New York Non-Fiction (Short Films)
Short Film Program
$13 online or at the door
Friday Jun 14, 2013
8:00PMDoors Open
8:30PMLive Performance by
9:00PMFilms Begin
11:30PMAfter-Party at Fontana's (105 Eldridge @ 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 ALCOHOL IS PERMITTED.

VENUE
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

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It’s your city. Take a look.


Whether you walk into “the city,” or stay in the outer boroughs (or further, in obscure and dangerous places), New York can be an overwhelming place, packed with people hurrying, hustling, huckstering. For some, it may seem apocalyptic (and on one day last October, if not in May, it was apocalyptic). Though the city may be losing some of its local color, there are still hidden corners where rugged urbanity prevails. But one great thing about New York is that no matter how tough its exterior, the core of our denizens know that our real strength is in community, support, and events like these where we can all come together.

- Mark Elijah Rosenberg


THE FILMS

How To Walk to Manhattan (John Wilson | 10 min.)
A distracted walking tour of an exhausting commute.

Two Islands (Jan Ijas | 6 min.)
Two former waste dumps, hidden islands within the city: here NYC maintains a separate public burial ground for its strangers.

Synesthesia: The Space Between (Drew Henkels, Chelsea Mose | 8 min.)
You know that feeling of coming up out of the dark subway into the lights and noise and movement of Times Sq.? That’s what life is like for NY author Maureen Seaberg all the time.

The Birdman (Jessie Auritt | 11 min.)
With CDs, VHSs, and old cassette tapes stacked head high, Rainbow Music is a hoarder's paradise, but its quirky owner knows exactly where everything is. Amidst all the new Starbucks and Subways, this East Village shop maintains its mom and pop feel.

Childhood Sale (Casimir Nozkowski | 9 min.)
The filmmaker parts with his comic book past

We Will Forget (Garret Harkawik | 14 min.)
The true story of Staten Island resident Robert Fitzpatrick, who spent $140K on subway ads and a book that warned of the apocalypse. The film follows him up to May 21st, 2011 -- the day he predicts will be the end of the world.

Frankenstorm: From Across The East River (John Mattiuzzi | 5 min.)
"Frankenstorm: From Across The East River" is a visual and emotional account of the night that ended in the horrifying Con Edison explosion, darkening half of Manhattan’s skyline. This short form, experimental documentary hovers along the East River, at the Williamsburg Waterfront in Brooklyn, where hundreds of spectators flocked to absorb the terrifying amusements of an approaching superstorm.

Mondays At Racine (Cynthia Wade | 39 min.)
When your life is at stake, why is losing your hair so hard? In this Academy Award-nominated story of community and neighborly support, every third Monday of the month, two bold, brassy sisters open the doors of their hair salon to women diagnosed with cancer. As locks of hair fall to the floor, women gossip, giggle, weep, face their fears, and discover unexpected beauty.

MUSIC

Clementine & The Galaxy
This duo project between pitch perfect vocalist Julie Hardy and producer/guitarist Mike MacAllister is set to blow up. With Hardy becoming a most in-demand studio vocalist (she recently sang backups for Ellie Goulding on SNL and St. Vincent on The Letterman Show) it’s no wonder The Deli jurors have jumped to proclaim Clementine and the Galaxy one of 2012’s top emerging electronic bands. The duo’s version of Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box” sounds like the theme to Baz Lurhman’s next untitled project, while the song “Crying My Whole Heart Out” stretches the definition of synthpop ballad by being at once dreamy, experimental and fist-pumpingly clamorous. Their latest single, “Complication” is without classification, which is fine, because it’s addictive as shit.
- Deli Magazine

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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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