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Berlin's Fuck for Forest is one of the world's most bizarre charities: based on the idea that sex can change the world, the NGO raises money for their environmental cause by selling home-made erotic films on the Internet. You must be 18 and over to attend the screening.
F--- For Forest (Michal Marczak | Germany | 97 min.)
F--- For Forest, the environmental group that lends its name to this documentary, describes itself as an erotic non-profit ecological organization. Underpinned by the universal understanding that sex sells, F--- For Forest creates and distributes DIY, eco-friendly erotica online, all of which can be accessed for a tax-deductible donation. Think: hairy porn, but with a conscience.
As the film begins, we meet Danny—once an Olympian show-jumper, Danny abandoned his bourgeois upbringing and uprooted to Berlin. After meeting the founders of FFF, Leona and Tommy, he quickly surrendered himself to their quest to save the planet. Without judgment or mockery, Rooftop alum Michal Marczak’s documentary quietly observes the lives of this small group of activists, offering a fascinating glimpse into their thriving neo-hippy subculture. F--- For Forest weaves through a world of underground folk gigs and sex clubs with dizzying intensity, exposing copulating flesh and environmentalist rhetoric with a sordid curiosity that is at once strangely appealing and downright bizarre.
As the group journeys down the Amazon into the heart of the rainforest in the hope of donating the money raised from their website to local projects, the film takes a murky turn. The native population is not accustomed to the group’s wide-eyed, no-strings-attached altruism. Confronted with the stark reality of the people they encounter, FFF’s self-deluding idealism rings hollow. Deep-seated cultural differences reveal themselves and the intractable imbalance of charity itself is laid uncomfortably bare.
Regardless of whether you agree with their means, the unwavering sincerity of FFF is admirable. And although saving the planet may be more complicated than just getting naked and having sex, the members of F--- For Forest remain ardently committed to their cause. As for Danny, he continues to roam the urban sprawl, ukulele in hand, spreading the word about liberating your body to anyone who’ll lend an ear. His family still thinks there’s something wrong with him, but he says he’s happy being misunderstood.
- Cressida Greening
Tina Delivers A Goat (Joe Callander | 2 min.)
Through taking council with a local village elder, Tina discovers the benefits of a goat, delivers the goat, says hi to mama and papa and behbeh, takes a photo, and leaves. Global generosity in all its blunt simplicity.
Deep Sleep is the solo project of multi-instrumentalist, artist, and graphic designer, Jeremiah Chiu. As a key figure in Chicago’s burgeoning ‘Chicago-tronic’ and contemporary art scenes, Chiu can be seen performing with Icy Demons and Chandeliers, and exhibiting works with Plural. Chiu is also part of the music/art collective Shape Shoppe including bands such as Golden Birthday, Axis: Sova, Magical Beautiful, and Chandeliers. Deep Sleep's combination of analog synthesizers, drum machines, guitars and vocals create a sonic palette reminiscent of Arthur Russell, Giorgio Moroder, Enya, Loose Ends and Chic. A brand of suggestive and moderate funk to get the lower parts of your torso into a summertime sway.