August 13, 2013

Leave The Kids At Home And Go See This Movie (Get Out)

Wanted to share this cool movie/party event with you. We can’t go but you should. Or to put it another way — get out. Of the house, that is.

Ain't Them Bodies Saints


Ain’t Them Bodies Saints is a new film by David Lowery starring Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck. It opens on August 16, but you can see it a day early on August 15 as part of Rooftop Films “Underground Movies Outdoors” series. You also get to have some fun courtesy of Bulleit Bourbon. Remember, we said to leave the kids at home. (With a babysitter if they’re young. But you knew that.) Also, this isn’t a kiddie movie, as you will see in the trailer.

I don’t know about you, but I think I have something in my eye. No. I’m not crying. OK, maybe a little bit…

I was talking with some friends recently and we all agreed that since becoming parents, we react much more strongly to films that feature children. The trailer for Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (note: I haven’t seen the film) definitely gets me right here. Dads, moms, caregivers, you know what I mean.

Tickets are $18, which includes pre-movie live music and a post-movie after-party courtesy courtesy of Red Stripe and Bulleit Bourbon.

Here’s the basic info:

When: Thursday August 15, 8pm

Where: Queens County Farm Museum, Glen Oaks, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy Glen Oaks, NY 11004 (Venue Info here)

How (To Get There):
Public Transportation Directions: Take the E or F Train to Kew Gardens/Union Turnpike Station | Q46 Bus (eastbound on Union Tpk.) to Little Neck Parkway Stop | Cross Union Turnpike and walk North on Little Neck Parkway 3 blocks to Museum Entrance. Or take Hempstead Line to Floral Park Station or take Port Washington Line to Little Neck Station.

Bonus: A free shuttle will take audience members from the Little Neck LIRR stop to the farm, running continuously from 6pm to 2am.

Isn’t that cool? You get a night out and a chance to drink (responsibly, of course).

The full press release is below. Get tickets and info at

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints | Films | Rooftop Films 2013 Summer Series.

Press release starts here:


Rooftop Films, AT&T, and IFC Films bring Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund grantee David Lowery and Ain’t Them Bodies Saints to the Queens County Farm on Thursday, August 15

(New York, NY | August, 8 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 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.

ABOUT ROOFTOP FILMS: Rooftop Films is a non-profit organization whose mission is to engage and inspire the diverse communities of New York City by showcasing the work of emerging filmmakers and musicians. In addition to their annual Summer Series – which takes place in unique outdoor venues every weekend throughout the summer – Rooftop provides grants to filmmakers, teaches media literacy and filmmaking to young people, rents equipment at low-cost to artists and non-profits, and produces new independent films. At Rooftop Films, we bring underground movies outdoors. For more information and updates please visit their website at AT&T is the proud presenting sponsor of the Rooftop Films 2013 Summer Series and the Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund AT&T Feature Film Grant.

ABOUT THE QUEENS COUNTY FARM MUSEUM: The Queens County Farm Museum occupies New York City’s largest remaining tract of undisturbed farmland. The farm encompasses a 47-acre parcel that is the longest continuously farmed site in New York State. The site includes historic farm buildings, a greenhouse complex, livestock, farm vehicles and implements, planting fields, an orchard, herb garden and vineyard. Our farm animals and tranquil agrarian environment provide the opportunity to leave the hectic daily pace behind for an enjoyable visit to a farm without leaving the City.

ABOUT IFC FILMS: Established in 2000 and based in New York City, IFC Films is a leading U.S. distributor of quality talent- driven independent film. Its unique distribution model makes independent films available to a national audience by releasing them in theaters as well as on cable’s Video On Demand (VOD) platform, reaching nearly 50 million homes. Some of the company’s successes over the years have included My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Y Tu Mama Tambien, Touching the Void, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, Gomorrah, Che, Summer Hours, Antichrist, In The Loop, Antichrist, Wordplay, Cairo Time, Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work, Tiny Furniture and Carlos. Over the years, IFC Films has worked with established and breakout auteurs, including Steven Soderbergh, Gus Van Sant, Spike Lee, Richard Linklater, Miranda July, Lars Von Trier, Gaspar Noe, Todd Solondz, Cristian Mungiu, Susanne Bier, Olivier Assayas, Jim McKay, Larry Fessenden, Gregg Araki, Jacques Rivette, Claude Chabrol, as well as more recent breakouts such as Andrea Arnold, Mia Hansen Love, Corneliu Porombiou, Joe Swanberg, Barry Jenkins, Lena Dunham, Aaron Katz, Daryl Wein and Abdellatif Kechiche. Recent releases include Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding starring Jane Fonda and Catherine Keener; Your Sister’s Sister starring Emily Blunt and Mark Duplass; and Walter Salles’ Cannes competition film On The Road starring Kristen Stewart, Sam Riley and Garrett Hedlund (which was be released jointly with Sundance Selects.) IFC Films is a sister label to Sundance Selects and IFC Midnight, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.

ABOUT BULLEIT DISTILLING CO.: Founded by Tom Bulleit, the Bulleit Distilling Co. was started more than 20 years ago with Bulleit Bourbon, and in March 2011, Bulleit Rye, a straight rye whiskey, was added to the portfolio with critical acclaim. Bulleit Bourbon ranks as one of the fastest-growing Small Batch Bourbons in America, which Tom largely credits to word of mouth recommendations. Using only the finest ingredients available — the best grains, Kentucky’s limestone filtered water, fresh from the Salt River and a special strain of yeast — the 150+ year-old family recipe uses a large amount of rye grain, which gives Bulleit Bourbon a distinctive taste.

ABOUT DIAGEO: Diageo is the world’s leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, beer and wine. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, J?B, Windsor, Buchanan’s and Bushmills whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Baileys, Captain Morgan, Tanqueray and Guinness. Diageo is a global company, with its products sold in more than 180 countries around the world. The company is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE). For more information about Diageo, its people, brands, and performance, visit us at For our global resource that promotes responsible drinking through the sharing of best practice tools, information and initiatives, visit Celebrating life, every day, everywhere.

Press release ends here.

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints | Films | Rooftop Films 2013 Summer Series.