Public Places, Private Spaces
Short Film Program
$10 online or at the door.
Friday Aug 12, 2011
8:00PMDoors Open
8:30PMLive Music
9:00PMFilms Begin
11:30PMReception in Courtyard
IN THE EVENT OF RAIN THE SHOW WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR A LATER DATE. NO REFUNDS. SEATING IS FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. PHYSICAL SEATS ARE LIMITED. THIS MEANS YOU MAY NOT GET A CHAIR. YOU ARE WELCOME TO BRING A BLANKET AND SIT PICNIC-STYLE, 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
Reyka Vodka
XO Projects
Vulture
New York Magazine
IFC

An intricate exploration of the emotions that fill the places we inhabit.


What is the meaning of a building? To teenagers in a mall, the building means little, but is filled with memories. To residents in a gentrifying neighborhood, a massive car park is an eyesore, despite being an icon; to the architect, the building is part of his soul. To a young homeless couple in Los Angeles, a collapsing structure means a needed but temporary home.

This program is part of Rooftop Films and XO Projects INDUSTRIANCE™ series: film screenings, exhibitions, discussions and more about the changing landscape in industry, architecture and labor, and the ways these changes affect individuals and communities world wide. Sitting atop a roof, we should be more conscious than ever about the structures around us. The visually stunning, intellectually challenging, and emotionally stimulating films in this program ask how our experiences are shaped by the buildings we inhabit.

- Mark Elijah Rosenberg


THE FILMS

Le Champ (Lionel Dutrieux | France | 5 min.)
A meadow surrounded by trees turns into another field with special grain, or even an experience, a look inside a look. A cow turns into beef when worlds too often separated by awareness are connected by a point of view.

On the Way to The Sea (Tao Gu | China | 20 min.)
On May 12, 2008, the biggest earthquake in Chinese history occurred in the filmmaker's hometown of Wenchuan. In a beautifully austere hybrid of documentary footage, experimental abstraction and fictional elements, this film studies the human fragility and spiritual homelessness generated by such disasters.

Get Luder (Johnathan Carr | Scotland | 9 min.)
In this touching humanist documentary about our the changing aesthetics in architecture, the once prolific, and celebrated Brutalist architect Owen Luder now faces up to the demolition of his iconic Get Carter car park, made famous by the Michael Caine gangster film.

Storyteller (Nicolas Provost | Brussels, Belgium | 8 min.)
In Storyteller Provost recomposes the Las Vegas strip into a slick artificiality reminiscent of science fiction. Provost manoeuvres and influences the interpretation of images, carefully balancing between the figurative and the abstract. He manipulates time, codes and form, twisting and shaping an experimental sensation that tightly bind visual art and cinematography.

Willis Avenue Bridge Project (Stephen Mallon | New York | 4 min.)
The new Willis Avenue Bridge is 350 feet long and weighs 4.8 million pounds. It is currently 136 miles north of New York City. 125th Street is where it will end up.

All City (Take it to the Bridge) (Charlie Ahearn | NYC | 7 min.)
Bushwick hip-hoppers Nine 11 Thesaurus draw a crowd that becomes a spontaneous parade when they break out the music, while crossing the Brooklyn Bridge.

The High Level Bridge (Trevor Anderson | Canada | 5 min.)
Trevor drops his camera from Edmonton's High Level Bridge in memory of those who have jumped.

Ghost Mall (Nathan Duncan | Austin, TX | 8 min.)
A meditation on a shopping mall in decline, evoking our individual experiences in these seemingly soulless collective spaces and exploring the social changes of a once thriving center of commerce.

Broken Doors (Goro Toshima | Los Angeles, CA | 34 min.)
A tender and detailed portrait of a young, homeless couple in their first year on the streets of Hollywood as they attempt to find a better life.

MUSIC

Boy without God
Boy Without God is the songwriting project of Boston native Gabriel Birnbaum. His songs have been described as “moody and richly literate” by the Boston Globe, and his “deep, commanding vocals” will“more than hold your attention,” (L Magazine). John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats has praised his recorded work as “a lovely, lovely thing.” Birnbaum has recently expanded the BWG act into a full, electric band, combining his dynamic and vivid pop songs with the tight vocal harmonies of The Band, the inventive, intricate arrangements of pop-savvy composers like Nico Muhly and and the ecstatic improvisation of people like Albert Ayler & Charles Mingus. BWG has shared stages with the likes of Titus Andronicus, Phosphorescent,J. Tillman, & White Hinterland.

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Rooftop Films is a New York based non-profit whose mission is to engage diverse communities by showing independent movies in outdoor locations, producing new films, coordinating youth media education, and renting equipment at low cost to artists.


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