pastel huts and rolling hills, this story charts one girl's struggle to overcoming her bullies, with a little help from a local leopard, of course. Created in partnership with DOVE® Chocolate, Khethiwe & The Leopard resonates as a lyrical tribute to the power of the imagination.

Once you've explored South Africa, get ready to join Reese Witherspoon on her trek across the Pacific Crest Trail in 2014's smash hit, Wild. The story of one woman's resilience in the face of tragic personal loss, Wild's staggering emotional journey earned Witherspoon and co-star Laura Dern Oscar nods for their performances. Snag tickets here.

YOTEL New York, 570 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10036
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May 26th, 2017, 8:30 PM – 11:00 PM:

In Brooklyn, RCC will screen Shatterbox director Robin Cloud's film, Out Again. A bittersweet, quirky portrait of love's universality, and the struggles still faced by the LGBTQ community, this short probably captures one of the most complicated coming out, ever.

If you weren't already completely convinced that family dynamics are often tricky, you'll want to stick around for the showing of 2007's Juno. Featuring Ellen Page's breakout performance (not to mention Jennifer Garner, Michael Cera, and Allison Janney), Juno has touched audiences with its layered portrait of teen pregnancy for the past decade. Grab your tickets here.

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May 28th, 2017, 8:15 PM – 10:15 PM:

RCC will kick off the evening with Shatterbox's The Convention—an inside look at the Esprit conference, where transgender women in their 50s, 60s, and 70s have been gathering annually for nearly 3 decades.

Next, catch 2000's eerie teenage drama, The Virgin Suicides. Inspired by Jeffrey Eugenides's iconic novel and starring Kirsten Dunst, The Virgin Suicides radiates with Sofia Coppola's singular directorial touch, proving that suburban dramas do, occasionally, boil over to the dimensions of a Shakespearean tragedy. Tickets available here.

YOTEL New York, 570 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10036
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