Rooftop Shots
Short Film Program
$13 online or at the door
Saturday Aug 17, 2013
8:00PMDoors Open
8:30PMLive Music by A K U A
11:00PMParty in courtyard courtesy of Red Stripe, Bulleit & Tito's Vodka featuring Sound Liberation Front
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
XO Projects
Red Stripe Lager
Bulleit Bourbon
Eatrepreneur Inc.
Sound Liberation Front
Online tickets are closed. Tickets are available at the door for the courtyard for $13 CASH ONLY. The film screens simultaneously down in the courtyard at the same location—still outdoors, still beautiful, but at street level. Chairs will be provided.

Closing Night! Rooftop concludes with the sharpest shorts in the world, fired into the night sky one last time, the films fading like fireworks. Stick around for an extended after-party featuring the Sound Liberation Front.

Time will pass you by, like a train whizzing through a station, allowing only fragmented glimpses of faces, or (paradoxically) like a train trudging so slowly you miss the events of your life altogether. As Rooftop’s 17th summer winds down, we reflect on children becoming grown-ups, adults becoming elderly, parents becoming memories, and memories becoming scattered. But along the way, we can celebrate the summer swimming holes we shared as children, the music of our parents wafting into our drifting attention, the ghostly (almost demonic) make-up mavens who surprisingly console our fragmented souls. This wide-range of wonderful short films wraps up our festival and whisks us into winter.

- Mark Elijah Rosenberg


Timeless Seasons: Women's History (Ian Savage | USA | 5 min.)
In honor of women's history week in Pheasant Crest, the 'Timeless Seasons' hosts are visited by a living legend: makeup mogul Raven Williams!

The Battle of the Jazz Guitarist (Mark Columbus | 8 min.)
A son’s tribute to his father (a once famous jazz guitarist from Fiji) goes awry when the son can't help but shed light on dark areas of their past. Humorous, inventive and emotional turns give insight into the two artists’ relationship and the crash of the American Dream.

The Song of the Mechanical Fish (Phillip Yuryev | 28 min.)
In this drama as vast as novel by Tolstoy and as poignant as a story by Turgenev, an old fisherman who lives in a remote village in the Far North receives a letter inviting him to the wedding of his son whom he has never seen.

Gates of Life (Hannes Vartiainen, Pekka Veikkolainen | 6 min.)
Spectacular and strange brief moments of life stolen from passing-by strangers form a sequence of events hidden in plain sight.

Ziegenort (Tomasz Popakul | 9 min.)
For one teenager living in a small sea-side down, facing the challenges of growing up is especially severe, as he is different from all others: he is half boy, half fish.

The Hideout (Astrid Bussnik | 15 min.)
A tender and playful portrait of four boys, ages 11 and 12, growing up and growing apart.


"Montreal-based A K U A (pronounced a-koo-ah) is a newcomer to the music scene, who has hit the ground running displaying a versatility in her sound that is hard to come by. Through both of her released songs A K U A blends R&B and soul to create vocals that can subtlety maneuver their way through an emotional ballad or carry a heavy presence over an experimental electronic beat. The latter of which is fully explored in her new song "Told You So" an unusual, yet surprisingly satisfying force that distorts hip hop while stretching through its elastic sound." - Earmilk

Sound Liberation Front
Sound Liberation Front has been hosting music events in Brooklyn since 2007. From underground parties to large scale productions, SLF events have been featured by NPR, Time Out NY, Village Voice, National Geographic and the Wall Street Journal. This year’s Rub-A-Grub food and music dance party was featured among the Best Outdoor Summer Parties by Time Out NY.

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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.