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Catch movies under the stars at the Rooftop Films 2013 Summer Series

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Greta Gerwig dancing in "Frances Ha" Credit: Greta Gerwig dancing in "Frances Ha"

Summertime is a great time to be a movie buff in New York City, and few seasonal movie festivals are as unique or prestigious as Rooftop Films’ Summer Series. The outdoors fest, in which top-of-the-line flicks are shown on rooftops throughout the city, also offers live music before or after each screening, after-parties and other creative tie-ins as well.

The series kicks off with a screening of short films Friday and a sold-out preview of Noah Baumbach’s Brooklyn-set “Frances Ha” on Saturday. Here’s a look at some of the other cinematic offerings you’ll be able to check out:

‘The Kings of Summer’
This is an ideal flick for the season, a coming-of-age story about teenage friends who build a house in the woods. Nick Offerman of “Parks and Recreation” plays one of their parents. Screens May 25

‘Crystal Fairy’
In a vast departure from “Arrested Development,” Michael Cera stars as an American on a camping trip in Chile, where he seeks a cactus that produces mescaline. Screens June 28

‘Bending Steel’
If you’ve ever wondered about the culture of Coney Island sideshows, this doc is for you. It’s about an aspiring strongman from Queens, and it premiered to critical acclaim at the Tribeca Film Festival. Screens July 8

Rooftop Films’ Summer Series runs from Friday through August. For screening times and locations, go to

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