Cutie and the Boxer
Feature Film Program
$13 courtyard tickets only
Saturday Aug 3, 2013
8:00PMDoors Open
8:30PMLive Music by Ivy Meadows
9:00PMFilm Begins
10:30PMQ and A with director Zachary Heinzerling and subjects of the film Noriko and Ushio Shinohara
10:45PMLive "Boxing-Painting" Performance by Ushio Shinohara
11:00PM - 12:30AMAfter-Party courtesy of Red Stripe and Bulleit
No refunds. In the event of rain, show will be rescheduled. Please visit for rain details. Seating is first come, first served. 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
Tribeca Film Festival
XO Projects
Red Stripe Lager
Bulleit Bourbon

Special Sneak Preview. This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of renowned “boxing” painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Anxious to shed her role of assistant to her overbearing husband, Noriko seeks an identity of her own. Courtesy of TWC-RADiUS.

Q and A with director Zachary Heinzerling and subjects of the film Noriko and Ushio Shinohara will follow the film plus a live boxing painting by Ushio!


Cutie and the Boxer (Zachary Heinzerling | Brooklyn, NY | 81 min.)
A reflection on love, sacrifice, and the creative spirit, this candid New York story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of renowned “boxing” painter Ushio Shinohara and his artist wife, Noriko. As a rowdy, confrontational young artist in Tokyo, Ushio seemed destined for fame, but met with little commercial success after he moved to New York City in 1969, seeking international recognition. When 19-year-old Noriko moved to New York to study art, she fell in love with Ushio—abandoning her education to become the wife and assistant to an unruly, husband. Over the course of their marriage, the roles have shifted. Now 80, Ushio struggles to establish his artistic legacy, while Noriko is at last being recognized for her own art—a series of drawings entitled “Cutie,” depicting her challenging past with Ushio. Spanning four decades, the film is a moving portrait of a couple wrestling with the eternal themes of sacrifice, disappointment and aging, against a background of lives dedicated to art.

Director Zachery Heinzerling, who won the US Directorial Debut award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, navigates the turbulent artistic terrain with an energy and voice as distinct as the lives he follows. The uniquely textural score and the lush, deeply personal—almost voyeuristic—cinematography come together to create a powerful portrait of Noriko and Ushio’s marriage, but also of an entire subculture of artists and lovers hidden within edifices throughout the city.

As Noriko states during an interview in the film, “We are like two flowers in one pot. It’s difficult. Sometimes we don’t get enough nutrients for both of us. But when everything goes well we become two beautiful flowers. So it’s either heaven or hell.” The audience is invited to witness this complicated existence in this engaging, unique, masterpiece of new documentary filmmaking.

- Donna K.

Flo (Riley Hooper | 10 min.)
With gritty style and a witty sense of humor, New York photographer Flo Fox has been documenting the streets of New York City since the 1970s. Now in her 60s and battling Multiple Sclerosis, lung cancer, and visual impairment, Flo continues to pursue photography and maintain her adventurous, feisty spirit and dirty sense of humor.


Ivy Meadows
"Brooklyn’s Ivy Meadows — aka Camilla Padgitt-Coles — is one of a growing number of millennial videographers busy blurring the lines between documentary video and artistic collaboration." -Visitation Rites

Described as ambient and experimental, Brooklyn's Ivy Meadows is both a musical and visual experience.

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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.