Inocente (Brooklyn)
Feature Film Program

Friday Aug 3, 2012
2:30PMDoors open for youth workshop
3:00PMFilm screening for workshop attendees
4:00PM-5:30PMWorkshop and dinner
8:00PMDoors open for public screening
8:30PMLive music by El Medio
9:00PMFilm begins
10:00PMQ and A



This Show Presented in Partnership With
Dreamyard Project
Forest City Ratner
Downtown Brooklyn Partnership
Burt's Bees
New York Magazine
Free Show!

A series of free screenings, plus art workshops and exhibitions, centered on this inspiring and lovely documentary, made by Academy Award-nominated filmmakers, about a homeless teen finding hope through creativity.

Presented by Rooftop Films and The Fledgling Fund

In honor of Inocente's triumphs through art, Rooftop Films, the Fledgling Fund, DreamYard Project, and Shine Global are hosting a free arts workshop for youth starting at 3pm. Anyone may attend the workshops for free. RSVP to is recommended but not required.


Caine's Arcade (Nirvan Mullick | USA | 11 min.)
9 year old Caine Monroy spent his summer building an elaborate cardboard arcade inside his dad’s used auto parts store, and invited the world to play.

Burt Talks to the Bees (Isabella Rossellini | USA | 2 min.)
Meet the bees—the queen, the workers and the drones—in this wonderfully fantastic and wildly educational series of short films created by Isabella Rossellini, actress, director and uncanny Burt impersonator. Once you meet them, you’ll want to save them too. Visit to see how.

Inocente (Sean Fine, Andrea Nix Fine | USA | 40 min.)
Life as a teenager can be stressful: conflicts with your parents, pressure from your peers, constant self-doubt and soul searching. You’re trying to figure out who you are in the world, and the more you learn, the more confusing and overwhelming life may seem. Making art can be a powerful remedy for daily tension, a liberating way to express your feelings and ideas.

For Inocente, a homeless teen in San Diego, making art provides a home base, a point of stability in an otherwise unsettled existence. As the child of a single, immigrant mother, Inocente has faced hardship her whole life. At the lowest point, her mother, desperately uncomprehending how to survive, almost sacrificed the entire family. Inocente, rather than folding under the pressure, has flourished.

She's never lacked for canvas, except perhaps at home. Struggling to fit in at an unsympathetic school, a place where the other kids always seem to have more than she does, wearing her art every day gives her the confidence she needs to face the world. Her brilliant use of color and her florid designs are enlivened by this elegant documentary, revealing the beautiful depth of her work and her personality. In the film, Inocente’s daily struggles are documented with a calm nobility, while her art-making is vividly brought to life with close-ups so dynamic you can almost smell the paint. You certainly feel her passion and joy, and see it in her wide smile and bright eyes.

Inocente’s ability to find a creative outlet has helped her define herself and achieve practical successes which will help her for a lifetime. Rooftop Films, the Fledgling Fund, Inocente and the filmmakers would like to share this inspiration with New York City youth (ages 8-18), by hosting a series of free screenings and art-making workshops. The afternoon workshops will begin with a screening of the film and a discussion on the creative process. We will then provide a variety of free art materials and instruction, so every student can create original works that express their own personalities. In the evening, students will have dinner (provided by Rooftop), while a free, outdoor public screening takes place. After the screening, student work will be displayed for the public and the creators can discuss their work. This stimulating and engaging event will be a pleasure for young people and adults alike.

- Mark Elijah Rosenberg


El Medio
El Medio is the solo project of Leonardo Balasques (Oscilador 4, Balún). Since 2004, Balasques has used this outlet to release very personal songs about life, friendships and love. Using his bedroom (and subsequently his living room) as a recording studio, Leo has crafted an expansive discography that experiments with the confrontation of synths and traditional instruments to create a folk/pop hybrid that warms the heart and stimulates the brain. El Medio has just released the album No Le Tengas Miedo Al Amor, on which you'll find Hasta Caer, featuring strings by Balún's Angélica Negrón and an unexpected, yet much welcomed, dose of blistering guitar noise and distortion.

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