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by Paris West
August 2nd, 2011

Following  a  tour around-the-world, the Rural Route Film Festival returns for a 7th edition.  From Aug 3-7, 2011, the festival takes place in the culturally rich neighborhood of Astoria, Queens

Sponsored by The National Development Council, Prime Focus Studios, Green Mountain Energy, and Pro Media, the Rural Route Film Festival focuses on all things non-urban, boasting an exciting, quality
line-up of progressive green/agriculture films, indie fiction, international docs, and a diverse array of shorts.

Screenings will be held on top of the city’s largest green roof farm, Brooklyn Grange, and at Socrates Sculpture Park, and  at the newly-renovated Museum of the Moving Image, where you can also check out a brand new, comprehensive exhibit on Jim Henson, whose Kermit the Frog would LEAP at all the “green” in this year’s fest! Most screenings are free with Museum of
the Moving Image admission, with most including Q&A sessions after the screening

2011 Schedule:

Wednesday, August 3rd @ Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens:
Sundown – David Lynch’s “The Straight Story” – special free kickoff co-presented by Rooftop Films and Epix

Friday, August 5th @ Museum of the Moving Image, Queens:
7PM – opening night special sneak preview screening of Mike Ott’s hot new
indie feature, “Littlerock” (opens at Cinema Village next week – Aug. 12)

Saturday, August 6th @ Museum of the Moving Image, Queens (all free w/museum
admission):
2PM – “Summer Pasture” (Tibetan yak-herding nomads) *w/Q&A
5PM – Short Films feat. “Driftless” & “Muskrat John” *w/Q&A
7:30PM – Ian Cheney’s “Truck Farm” *w/Q&A

Sunday, August 7th @ Museum of the Moving Image, Queens (all free w/museum
admission):
2PM – Short Films (“Footloose” fan re-makes, NZ dream of American South,
Canada exp) *w/Q&A
4PM – “Delicious Peace Grows in a Ugandan Coffee Bean” *w/Q&A
6PM – Severine von Tscharner Fleming’s “The Greenhorns” *w/new farmer panel

Sunday, August 7th @ Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm, Queens (hosted by Rooftop Films):
– closing night special presentations –
8PM – Short Films on the farm roof w/Rooftop Films – Tickets here
10PM – Short Films on the farm roof w/Rooftop Films  - Tickets here
After Party Onsite Courtesy of Radeberger Pilsner.

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