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Short Film Program
$13 ONLINE OR AT THE DOOR
Friday May 10, 2013
8:00PMDoors Open
8:30PMLive Music by Denitia and Sene
9:00PMFilm Begins
11:30PMAfter-Party
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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Opening Night of Rooftop Films 17th Annual Summer Series will feature grand stories in little packages, with some of the greatest new short films from all around the world.



THE FILMS

Azul (Remy Busson, Francis Canitrot, Aurelien Duhayon, Sebastien Iglessias, Maxence Martin, and Paul Monge | 9 min.)
A small group of cruise-ship revelers find themselves alone on a tropic island. Forced inland, their exploration reveals the mystery that lies at its heart...

Professor Soap - Spirit, Quest, Journey (Ryan Mauskopf | 5 min.)
You can call me Professor Soap. I have my doctorate in cool and I run my own private practice.

Gold Party (Nellie Kluz | 17 min.)
Gold is a commodity that thrives in uncertain economic climates, and rising gold prices have created a boom industry around precious metal scrap. There’s a harvest every day as scrap dealers comb through excess metal from flusher times, buying up discarded gold to re-sell to refineries. Watching as these dealers buy and process gold, this documentary is a window into one small corner of a global economic market.

Slomo (Josh Izenberg | 16 min.)
A documentary about life-shifting, philosophy, and slow-motion rollerblading.

Junkyard (Hisko Hulsing | 18 min.)
A man is being robbed and stabbed by a junkie and in the last second before he dies, a youth friendship flashes before his eyes

The Captain (Nash Edgerton and Spencer Susser | 6 min.)
Nobody wakes up after a hard night and finds everything's just worked out, do they?

Until The Quiet Comes (Khalil Joseph | 4 min.)
In LA’s Nickerson Gardens housing projects, a violent death becomes a surreal dance, featuring music from the Flying Lotus album.

Weighting (Dustin Bowser and Brie Larson | 4 min.)
She wants to go. He wants her to stay. Neither gets exactly what they want.

The Event (Julia Pott | 3 min.)
Love and a severed foot at the end of the world. Hand drawn pencil animation motion tracked to live action footage shot in Montauk

MUSIC

Denitia and Sene
"With lullaby-esque rhythms like “trip.fall.” and “again. (new ride.)”, the lack of tempo might lose a few people. Luckily, where similar sounding groups like the Weeknd or even the xx fell victim to monotony, this duo is able to pick things up every now and then with a slapping track like “stupid world” or “she’s not the only one”. That additional spice of tempo and pace can be attributed to Sene’s hip-hop background, mixed with a small dose of production from longtime collaborators like J57 and Illingsworth.

What sets this R&B album apart from the many other similar outfits out there operating within the genre is how organic and natural it feels. Sene and Denitia, musically, are two peas in a pod. They know when to let the other have their shine, like on “how to satisfy.”, which features Denitia, alone, rocking out to an incredibly infectious pop soundscape. On the other hand, when the two decide to share vocal responsibilities, like on “casanova.”, Denitia hums in the background at just the right time while Sene pours his heart out over the microphone.

Reflecting on this album after several listens, it’s difficult to find much fault. Perhaps one could hold Sene’s less-than-powerful voice against him, but he makes it work all too well. The songwriting, while naive at times, grasps exactly what this duo set out to achieve: lovable pop songs with a hint of loneliness. But what failed to put this album over the top is that there are only a handful of songs to which you can truly sing along. That aside, the sequencing is on target, and everything flows together rather smoothly. It’s safe to say Denitia and Sene have a real winner on their hands with His And Hers." Potholes in My Blog

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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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