Dark Toons (Short Films)
$15 at the door

Saturday Jun 20, 2015
8:00PMDoors Open
8:30PMLive Music by GABI
9:00PMFilms Begin
10:30PMAfter Party sponsored by New Amsterdam Vodka

Industry City
(On the roof)
Sunset Park
274 36th Street, Brooklyn, New York, 11232
D, N, R to 36 St


This Show Presented in Partnership With
Industry City
New Amsterdam

Animation like a fun-house mirror, reflecting our daily lives in ways uniquely strange.

Horses, dogs, wolves, bulls, elephants... It's a veritable Disney movie in here. If "101 Dalmatians" turned cannibalistic, that is. A Bible story, perhaps: Noah's Ark - the version where the animals go anarchistic. A breakfast table battlefield, a backyard Bosch, a bureaucracy of blithe murder. These cartoons aren't for kids, and will leave even adults laughing uncomfortably and questioning their sanity. – M.E.R.


Cruising (Zachary Zezima | USA | 3 min.)
Based on a true story, CRUISING follows a young man through an extrovert's dream and an introvert's nightmare; the chaotic and cacophonous world of forced-fun aboard an insular cruise ship. His initial inability to accept his environment drives him to suicidal fantasy, where he learns to cope with his stressors, discomfort and anxieties.

She's Bad (Dent de Cuir | France | 3 min.)
Inspired by John Stezaker's collages, this psycho-sexual naughty horror story is a visual exploration of modern romances games of seduction.

Démontable (Douwe Dijkstra | Netherlands | 11 min.)
War is waged on the kitchen table while a man drinks coffee. The world's on fire. Helicopters shred his newspaper, a drone fires at a plate of broccoli. A playful film on the absurd relationship between daily life and global news.

Jiro Visits the Dentist (Gina Kamentsky | USA | 2 min.)
Jiro has a dream about the artist formerly known as Prince and visits the dentist with his friend the lighthouse=phone man. There is sushi along the way. Hand drawn on 1997 frames of 35mm film.

Toro (Lynn Kim | USA | 3 min.)
A closer look into the bullfight. Hand drawn and stop motion animation.

Day 40 (Sol Friedman | Canada | 6 min.)
In this animated retelling of the Noah’s Ark story, various unholy activities fill the great ship, as the animals discover the darker side of their nature.

Upon the Rock (James Bascara | USA | 9 min.)
A man leading a Sisyphean life suddenly has a euphoric vision, then undergoes a dysphoric transformation.

Sun Elephant (Peter Millard | United Kingdom | 2 min.)
Once the Sun spoke to me.

A Horse Throat (David Barlow-Krelina & Jenna Marks | Canada | 2 min.)
A small horse in a restaurant can’t stop coughing. Everybody is irritated.

Sports (Brian Smee | USA | 2 min.)
24.09.2154: Observe the conclusion to today's marathon.

Canis (Marc Riba and Anna Solanas | Spain | 16 min.)
Teo survives isolated in a house constantly besieged by a horde of stray dogs.

Color Neutral (Jennifer Reeves | Brooklyn, NY | 3 min.)
A color explosion sparkles, bubbles, and fractures.

Small People with Hats (Sarina Nihei | Japan | 6 min.)
There are small people wearing hats in the society.

Pond (Josh Shaffner | USA)
'Pond' is a surrealist animated painting. The story is an amalgam of myths, used to describe the demise of a romance.

Dead Dog (Hannah Jacobs | United Kingdom | 2 min.)
A dead dog. A dead dog in the field out the back of our houses and Leah said we should go and see it...

OM Rider (Takeshi Murata | USA | 12 min.)
In a vast desert bathed in neon hues, a misfit werewolf tears full speed ahead over forbidding terrain while his hoary counterpart awaits.


Gabrielle's formal training began at an early age, studying Balinese dance and gamelan in Indonesia while learning both the clarinet and piano. Herbst continued her training at Bard College where she studied voice and composition under the tutelage of Joan Tower, Zeena Parkins and Marina Rosenfeld. Her work has already been showcased at Robert Wilson's Watermill Center, as well as Roulette, who in 2014 commissioned and premiered her first opera, Bodiless.

Herbst's experience writing for chamber orchestra and mixed instrumentation inspired her to develop a repertoire of short-form, vocal-centric compositions under the name GABI. These were driven by solitary explorations in early 2013 with a dual-track loop pedal. The nine songs composed for Sympathy embrace the vast potential of the human voice as instrument, story, and landscape.

Sympathy was recorded in the studio where she was joined by her band Matthew O'Koren (percussion), Rick Quantz (viola), Josh Henderson (violin), and Aaron Roche (electric guitar / trombone). With production by Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never) and Paul Corley (Oneohtrix Point Never, Tim Hecker, Ben Frost), these open-ended sessions yielded a suite of compositions that capture that Gabrielle's metamorphosis into GABI via an intimate exploration along the edges of song-form.

GABI renders past influences and new collaborations into a personal statement on the desire for human connectivity and emotional catharsis.

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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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