|9:00||Q & A with the filmmakers|
Indoors at the Bruckner Bar and Grill
1 Bruckner Blvd, Bronx, NY 10454
Take the 4, 5 to 138 St. Grand Concourse or the 6 to 138 Street 3rd Avenue
Rooftop Films returns to the Bruckner Bar and Grill for a special FREE screening of short films from the inner-city. You'll meet princesses and ex-cons, follow a girl from the Bronx as she travels to Africa to explore her legacy and a rapper from Africa who heads to the Bronx to track down the roots of Hip Hop. Featuring films by Charlie Ahearn (Wild Style), an award winning short from Yoni Brook
Bongo Barbershop (Charlie Ahearn | Bronx, NY | 8 min.)
An East African MC, Balozi Dola, wanders into a Bronx barbershop on his pilgrimage to find "the real hip-hop." The barber, Flash's original partner DJ Easy Mike, calls out Grand Master Caz, who spits a rhyme on how we are in the place of hip-hop's origins. Shop sweeper DOA adds vocal percussion to the mix and Balozi Dola rhymes back in his native African Swahili. "Bongo" is the Swahili expression for "brain" used in local hip-hop slang. Brought to you by the director of the hip-hop classic "Wild Style."
Bronx Princess (Yoni Brook and Musa Syeed | Bronx, NY | 38 min.)
Bronx Princess follows headstrong 17-year-old Rocky's journey as she leaves behind her mother in New York City to reunite with her father, a chief in Ghana, West Africa. Filmed during the tumultuous summer between high school and college, this funny and touching documentary tells Rocky's coming-of-age story. By confronting her immigrant parents' ideas of adulthood, Rocky reconciles her African heritage with her dream of independence. Bronx Princess is the hub of an outreach campaign to improve access to educational resources for urban youth and bridge the educational divide in immigrant families. The filmmakers' goal is to remove the obstacles that immigrant and low-income youth face when seeking post-secondary education. Bronx Princess is an effective way of promoting dialogue within immigrant families and guiding youth toward post-secondary education.
Brothers Fantastic (Charlie Ahearn | Bronx, NY | 7 min.)
Set in the Bronx home of two MC's from The Fantastic Five from Wild Style, Master Rob and Waterbed Kevie Kev. Rob has recently returned home from a six year stretch in an upstate correctional facility to resume his creative life. The brothers trade classic harmonies and rhyme about their frustrations and their dreams for the future.
Internets Celebrities Sneak Preview (Casimir Nozkowski | Bronx, NY | 19 min.)
Rooftop veterans the Internets Celbrities head to the Bronx for a very special sneak preview of their latest project.