Dark Toons (Short Films)
$13 online or at the door
Saturday May 31, 2014
8:00PMDoors Open
8:30PMLive Music by Lydia Ainsworth
9:00PMFilms Begin
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 outside alcohol is permitted.

Industry City
Roof and Courtyard
Sunset Park
220 36th Street, Brooklyn, New York, 11232
Take the D, N, or R trains to 36th Street


This Show Presented in Partnership With
Industry City
New Amsterdam

Fantastic worlds, abstract emotions, incredible urban myths, and twisted dystopian futures are masterfully animated in this dizzying array of short films.

Running the gamut of animation techniques, this selection of shorts will mystify your mind with optical illusions, break your heart with cardboard puppets, mimic the terror of being trapped, and thrust you into an existential crisis with death itself. Whether the technique used is clay, puppets, zoetropes, 2D or 3D animation these filmmakers will take you on a journey you’ll not soon forget.


Astigmatismo (Nicolai Troshinsky | Moscow | 4 min.)
A boy, having lost his glasses, can only see one thing in focus at a time. His sight gets attracted by the sounds that surround him. He will have to explore a blurry world of unknown places and strange characters.

In The Air Is Christopher Gray (Felix Massie | London | 10 min.)
Christopher Gray has been in love with Stacey for quite some time, and no amount of lemonade can cool his desire. Meanwhile, Barry Flint has just bought his son a five-foot python from the pet store.

The Shirley Temple (Daniela Sherer | UK | 10 min.)
The boundaries between childhood and adulthood become blurry for a kid at his mother’s cocktail party. In this experimental-narrative short, characters, symbols and abstractions interchange to examine the relationships between children and adults, escapism and sexuality.

The Obvious Child (Stephen Irwin | 12 min.)
The complicated relationship between a rabbit and his troubled owner, a young girl. The rabbit worships the girl in a god-like way but he is confused by her actions. The girl is trying to send her dead parents to heaven. She is a violent, mixed-up individual with strange ideas regarding religion an how best to please God. The film explores childhood delusions and the confusion that religion can cause in a developing mind.

Mooon (James Kwan | 6 min.)
Everything in the Universe is a little bit sticky.

The Caketrope of Burton’s Team (Alexandre Dubosc | France | 2 min.)
A pastry zoetrope tribute to the films of Tim Burton.

Pandas (Pandy) (Matus Vizar | 12 min.)
After millions of generations they have a good chance of becoming another extinct species. But one day, an all too active primate called the human being found them and they became a pawn in man's game.

Le Labyrinthe (Mathieu Labaye | 9 min.)
6m² for the rest of his life…

Me + Her (Joseph Oxford | California | 12 min.)
When Jack and Jill of Cardboard City are separated by Jill's untimely death, Jack goes on a journey to mend his (literally) broken heart.

Baths (Tomek Ducki | Poland | 4 min.)
Two elderly swimmers meet at the baths for their ritual swimming. This time they are diving deeper than usual.

Coda (Alan Holly | 9 min.)
A lost soul stumbles drunken through the city. In a park, Death finds him and shows him many things.


Lydia Ainsworth
Composer / producer / singer Lydia Ainsworth has been secretly writing and recording songs over the past three years from bedrooms and basements between Toronto and Brooklyn. What began as pass-time sketches between composing music for film and multimedia projects has over time revealed an enchanting collection of experimental pop songs with a life of their own.
Blurring the boundaries between indie music, filmic orchestration, and electronic music, Lydia’s debut ‘Right From Real’ thrives on haunting melodies and draws inspiration from a wide range of musical sources: Verdi’s Requiem, Ace of Base, Bulgarian Choirs, Bernard Herrmann, Tones on Tail, Art of Noise, to name a few. This sense of unexpected marriages of influence flows throughout much of Lydia’s previous work which features use of voice sampling and string arrangements woven into a unique minimalist fabric.
‘Right From Real Pt. I” will be released on digital formats on June 10th, 2014. - Arbutus Records

« Previous: Ping Pong SummerNext: An Honest Liar »
Join Mailing List

Follow Rooftop FilmsFacebookTwitterInstagram
About Rooftop Films

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.

Industry City