New York Non-Fiction
Short Film Program
$10 Online or at the door
Friday Jun 18, 2010
8:00Doors Open
8:30Live Music by Oh You Devil
9:00Films Begin
11:30After-party Open Bar at Fontana's (105 Eldridge St)
***Restrictions: No refunds ~ In the event of rain, show will go on indoors at the same location ~ Seating is first come, first served. Physical seats are limited. This means you may not get a chair. You are welcome to bring a blanket and sit picnic-style, but no alcohol is permitted.
In the event of rain, the screening will be held indoors at the same location.

VENUE
The roof of New Design High School (formerly Open Road)
Lower East Side
350 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002
F, J, M, Z to Delancey Street-Essex Street; B, D, Q to Grand Street

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New York Non-Fiction (short films) Scratches, beats, and elegies from New York City.


New York City scratches, splashes, survives, creates, gets sick, dies, makes music, mourns, becomes activated, does its hair, and is reborn in a different shape to do it all again - or to do something entirely different. This year's New York Non-Fiction program traces this city and its citizens, both remembered and forgotten. New York has changed a lot over the past 30 years and yet so much is still there, under facades, behind trees, under layers of the new. It is still New York, full of struggle, of possibility, of hope.

- Sarah Palmer

Prior to the films we will be screening The Hardest Working Baker in America, presented by Mitchum. The video is part of The Hardest Working Person in America, a campaign to find, highlight and reward the hardest working man or woman in the country based on video submissions to the contest site mitchumhardestworking.com. A collaboration between Hollywood director Brett Ratner, filmmaker Albert Maysles and photographer Brigitte Lacombe, the campaign comes to life in a series of documentary films, a television special, and in digital and print. The Hardest Working Person in America celebrates the great American tradition of hard work and is proudly brought to you by the Hardest Working anti-perspirant in America, Mitchum.


The short films in this program are eligible for the Rooftop Films and Film Movement Distribution Award. At the end of the summer, Rooftop and Film Movement, the renowned distributor, will select one film from our festival for distribution, a rare achievement for a short. Headquartered in New York City, Film Movement is a full service distribution company dedicated to delivering the best in Foreign and Independent cinema to audiences all across the United States and Canada, in cities big and small.

For a 10% discount off all Film Movement subscriptions, use the code "ROOFTOP10".


THE FILMS

A Harlem Mother (Ivana Todorovic | New York, NY | 10 min.)
Life is good as long as you're living. A tragedy inspires a mother toward action, in the hopes of stopping deaths of the innocent by gun violence. A reason to get out of bed in the morning.

Anatinus (David Wanger | Brooklyn, NY | 2 min.)
Anatinus is a musical cinematographical voyage into the hazy early hours of the day in miraculous industrial Greenpoint. mambafever.com

Closeness (Danilo Parra | Bronx, NY | 22 min.)
They say faith is the belief in things unseen. In this beautiful and moving documentary about Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre, a nearly forgotten 74-year-old jazz musician, we see years of struggle - of an artist unable to do anything but make music, of his own push and pull with drugs, against getting older. The film centers on the recording of his album Closeness, which abstractly tells the story of his love for his wife, nearly 30 years his junior. danilop.com

Drunk History Vol. 1: Hamilton and Burr (Jeremy Konner, Derek Waters | Los Angeles, CA | 5 min.)
An informative re-telling of the famous duel. By a really, really wasted dude. Featuring Michael Cera as Alexander Burr. I mean Hamilton.

Hair Man (Zach Timm & Matthew Rivera | New York, NY | 3 min.)
There is no place to hide for the Mystery Hair Man of Williamsburg. They - or we - are watching his every move. aligned-creative.com

Last Address (Ira Sachs | New York, NY | 8 min.)
A meditation on New York City buildings - both familiar and anonymous - that once housed artists who helped shape the cultural fabric of New York City. All of these artists, including Joe Brainard, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Reinaldo Arenas, died of AIDS. irasachs.com

PRINCE/WILLIAM (Keith Miller | Brooklyn, NY | 8 min.)
Prince/William is the true story of a single confrontation over a dog found in a rapidly changing neighborhood. keith-miller.com

Pool (Lila Place | Brooklyn, NY | 4 min.)
This sweet short from Rooftop vet Lila Place dives into a crucial New York summertime experience: the Red Hook Pool. lilaplace.com

Seltzer Works (Jessica Edwards | Brooklyn, NY | 7 min.)
In this short and bubbly documentary, the last bottler in Brooklyn fends off the supermarket seltzer take-over and honors this simple drink's place in history. seltzerworks.com

The Commoners (Penny Lane and Jessica Bardsley | New York, NY | 12 min.)
In 1890, a wealthy eccentric named Eugene Schieffelin collected every bird ever mentioned by Shakespeare and released them into Central Park. The only one to survive in the New World was the European Starling, now among the commonest - and most despised - birds in America. p-lane.com | jessicabardsley.com

Unnatural History of Wall Street (Gary Leib | New York. NY | 1 min.)
Wall Street through a metaphorical lens comes alive on a sheet of notebook paper. twinkleland.com

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