Dark 'Toons
A collection of short animation from the dark side and the works of Brent Green accompanied by a live musical performance by The Quavers.

***Buy Tickets ***
FRI., September 7, 2007
8:30 - Live Music by The Quavers
9:00 - Showtime
11-1AM -After Party: Open Bar at Fontana's (105 Eldridge St @ Grand)
Courtesy of Martin Miller's Gin

On the roof of the Open Road Rooftop Project

350 Grand Street @ Essex (Lower East Side, Manhattan)
F/J/M/Z to Essex / Delancey
In the event of rain the show is indoors at the same location.
Tickets -$8 at the door or online
Presented in partnership with - IFC.com, New York magazine & Open Road New York.

Watch other animated Rooftop shorts on IFC.com:
Call of the Wild | Fumi and the Bad Luck Foot | Instinct | Lucky Dip
Stalk | Bobby Bird | The Writer | Bathtime in Clerkenwell | Niebla

Dark 'Toons
On Septmber 7th, atop the beautiful Open Road Rooftop. we'll be screening some of the coolest, cruelest, most disturbing and delightful cartoons you'll ever see, accompanied by rock, rollick and roll by Brent Green and The Quavers.

These are the fairy tales of hell, grand myths of depression and death, the woebegotten stories of marching gumdrops and dancing pink elephants. You'll see neighbors burned to a crisp, paparazzi crushed in the street, skeletons impaled on stakes -- and you'll laugh your ass off.

Because it's animated.

This collection of crazy cartoons is not for the faint of heart -- the old ticker is likely to get broken, to race with fear, and to burst in a fit of cackling. There's nothing funnier than Japanimation monsters in serious acting roles, but there's also something sweetly sinister about cereal mascots gone seriously loony. These carnivorous pillows and cough-syrup Santas are not just idle oddness, but representations of the freaky fantasies which lurk in all our hearts (and loins). They are amusing and horrifying, fantastical but true-to-life. They're dark 'toons, and they're sure to disturb and delight.

The Films:
Paulina Hollers (Brent Green | Schuylkill Haven, PA | 15:00)

A brutal young boy meets his fate in a gruesome fashion. His distraught mother wants to know if he really deserved to go to hell, and sets off to discover the truth about her son.

Carlin (Brent Green | Schuylkill Haven, PA | 7:00)
" My Aunt Carlin moved in with us when I was a kid. She had diabetes and really wanted to die. She didn't think she'd ever die. I was pretty sure she would." Carlin was shot stop-motion, with life-sized wooden characters and taxidermied chickens, in the farmhouse Brent Green grew up in.

Louisville/Gravity (Brent Green | Schuylkill Haven, PA | 8:00)
A brand new film about having pneumonia as a child and building something wonderful with your hands as an adult.

Hadacol Christmas (Brent Green | Schuylkill Haven, PA | 12:00)

This is not so much the myth of Santa Claus as the myth of anyone who ever tried to fix something that couldn't be fixed, tried to improve something that feebly worked already, or tried to invent something impossible, wondrous and desperately needed

Teat Beat of Sex (Signe Baumane | New York, NY | 6:00)
Teat Beat on Sex are short lectures on sex given by a knowing woman. Very entertaining. Very informative. "Kirby" addresses the question on whether size matters or not. "Juice" is about a normal contradiction of man's dreamworld and woman's reality. Sex is the only solution. "Trouble" informs us on what happens deep inside a woman if she hasn't had sex for few weeks, and consequences of it.

Shuteye Hotel (Bill Plympton | New York, NY | 7:00)
Academy-Award nominated independent animator Bill Plympton returns to Rooftop with his newest short, the tale of a deadly hotel where customers heads have a nasty habit of disappearing.

Golden Age (Aaron Augenblick | Brooklyn, NY | 12:00)
Selections from the shocking true stories of the world's strangest cartoons. In "Marching Gumdrop," a member of an advertising group for cinema snacks leads a classically hard life after he departs from his life with assorted concessions. In "Mortimer Koon," a prankster raccoon embarks on various failed enterprises, including a raccoon-themed family vacation park. Plus the Japanimation disaster "Kongobot," the cereal killer "Lancaster Loon," the syrupy singing of "Antsy & The Buggaboos," and the horrifying facts about "Sketch Towers," the place where old cartoons go to croak.

Burial at Sea (Jonathan Reynolds | UK | 2:49)
In this simple but haunting animated music video, a woman is placed in a coffin and dropped into the ocean. She floats slowly towards the bottom of the sea, past whales, manta rays, submarines and jelly fish -- a magnificent new world she is destined to inhabit silently but never see.

Apnee (Claude Chabot | France | 4:00)
In this dazzling photographic animation, a photographer tries to capture an embarrassing moment in the life of someone in the public eye. He doesn't realize that time is working against him.

Mr. Schwartz, Mr. Hazen, & Mr. Horlocker
(Stefan Mueller | Germany | 7:40)

Disturbed by loud music of one of his neighbors, Mr. Schwartz calls the police. But initially the officer can’t ascertain anything. Then the film starts again from the view of every lessee and allows the spectator to see what really happened in every apartment: The history of a butterfly-effect (when tweaked on acid).

Opera (Ondrej Rudavsky | Hermosa Beach, CA | 5:00)
A disjointed opera sung by two riotous singers, the music literally bursting out of them.

Parlimees (The Pearlman) (Rao Heidmets | Estonia | 12:00)
Sandmen, skeletons and robots populate this eerie primal myth of creation and destruction, with civilizations changing and creatures evolving over eons, from the land of some of the most bizarre and beautiful animation in the world, Estonia.

The Music: The Quavers

Listen to the beautiful songs othe Quavers on their MySpace page and read what some people are saying about The Quavers below:

"'Lit by Your Phone,' the Quavers’ new moody and texturally rich album, places moody Americana folk under blacklit, lo-fi electronica."
- The Village Voice

“...moody and enchanting lo-fi songs. The pair‘s spare tunes combine plaintive minor-key melodies... and tight, yearing harmonies with touches of electronica thrown into the m ix. Both musicians bring a deep and eclectic musical background to their songwriting; between the two of them they’ve worked with indie filmmaker Jem Cohen, avant-garde theater director Richard Maxwell and the cult singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt, among others.”
- The New Yorker