NY Shorts at Roosevelt Island
Short Film Program

Friday Jul 5, 2013
8:00PMDoors Open
8:30PMFilms begin

Southpoint Park on Roosevelt Island
Roosevelt Island
East Road, Roosevelt Island, NY 10044
Take Tramway Car at 59th Street & Second Avenue Station to Roosevelt Island. Take the F to Roosevelt Island.


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Rooftop Films heads to Roosevelt Island with a special FREE program of short films by and about New Yorkers. Join us at beautiful South Point Park for a scenic night along the shore of the island with spectacular views of Manhattan, Queens and the river on all sides.


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

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.

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.

SOLO PIANO – NYC (Anthony Sherin | USA | 5 min.)
On a cold winter morning, a lone piano stands curbside in New York City. Passersby slow, stop, and play. Plinking slightly out-of-tune over the white noise of Broadway’s cars, buses, trucks, and sirens, the piano awaits its fate. A plaintive reminder to never pass up a unique opportunity in NYC.

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

A Man Named Magick (Joaquin Perez and Robert Hatch-Miller | Brooklyn, NY | 12 min.)
Meet Magick Balay, who runs a midtown Manhattan magic shop by day, and at night performs his own legerdemain at clubs and private parties. A close-up portrait of a charismatic guy whose greatest feat is how he has transformed himself through his art.

Aaron Burr, Part 2 (Dana O’Keefe | USA | 8 min.)
An American revolutionary updates his place in history in this radically inventive and modern bio-pic.

The Commoners (Penny Lane and Jessica Bardsley | New York, NY | 12 min.)
In 1890, a wealthy eccentric named Eugene Schieffelin collected every bird ever mentioned by Shakespeare and released them into Central Park. The only one to survive in the New World was the European Starling, now among the commonest - and most despised - birds in America. p-lane.com | jessicabardsley.com

Under the Rollercoaster (Lila Place | USA | 15 min.)
To thousands, the Thunderbolt Roller Coaster was a Coney Island icon, but for Mae Timpano it was home. This enchanting film examines the true-life experience of one woman and her unique relationship to Coney Island living under the famed Thunderbolt Roller Coaster.

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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.