New York Non-Fiction
Short Films Program
$15 online or at the door

Friday Jun 19, 2015
8:00PMDoors Open
8:30PMLive Music by Jojo Abot
9:00PMFilms begin
11:00PMAfter Party sponsored by New Amsterdam Vodka, JUUL, and SPIN
FOR THIS SHOW WE WILL BE SCREENING THE SAME FILMS ON TWO ROOFTOPS SIMULTANEOUSLY. SOUTH ROOF WILL BE FILLED FIRST, THEN THE NORTH ROOF.

PARTIES MUST ARRIVE TOGETHER TO ENSURE SEATING IN THE SAME AREA. SEATING IS FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED.

NO REFUNDS. IN THE EVENT OF RAIN, SHOW WILL GO ON INDOORS IN THE SAME LOCATION. NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOL IS PERMITTED.

VENUE
Industry City
(North Roof & South Roof)
Sunset Park
274 36th Street, Brooklyn, New York, 11232
D, N, R to 36 St

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This Show Presented in Partnership With
Pax Labs
Spin Media
Industry City
New Amsterdam
Vimeo
Ommegang

It's your city. Take a look.


From the Upper West Side to Brighton Beach, from the Civic Center courts to Red Hook’s baseball parks,New York is full of unique characters. Bootleg toy‐makers, pickle‐selling skaters, taxi drivers hurt by life: they wouldn’t have anything in common if they didn’t share the same city. Each of them has a story to tell, and as unbelievable as they may sound, their chaotic pasts, uncommon ways of life and weird pick‐up techniques are very real. They’re what makes New York, New York. Come experience the portable vapor bar by JUUL. After-party will also feature a live set by DJ Parler, producer of the acclaimed SAMPOLOGY Mixtape Series, courtesy of SPIN.


THE FILMS

Call of Duty (Matt Lenski | NY | 7 min.)
That seemingly inescapable civic purgatory greeted with an enthusiasm reserved for root canals. CALL OF DUTY is a portrait of New York City Jury Duty Clerk Walter Schretzman who has learned how to lull thousands of his fellow grumpy New Yorkers into Jury Duty compliance. He plays the role of Government worker, crisis negotiator, and borscht belt comedian and shares his wisdom with Jurors during their days together. Perhaps Walter’s experience as a Jury Duty Clerk has granted him a deeper understanding of all of our egos, and attitudes. Either way, it is hard to dispute his delightful take on the mundane. Walter Schretzman has been profiled by The New York Times and listed in Time Out Magazine as one of the people that make New York unique. No cameras are allowed in New York Court buildings, yet Call Of Duty was granted access to the jury waiting rooms, for which we are very grateful. Next time you’re at jury duty and don’t think you’re doing much just remember: “You are the only folks standing between civilization and anarchy.” So sit back relax and enjoy the show.

Hopkins & Delaney LLP (Sean Buckelew | USA | 4 min.)
An important client visits the law offices of Hopkins & Delaney LLP to discuss his copyright infringement suit.

Manhattan One Two Three Four (Tomonari Nishikawa | USA | 3 min.)
A study in visual rhythm with buildings in Manhattan. All edited in-camera and hand-processed afterwards. This film is commissioned by Echo Park Film Center.

The Sucklord (Joey Garfield | New York, NY | 5 min.)
Bootleg Action-Figure Makers have a ruler and his name is The Sucklord. This is a documentary about him.

Videos of Strange Caliber (Josh Freed | New York, NY | 4 min.)
Why be a schmuck and ask a girl out yourself, when you can just pay strangers on the internet to do it for you?

Eric, Winter to Spring (Danya Abt | Brooklyn, NY | 15 min.)
ERIC, WINTER TO SPRING is a character study of Eric Martine, a Brooklyn cab driver, former punk-rocker and recovering addict who has discovered writing as an outlet for self-expression. The film follows Eric from winter to spring as he moves away from his past and into the the future.

Half Sour (Sean McGing and Mary Anne Rothberg | USA | 15 min.)
A group of young skateboarders find direction in their lives when they move to New York and start a pickle business.

Buffalo Juggalos (Scott Cummings | NY | 30 min.)
An experimental exploration and celebration of the Juggalo subculture in Buffalo, New York. Long and static takes of Juggalos engaged in their favorite activities, first and foremost of which - causing mayhem. Among these seemingly random acts of the everyday, preening, sexual gratification, backyard wrestling, explosions and destruction, a tentative narrative begins to emerge.

Stop (Reinaldo Marcus Green | NY | 9 min.)
A young man's livelihood is put to the test when he gets stopped by the police on his way home from practice.

MUSIC

Jojo Abot
Hypnotic...sultry...vulnerable...empowering. These words come to mind when first experiencing the music of Jojo Abot, the Ghanaian singer-songwriter who is poised to capture the ears of discerning listeners worldwide with her experimental blend of electronica, afrobeat, jazz, neo-soul, house and reggae.

For her first and forthcoming EP Fyfya Woto, Jojo found sonic inspiration in the music of Thandiswa Mazwai, Savage Rose, Seeed, Lucky Dube, and Simphiwe Dana. However, the raw emotion at the heart of the four-track project which centers around a woman’s right to choose comes from the generational ties that bind the women in her family together. With songs based around a woman’s right to choose, the conceptual project marks Abot's first body of work as a musical artist.

DJ Parler
New York City-based DJ Parler (par-lay) has rocked audiences and tastemakers across the U.S., South Africa, Germany, Italy, Brazil, Mexico and beyond. His eclectic style and ability to move a crowd allows party goers to experience a musical journey that ranges from Hip Hop, Funk, Soul, Breaks & Rare Grooves, Reggae, Electro, Rock, 80′s & 90′s, International Sounds and more.

Parler is the producer of the acclaimed SAMPLOLOGY Mixtape Series, resident DJ of The Annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival and the WNYC Battle of the Boroughs series. Parler’s work has been featured in such outlets as MTV, Okayplayer, URB, Fader, HipHopDX, 2DopeBoyz, Rap Radar, East Village Radio, and Sirius XM Radio.

Highly sought-after, Parler has performed branded events for Nike, Heineken, Foot Locker, Diageo, Uber, Spotify, Sony Music and more. He has also collaborated with Questlove of The Roots, Jazzy Jeff, Just Blaze, Bobbito Garcia, Clark Kent, Nick Cannon, Q-Tip, Rich Medina, Rob Swift, and many accomplished artists and DJs in a variety of radio, event and performance settings.

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