|8:00PM||Live Music by Michael Daves|
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.
SEVEN DAYS IN THE WOODS (Peter Larsson | 6 min.)
The trees alongside the road, everything was blurry. There was a faint electrical buzz coming from somewhere. It was damp and raw, like the Stone Age.
THE FORT (Andrew Renzi | 11 min.)
A boy builds a fort in the woods. A man appears to help. The mist and chill are palpable, and the air is filled with eerie disquiet.
STICK CLIMBING (Daniel Zimmerman | 14 min.)
A contemplative walk spurs a desire to escape via a bizarre climbing tour.
PULL (Matthew Gustafson | 27 min.)
A naturalistic, light drama about sex, tractors, and the forces we exert upon each other.
Un Buen Hijo (Juan Gil Garcia | Mexico | 20 min.)
A young man from rural Mexico with secret aspirations of being a drag performer is forced to choose between helping his hard-working farm parents and running for his dreams.
Michael was born in 1977 in the southern empire of Atlanta, Georgia. Soon after, he began to make loud noises, so his loving parents put music instruments in front of him. It was a good plan. He grew up in that grand tradition of staying up late & singing real loud. Although he's since moved north, the humid south remains in heart and sinus cavities
Currently Michael lives in New York, where he is supervised by his daughter and two vigorous cats. Brooklyn, New York is a very exciting place to live. In addition to playing music & teaching, Michael enjoys turning the knobs & playing with the buttons some on several pieces of recording equipment. This is why he put a studio into his house.