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Short Film Program
$13 at the door
Friday May 16, 2014
8:00PMDoors Open
8:30PMLive Music by Alsarah and the Nubatones
9:00PMFilms Begin
11:30PMAfter Party with DJ set from Conor C.
No refunds. Show will go on indoors at another location at Industry City. Box office check-in will be at 220 36th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Ave. Seating is first come, first served. No outside alcohol is permitted.

VENUE
Industry City
(Secret Party Cove)
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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This Show Presented in Partnership With
Industry City
New Amsterdam

To launch our 18th annual Rooftop Films Summer Series, we set out to prove once again that the short film is the medium best suited to showcase the power of a freewheeling imagination.


The Rooftop Films Summer Series is nothing if not wild, and this selection of dynamic short films encapsulates the adventurous spirit of our organization. This is a short film program that will inspire you to pump iron, smack your friends’ butts, launch yourself into space, question the concepts of time and life, and then go home to share an egg sandwich and recharge. Sound fun? It will be.


THE FILMS

Bunda Pandeiro (Carlo Sampietro | 3 min.)
In Brazilian slang, the phrase Bunda Pandeiro is used to describe attractive buttocks by referring to them as a tambourine. While the ass is a universally recognized symbol of sexual allure, the film blurs lines between gender and race, reducing each participant to the utilitarian role of a musical instrument.

Rhino Full Throttle (Nashom im Galopp) (Erik Schmitt | 15 min.)
A young man uses art to reshape the city around him in search of its soul, but a beautiful tourist overtakes his mission in this imaginative love story.

Symphony No. 42 (Réka Bucsi | 10 min.)
47 observations in the irrational connections between human and nature.

An Extraordinary Person (Quelqu'un d'extraordinaire) (Monia Chokri | Québec City | 28 min.)
A 30-year-old scholar, intelligent and beautiful yet socially crippled, is forced to attend a bachelorette party where her quest for authenticity leads to an unavoidable confrontation with old acquaintances.

Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared II: Time (Becky Sloan, Joe Pelling | 4 min.)
Eventually everyone runs out of time – but before that happens to you, make some time to go on a journey, a journey through directorial duo Becky Sloan and Joseph Pelling’s existentialist universe of temporal confusion, TV guides and bathtime. Time is the sequel to their original mind-bending viral hit Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared.

Afronauts (Frances Bodomo | 13 min.)
It's July 16, 1969: America is preparing to launch Apollo 11. Thousands of miles away, the Zambia Space Academy hopes to beat America to the moon in this film inspired by true events.

Master Muscles (Efren Hernandez | 13 min.)
Veronika and Efren take a trip.

Person to Person (Dustin Guy Defa | USA | 18 min.)
Waking up the morning after hosting a party, a man discovers a stranger passed out on his floor. He spends the rest of the day trying to convince her to leave.

I Am Alone and My Head is On Fire (David O’Reilly | 1 min.)
A man is alone and his head is on fire.

MUSIC

Alsarah and the Nubatones
"Hazy retro African pop from DJ Nickodemus' Wonderwheel Recordings. The label brings us the debut album from Sudanese singer Alsarah and her band the Nubatones, Silt. Alsarah describes the sound of the album as "East African Retro Pop," music that draws on the hazy sounds of 1960s and 70s Nubian music. Composed of percussionist Rami El Aasser, master Oud player and Luthier Haig Manoukian and bass player Mawuena Kodjovi, the Nubatones weave the perfect fabric for Alsarah's vocals. The sound draws on the musical fusion happening in 1970s Khartoum, along with Arabic and North African influences appearing in the mix." - Turntable Lab

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