Absurd Animation (Short Films)
Short Film Program
$13 online or at the door
Saturday Jun 15, 2013
8:00PMDoors Open
8:30PMLive Music by Wires.Under.Tension
9:00PMFilms Begin
11:30PMAfter-Party at Fontanas (105 Eldridge St. @ Grand) courtesy of Red Stripe
No refunds. In the event of rain, show will go on indoors at the same location. Seating is first come, first served. No outside 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
Red Stripe Lager

Outlandish animated creatures in outrageous situations.

Squiggles and blobs, fire bugs and snow golems, dignified kings and daring immigrants. The amazing thing about animation is that as silly as it can be, it can be just as somber; as weird as it is, it’s often just as real. These animations are in some way all absurd, because whether they’re about goofy fictional creatures or tragically documented true stories, these tales (and tones and tunes) are all equally affecting: unreal and enjoyable.
- Mark Elijah Rosenberg


Wires.Under.Tension. - 'Landscape Architecture' (St. John Mckay Smith | USA | 5 min.)
The Buddha and his son, Kurt Jr., fly through the brownness of space on a rescue mission, but perhaps humans cannot be saved from themselves. An animated music video for tonight’s band, created by the filmmaker and his toddler son.

Boogodobiegodongo (Peter Millard | 4 min.)
I once lived in a Boogodobiegodongo and I felt better.

and/or (Emily Hubley | USA | 6 min.)
An artist struggles to navigate the territory between despair and epiphany.

Move Mountain (Kirsten Lepore | 11 min.)
A dangerous trek through animation paradise.

The Shrine (Sean Pecknold | 8 min.)
An Argument. Fleet Foxes and fire gods.

Thank You (Pendleton Ward and Tom Herpich | USA | 11 min.)
A snow golem is attacked in the forest by his species' mortal enemy, a pack of fire wolves, who accidentally leave a cub behind after their retreat. From the creator of Cartoon Network's “Adventure Time.”

Anomalies (Benjamin Cady | London | 15 min.)
A different type of animation invades a minimalist world, lightly mocking the human compulsion to meddle, probe and fiddle with things that are better left alone.

Not About Us (Michael Frei | Estonia | 5 min.)
More games of contrasts: if we have a counterpart in a parallel world, can we meet and become entwined?

Last Breath (Ying Ping Mak | UK | 8 min.)
When breathing becomes unfashionable, how can one remain cool?

Sharaf (David Aronowitsch and Hanna Heilborn | Sweden | 12 min.)
Sharaf was lucky: he survived. An informative and harrowing documentary about one of the thousands of refugees who risk their lives in rickety boats to immigrate to Europe.

Marcel, King of Tervuren (Tom Schroeder | USA | 6 min.)
Marcel survives the bird flu, sleeping pills and his son Max. Greek tragedy as acted out by Belgian roosters.


Wires.Under.Tension is a duo based in The South Bronx. Combining homegrown audio sampling instruments with ferocious beats and adventurous orchestration, WUT's angular gymnastics reflect the raw imagery of their home turf. Multi-instrumentalist Christopher Tignor switches dexterously between violin and the rest of the arsenal while Theo Metz extracts brutal truths from the kit. Together WUT is rethinking what instrumental music can be about when musicianship and restless experimentation rule the scene.

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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.