Kill Screen Videogame Film Festival
Short Film Program
$10 online or at the door.
Saturday Jul 30, 2011
8:00PMDoors Open
8:30PMLive Music
9:00PMFilms Begin
11:30PMReception in Courtyard with Indie Video Games
IN THE EVENT OF RAIN THE SHOW WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR A LATER DATE. NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES. NO FOOD OR BEVERAGES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE. YOU ARE WELCOME TO BRING YOUR OWN FOOD AND BEVERAGES, BUT ALCOHOL IS NOT PERMITTED.

VENUE
The Old American Can Factory
(On the roof)
on the roof and courtyard
Gowanus
232 Third St. at 3rd Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215
F/G to Carroll St. or R to Union

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This Show Presented in Partnership With
Kill Screen
XO Projects
Vulture
New York Magazine
IFC
Sailor Jerry

Rooftop Films and Kill Screen present a night of short films, new videogames, and special presentations that showcase the impact that videogames have on our culture and daily lives.


Videogames are now one of the most dominant forms of entertainment in the world, yet they are still generally treated as a second rate cultural form. Kill Screen is a publication devoted to answering the question: “What does it mean to play videogames,” and we will explore that question and show some extraordinary works—and play some amazing videogames--that might provide some answers. killscreendaily.com

The evening will include a panel during which we will explore the question: while videogames owe much to film for their visual nature, how similar are the two mediums?

The panel will feature an esteemed cast of filmmakers and thinkers including:
-Jamin Warren, founder of Kill Screen
-Navid Khonsari, filmmaker and former director of production for Rockstar Games
-Matt Bolish, programs coordinator for Lincoln Center
-Kurt Vincent, filmmaker
-Asif Siddiky, director of photography for 2 Player Productions


THE FILMS

Das Racist: "Who's That? Brooown!" (Thomas DaNapoli | Brooklyn, NY | 4 min.)
An epic quest through the streets of New York City in the style of videogames from the 1980s.

Get Real! (Evert de Beijer | Netherlands | 11 min.)
A high-school kid is addicted to a computer game where he protects a sexy mega singer against all kinds of attack and "wins" her love. But this addiction comes at the cost of his homework and his sense of reality, until a girl in his class gives him a real kiss.

Eight Bits (Valere Amirault, Jean Delaunay, Sarah Laufer, Benjamin Mattern | France | 7 min.)
A fight between an 8-bit superhero and a high-def boss, in a retro-gaming world

Minecraft: The Story of Mojang (excerpt) (2 Player Productions | Sweden | 8 min.)
Over the past year, the computer game Minecraft has become a cultural phenomenon, drawing millions of players into the unique, low-res world created solely by Swedish programmer Markus "Notch" Persson. When Persson announced that he would invest his Minecraft earnings in founding his own development house, Mojang Specifications, 2 Player Productions seized upon the rare opportunity to fly to Sweden and document the first week in the life of the new studio.

Minecart Interstate (Brett Sanders | Florida | 3 min.)
Minecraft is an independent videogame about placing blocks to build anything you can imagine. Brett Sanders, a college student in Florida, created a beautiful 9-mile track, and the video he created became a viral hit.

Classic Video Game Deaths (Rob Beschizza | USA | 3 min.)
Deaths. In old games. Set to a MIDI homage to Mad World.

Dead Island Trailer (Deep Silver | Germany | 3 min.)
The player is drawn into the world of Dead Island on the brink of a mysterious epidemic that suddenly, and without warning, breaks out on the fictional island of Banoi. As a guest of the Royal Palms Resort, the player's stay was supposed to be a dream holiday; a luxurious getaway to the beautiful beaches of a tropical paradise. But faced with the reality of a zombie apocalypse, there is only one thing left to do: Survive.
This is Dead Island... a paradise to die for.

Bear Untitled (Christen Bach | Berlin | 1 min.)
An 8 bit bear and an 8 bit hunter were once deeply in love…but not anymore. Winner of the Youtube Play Festival.

Super There Will Be Blood (Tomfoolery | United Kingdom | 1 min.)
Real in-game footage from the SNES release of Academy-Award winning motion picture 'There Will Be Blood', starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Dano.

Crafted by Tomfoolery for Empire Magazine's 'Done in 60 Seconds' competition, with musical wizardry from Luciano Rossi.

Post Newtonianism (Josh Bricker | New York, NY | 6 min.)
The video on the left consists of a loop of actual war footage taken from cameras mounted on American military aircraft. The footage on the right is from the popular videogame "Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.”

MUSIC

Tiny Victories
"The band may only consist of two members, but don’t let the name fool you: Tiny Victories packs a big punch. With Cason Kelly manning the drums and Greg Walters hovering over his synthesizers, projecting his vibrating vocals into the mike, you would be wrong to assume that this band serves up the same plate of noise that others using similar ingredients create; think Tussle or Fuck Buttons. Usually when percussion-heavy bands decide to forego the axe or any other instrument to round out the ensemble, the resulting songs tend to be so overpowered by their sound that adding lyrics would just be going overboard. Not here. These boys do it right, and then some." - Tiny Victories

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