The Waiting Room
Feature Film Program
$12 online or at the door.
Saturday May 19, 2012
8:00PMDoors Open
8:30PMLive Music by Cat Martino
9:00PMFilm Starts
No refunds. In the event of rain, show will be rescheduled. Please visit for rain details. Seating is first come, first served. Physical seats are limited. This means you may not get a chair. No outside alcohol is permitted.

The Old American Can Factory
Roof and Courtyard
232 Third St. at 3rd Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215
F/G to Carroll St. or R to Union


This Show Presented in Partnership With

An evening of health care activism based around a character-driven documentary, going inside a hospital struggling to care for a community of uninsured patients as they cope with disease, bureaucracy and hard choices.


The Waiting Room (Peter Nicks | USA | 80 min.)
The American medical system is in tatters, and political arguments often overlook the most fundamental element: human beings’ health. Director Peter Nicks knew the problems would be most evident, the drama most poignant, in one place: a low-income, urgent care waiting room. This elegantly crafted documentary has an intimate approach that reveals the myriad systematic failures in a way that is compelling and personal. You can’t watch The Waiting Room and still ignore the call for change. Working with The Fledging Fund, the Center for Health Media Policy, and the film’s own interactive website, Rooftop Films is pleased to present this event committed to positive health care activism.

Opponents of federal health care would have us believe that hospital workers are incompetent, callous bureaucrats, that patients are lazy freeloaders—but that’s clearly not the case. The doctors make heroic efforts with limited resources, displaying remarkable bedside manners. The staff stand up for their most destitute constituents. The patients suffer and struggle, carrying burdens that could befall anyone. One man with a bullet lodged in his leg waits for hours, praying not that his pain is taken away, but his anger.

Nicks uses carefully interwoven voice-overs to provide context, while the film absorbs you in the action: the intensity of a doctor on his first day dealing with a deadly accident; the complexity of the staff negotiating the churn of beds overflowing into hallways; the unlikely humor of a nurse who consistently entertains and keeps everyone sane. As stressful as the situation is, for the viewer it’s wondrous to watch remarkable people acting nobly. The Waiting Room is an astonishing work of cinema that America needs to see, a clear expression of the dire problems and the hopeful possibilities.

- Mark Elijah Rosenberg


Cat Martino
"The New York native has previously appeared as a member of Sufjan Stevens’ and Sharon Van Etten’s bands, but is poised to release a sophomore album next year that has the potential to make her a star in her own right. Full of gorgeous, overlapping vocal loops, the album is a beautifully melodic piece of art dressed up for 2012. Harps, thick bass beats, electric guitar, tambourine and swirly, skittering synth lines — it’s all here. Even over this lush, enveloping backdrop, Martino’s resonant voice is always the undeniable centerpiece." – NPR

“Yr Not Alone, is chock-full of lushly layered vocals, swaying melodies, folk influences (and maybe some fairy dust?), and we can’t get enough… With electronic cameos and a soulful vibe, these eclectic elements come together for a sound that seems strangely familiar- but at the same time, it’s totally fresh.” –Nylon mag
To listen is to be shrouded in melody: feathering beats and synthy instrumental swells undulate beneath Cat’s mesmerzing vocals… Replay until this storm, or any other, has passed. -RCRD LBL

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Rooftop Films is a New York based non-profit whose mission is to engage diverse communities by showing independent movies in outdoor locations, producing new films, coordinating youth media education, and renting equipment at low cost to artists.


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