Trapped (Short Films)
Short Film Program
Friday May 31, 2013
8:00PMDoors Open
8:30PMLive Music by Lazyeyes
11:30PMAfter-party at Fontana’s (105 Eldridge St. @ 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 outside alcohol is permitted.

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


This Show Presented in Partnership With
Red Stripe Lager

Short films about people, babies and bunnies trapped in unusual situations, with dark dramas, weird comedies and even more surreal documentaries set to confound and astonish.

Does the world ever seem slightly off to you, like you haven’t slept in days? Are you worried that someone is plotting against you: your weird neighbor, or your adorable children, or your husband? Do you suspect that phantom casinos are scamming you, or the message in the heavy metal is making you evil? In this program of amusing and disquieting short films, it’s all true. You’re trapped, and these startling cinematic spectacles are your only escape.

- Mark Elijah Rosenberg


A Pretty Funny Story (Evan Morgan | USA | 20 min.)
After witnessing a neighbor's embarrassing antics, a bored family man is eager to report the story back to his office chums, but before he can he’s ensnared in a drastic, bizarre plan to silence him.

Comme des Lapins (Osman Cerfon | France | 8 min.)
“Like Rabbits” follows the fish-headed man’s melancholy ramblings, spreading bad luck and discontent inside a fairground. And if you see this film as a sordid portrait of humanity gone astray, it is only because you have a twisted mind.

Club Magic Moment (Zachary Volker | NY | 15 min.)
Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund recipient. A dark comedy about foreclosure, heisting, and makeshift casinos.

Endless Day (Anna Frances Ewert | NY | 11 min.)
For most people, sleep comes naturally, but for some, the night turns into an ongoing struggle to drift off into oblivion. This trance like documentary explores what it’s like to be awake against one’s will and the feelings of despair and loneliness that accompany the passing of time.

Black Metal (Kat Chandler | USA | 9 min.)
A dark drama that follows Ian, a husband, father and heavy metal musician struggling with the guilt and blame of a tragic and senseless murder.

Avant Que de Tout Perdre (Xavier Legrand | France | 30 min.)
“Before Losing Everything,” a young boy pretends to go school, a teenage girl in tears waits at a bus stop, a woman picks them up and races to a shopping mall, and a desperate escape plan begins.


Brooklyn dream-pop quartet Lazyeyes show a lot of promise, even if they haven't put out a full-length album yet. With a freshly released debut EP under their belt and a 13th place in The Deli's list of the best NYC Emerging Artists of 2012, this year could be one of growth for the band. Their music calls for the long summer days ahead even more than the Manhattan wind tunnels, and as warm weather approaches their songs will resonate more and more with the many dreamers out there... - The Deli

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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.