|8:30PM||Live Music by Widowspeak|
|11:30PM||After Party at Fontanas (105 Eldridge St., btwn Grand St. and Broome St.)|
(Above New Design High School)
Lower East Side
350 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002
F, J, M, Z to Delancey Street-Essex Street; B, D, Q to Grand Street
Short romantic films about chasing love, by bicycle and bottle, on the internet and in the air.
We love bringing people together at Rooftop Films, so our annual romantic short film shows are always a delight of spring fever, sly flirtation and outright down n' dirty sexiness. If you're attending with your loved one, you can cuddle up and cringe at the complications of commitment (The Girl With the Yellow Stockings). And if you've spent the long dark winter cooped up, cold and alone, it's time to let the bird out of the cage (Love Birds) to see if you can chase down a mate (Bike Race). Don't be shy—Rooftop encourages mingling at the show and the after-party (where drinks are on the house, if you're a cheap date). But if you don't get your fix (Christeene), there's always Craigslist (Missed Connections). These amorous short films are sure to inspire some lovelorn longing. We'll be perusing the posts in the morning.
-Mark Elijah Rosenberg
Danny Boy (Marek Skrobecki | Poland | 10 min.)
In an comically bleak world in which everyone has lost their head, one misfit seeks companionship.
Bike Race (Tom Schroeder | St. Paul, Minnesota | 12 min.)
A dashingly animated documentary about a bicycle race between friends, established to settle a sporting bet, the stakes rise when love comes into play.
Clear Blue (Lindsay MacKay | Canada | 18 min.)
A story of temptation and pursuit in a public pool, where for the newest lifeguard, the mundane quickly becomes mysterious, leading us into a fable of impossible love and its quixotic consequences.
Bottle (Kirsten Lepore | Los Angeles, CA | 5 min.)
Animated on location at a beach, in snow, and underwater, this heartbreaking stop-motion short details a transoceanic love affair between two adorable bumps trading messages in a bottle.
Christeene: Fix My Dick (PJ Raval | Austin, TX | 4 min.)
"I need a baby gonna shut the fuck up when mama gets up to get down." How many people does it take?
The Hunter and the Swan Discuss Their Meeting (Emily Carmichael | Brooklyn, NY | 8 min.)
A mythical romance forged in fantasy comes apart under the scrutiny of a Brooklyn dinner party.
Love Birds (Brian Lye | Czec Republic | 7 min.)
Again, birds and people don't make the best mates. But the sight is delightful.
The Girl with the Yellow Stockings (Grzegorz Muskala | Germany | 7 min.)
A young couple is spending the day in bed. He asks her to marry him. She says no...at ﬁrst.
MIssed Connections (Mary Robertson | Brooklyn, NY | 9 min.)
There are moments that have the potential to change a life's course—that look on the subway, that flicker of attraction at the café, the one that got away. This charming documentary peers inside the online messages-in-a-bottle asking whether love lost can be found again. youmissedme.com
Simple, droney guitar chords, bare-bones drums, and alluring siren vocals combine into a power trio called Widowspeak. This new Brooklyn based band sounds like Kim Deal doing lead vocals on some kind of twangy psych rock. If that's not enticing enough, their slower numbers (see embedded song) sound like Deal doing a guest shot on The Velvet Underground. And - by the way - yes, we did have a crush on Kim when we were teenagers, didn't you?
- Michele McManmon, Deli Magazine