on the pier along the water
24-20 FDR Drive, Service Road East at 23rd Street and the East River, New York, NY 10010
R/6 to 23rd St., walk all the way east.
A special collection of short films that let us peek into the lives of strangers, plus a special sneak preview of Commercial Kings, a new series on IFC.
For decades people have been making home movies; capturing what they feel are important times in their lives. Home movies are made up of personal and special moments that someone wanted to document and never forget—and most of the time they rarely get seen again. But it’s a pleasure to watch them, to peek into someone else’s life, to feel a little voyeuristic. This year's edition of Rooftop's "Home Movies" draws inspiration from the tradition of the home movie, but builds off the tropes of self-documentation to create accomplished works of art, and honoring the life and death of a town, paying homage to wrestling fathers and grandfather’s unknown, and giving voice to boozy family members who make you laugh and truly scare you at the same time.
Prior to the short films we will screen a special sneak preview of Commercial Kings a new series on IFC.
- Chantel Hirter-Elassaad
Commercial Kings (Todd Cohen | USA | 23 min.)
Starring filmmakers and comedy duo Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal, this docu-comedy series follows the pair as they travel across America, developing and producing commercials for local businesses. In this sneak preview, Rhett and Link create spots for Ole Man Heavy Hill’s Garbage Service and Bury Me Naturally. Commercial Kings premieres on IFC on Friday, June 24th.
My Big Red Purse (Giancarlo Iannotta | Chicago, IL | 4 min.)
A short story about my mother reminiscing over her prized childhood possession: a big red purse in the shape of a triangle.
Grandpa Looked Like William Powell (David Levy | Brooklyn, NY | 4 min.)
"It's strange to have an intimate artifact from someone you didn't really know and weren't that close to. Such a thing happened to me when I came to possess my Grandpa Herman's high school year autograph book from 1924."
Wrestling With My Father (Charles Fairbanks | Lexington, NE | 5 min.)
"My father was a wrestler before me. You never stop being a wrestler." charlesfairbanks.info
Family Nightmare (Dustin Guy Defa | Salt Lake City, Utah | 9 min.)
This dizzy trip through the mid-1990s is a crumpled letter from a filmmaker to his family: a shattered kaleidoscope of the destructive patterns that have trapped and wounded its members. Supported by the Rooftop Filmmakers' Fund.
For Home Viewing (Mikhail Zheleznikov | Russia | 29 min.)
While looking at pictures from a time when he was rather miserable, the filmmaker remarks how nice it all looked, and lets the old home movies convince him that maybe he was actually happy back then.
Wee Requiem (Jenn E. Norton | Canada | 7 min.)
A requiem for the passing of a fallen nuisance, a pest, who is recast as a beloved protagonist, paying reverence to the smallest and seemingly most insignificant. jennenorton.blogspot.com
Welcome to Pine Point (Paul Shoebridge and Michael Simons of The Goggles | Canada | 14 min.)
Imagine your hometown never changed. Part book, part film, part family photo album, Welcome to Pine Point unearths a place frozen in time and discovers what happens when an entire community is erased from the map. Produced by the National Film Board of Canada. interactive.nfb.ca/#/pinepoint
As part of Brooklyn based trio Au Revoir Simone, Erika Spring has been playing joyful keyboard-based electronic pop since 2003. She began playing shows for her solo project last year and has been recording with producer Jorge Elbrecht of Violens. Her first single "6 More Weeks" out this July on a split 7" with Violens via Friendly Fire Recordings.