Giuseppe Makes a Movie
$13 online or at the door
Friday Jun 20, 2014
8:00PMDoors Open
8:30PMLive Music
9:00PMFilm Begins
10:30PMQ&A with writer/producer Mike Plante
11:30PMAfter Party sponsored by New Amsterdam Spirits
No refunds. In the event of rain, show will be rescheduled. Please visit for rain details. Seating is first come, first served. No outside alcohol is permitted.

The Old American Can Factory
(Roof and Courtyard)
Roof and Courtyard
232 Third St. at 3rd Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215
F/G to Carroll St. or R to Union


This Show Presented in Partnership With
New Amsterdam
XO Projects
Runner & Stone
Film Biz Recycling

NY Premiere. Using his trailer park neighbors and homeless friends, former child-actor Giuseppe Andrews (Independence Day, Detroit Rock City) has made 30 underground feature films for almost no money. This is the stranger-than-fiction story of him making his newest film, “Garbonzo Gas.” Winner of a Rooftop Filmmakers Fund grant.


Giuseppe Makes a Movie (Adam Rifkin | 83 min.)
An hour away from the outer edge of Los Angeles, in Ventura, California, lives Giuseppe Andrews, a former child actor who had roles in late 90’s hits such as Independence Day, Never Been Kissed and Detroit Rock City. More than 10 years later, he has left behind the glitzy productions of his youth and is now fomenting a lo-fi artistic revolution within the local trailer park that he calls home. Giuseppe has knocked out 30 feature films to date with the help of his neighbors and countless homeless friends, creating vibrantly anarchic works that don’t rely on big budgets, acting ability, snazzy graphics, or even proper continuity. For Giuseppe it’s all about the vibe, and with his handwritten scripts, consumer video camera, and his aerodynamic spandex suit he’s got “vibe” in spades.

As the title indicates, Giuseppe Makes A Movie documents Andrews’ creative process as he shoots his latest feature film, Garbanzo Gas, over just two days. The premise: “Vietnam Ron, one of many homeless men in Ventura that Giuseppe has grown up with, plays a vegan cow on vacation from the slaughterhouse.” What’s revealed within this making-of documentary is an artist who blurs Hollywood and the underground—a filmmaker who reveres the form and couldn’t care less about the technique.

To Giuseppe, every aspect of his movie-making is malleable and fluid, and he cares less about the cinematic outcome and more about the experience of creation and collaboration. His films may resemble the visceral early work of John Waters, Harmony Korine and George Kuchar, but his inspirations are from the intellectual work of Bunuel, Cassavetes and Fassbinder. Rooftop Films Filmmaker Fund Grant recipients Mike Plante and director Adam Rifkin capture a one-of-a-kind character in this stranger-than-fiction documentary. Their exploration of his bizarre creative universe conveys how one self-taught filmmaker can uncover unexpected humanism while fabricating an improvised family unit out of a lovable band of misfits.

-Jeffrey Bowers


The Shirtwaist Sisters
Lynn Andrews, Savannah Frazier and Nicole Weiss met on a Scottish mountain, right at the top. (They threw car-parts, bottle, and cuttlery.) They fell into a harmonical love so deep, and began seriously nurturing their musical lovechild shortly after returning from that magical land.

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