Belleville Baby
Feature Film Program
$13 online or at the door
Saturday Jul 6, 2013
8:00PMDoors Open
8:30PMLive Music by Lorna Dune
9:00PMFilm Begins
11:00PM- 12:30AMReception in courtyard courtesy of Red Stripe & Tito's Vodka
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. No outside alcohol is permitted.

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

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NY Premiere! It’s easy to block out memories that hurt us. It’s fascinating to watch someone pulled back in, as with this intimate documentary about an ex-convict and his long lost lover.



THE FILMS

Belleville Baby (Mia Engberg | Sweden | 76 min.)
What do you do when an ex-boyfriend calls you after mysteriously disappearing years before? What do you do if you’ve moved on from that painful loss, happily started a family, completely changed your life for the better? What do you do if your past is something you’d rather forget, something perhaps unpleasant? Filmmaker Mia Engberg received such a phone call, and wanted to ignore it. But she couldn’t. Her memories, foggy and unclear, were too alluring.

This hybrid documentary is framed by the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. His lover sucked down into Hades, Orpheus negotiates her release (via an act of beautiful artistry) on one condition: that he not look back, not remember what he’s seen. The man in this film is desperately trying to look back, and once again the search may not be beneficial for the woman. Our man has indeed been in an unspeakable place, a cruel and violent prison, and he has developed a necessary blunt cynicism he is now trying to pierce by rekindling beloved memories.

But the ex-lovers’ reminiscences, recounted through a series of phone calls played over dreamy home movies, may not align. Their love is passionate and severe, thrilling to relive, but she is frightened to recall his chivalrous but violent tendencies; he is heartbroken that she doesn’t remember their sweet, simple moments together. The discrepancies reveal facts about the shifting nature of memory, and our stake in shaping our own pasts. With her parallels to a well-known outlaw of the day, and his disconnect with past racial protests, each character posits themselves within a social milieu that benefits their desires. The vivid and searing details bring these unseen characters to life, with visions all the more intense for being unspecified, based on ideas rather than images. The stories, while intimate and unique, take on a universal magnetism that is poetic and poignant and will provoke introspection for anyone with a tender memory.

- Mark Elijah Rosenberg

Everything Absolutely (Natalie Paul and Terence Nance | USA | 12 min.)
An overwhelmed young woman, out on a date, unexpectedly discovers everything she needs in a conversation.

MUSIC

Lorna Dune
Lorna Krier is one of the most versatile young keyboardists in New York performing music from experimental to pop on anything from analog synthesizers to toy pianos to Steinways. Ms. Krier has been described as “a pianist specializing in contemporary music, who has become an expert synthesizer player and is helping break down the boundary between new classical and indie rock” (Lukas Ligeti). Acting as an advocate for new music, she has worked with some of the nation’s finest young composers and performers to create exciting new works.

Since arriving in New York in 2006, she has been a founding member of many ensembles including the chamber-rock ensemble, Victoire, founded by composer Missy Mazzoli, which has been dubbed the “all-star, all-female quintet” (Time Out NY). They released their debut EP, A Door Into the Dark, on eMusic.com in 2009 and their first full-length album, Cathedral City with New Amsterdam Records Fall 2010 to critical acclaim. Lorna Krier has also co-founded the synthesizer project Love Like Deloreans, which released their self-titled EP on Friendly Ghost Recordings in 2009 and have performed throughout New York, Montreal, San Francisco, and Boston at festivals such as the Rooftop Films Festival, Knitting Factory’s NY Eye & Ear, City Sol, Brooklyn Arts Council's "Glitch Generation", Z-Arts! Festival in Zion, Utah, among others. Finally, the most recent project in which Ms. Krier has been initiated as a member is the genre-bending experimental improv group, Kaleidoscope Point, founded by composer-percussionist Lukas Ligeti.

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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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