Off The Beaten Path (Rural Shorts)
Short Film Program
Thursday May 29, 2014
8:00PMDoors Open and Reception sponsored by New Amsterdam Spirits and Bulleit Bourbon
8:30PMLive Music by Bell's Roar
9:00PMFilms Begin
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.

Brooklyn Grange (Navy Yard Farm)
(On the roof)
On the Roof
Brooklyn Navy Yard
63 Flushing Avenue, Building #3, Roof, Brooklyn, NY, 11205
TO GET TO THE NAVY YARD: Take the G train to Clinton/Washington Avenue. Walk down Lafayette Avenue. Make a left on Clinton Avenue. Continue on Clinton until you get to Flushing Avenue security gate. TO GET TO BROOKLYN GRANGE'S NAVY YARD FARM: Enter the Navy Yard at Clinton Ave and Flushing Ave, and tell the guard at the gate that you're headed up to Brooklyn Grange at Building 3. *Have a photo ID ready to show the guard.*


This Show Presented in Partnership With
Industry City
New Amsterdam
Bulleit Bourbon
Brooklyn Grange

Short films shot far from (or high above) the bustling city.

Rooftop showcases the poetic, humorous, and sometimes heartbreaking beauty of life lived in the wild as we kick off our screenings atop the country’s largest rooftop farm.


Alagoas - Brighton (Jeremiah Zagar | USA | 5 min.)
Brighton is the love story of a young urban couple who abandon their burgeoning careers in order to build a life in community-supported farming. But just as they begin to hit their stride, the grim onset of cancer threatens to topple their dream.

Funnel (Andre Hyland | 7 min.)
When a man's car breaks down, it sends him on a quest across town that slowly turns into the most fantastically mundane adventure.

Once Upon A Tree (Marleen van der Werf | Netherlands | 15 min.)
"Sitting in her favourite oak tree 11-year old Filine encounters little wonders in the natural world around her. Filine doesn't like changes that much. She sometimes wishes she could be a tree and everything would stay the same. Then, as trees fall down in the forest, Filine starts to fear that one day she will lose the oak tree and everything will change. The rebellious girl comes up with a plan and undertakes various actions to save the trees. But what if nothing changes anymore? Once Upon A Tree is a 15-minute documentary for children of all ages."

Whale Valley (Hvalfjordur) (Gudmundur Gudmundsson | Reykjavik, Iceland | 15 min.)
Two brothers struggle to find their place and purpose while living in a small remote fjord in Iceland. Special mention at Cannes Film Festival and winner of Best Short Film at Hamptons Int'l Film Festival.

Notes on Blindness: Rainfall (Peter Middleton | UK | 4 min.)
For three years after losing his sight, John Hull created audio diaries to reflect on his adaptation to blindness. Using excerpts from John’s tapes, this film recreates the visceral experience of hearing rainfall for the first time without sight. The rain’s sound creates a perception of dimensionality and reconnects John in a tangible way to his environment. A poetic sensory experience.

Boyhood (Ayiokisho) (Jonah Rosenthal | 4 min.)
Life as a young Kenyan boy living in the Great Rift Valley.

Cargo Cult (Bastien Dubois | 11 min.)
During the Pacific war on the coast of Papua New Guinea, the Papuans want to claim the god Cargo's gifts by developing a new rite in this beautifully animated film.

Brooklyn Farmer (Michael Tyburski | 26 min.)
“Brooklyn Farmer” explores the unique challenges facing Brooklyn Grange, a group of urban farmers who endeavor to run a commercially viable farm within the landscape of New York City. As their growing operation expands to a second roof, the team confronts the realities inherent in operating the world’s largest rooftop farm in one of the world’s biggest cities.


Bell's Roar
Bell’s Roar began with just a guitar and a voice. Over the years Sean Desiree has transformed her solo project by fully taking advantage of her skills as a drummer, bassists and ultimately a producer. Her approach to music is DIY not because of its ecstatic, but because it’s how she keeps her voice ever-present. The music is rooted in a melodic feel, but the beats transform it into energetic and dynamic electronic compositions. Her commitment to her music has moved her out of her birthplace of NYC to Albany, NY. Living in a cheaper city has allowed her to focus her energy on music and her love of furniture making.

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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.

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