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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
Opening Night of Rooftop Films 14th Annual Summer Series features grand stories in little packages.
THIS IS WHAT WE MEAN BY SHORT FILMS
Rooftop opens our 14th year of "Underground Movies Outdoors" with our annual program of some of the most unique and astonishing cinema in the world. At Rooftop, we love small stories that represent the big picture, personal cinema that speaks to everyone, dynamic low-budget films that pack the wallop of the grandest features. The films we show address important cultural and political issues with the daring opinions of emerging artists. These fantastic short films are filled with ideas that are as sharp as anything you'll see in a feature film, but get their message across in a hurry using innovation, originality and outlandish creativity.
This program is filled with films about the power of storytelling, about the dangers of posturing and the joys of lying, about the magnificent thrill of re-writing history. These are films that remind us that the value of a work of art isn't judged by how long it is, but how long it stays in the mind. These are films you'll remember. These are films that define a genre unto themselves. This is what we mean by short films.
-Mark Elijah Rosenberg
Watch films from this program.
Presented in partnership with: IFC, New York magazine, Radeberger, Open Road NY, New Design High School, Fontanas, the NYC Council Manhattan Delegation & NYS Senator Daniel L. Squadron
Bolt From the Blue (Sebastian Bear-McClard | New York, NY | 24 min.)
A drifter with ambitions of grift has his ill-conceived schemes in a computer repair shop derailed by a beautiful woman.
Drunk History: Tesla and Edison (Jeremy Konner, Derek Waters | Los Angeles, CA | 6 min.)
On January 7th, Duncan Trussell drank a six pack of beer...then a half a bottle of absinthe...and then he discussed an historical event: the battle over electricity between Nikolai Tesla (John C. Reilly) and Thomas Edison (Crispin Glover).
Git Gob (Philip Eddolls | Canada | 1 min.)
Two gobs debate the ontology of a hole.
Logorama (Francois Alaux, Herve de Crecy | France | 17 min.)
The recipient of the 2009 Academy Award for best animated short film features spectacular car chases, an intense hostage crisis, wild animals rampaging through the city, and more, all set in a world of corporate logos frighteningly like our own.
STAR WARS: RETOLD (Joseph Nicolosi | Austin, TX | 4 min.)
Everyone's seen Star Wars, right? Well, not quite everyone. Rooftop 2010 kicks off with a fresh take on the most well known blockbuster of all time.
The Orange (Nick Fox-Gieg | Canada | 2 min.)
A humble citrus fruit is granted absolute power over the universe. From a story by Benjamin Rosenbaum.
The S From Hell (Rodney Ascher | Los Angeles, CA | 9 min.)
The shocking true story of the most terrifying logo of all time.
Voice on the Line (Kelly Sears | Houston, TX | 7 min.)
Enchanting operators, covert government plots, Cold War paranoia and ordinary telephones forever changed how we got in touch with one another. It's all explained in this sultry collage animation by Rooftop alum Kelly Sears.
Wagah (Supriyo Sen | India & Pakistan | 13 min.)
Every evening, the only border crossing along the 3323 km frontier between India and Pakistan becomes the site of an extraordinary event when thousands gather to watch border guards on both sides orchestrate a parade to lower the flags.