New York Sneak Preview!
An awkward high school girl must resist the seductive powers of
the local dirt-bag in this feature-length comedy by Steve Collins
The film will be preceded by two shorts


Thursday, June 1st, 2006
8:30 - Live Music by Loren Dempster and guests
9:00 - Showtime
TRT: 1:34:00

23rd Street @ the Hudson River, Manhattan
SPECIAL RAIN NOTE: This show is oudoors but the area is COVERED, so in the event of rain the show will still go on outdoors! And you will not get wet!

Rooftop Films is proud to kick off our 10th Anniversary Summer Series 2006 with Gretchen, the first feature film directed by Steve Collins. We have been showing Steve's uniquely droll, humorously heartbreaking shorts for the last 10 years, and so we are thrilled to get the opportunity to host the first New York screening of this beautifully understated, hilariously deadpan new film. Steve is a wonderfully promising director and we here at Rooftop Films feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to introduce so many people to his work.

Gretchen (Steve Collins | Austin, TX | 1:20:00)
Gretchen is the story of an awkward girl's struggle to overcome an obsession with Boone High Schools most powerful dirt-bag, Ricky Maraschino. Her affliction is so severe, she's banished to an emotional treatment center, where she begins to question why everything that she wants in the whole wide world is a boy. Gretchen is an extreme tale of ordinary things: prom, boys, and going second base, told with the unique gravity of a 17-year-old heart.
"I am an optimist. I think it's a very brave way to look at the world. I see a lot of sad around and I try to make comedy out of misery without betraying my characters. In Gretchen, I tell a story about what a girl goes through who doesn't like herself. I chose to take this journey into a very raw and personal area and still find laughter and lightness. It puts the film in a delicate balance, but I consider it the strength of the film: to make laughter out of pain without condescension."
     —Director Steve Collins

Gretchen will be preceded by two short selections:

The Four Kid Tenors (Ryan Junell | San Francisco, CA | 1:00)
A selection from the wonderfully unique SloMo Video Festival, The Four Kid Tenors tells the harrowing tale of four dirty-faced angels attempting to scream their way out of a world that spins waaaaaay tooooo slooooowly. Robitussin available upon request.

The Braggart (David Andalman | Allston, MA | 13:00)
The melancholy tale of a lonely little girl being raised by a single mom. The girl perpetually brags and exaggerates to get attention, but when it matters most, no one believes her.