A partner with Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell and Vassallo, PC, Steven C. Beer works as a media and entertainment attorney for the New York City firm. Outside of the office, Steven C. Beer serves on the Board for Rooftop Films.
Established in 1997, Rooftop Films began atop an apartment building in Manhattan. Filmmaker Mark Elijah Rosenberg sought a way to get individuals together for screenings of new short films. Instead of renting out a theater, he took his projector, a sound system, and a white sheet to show films on his apartment’s roof. Rooftop Films has grown in its past two decades, and in 2015 alone, the nonprofit brought more than 200 films to 30,000 people during the summer.
The Rooftop Films Summer Series is its core program and the only outdoor festival of its kind. It shows independent films in New York City from May through August, and after the show, attendees enjoy live music and questions and answers from the filmmakers. One of these films, White Girl, was shown on August 11, 2016, at the Bushwick Generator in Brooklyn. Doors opened at 7:30, followed by live music performed by cuddle formation. The 88-minute film began at 8:30, followed by a Q&A session with the filmmaker Elizabeth Wood.