Underground movies with skyline views


Advance tickets for tonight’s opening screening in the Rooftop Films series are sold out. But you still have a chance to have a great night out — with a band, a movie and an open-bar afterparty  — for just $9. They’re selling tickets at the door, giving the poor planners among us a second chance. A better deal for a great night out is hard to find.

This is What We Mean by Short Films is the title of the season’s kickoff presentation being held on the roof of New Design High, 350 Grand Street @ Essex, on the Lower East Side. Remaining tickets go onsale at 7 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m., with a set by the band Cymbals Eat Guitars at 8:30, the bill of short dramas, comedies, animations and documentaries from 9-11, and an afterparty at Fontana’s, 105 Eldridge Street, until 1 a.m.

The party moves to back and forth between the Open Road Rooftop (as tonight’s venue has been dubbed) and the roof of Brooklyn Technical High School, 29 Fort Greene Place, Fort Greene, Brooklyn, every weekend through Sept. 20. Check out the schedule so far, including descriptions of the offerings, here. And buy tickets to upcoming shows here.

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