|8:00PM||Rooftop Filmmakers' Fund Grants Announced|
Exclusive excerpts from the projects participating in the 2014 Documentary and Narrative Independent Filmmaker Labs – see them before their festival premieres!
The Labs Showcase gives audiences a first-look at exciting new films, before their festival premieres. This outdoor screening features excerpts from the new films from the emerging talent of the 2014 IFP Labs, the nation’s only program that supports diverse feature filmmakers when they need it most: through the completion, marketing and distribution of their first features.
Prior to the screening, we will announce the winners of the 2014 Rooftop Filmmakers Fund Grants, included the $10,000 cash grant for a Feature Film generously supported by Champagne Piper-Heidsieck.
The Dream of the Audience: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha
Directed by Woo Jung Cho; produced by Woo Jung Cho and Cindy Yoon
The film traces Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s emergence as an artist, her tragic death, and her continuing influence as a creative pioneer who came of age during the transformative, experimental culture of 1970′s. This chronology is interwoven with events from Korean history and Cha’s experience of emigration, contextualizing her unique examination of universal human processes of memory, language and communication.
Directed by Jonathan Yi and Michael Haertlein; produced by Josh Koury
An old Japanese man named Yellow toured the country for fifteen years in his boy band until his partner, Red, decides to quit. Yellow struggles to keep the band together while Red tries to move on. Only after finding himself completely alone, Yellow is forced to face the parts of himself that he kept hidden in his fantasy.
Man of the Monkey
Directed by David Romberg; written by Betsy Kagen; produced by Robert Girvin
Intrigued by the tale of a scary man living in isolation with his chimpanzee wife, David Romberg travels to his childhood home on Ilha Grande, Brazil, to find him, only to discover that the tale pales in comparison to what he uncovers. His search guides him to the island’s dark histories that contradict his family’s own history in this place.
Quest: The Fury and the Sound
Directed and produced by Jonathan Olshefski.
Quest runs a hip hop studio from his home in North Philadelphia. He attempts to balance family and musical ambitions while recording neighborhood artists struggling with criminal records and drug addictions. His commitment to the neighborhood and family is tested when one of his children is diagnosed with cancer and another is shot by crossfire.
Romeo is Bleeding
Directed by Jason Zeldes; produced by Michael Klein
Donte Clark’s poetic voice was honed on the violent street corners of a struggling city. Yet rather than succumb to the pressures of Richmond, CA, Clark uses his artistic perspective to save his city from itself.
The Seventh Fire
Directed by Jack Pettibone Riccobono; written by Jack Pettibone Riccobono and Shane Slattery-Quintanilla; produced by Jack Pettibone Riccobono, Jihan Robinson, Joey Carey, and Shane Slattery-Quintanilla; executive produced by Natalie Portman, Chris Eyre, Gavin Dougan, Sydney Holland, Erik Fleming,Stefan Nowicki, and Lonnie Anderson.
An Ojibwe community in rural Minnesota is caught between the violent rise of Native American gangs and the struggle for cultural identity. The Seventh Fire is a raw cinematic journey into a rarely seen part of America that reveals the crisis facing American Indian communities across the country.
Directed by David Felix Sutcliffe and Lyric Cabral; produced by David Felix Sutcliffe, Lyric Cabral, and Christopher St. John; executive produced by Eugene Jarecki.
(T)error is the story of Omar ****, a 62-year-old former Black Panther turned counterterrorism informant for the FBI. Interweaving Omar’s turbulent past, with unprecedented access to his current investigation, (T)error probes the moral and ethical dilemmas behind the scenes of the war on Terror.
Directed by Zackary Canepari and Drea Cooper; produced by Zackary Canepari, Drea Cooper, and Sue Jaye Johnson; executive produced by Zackary Canepari and Drea Cooper.
T-Rex is the story of Claressa “T-Rex” Shields, the seventeen-year-old from Flint, Michigan who became the first woman to win the middleweight gold medal in Olympic boxing. While her journey to the top of the podium in London was epic – and historic – success for a young, black girl in Flint doesn’t always make things easier.
Directed by Leah Wolchok, produced by Leah Wolchok and Davina Pardo; executive produced by Deborah Shaffer.
Very Semi-Serious goes behind the scenes of the New Yorker and introduces the past, present and future generations of cartoonists who create the iconic cartoons that have inspired, baffled—and occasionally pissed off—all of us for decades.
Where The Marsh Meets the Lake
Directed by Sharon Shattuck; produced by Martha Shane and Sharon Shattuck; executive produced by Regina K. Scully and Abigail Disney
When Sharon Shattuck’s father came out as a transgender, Sharon was in the awkward throes of middle school. Her father’s transition to female was difficult for her straight-identified physician mother to accept, but her parents remained married. As the Shattucks approach Sharon’s wedding day, they address the truce at the heart of their family, and discover what it means to stay together.
Directed by Andrew Dresher; written by Andrew Dresher; produced by Jon Furay, Chip Hourihan, and Adam Penenberg.
A down-on-his-luck musician charts a new path when he is introduced to a group of Brooklyn beatboxers.
Directed by Charles Poekel; written by Charles Poekel; produced by Clare Paterson.
A lonely Christmas tree vendor tries to salvage his holiday spirit as a mysterious woman befriends him.
Directed by Claire Carré; written by Claire Carré and Charles Spano; produced by Charles Spano and Melvut Akkaya.
In the near future, survivors of a global epidemic are plagued by a debilitating symptom of the disease – double amnesia.
Directed by Carleton Ranney; written by Carleton Ranney and Destin Douglas; produced by Destin Douglas, Rebecca Rose Perkins and Joe Stankus.
Two unlikely computer prodigies must team up to discover the truth behind their mutual friend’s mysterious suicide – leading them down a dangerous and revelatory path.
Only A Switch
Directed by Michael Vincent; written by Michael Vincent; produced by Chadd Harbold and Jenn Wexler; executive produced by Peter Phok and Jacob Jaffke.
James saves Emily’s life and they instantly fall in love. Emily’s father leaves James with a decision that will change his life forever.
Out of My Hand
Directed by Takeshi Fukunaga; Written by Takeshi Fukunaga and Donari Braxton: Produced by Donari Braxton.
A struggling Liberian rubber plantation worker risks family, hearth and home to discover a new life as a Yellow Cab driver in New York City.
Directed by Cameron Nelson; written by Cameron Nelson; produced by Courtney Ware and Ashley Maynor.
Soon after a young man moves to rural Virginia, he finds that life in Appalachia can be more savage than the world he left behind.
Songs My Brothers Taught Me
Directed by Chloe Zhao; written by Chloe Zhao; produced by Mollye Asher, Nina Yang Bongiovi, Angela Lee, and Forrest Whitaker.
Songs My Brothers Taught Me explores the unique world of South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation through the eyes of Jashaun, a young spirited Lakota girl, whose faith in her family and community is tested when her brother Johnny threatens to leave the only place they’ve ever known.
Take Me To The River
Directed by Matt Sobel; written by Matt Sobel; produced by Matt Sobel.
A teenager’s plan to come out at his family reunion gets derailed when a bloodstain on his cousin’s dress makes him the suspect of abuse.
Directed by Joey Kuhn; written by Joey Kuhn; produced by Joey Kuhn, Kimberly Parker, and Sarah Perlman Bremmner.
A young painter is torn between a lifelong obsession with his infamous best friend and a promising new romance with an older, foreign pianist.
Half Waif is the dreamy synth-pop project of Brooklyn-based musician Nandi Rose Plunkett. Her debut LP KOTEKAN, out now and streaming exclusively on The WILD Magazine, is a kaleidoscopic blend of contemporary classical music and experimental pop, with melodies that range from Top 40 pop to ancient Celtic/British folk song.
Brooklyn Vegan premiered the album's lead single "Ceremonial" just before Half Waif's performances at Brooklyn's Northside Festival in early June. The track, which No Fear of Pop describes as being "awash in a stunning blend of neolithic imagery and postmodern anguish," reveals a new sonic direction for Half Waif -- one that fans of Austra, Sylvan Esso, and Polica might be into.
Plunkett builds tiny universes in every song she pens that are at once catchy and confessional, new yet familiar. In the home of her Indian mother and Irish/American father, Plunkett grew up listening to a mix of Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos, Celtic songstress Loreena McKennitt, and traditional Indian bhajans, and then in college she studied classical singing and became enamored with the works of Oliver Messiaen and Claude Debussy. A lover of synthesizers and pop tunes, her resulting work as Half Waif features richly layered compositions of various origins, at once dark and dreamy.
Half Waif's debut EP Future Joys was released in May 2013 and praised for its "endlessly inventive sonic machinery" (The Deli Magazine) and "vocals that transition in an out of oily elasticity" (The Wild Honey Pie). Prior to the EP's release, Half Waif released a split 7" with Deerhoof. Both are available via Half Waif's BandCamp.
KOTEKAN is a term from Balinese gamelan music that denotes the breaking down of one melodic line into discrete, jigsawed parts that fit together. Read more via an exclusive interview with Plunkett at The WILD Magazine.