New York Non-Fiction
Short Film Program
$12 online or at the door
Friday Jun 29, 2012
8:00pmDoors open
8:30pmLive music by Despers
11:30pm-1:00amAfter-party at R Bar (218 Bowery @ Rivington) courtesy of Radeberger Pilsner

The roof of New Design High School (formerly Open Road)
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


This Show Presented in Partnership With
The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment
Burt's Bees
New York Magazine

Some things can only happen in New York: people coming together from different walks of life, a humble worker becoming a living legend. Here, some things always go together: pizza and subways, street hustlers and chess. And here, one person’s decay is another person’s garden, one’s junk is another’s gold. This program is a salutation to everyone who hustles to “make it right,” a celebration of those who make the most of every nook and cranny and opportunity, and an unsentimental memorialization of all the people and places, present and past, that make New York the most amazing city in the world.

- Mark Elijah Rosenberg


Sweet Stream Love's River (Carl Skelton and Luke DuBois | Brooklyn, NY)
Developed by multimedia artists Carl Skelton and R. Luke DuBois, Sweet Stream Love’s River displays words of love, glowing in the rippling surface of a real-time animation of a virtual pool of water. Audience members are invited to share their own warm-to-hot feelings by sms from their smartphone directly to the screen. As one message dissipates, the next appears. Presented by AT&T.

The Despers (Iva Radivojevic and Sarah Enid Hagey | USA | 4 min.)
Kick off this celebration of NY summer with the floating trance-like harmonies of a steel drum orchestra, gathering in panyards across Brooklyn to gear up for the annual Steel Band Panorama Competition.

FIST BUMP WITH COPS (Rumur Inc. | USA | 1 min.)
On November 15th, after protesters had been violently evicted from Zucotti Park, tension rose about the desire to reenter the park. One protester and one cop found common ground and respect.

A quick rhythmic snapshot showing the diversity of the 99%.

THE BEST THING I EVER DONE (Margaret Emily MacKenzie | USA | 16 min.)
Hailed as the “godfather of Brooklyn pizza,” for forty five years Domenico DeMarco, Italian émigré and father of seven, has been slinging pizzas in his legendary corner shop, Di Fara. An endearing ode to pizzaioli who take their time to 'make it right.'

ODYSSEUS’ GAMBIT (Alex Lora | USA | 13 min.)
A gambit is a chess opening in which a player sacrifices a pawn with the hope of achieving a resulting advantageous position. The film follows Saravuth Inn, a Cambodian-American chess player who sacrifices himself in the hopes of finding a better position on the board of life.

VIGILANTE GARDNER (Todd Bieber | USA | 3 min.)
Todd decided to illegally grow a vegetable garden on a neglected patch of land in Brooklyn.

SHOOT THE FREAK (Bradford Willingham | USA | 6 min.)
Through the Freak’s nihilistic, drug-induced musings, this doc/fiction hybrid chronicles the last days of the iconic and abrasive Coney Island attraction as an unsentimental memorialization of a bygone era.

Todd returns to the garden and encounters a thief, a dirty old man, and God.

SOLO PIANO – NYC (Anthony Sherin | USA | 5 min.)
On a cold winter morning, a lone piano stands curbside in New York City. Passersby slow, stop, and play. Plinking slightly out-of-tune over the white noise of Broadway’s cars, buses, trucks, and sirens, the piano awaits its fate. A plaintive reminder to never pass up a unique opportunity in NYC. Shown in 2012.

FANUZZI’S GOLD (Georgia Gruzen | USA | 27 min.)
A documentary about a 77-year-old Staten Islander fighting for the survival of his family and looking for gold in the most unexpected of places in a story of resilience, creativity and the oddball moments that compose a life.

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.


The Desperadoes Steel Orchestra emerged from the fusion of three different Steelbands from Laventille in Trinidad. The name of the group was chosen from the movie Desperadoes starring Glenn Ford which was shown in Port of Spain at the time. Despers were led by Rudolph Charles since 1961 until his death in 1985. Charles invited several pantuners like Bertie Marshall and Lincoln Noel to create the best possible orchestral effects. The orchestra has worldwide appearances and has performed at The Royal Albert Hall in 1972, Carnegie Hall in 1987, and along with the classical singer Luciano Pavarotti in Barbados in 1996. Mr.Raymond "Artie" Shaw was the first musician to conduct Desperadoes Steel Orchestra at their performance for Queen Elizabeth at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Dr. Pat Bishop conducted their performance at Carnegie Hall in NYC. Desperadoes have also toured some of Trinidad & Tobago's motherlands, such as Africa, India, China, England and Grenada. Desperadoes has qualified for the most Panorama finals,45 of 49, was a finalist for 36 consecutive years 1976 through 2011, has the highest winning percentage(1)victory every 4.9 years, has won every entered competition, and has a total of 24 combined victories, from 1965 to 2011. Desperadoes is the only Steel Orchestra where consistency has been maintained over the last 50 years, hence the term, finest Steel Orchestra ever. You can learn more about the winning Steel Orchestras in Trinidad & Tobago, and New York's, Brooklyn Panorama from the book, "400 Questions & Answers on Pan from 1960 to Present," by Ian Franklin.

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