Unexplored America (Short Films)
Short Film Program
$13 online or at the door
Saturday Jun 29, 2013
8:00PMDoors Open
8:30PMLive Music by Life Size Maps
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

Leading into the 4th of July, Rooftop takes an honest look at authentic Americana, in all its absurd glory.

America is a strange place, as bizarre as it is diverse. Cowboys toil in obscurity while pro wrestlers become larger than life. Celebrity shoplifters might cross paths with zombie hunting store clerks. And while communities bicker over the personal ways they want to honor the dead, a young man who should be hailed as a truth-telling hero is instead outed as a traitor. But whatever problems arise, this program of documentaries reminds us that above all Americans embrace their individuality, so come explore the nooks and crooks and crannies and grannies of our crazy culture.

- Mark Elijah Rosenberg


Rougarouing (Donal Mosher and Michael Palmieri | USA | 11 min.)
Rougarouing is Cajun for "dangerous carousing."

The Roper (Ewan McNicol and Anna Sandilands | USA | 6 min.)
Cowboys still exist, competing for a spot in the Vegas finals and standing on horseback in convenience store parking lots.

When The Zombies Come (Jon Hurst | USA | 9 min.)
Small-town big-box-store employees kill time by plotting to kill zombies, warping the way they see the store and its customers.

The Blazing World (Jessica Bardsley | USA | 18 min.)
An evocative and intimate essay film made of stolen materials, mediating on shoplifting, depression and Winona Ryder.

Hogan (Peter Millard | USA | 2 min.)
What’s more American, or absurd, than Hulkamania?

Movies Made From Home #15 (Robert Machoian | USA | 4 min.)
Like many Americans, Robert is attempting to keep himself healthy and fit in order to live as long as possible, unaware of what that really means.

Bradley Manning Had Secrets (Adam Butcher | USA | 6 min.)
The story of Bradley Manning, not as a Wikileaks ‘hacktivist’, but as a young American soldier simultaneously going through a crisis-of-conscience and a crisis-of-identity.

Memorial Land (Bill Brown | USA | 31 min.)
Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund recipient. In the decade since the events of 9/11/2001, the United States has been engaged in a national act of memorial making. Some of these 9/11 memorials are contested sites, where conflicting visions and voices clash. But most are quiet and deeply personal. This short non-fiction film examines some of these memorials, and the reasons why seven people made the unlikely decision to build them.


Life Size Maps
Life Size Maps is Mike McKeever, Matt Gaffney, and Dave Stoecker. Together they are a self-described "glitch-pop" band, hailed by the New Yorker as "deafening high energy" and by Oh My Rockness as "epic and euphoric noise rock." Their first full-length album is currently in the works. Consequence of Sound said it best--"The most succinct description is this: sensory overload." In the best way.

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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.