Trapped In The Machine (Short Films)
$13 online or at the door
Saturday Jun 7, 2014
8:00PMDoors Open
8:30 PMLive Music
9:00PMFilms Begin
11:30PMAfter Party sponsored by New Amsterdam Spirits and Bulleit Bourbon
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.

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


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

These fun and frantic short films—comedy, drama, animation, music videos—tell the twisted tales of terrified souls caught in inescapable situations, trapped inside the machine.

Whether you’re hanging out with your best friend’s corpse, convinced you’ve been abducted by aliens, vying for elusive Internet fame, made of uncontrollable rubber material, or trying to escape the cycle of a defective justice system there’s a method to the madness and it’s often entertaining as hell.


Wawd Ahp (Steven Girard, Josh Chertoff | 3 min.)
A man raps in the mirror, cuts off his head, and has sex with it. There is also a cartoon.

MeTube: August sings Carmen Habanera (Daniel Moshel | 4 min.)
George Bizet`s "Habanera" from Carmen has been reinterpreted and enhanced with electronic sounds for MeTube, a homage to thousands of ambitious YouTube users and video bloggers, and gifted and less gifted self-promoters on the Internet.

Syndromeda (Patrik Eklund | 21 min.)
Leif wakes up on the road—naked and bloody—with no memory of what has happened. No one believes him when he claims he was abducted by aliens.

Late For Meeting (David Lewandowski | 2 min.)
Late for Meeting is the first companion piece to the 2011 short film entitled Going to the Store. A rubbery man makes his way through Los Angeles by any means necessary.

The Runaway (La Fugue) (Jean-Bernard Marlin | 22 min.)
A rehabilitated teenage girl stands before a judge for sentencing. Still, she fears the system is stacked against her. Winner of best short at the Berlin Film Festival.

Kids and Explosions - Swear Words (Thomas Vernay, Yann Wallaert | 3 min.)
Inspired by GIF, this video clip is about the clichés of American antagonisms: Christian thought, homeland love and excesses of the USA.

Rehearsal (Tom Rosenberg | 12 min.)
A surreal study of a simulated terrorist attack in middle America. Composed frames observe the meticulous care taken to create a hyperreal terrorist event. Once the bomb goes off, hundreds of volunteers deliver a convincing performance as stunned and mutilated blast victims.

I’m A Mitzvah (Ben Berman | 18 min.)
A young American man spends one last night with his deceased friend while stranded in rural Mexico.


Bird Courage
Bird Courage met in dark spaces under New York City and together are now forging a new pastoral-astral sound that is drawn from the heart, the land, and the stars. From seeds carefully planted in the heart of Brooklyn, their following is spreading quickly through the North East of the USA and across the Atlantic to the UK and Europe.

"Already raising comparisons to Simon and Garfunkel, Bird Courage play stripped down folk with earthy overtones. The band has an assuming presence with gentle strength in songs like “Blind in Both Eyes” and “Wind and Oak,” both of which conjure images of a gray, wooded forest in winter’s eve."
- Devon Antonetti, The Deli National.

“A Promising Flee is precious and delicate, moving and passionate. Each song is a pleading ode, a woeful cry, full of intricate acoustic guitar work and vocal harmonies so beautiful and gentle they seem to float away like big, airy clouds. If you like Fleet Foxes, you will love Bird Courage"
- Michelle Geslani, The Music Ninja

“…masterful acoustic guitar is present, as is the stripped-down yet musically rich folk sound the tracks showcase…The dual vocals lend variety to tracks, as the two alternate taking lead, joining together in rich, Simon and Garfunkel style-harmony.”
- Lauren Sloss, Indie Shuffle

" Like the exquisite marriage of Iron and Wine and The Tallest Man on Earth, their earnest folk instrumentation and introspective lyrics meld to form a sound that is warm and welcoming…"

Charity Painter, The Wild Honey Pie

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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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