Film Ramble at Storm King Art Center
Free w/ Admission to the park
Saturday Aug 13, 2016
6:00PMMeditative walks and yoga
7:45PMPerformance by concert pianist Bruce Levingston
9:00PMFilm Installation Begins
This event is free, but paid admission to Storm King is required.

In the event of rain, show will be rescheduled.

Coach USA (Short Line Bus) will offer special bus service for an additional fee for the August 13 Film Ramble, departing at 4:30PM from the Port Authority Bus Terminal (42nd St. & 8th Ave. on the 3rd Floor) in New York City. Return buses will depart Storm King at 11:00PM. Please visit or call 800-631-8405 for more information.

Storm King Art Center
New Windsor
1 Museum Rd, New Windsor, NY 12553
Transportation: • Bus: Special evening round-trip bus service from Port Authority provided by Coach USA. Please visit or call 800-631-8405 for more information. • Train: New Jersey Transit/MetroNorth provides service from Penn Station to the Salisbury Mills train station, three miles from Storm King by taxi. • Car: For navigation systems, Mapquest, or Google maps, use the following address: 1 Museum Road, New Windsor, NY 12553


This Show Presented in Partnership With
Tribeca Shortlist
Lululemon Athletica
This event is free with admission to the park. You can purchase admission here

Explore an evening of music and film at Storm King, presented by Rooftop Films and lululemon athletica. This incredible journey features a performance by Bruce Levingston on piano and short films by Dennis Oppenheim, Jarred Alterman, and others, on screens sited amongst the sculptures. Presented with Rooftop Films.


An American Citizen (Composed by Nolan Gasser, Directed by Jarred Alterman | USA | 9 min.)
Inspired by Marie Hull's famous painting of the same name, An American Citizen Filmmaker depicts the life Mississippian John Wesley Washington, who was born into slavery.

Jarred Alterman has created a series of stories out of painter's work from across her nine decade lifespan to tell the compelling and timely story of a man and people coming to terms with what it means to be a truly free American. Accompanied by music from composer Nolan Gasser, inventor of the Musical Genome Project, who brings an eloquent voice to these figures who for so long had none.

Windows (Composed by James Matheson, Directed by Jarred Alterman | USA | 16 min.)
Witness a harmonic montage of Chagall windows as Alterman weaves his camera around the Union Church of Pocantico Hills. The imagery is paired with original work from renowned composer James Matheson, who was inspired by the glasswork of Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse, fostering a moving and unforgettably spiritual experience. Commissioned by the Rockefeller Family

Swamp (Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson | USA | 6 min.)
Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson collaborated on this seminal film, which viscerally confronts issues of perception and process. The action of the film is direct: Holt walks through the tall grasses of a swamp while filming with her Bolex camera, guided only by what she can see through the camera lens and by Smithson's verbal instructions. The viewer experiences the walk from Holt's point of view, seeing through her camera lens and hearing Smithson's spoken directions. Vision is obstructed and perception distorted as they stumble through the swamp grasses. Holt has stated that Swamp " with limitations of perception through the camera eye as Bob and I struggled through a muddy New Jersey swamp. Verbal direction cannot easily be followed. As the reeds crash against the camera lens blocking vision and forming continuously shifting patterns, confusion ensues."

In the Roaring Garden (William Lamson)

Mobilize (Caroline Monnet | Canada | 4 min.)
Guided expertly by those who live on the land and driven by the pulse of the natural world, Caroline Monnet’s Mobilize takes us on an exhilarating journey from the far north to the urban south. Over every landscape, in all conditions, everyday life flows with strength, skill and extreme competence. Hands swiftly thread sinew through snowshoes. Axes expertly peel birch bark to make a canoe. A master paddler navigates icy white waters. In the city, Mohawk ironworkers stroll across steel girders, almost touching the sky, and a young woman asserts her place among the towers. The fearless polar punk rhythms of Tanya Tagaq’s “Uja” underscore the perpetual negotiation between the modern and traditional by a people always moving forward. Mobilize is part of Souvenir, a four-film series addressing Aboriginal identity and representation by reworking material in the NFB’s archives.

Figura (Katarzyna Gondek)
It's white and windy all around. A gigantic figure emerges from behind the snow curtain and hits the road. It passes towns, villages, houses, to land on top of a hill, next to spiders, saints and bumper cars. FIGURE is a surreal tale about creating myths, about religious kitsch, and about the desire for greatness. Who is our protagonist? The world's largest sacral miniature park resident. A gigantic contradiction.

Star Exchange (Dennis Oppenheim | USA | 27 min.)
We measure each otherʼs outstretched bodies and plot the dimensions on the ground using standard white lime. After remaining within these tolerances for a short while, we exchange spaces. Erik (9 years old) advances and assumes my dimensions. In return, I force my body to fit his physical limits.


Bruce Levingston
Acclaimed concert pianist and recording artist Bruce Levingston, called “a force for new music” by The New Yorker, will perform live the Nolan Gasser score to Jarred Alterman’s moving film, An American Citizen, which tells the haunting story of a Southern woman born in 1890 who, through her deep humanity and exquisite painting, depicted the heartbreaking life and history of a former slave from Mississippi. Levingston will also perform award-winning composer James Matheson's score to Windows, Alterman’s dazzling tribute to the magnificent stained glass windows created by Matisse and Chagall for the Rockefeller family. Levingston, whose last album was named one of the “ Best Recordings of the Year ” by The New York Times, will also perform cinematic works of Philip Glass from his upcoming album, Dreaming Awake, as well as evocative music of Chopin, Debussy, Satie and Rachmaninoff.

Bruce has been a friend and supporter of Rooftop since its inception and serves on the organization's Advisory Board.

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