Grandma Lo-Fi
Orri Jónsson, Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir, Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir
Documentary Feature

Saturday Jul 28, 2012
$12 online or at the door
VENUE
The Old American Can Factory
on the roof and courtyard
Gowanus
232 Third St. at 3rd Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215
F/G to Carroll St. or R to Union

SHOW
8:00PMDoors Open
8:30PMLive Music
9:00PMFilm Begins
11:30PM-12:30AMReception in Courtyard
NO REFUNDS. IN THE EVENT OF RAIN, SHOW WILL BE RESCHEDULED. PLEASE VISIT WWW.ROOFTOPFILMS.COM FOR RAIN DETAILS. SEATING IS FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. PHYSICAL SEATS ARE LIMITED. THIS MEANS YOU MAY NOT GET A CHAIR. NO HEELED SHOES WILL BE ALLOWED ON THE ROOF, UNLESS THEY ARE WEDGED. NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOL IS PERMITTED.

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Online ticketing is closed. Tickets available at the door starting at 8pm. Cash only

Grandma Lo-Fi (Orri Jónsson, Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir, Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir | Iceland | 62 min.)

We’ve all been there. Those big creative dreams we had when we were young fall prey to the practical concerns of student loans, rents, and families. Maybe we loved piano lessons as a kid but our father couldn’t afford them. Maybe we fell in love with a sailor but our parents forbid us from seeing him. Maybe we went ahead and saw him anyways. And maybe when his ship sunk and he died, our mother told us: “what you refuse to give up yourself, God will take from you.” After that, maybe we ran away to Iceland, where we worked odd jobs for many years until one day, at the tender age of 70, we rediscovered music.

Grandma Lo-Fi, the directorial debut of three Icelandic musicians, tells just such a story. The story of Sigríður Níelsdóttir, who recorded 600 songs in seven years, mixing together the sounds of household items, pets, found toys, and a Casio keyboard, achieving cult status among Icelandic musicians. One of her albums is all Cowboy songs, another has lyrics that are complete gibberish. Her passion and enthusiasm are infectious. Don’t be surprised if by the end of the film you want to go out and get a Casio keyboard and hand-whisk and start recording homespun hits in your living room.

Shot mostly on Super-8 and 16mm film, Grandma Lo-Fi uses charming lo-fi animation and a delightfully quirky visual style to celebrate the life of a remarkable woman and her irrepressible creative drive.

- Lela Scott MacNeil


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