New York Non-Fiction (Short Films)
$13 at the door. Cash only.

Saturday May 24, 2014
8:00PMDoors Open
8:30PMLive Music
9:00PMFilms Begin
11:30PMAfter Party sponsored by New Amsterdam Spirits
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.

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

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Industry City
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It’s your city. Take a look.


You might know some of these people and places, but you’ve never seen them quite like this. Ours is a city full of eccentric tycoons, chain-smokers, hip-hop aficionados, prophetic panhandlers, dominatrices, terrible roommates and fearless cliff divers--and we like it that way.


THE FILMS

How To Keep Smoking (John Wilson | 10 min.)
How-to video about smoking.

Eleanor Ambos Interiors (Andrew Ellis | 15 min.)
A close-up look at the whimsical life of 86-year-old interior designer Eleanor Ambos. Since her arrival to the U.S. at age 20, Eleanor’s strong will and keen eye have transformed her design business into a multi-million dollar empire. Yet at home, this eccentric tycoon’s lifestyle is astonishingly simple.

Furnishing the homes of diplomats, remodeling dilapidated properties, and maintaining her own warehouses full of antique furniture, she gives little thought to retirement. But as Eleanor loses her eyesight to macular degeneration, she is forced to reckon with a crumbling structure that even she can’t restore.

Crime: The Animated Series - Nelson George (Alix Lambert, Sam Chou | 4 min.)
Writer and culture critic, Nelson George, talks about his childhood, the nature of crime, and the state of Hip Hop in the year 2008.

The Apartment (Josh Freed | NYC | 3 min.)
When Yossi began searching for a roommate for his new Harlem apartment, he had no idea where it would lead. The Apartment is a short documentary that captures the essence of New York City living - the chaos, the glory, the hilarity and the obscenity. We share close quarters with strangers, cohabitate with girlfriends impulsively, and some of us share the gruesome details with anyone who will listen.

M4W (Annelise Ogaard | 20 min.)
A candid glimpse into the life of a young woman who stays above the poverty line by hiring herself out as a dominatrix to men she meets online.

Open City: The Dreamer (A.V. Rockwell | 7 min.)
Larry 'Antenna Man' Connor is a man from the Bronx, NY whose made a living by playing his saxophone on the subway for the past thirty years. And while his eccentric image and demeanor have turned him into a local legend, his adventures underground also soothe a deeper struggle with heartbreak and vices.

C-Rock (Jordan Roth | 29 min.)
Together, kids on C-Rock face perilous jumps of up to 110 feet. It's a summertime rite of passage in the Bronx. But growing up means they'll have to leave this tradition behind.

MUSIC

Mountain Animation
Lightning-quick sledgehammer banjo stylings and flame-throwing violin mayhem form the backdrop of Mountain Animation. The Brooklyn-based power duo is composed of Zack Orion (vocals, banjo, foot drums) and Scott Murphy (violin, electrified violin, fiddle, back up vocals). They met in February of 2012 and recorded the album “Higgs Boson,” which is a mix of their classical and mountain music backgrounds filtered through the rock and roll format. Zack Orion’s multi-instrumental talents, strong poetic lyrics, and emotional and haunting vocals paired with Scott Murphy’s deeply-felt high energy violin riffs make up their original and inspired sound.

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