Roosevelt Island, New York: Outdoor Movies Criticized for Adult Content in Southpoint Park
According to Gothamist, Roosevelt Island's Southpoint Park will be the venue for one of Rooftop Films outdoor movie nights. During a Gothamist interview with Rooftop's founder Mark Elijah Rosenberg, it was announced that: On Saturday, August 15, we'll be hosting a screening of Greg Kohs' documentary Song Sung Blue, an astonishing and uplifting documentary about two American dreamers who fought to make people happy and forget their worries by playing the music of one of America's favorite crooners, Neil Diamond. The man himself will be in town that week, so if you aren't going to see him at The Garden, come out and join us for Neil Diamond Karaoke, and watch this joyous film. Free on Roosevelt Island. But hold on. Not so fast. Maybe Southpoint Park will not have movies shown there this year. RIOC President Steve Shane forwards this message from RIOC's Program Co-ordinator: Perhaps I can clear this up. I was approached a few weeks ago by Rooftop; I met with two of their representatives at Southpoint to see if we might be able to accommodate two of their shows- one in August, one in September, both shows being free to the public. They also claimed to have Jessica Lappin's support for the endeavour. The sticking point currently seems to be the content of the movies they wish to show. Both nights would feature documentaries, and apparently one is not, how should I say it, "family-friendly"? I've been speaking with Daisy from Rooftop to get a more accurate description and possible prescreening of the movie for us so we may be able to give a yes or no. Needless to say, I think a Rooftop film venue at Southpoint Park would be great. I hope that one documentary not being "family friendly" is not a reason to deny Rooftop permission to use Southpoint Park as a venue for outdoor films. There are adults who live on Roosevelt Island that would prefer to see a film that is not for the "kiddies" every once in a while.