Rural Route 10:00PM
Short Film Program
$12 online or at the door.
Sunday Aug 7, 2011
10:00PMDoors Open
10:15PMFilms begin

Brooklyn Grange
On the roof of Brooklyn Grange
Long Island City
37-18 Northern Blvd, Long Island City, New York 11101
Take the E, M, or R trains to 36th Street in Queens


This Show Presented in Partnership With
Rural Route Film Festival
New York Magazine

The natural world writes our origin myths and spells out our destruction in a fertile program about the decline of the rural life, co-presented as the Closing Night of the Rural Route Film Festival.

Around the world, rural spaces are shrinking. Trapping lands in the swamps are depleted (Bayou Black), farming tracts in the wild corners of Finland are encroached upon (How To Pick Berries), and places for native people are decimated from the mountains of Chile (The Great Flood) to the Great Plains (Shimasani). But not all is despair. The bees remain free, the bears shave and migrate, the alligators get out of the bathtub and into the truck.

As the world’s population increasingly moves to cities—by choice or by necessity—what do we urbanites lose in the process? In this luscious program of heartrending documentaries, daring dramas, quirky comedies and eye-opening animations, we come to the roof of Brooklyn Grange, an urban farm, to get in touch with our rural roots.

Co-presented as the Closing Night of the Rural Route Film Festival taking place all weekend long Aug. 5-7 down the street at the Museum of the Moving Image.


The Great Flood (Marcelo de Oliveira | Scotland | 6 min.)
In a journey across a mountain lake, a fable is recounted by one of the 14 remaining Kawesqar people of Patagonia.

We're Leaving (Zachary Treitz | USA | 13 min.)

Between Bears (Eran Hilleli | Tel Aviv, Jerusalem | 5 min.)
"My graduation film at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design.A debt to my childhood and other lives I hope I lived. Inspired by words of songs that I admire."

Shimásání (Blackhorse Lowe | Navajo Reservation, New Mexico, USA | 15 min.)

Bayou Black (Jonas Carpignano | New York, NY | 12 min.)
(NY Premiere)
Bayou Black takes us through a day in the life of Willy Jones, a single father in southern Louisiana struggling to make a living. He traps Nutria, local swamp rats, to try to make ends meet. But, when a local land-owner suspects Willy of poaching on his property, desperation, need and an unwanted confrontation drive him to take drastic measures.

Jonas Carpignano is an Italo-American filmmaker based out of New York City and Rome. He spent years working on feature films in both Italy and the U.S and in the process spent years working for world renowned director Spike Lee. Since enrolling in NYU's graduate film program in 2009 Jonas has made several short films including: Resurrection Man, starring Tony Award winning actor Roger Robinson, which had its premier at the 2010 Woodstock film Festival and Bayou Black, starring Michael K Williams (The Wire). Jonas is currently finishing his third short film A Chjana, which follows two African immigrants in the midst of the most significant race riot in Italian history, and is working on a feature script of the same title.

The Bees (Rana Ayoub | Lebanon | 13 min.)
“The bee defends the hive any way possible. It faces death as if it were a martyr ready to sacrifice itself, no matter what.”

How to Pick Berries (Finland | 18 min.)
Visitors from a distant place appear in the misty swamps of Northern Finland. Their foreign presence unwittingly disrupts the pace of local habits. They have come to look for berries, an activity that all of a sudden seems to embody all the values of local culture. This gorgeous documentary is an exploration of Finnish mind and the absurdities of global economy.

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