Filmmaker Andrew Leibman created “Rooftop Refuge“, this is the first episode of his passion project, The stunningly shot short documentary about aviculturist Dave Malone. Malone, a native of Brownsville, Brooklyn, stayed out of trouble because he fancied going up to the rooftop to take care for and fly his pigeons. Calling it “love at first sight”, Malone started loving and taking care of pigeons at the age of ten and has been doing so for the past 40 years, watching the streets from his perch on the roof.
I was keeping away from the streets keeping away from the drugs. I never smoked or drank in my life …you know I’m 50 years old now and I grew up in Brownsville Brooklyn with drugs …and alcohol was rampant I could have had it, anything I want at any given time but that wasn’t my calling you know. …I’ll be up here with the birds and in summertime I could literally go up on the roof of the birds at seven o’clock in the morning and literally come down by 9:30 at night when it’s dark outside. … I mean I’m up here watching what’s going on down there.