Awful Nice
Todd Sklar

Friday Aug 9, 2013
$13 online or at the door
Industry City
Sunset Park
274 36th Street, Brooklyn, New York, 11232
D, N, R to 36 St

8:00PMDoors Open
8:30PMLive Music by the Oakwood Boys
9:00PMFilm Begins
11:00PM- 12:30AMAfter-Party courtesy of Red Stripe and Bulleit
No refunds. In the event of rain, show will go on indoors at the same location. For this show we will be screening the same film(s) on two rooftops simultaneously. Roof #1 will be filled first, then roof #2. Seating is first come, first served. No outside alcohol is permitted.


This Show Presented in Partnership With
NYSCA New York State Council of the Arts
Industry City
Red Stripe Lager
Bulleit Bourbon

Awful Nice (Todd Sklar | USA | 86 min.)

When a movie opens with a naked guy passed out in a tent, you know you’re in for a treat. This is where Jim (the responsible one) tracks down his brother Dave (the lovable loser), to tell him that their father has died. After the brothers ruin the funeral with an epic battle of one-upsmanship that ends in a fist fight (based on elements from the Sklar’s popular short ’92 Skybox Alonzo Morning Rookie Card, Rooftop 2012), Dave convinces Jim that they need to work on their relationship, and that the best way to do it is to drive to Branson, Missouri to fix up their inherited lake house. Together.

When they arrive, the place is in shambles, and as they sift through the remnants of their childhood, they manage to break more than they put back together. They hurtle from one bad idea to the next. As they do, the film vigorously revives the dying art of physical comedy and takes a stand in the name of pure, unadulterated silliness. The gleeful bad behavior stems from Dave at first, but as the film progresses, responsible Jim seems to absorb more and more of his brother’s chaotic lust for living. So much so, that he, and the audience, begin to question his sensible life choices. Alex Rennie (Dave) and James Pumphrey (Jim) give ferociously funny performances, as the brothers collide with small-town Russian mobsters, poorly-toupeed lawyers, dangerously unprofessional cops, and over and over again, each other.

Awful Nice is that rare modern comedy that manages to have a lot of heart, without ever veering off into maudlin sentimentality. As such, it is sure to delight anyone who has a brother, and everyone who loves to laugh.

- Lela Scott MacNeil

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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.