10 Years - 100 Movies | 2019 Movies on the Roof

Movies on the Roof is a private movie festival run by Laura Lanford and Thomas Rammer. We screen classic American cinema Tuesday evenings during summer on a rooftop in Printer's Row.

Movies on the Roof - A History, Year 2: 2011

Wary of a sophomore slump, we upped our game for Year Two. We bought our own popcorn maker, upgraded the screen for better viewing angles for the whole deck, and printed business cards. Rebecca Fons outdid herself with the trailer for the season (I still have the music stuck in my head).

In curating the second year movie selections, our urban setting inspired us to start with Hitchcock’s brilliant “Rear Window”. We also screened our first silent film, “City Lights,” which brought tears of laughter and love to many eyes.  We even got a shout-out on the radio from Matty Ballgame Robinson on Filmspotting (you can hear the excerpt here).

We lined up guest speakers to help introduce the movies: Jack Newell’s and Joe Brysiewicz’s film-school level introductions to the “Graduate” and “The Wizard of Oz” exemplified what a good introduction could do to elevate the experience.  

The only disappointment was an unfortunate rain-out for our final movie, “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” Luckily, Movies on the Couch proved to be a warm and wonderful night as well.

The 2011 List:

15    Rear Window

16    The Adventures of Robin Hood

17    High Noon

18    The Graduate

19    The Third Man

20    Wizard of Oz

21    The Conversation

22    Twelve Angry Men

23    His Girl Friday

24    Alien

25    Rio Bravo

26    City Lights

27    The Apartment

28    Raiders of the Lost Ark

MotR 2019