Orbit (Film)
Short Film Omnibus
$10 online or at the door.
Saturday Jul 23, 2011
8:00PMDoors Open
8:30PMLive Music
9:00PMFilm Begins
11:30PMAfter party outdoors in the courtyard, sponsored by Sailor Jerry

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


This Show Presented in Partnership With
XO Projects
5th Avenue Business Improvement District
New York Magazine
NY Premiere
NY Premiere

An omnibus of short films about our solar system, commissioned and created by Cinemad and Rooftop Films.

Mike Plante (Cinemad) and Mark Elijah Rosenberg (Rooftop Films) commissioned acclaimed filmmakers to each make a film about a planet, dealing with the science of outer space through creative and emotional storytelling and visual poetry. Some or all of the original source material comes from NASA footage, reinterpreted by each filmmaker to make a portrait of the respective planet, so that the avant garde of art may inspire the avant garde of science.

Join the Orbit(Film) Astronaut Appreciation Society before July 19!


Look at the Sun (Brent Hoff | San Francisco, CA | 5 min.)
For thousands of years, humanity has watched the sun with a mixture of fear and awe, believing without knowing why, that our lives depend on its mysterious undulations. The sun has changed, our sense of wonder has not. Now more than ever, we must look at the sun.

Mercury (Ben Coonley | Brooklyn, NY | 6 min.)
A mercurial cine-opera set to visuals gathered by NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft. Lyrics composed in collaboration with the International Astronomical Union (IAU) Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature (WGPSN).

Venus (Jessica Oreck | New York, NY | 5 min.)
Jessica explores the inner-workings of our sister planet. Examining the atmospheric composition of Venus, this piece, narrated by Jackie Reynal, exposes a reminder of what could happen on Earth.

Copernicus Resurrected [Earth] (Mike Plante | Los Angeles, CA | 5 min.)
A short note about Earth and a gentleman of our times.

I Seen the Moon (Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky | Brooklyn, NY | 4 min.)
Signs of life for this man may very well exist on the Moon.

No Message Received [Mars] (Mark Elijah Rosenberg | Brooklyn, NY | 9 min.)
A little robot born on Mars. The introverted scientist who created it. A meta-fictional re-telling of NASA's Mars Pathfinder mission, discovering a story about outcast people and forgotten technology, about wondrous things struggling for attention in busy worlds.

…These Blazeing Starrs! [Comets] (Deborah Stratman | Chicago, IL | 14 min.)
Since comets have been recorded, they’ve augured catastrophe, messiahs, upheaval and end times. 
This will be a little film about these meteoric ice-cored fireballs and their historic ties to divination.
 “These Blazeing Starrs!
 Threaten the World with Famine, Plague, & Warrs…” Du Bartas, De cometis (1665)

Jupiter Elicius (Kelly Sears | Houston, TX | 4 min.)
A haunted meteorologist dreams of storms that are both closer and further away than he thought. His unshakable bravado is undone through fast winds and high pressure systems and a sense of duty.

Scan Platform Problems (Close To You) [Saturn] (Jacqueline Goss and Michael Gitlin | Tivoli, NY)
The most beautiful planet deconstructed, played with, put back together again.

Uranus (Bill Brown | Lubbock, Texas | 8 min.)
It is 2003. A spaceman takes a trip to Uranus. He is fleeing from the Earth in the month before a big, rich country invades a little country of little consequence for mysterious reasons.

Neptune Calling! (Poseidan | Austin, TX)
Neptune, in a true display of his personality, prank calls the other planets.

Pluto Declaration (Travis Wilkerson | Denver, CO | 5 min.)
Restore the classical definition of planet!


The Billy Nayer Show
The San Francisco born, New York based Billy Nayer Show was created by singer/songwriter/electric autoharpist Cory McAbee and drummer/musical producer Bobby Lurie. For over two decades BNS has performed and recorded with over fifty musicians, most notably Lee Vilenski, Yuri Weber, James Beaudreau, Mike Silverman, Matt Cowan, Crugie, and Frank Swart.

By the time of The Billy Nayer Show’s self-titled debut album in 1994, the group had already gained a cult following in San Francisco. Genuine love songs like “Apartment #5” stood in contrast to angular post-punk allegories like “Window”. The band evolved with its own logic. The Ketchup and Mustard Man (1994) was a stream-of-consciousness type radio show. The Villain That Love Built (1998)—easily the band’s most sinister and mean-spirited album—unleashed a malicious and heavy tone. Inspired by the band’s new life on the East Coast, BNS released Return to Brigadoon (1999), a lush, romantic ode to love, which stabbed at the dark crevices of religion and politics. Their double CD, Goodbye Straplight Sarentino, I Will Miss You (2003) was the group’s most epic and political work to date. A dense, psychedelic, and cerebral album, it spawned the future classic “Three Monkeys” and added the “Angel Projector” to the BNS iconography. The following year, BNS took their sound in a different direction with the release of Rabbit (2004). With a sound that is at once slinky and angular, lush and bright, rough, raw and refined, Rabbit sparkled with a glam rock aesthetic delivered with straightforward garage attitude. It’s an album about sex, deceit, homespun faith, and death.

In 2001, the band’s feature length film, a space western musical entitled The American Astronaut, debuted at The Sundance Film Festival. Written and directed by Cory McAbee and produced by Bobby Lurie, it features an original soundtrack by The Billy Nayer Show. The American Astronaut has gone on to win numerous awards and participate in major film festivals worldwide. It has been translated into eight languages and continues to screen theatrically.

In 2009 BNS released their second feature film, a space western musical entitled, STINGRAY SAM, which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. The film was written and directed by Cory McAbee and produced by Bobby Lurie. It was created for viewing on screens of all sizes and features an original soundtrack by The Billy Nayer Show. Stingray Sam has earned many awards participating in major film festivals worldwide and has become a model in the world of alternative DIY distribution. The film has been translated into eight languages and continues to screen theatrically.

On November 2nd, 2010 The Billy Nayer Show will release of their ninth album entitled, BNS Presents The Billy Nayer Show, and founding members Cory McAbee and Bobby Lurie will be performing in select cities across the country. During this period BNS, will be preparing for the production of their third feature film musical. Production for this film will begin in 2011, and soundtrack work has already begun.

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