Saturday, May 27, 2017
On the roof of New Design High School. 350 Grand St. Manhattan.
Join Rooftop Films as they return to the Lower East Side for the US Premiere of The Genius and the Opera Singer, a documentary about a 92-year-old former opera singer and her volatile daughter that have inhabited a rent-controlled Manhattan penthouse for the last fifty-five years – along with their chubby chihuahua, Angelina Jolie. Set against the backdrop of a changing neighborhood, Filmmaker Vanessa Stockley captures the pair’s volatile relationship with unfettered access and intimacy. Think Grey Gardens, but replace the Old Society with Old New York.
The screening will take place on the roof of New Design High School in the Lower East Side, and will feature live music, a post-screening Q&A with filmmaker Vanessa Stockley and titular “Genius” Jessica in attendance, and an after-party at DCTV, courtesy of Corona Extra, Tanqueray, Fever-Tree Tonic, and Freixenet.