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by Mark Elijah Rosenberg
February 25th, 2008
In 11 years, Rooftop has now shown over 1,400 films. Casimir Nozkowski has shown about a dozen, more films than anyone else (or at least the 2nd most; Steve Collins has also shown about that many–statistics from the early days are a little hazy. Historians are arguing over original program note documents now stored at the National Archives.)

One of the reasons Cas is so successful is because he can make a smart, sweet, savvy film with very few resources. His work typifies the Rooftop attitude: a good idea, a simple execution, a unique movie.

His most recent work is a potential New York Non-Fiction candidate, a subtle and fun anthropomorphizing of some bottles on the subway. I’d love to hear what people’s thoughts are on this, because I found it alternating touching, inspiring, funny and melancholy.

The song in it is “The Dance Went On Too Long” by The Chief Smiles. Cas writes, “This was not sanctioned by the MTA. Or Snapple. Or many strangers on the subways.”

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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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