Sundance Film Festival Shorts
Short Film Program
$12 online or at door
Friday Jun 15, 2012
8:00PMDoors Open
8:30PMLive Music by Howth
9:00PMFilm Begins
11:30PM-1:00AMAfter-party at R Bar (218 Bowery @ Rivington) courtesy of Radeberger Pilsner
No refunds. In the event of rain, show will go on indoors at the same location. Seating is first come, first served. No alcohol is permitted.

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
Sundance Institute
Burt's Bees
New York Magazine

On June 16, the Sundance Institute returns to BAM to host the ShortsLab, an all-day educational workshop. The Sundance-organized seminar of screenings and panels offer filmmakers insight and access into story development, production, and exhibition of narrative short-form storytelling. Rooftop has long been a champion of the short film as its own artistic medium, so to kick off the weekend, Rooftop is proud to co-present an evening of amazing shorts from Sundance’s acclaimed programming.


DR. BREAKFAST (Stephen Neary | USA | 7 min.)
One day at breakfast, a man's soul bursts out of his eyeball. Two wild deer caretake his catatonic body in this meditation on the quirky, but rejuvenating, nature of friendship.

HELLION (Kat Candler | USA | 6 min.)
Hell breaks loose when seven-year-old Petey is left with his brothers. Things go from bad to really bad when Dad gets home.

SURVEILLANT (Yan Giroux | USA | 17 min.)
On another quiet summer day in Park Dufresne, neighborhood youth loiter until a new park monitor appears. Two universes clash, and a territorial struggle begins.

BEAR (Nash Edgerton | USA | 11 min.)
Jack means well, but sometimes good intentions have horrible consequences.

Blah, Blah, Blah (Julie Delpy | Los Angeles, CA | 12 min.)
A comical insight into the trials and tribulations of two women in Los Angeles who have to deal with love, herbs and random crime. A classic from the Sundance vault.

THE LIFE AND FREAKY TIMES OF UNCLE LUKE (Jillian Mayer and Lucas Leyva | USA | 12 min.)
A remake of La Jetée, set in Miami and starring Uncle Luke of the 2 Live Crew.

FISHING WITHOUT NETS (Cutter Hodierne | USA | 17 min.)
A story of pirates in Somalia—told from the perspective of the pirates.

BELLY (Julia Pott | USA | 7 min.)
Oscar is coming of age, against his better judgment. In doing so he must experience the necessary evil of leaving something behind, but can still feel it in the pit of his stomach.

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.


Howth began as two roommates experimenting in minimal ambient folk music and has since become a collection of five friends with so much vibe you would think they had been playing together for the last decade of their twenty-something lives. And in fact, some of them have been. Shortly after returning from Palestine where he had been teaching children the joys of music, lead guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Blake Luley again met up with songwriter Carl Creighton in his home state of Minnesota. By way of a mini tour, Luley and Creighton returned to New York City and began to look for like minded musicians to help expand the sound they had developed together.

Despite living in the capital of cool known as Brooklyn, the search for what would become the rest of Howth ultimately ended with two of New Jersey native Luley's high school band mates, Neil Acharya (bass, vocals, saxophone) and Miles Waltuck (drums), and Luley's girlfriend, Aviva Stampfer (vocals, keyboard), herself a transplant from Portland. The years of rapport between these individuals is immediately apparent and has become a hallmark of the music they create, most recognizably in Howth's debut as a quintet, Newkirk. Recorded in Waltuck's basement and slated for release in May 2012 by Mecca Lecca Recording Company, Newkirk retains the intimate songwriting of Creighton while capturing five talented musicians having the time of their lives with their closest friends.

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