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Closing Night! Rooftop’s 2014 season comes to a wild and epic conclusion with poignant, piercing and powerful short films that will surely stick in your mind until next spring.
Like all wonderful summers, we begin at the beach. We get roasted alive by the sun and move indoors to watch some sports, but who’s inside…family. Ugh. Of course, everyone starts talking about their problems, which places us literally on the edge of sanity. Our life and the world seems to flash before our eyes. That terrible thing we did stings our soul and we drift outside of our body for an existential experience while George Takei narrates our fear of death. Afterwards, we drift into a sort of coma due to excessive dancing and drinking at an extended after-party and hibernate with our hangover until winter breaks and we gear up for Spring 2015! Doesn’t that sound like a good fucking time? Join us and it can be yours.
Sun of a Beach (Arnaud Crillon | 6 min.)
You’re at the beach. It’s hot. Too hot…
Numbers & Friends (Alexander Carson | Canada | 7 min.)
In his search for happiness in North America, a European man discovers the pleasures of Fantasy Baseball. Using his new appreciation for sports as a metaphor to re-imagine his life choices, he begins to find new meaning in the world around him. Numbers & Friends is a playful and amorphous cine-essay about sports fandom and cultural identity.
Krisha (Trey Edwards Shults | 14 min.)
Krisha has not seen her family for many years. When Krisha decides to join her family for a holiday dinner, tensions escalate and Krisha struggles to keep her own demons at bay.
The Lion’s Mouth Opens (Lucy Walker | 15 min.)
A stunningly courageous young woman takes the boldest step imaginable, supported by her mother and loving friends in this stunning documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Lucy Walker.
Balance (Mark Ram | Groningen | 11 min.)
Two mountain climbers are scaling the extreme peaks when disaster strikes. They are dangling three thousand feet above the ground. What seems certain death becomes a balance between the two, connected by a single rope.
Yearbook (Bernardo Britto | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | 6 min.)
A man is hired to compile the definitive history of human existence before the planet blows up.
Of God and Dogs (Abounaddara Collective | 12 min.)
A young, free Syrian soldier confesses to killing a man he knew was innocent. He promises to take vengeance on the God who led him to commit the murder. Winner of 2014 Sundance Grand Jury Prize.
The North Sea Riviera (Joshua Wedlake | 12 min.)
A tale of love, life and lunacy told via an estranged odyssey through the digital uncanny. Set along the East Coast of Britain in the latter half of the 20th Century, two deeply introspective and nostalgic men wander through a melancholic seaside resort as it languishes in its dying throes.
The Missing Scarf (Eoin Duffy | Ireland | 6 min.)
A black comedy exploring some of life's common fears: fear of the unknown, of failure, rejection and finally the fear of death. Narrated by George Takei.