Rooftop Cinema

Please check back for details on the Summer 2022 Rooftop Cinema program and film lineup.


  • Rooftop Cinema is $5 per screening, or free for MMoCA members and anyone age 21 and younger; free tickets must still be reserved for each screening through Eventbrite.
  • In addition to advance tickets sold through Eventbrite, a limited number of tickets will be available for purchase night-of at the screening on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Ticketholders must arrive no later than 15 minutes prior to showtime in order to claim seats.
  • Reservations are paperless. Admission begins in the Rooftop Sculpture Garden 60 minutes before screen time; please check in with MMoCA staff on the roof when you arrive.
  • Screenings will relocate to the lecture hall (masks encouraged) if rain is predicted. Ticketholders will be notified via email if the screening is moving indoors.


  • Masks are encouraged indoors and when interacting with Museum staff, including outdoors.
  • Masks are encouraged outdoors when social distancing cannot be easily maintained.
  • Event capacities at MMoCA have been limited to allow ample room for social distancing between guests.
  • As a protective measure, seating will be in designated areas and chairs will not be provided; please come prepared with a blanket or camp chair.

JUL 23, 8:30PM 
JAZZ ON A SUMMER’S DAY (1959, USA, 85 min | Bert Stern)

Film still from JAZZ ON A SUMMER’S DAY (1959) directed by Bert Stern. Image courtesy of Kino Lorber.

The 1959 classic is considered one of the most extraordinary and possibly the first concert film ever made. Its sparkling new 4K restoration by IndieCollect, with color correction by Oskar Miarka, recently premiered at the 57th New York Film Festival with sold out shows. The film was named to the National Film Registry in 1999, and its restoration was funded by the National Film Preservation Board of the Library of Congress in time to celebrate the film’s 60th Anniversary.

Filmed at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island and directed by world-renowned photographer Bert Stern, Jazz on a Summer’s Day features intimate performances by an all-star line-up of musical legends including Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Gerry Mulligan, Anita O’Day, Chuck Berry, Dinah Washington, and closes with a beautiful rendition of The Lord’s Prayer by Mahalia Jackson at midnight to usher in Sunday morning. The film has been beautifully and extensively restored in 4K from the best surviving vault elements by IndieCollect.


AUG 13, 8:00PM
  THE INHERITANCE (2020, USA, 100 min | Ephraim Asili)

Film still from THE INHERITANCE (2020) directed by Ephraim Asili. Image courtesy of Grasshopper Film.

After nearly a decade exploring different facets of the African diaspora—and his own place within it—Ephraim Asili makes his feature-length debut with The Inheritance, an astonishing ensemble work set almost entirely within a West Philadelphia house where a community of young, Black artists and activists form a collective. A scripted drama of characters attempting to work towards political consensus—based partly on Asili’s own experiences in a Black liberationist group—weaves with a documentary recollection of the Philadelphia liberation group MOVE, the victim of a notorious police bombing in 1985. Ceaselessly finding commonalties between politics, humor, and philosophy, with Black authors and radicals at its edges, The Inheritance is a remarkable film about the world as we know it.


AUG 20, 8:00PM
  TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES (2021, USA, 102 min | Hannah Jayanti)

Film still from TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES (2021) directed by Hannah Jayanti. Image courtesy of Sentient.Art.Film.

Truth or Consequences is a speculative documentary about time and how we weave the past into the present and our possible future. Set in the small desert town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, the film takes place in the shadow of the world’s first commercial Spaceport. Subtly set in a near future when space travel has begun, the film follows five residents in the town. Anchored in observational documentary footage filmed over three years, the film weaves together archival, virtual reality worlds, an improvised score by Bill Frisell and a speculative premise based on the very real spaceport located just outside of town. These intertwine to create a lyrical meditation on progress, history, and how we navigate a sense of loss within ourselves and a changing world.


AUG 27, 8:00PM
  CIRCUMSTANTIAL PLEASURES (2013-19, USA, 65 min | Lewis Klahr)

Film still from CIRCUMSTANTIAL PLEASURES (2013-19) directed by Lewis Klahr. Image courtesy of Canyon Cinema.

“Political figures, the body, drugs, and money represent just some of the exquisitely choreographed images in the newest, and perhaps most anxious, cycle from prolific collage animator Lewis Klahr… Six short films from varying years are assembled together, culminating in a profound and substantial experience. Accompanied by eerie and affective music, including the distinct and moving voice of the late avant-garde musician Scott Walker, Circumstantial Pleasures is both familiar and new, a true masterpiece of collective unease.” (San Francisco International Film Festival)

Capitalist Roaders (2016, 18 mins.); music: David Rosenboom, Tom Recchion
Ramification Lesions (Microbial Stress) (2019, 10 mins.); music: David Rosenboom
Rachet the Margin (2016, 7 mins.); music: Tom Recchion
Virulent Capital (2018, 9 mins.); music: David Rosenboom
High Rise (2016, 2 mins.)
Circumstantial Pleasures (2019, 22 mins.); music: Scott Walker


Rooftop Cinema is a program of MMoCA’s Education Department and is curated by James Kreul, with technical support provided by Tanner Engbretsen. MMoCA’s film programming is generously funded by an anonymous donor, maiahaus, and Venture Investors, LLC.