37-18 Northern Blvd Long Island City, NY 11101
Take the R subway to 36th street.
Once again, Rooftop teams up with the amiable folks at the Rural Route Film Festival to bring a little slice of the countryside into the city, and up to an expansive rooftop farm.
The roof of The Brooklyn Grange, an urban farm atop a massive industrial building, provides an astonishing respite from New York’s concrete and steel, hustle and aggressiveness. But within these films’ placid vistas, strange mysteries are percolating, odd journeys are undertaken, understated tensions are building. In program two, rustic rituals are undertaken uncomfortably, extended wistfully, but eventually fade from memory. Rural life may seem serene, but this program of animation, comedy and documentary proves that it’s anything but simplistic.
Co-presented as the Closing Night of theRural Route Film Festival taking place all weekend long, August 3-5 just a couple of blocks down the street at the Museum of the Moving Image. This closing night screening party features free Radeberger, fresh produce concessions & specially-curated installation videos in the foyer. It all starts up just after RR's exclusive sneak preview of Now, Forager (a film about love and fungi), prior to its release at IFC Center this fall.
BOY (Topaz Adizes | 9 min.)
In this gentle but stark narrative, a child’s enthusiasm for father-son bonding has brutal and haunting consequences.
Young Bird Season (Nellie Kluz | 19 min.)
A rare look into a pastime fading from popularity, this intimate documentary exposes the obscure nuances and amusing cultural details among the flyers at New England’s Braintree Pigeon Racing Club.
THE ART OF CATCHING (Jessica Bardsley | 35 min.)
Based in the Florida Everglades, Rooftop alum Bardsley has crafted an autobiographical study of history and myth, decaying in the swamps. The mixed materials that make up this luscious and fascinating film have a tactile feel that personally invites you into a fertile but deadly land.
The Hunter (Marieka Walsh | Australia | 6 min.)
A boy goes missing in the snow-covered wilderness, feared taken by wolves. A hunter undertakes a journey to find the him, but as he tracks the boy into the mountains, he discovers that his instincts can no longer be trusted. Here, far from civilization he must make decisions that will forever change his relationship with the wilderness he has always feared. The Hunter is an elegant & surprising stop-motion sand animation that tells a new timeless tale.
The Water's Edge (Chris Thomas | North Wales | 14 min.)
In the aftermath of an alien occupation of Britain, a lone man devotes his life solely to a myth that salvation can be found in the water. However, he must avoid the threats that surround him.