This Friday, join Rooftop Films for New York Non-Fiction.

From the Upper West Side to Brighton Beach, from the Civic Center courts to Red Hook’s baseball parks, New York is full of unique characters. Bootleg toy?makers, pickle?selling skaters, taxi drivers hurt by life: they wouldn’t have anything in common if they didn’t share the same city. Each of them has a story to tell, and as unbelievable as they may sound, their chaotic pasts, uncommon ways of life and weird pick?up techniques are very real. They’re what makes New York, New York.

Rooftop Films is a non-profit organization whose mission is to engage and inspire the diverse communities of New York City by showcasing the work of emerging filmmakers and musicians. In addition to their annual Summer Series — which takes place in unique outdoor venues every weekend throughout the summer — Rooftop provides grants to filmmakers, teaches media literacy and filmmaking to young people, rents equipment at low-cost to artists and non-profits, and produces new independent films.

POV is giving away tickets to this Friday’s Rooftop Films New York Non-Fiction event. Check our Facebook and Twitter for your chance to win free tickets.

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1. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older. The following individuals are not eligible to enter or win a prize: employees, contractors, sub-contractors, directors, and officers of American Documentary, Inc. (“Sponsor”), its parent, subsidiary and affiliated companies, and the web design, advertising, fulfillment, legal, judging, administrative, and sweepstakes agencies involved in the administration, development, fulfillment, and execution of this Sweepstakes (collectively, “Sweepstakes Parties”), and the immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling, grandparent, and spouse or “step” of each) and those living in the same household of each such person (those persons whether related or not who live in the same residence for at least three months during the twelve-month period preceding the start date of the Sweepstakes).

2. SWEEPSTAKES PERIOD: Sweepstakes begins on June 16, 2015 at 04:49:49 p.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) and ends on June 19, 2015 at 10:59:59 p.m. ET (the “Sweepstakes Period”).

The Web Site server is the official clock for this Sweepstakes. Sweepstakes entries will only be accepted during the Period set forth above.

3. TO ENTER: Go online to or (the “Web Sites”), during the Period set forth above and follow the on-screen directions to receive one (1) entry into the Sweepstakes.Limit one (1) Entry per person and/or email address per Period.

4. ENTRY CONDITIONS: Automated means of entry are prohibited and any use of automated devices will cause disqualification. An email address is required to enter. Only fully completed entries are eligible. In the event of a dispute as to who submitted an entry, the name of the “authorized account holder” associated with the email address will be deemed to be the entrant and must comply with these Official Rules. The authorized account holder is defined as the natural person who is assigned to the email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization that is responsible for assigning email addresses or the domain associated with the submitted email address. Entrants may not enter with multiple email addresses nor may entrants use any other device or artifice to register multiple times or as multiple registrants. Any participant who attempts to enter with multiple email addresses or uses any device or artifice to enter multiple times will be disqualified and forfeits any and all prizes won, in Sponsor’s sole discretion. Proof of submission is not proof of receipt by Sponsor. By participating, entrants agree to abide by and be bound by these Official Rules and the Sponsor’s decisions. Information submitted in connection with this Sweepstakes is governed by Sponsor’s Privacy Policy (available at

Entries must be the original work of the entrant; may not have won previous awards; may not have been previously used for public display by any third party; must not infringe any third-party’s rights; must be suitable for publication (i.e., may not be obscene or indecent); must not contain obscene or pornographic material; may not contain defamatory statements; may not invade privacy, publicity or other rights of any person, firm or entity; may not in any other way violate applicable laws and regulations; may not contain any reference to any third party trademarks or names (except for the featured Film); and may not contain any copyrighted works owned by third parties. Anyone found to use multiple accounts to enter will be ineligible. Submission of an Entry grants Sponsor and its agents the unconditional, irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide right to publish, reproduce, use, adapt, edit and/or modify such Entry in any way, in any and all media, without limitation, and without consideration or permission of the entrant, unless prohibited by law, whether or not such Entry is selected as a winning Entry.

5. DRAWINGS AND ODDS OF WINNING: Twenty (20) Grand Prize winners will be selected in a random drawing from all eligible entries received for each Entry Period on or about the Drawing Date for each Entry Period set forth in the above table (each an “First Prize Drawing”). First Prize Drawings will be conducted by a Sponsor representative, whose decisions shall be final and binding on all matters relating to the Sweepstakes. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Limit one (1) First Prize per person and/or household.

One (1) Grand Prize winner will be selected in a random drawing from all eligible entries received for all Entry Periods combined. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received from all Entry Periods combined. Grand Prize drawing will be conducted by a Sponsor representative on or about December 17, 2014.


Twenty (20) Grand Prizes: One (1) ticket to Rooftop Films, LLC New York Non-Fiction event on Friday, June 19, 2015. ARV: $15.

Total ARV of all prizes in this Sweepstakes: $300.00.

Prize Restrictions: Sponsor does not make, nor in any manner is responsible or liable for, any warranty, representation or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to the prizes including but not limited to their quality, fitness for purpose, or condition. Prizes are non-transferable and no cash redemption or prize substitution permitted, except at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. Sponsor reserves the right in their sole discretion to substitute a prize, in whole or in part, with one of comparable or greater value. All costs and expenses associated with prize acceptance and use not specifically provided herein are the responsibility of the winners. The ARV for the Sweepstakes Prizes are as of the date these rules were finalized and may fluctuate. Any difference between the stated ARV and actual value at the time the prizes were awarded will not be awarded.

7. WINNER NOTIFICATION AND PRIZE CLAIM: Winners are subject to verification, including verification of age. Winners will be notified via e-mail and will be required to provide address information. If any potential winner does not respond within ten (10) calendar days of first notification attempt, or if any winner rejects his/her prize, the winner will be disqualified and an alternate may be selected. In the event of non-compliance with these Official Rules, or if a prize notification or prize is unclaimed or returned as undeliverable, the prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner may be selected. Unclaimed prizes will not be awarded. Sponsor is not responsible for any change of mailing address, email address and/or telephone number of entrants.

8. GENERAL CONDITIONS: INTERNET CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS SWEEPSTAKES IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS, AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION. If the Sweepstakes is not capable of running as planned for any reason, including without limitation, due to infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes, Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who is responsible or who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel, modify, or terminate the Sweepstakes. In the event of cancellation, Sponsor will award the prizes in a random manner to be determined by Sponsor. In the event that an entry is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost or destroyed, entrant’s sole remedy shall be another entry into the Sweepstakes.

9. LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY AND RELEASE: No liability or responsibility is assumed by Sponsor or Sweepstakes Parties resulting from user’s participation in, attempt to participate in the Sweepstakes, or download of any information in connection with participating in the Sweepstakes. No responsibility or liability is assumed by the Sponsor or Sweepstakes Parties for technical problems or technical malfunction arising in connection with any of the following occurrences, without limitation, that may affect the operation of the Sweepstakes: hardware or software errors; faulty computer, telephone, cable, satellite, network, electronic, wireless or Internet connectivity or other online communication problems; errors or limitations of any Internet service providers, servers, hosts or providers; garbled, jumbled or faulty data transmissions; failure of any email transmissions to be sent to or received; lost, late, delayed or intercepted email transmissions; inaccessibility of the Web Site in whole or in part for any reason; traffic congestion on the Internet or Web Site; unauthorized human or non-human intervention in the operation of the Sweepstakes, including without limitation, unauthorized tampering, hacking, theft, virus, bug, worm; or destruction of any aspect of the Sweepstakes. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical errors in the announcement of prize or these Official Rules, or any inaccurate or incorrect data contained on the Web Site. Use of Web Site is at user’s own risk. Sponsor and the Sweepstakes Parties are not responsible for any personal injury or property damage or losses of any kind that may be sustained to user’s or any other person’s computer equipment resulting from participation in the Sweepstakes, use of the Web Site or the download of any information from the Web Site. As a condition of entering, entrants (or their parent or legal guardian if an eligible minor) agree (and agree to confirm in writing): (a) to release Sponsor and Sweepstakes Parties from any and all liability, loss or damage incurred with respect to entrant’s participation in the Sweepstakes and the awarding, receipt, possession, and/or use or misuse of any prize, including any traveling related thereto; (b) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and participant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental, consequential, or any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses; (c) all causes of action arising out of or connected with this Sweepstakes, or any prize awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; and (d) any and all claims, judgments, and award shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, excluding attorneys’ fees and court costs.

10. PUBLICITY: Except if a winner is a resident of Tennessee, or where prohibited by law, by accepting the prize, a winner grants permission for Sponsor and those acting under its authority to use his/her name, photograph, voice and/or likeness, for advertising and/or publicity purposes, in any and all media now known or hereinafter invented without territorial or time limitations and without additional compensation. If you are selected as a winner, your information may also be included in a publicly-available winners list.

11. GOVERNING LAW AND JURISDICTION: This Sweepstakes is offered only in the United States and is governed by the laws of the state of New York, and entrants consent to jurisdiction and venue in, and agree that all claims and disputes must be resolved in, the federal or state courts in New York County, New York. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that or any other provision. If any provision of these Official Rules is held to be invalid or unenforceable, such provision shall be struck, and the remaining provisions shall be enforced.


13. WINNER NAME: For the names of the winners, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope, for receipt by February 21, 2015 to: POV Premiere Party Sweepstakes: Winners List Request, 20 Jay Street, Suite 940, Brooklyn, NY 11201.

14. SPONSOR: American Documentary, Inc./POV, 20 Jay Street, Suite 940, Brooklyn, New York 11201.


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POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 400 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.