The Space Age goes terribly wrong
SAT., JUNE 16, 2007
8:30 - Live Music by Zeke Healey (click
9:00 - Movies Begin
11-1AM -FREE Wine reception
in the courtyard,
Courtesy of Beaujolais and licensedtochill.org.
On the roof of The Old American Can Factory
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232 Third Street @ Third Avenue
Gowanus, Brooklyn (Between Carroll gardens and
In the event of rain the show is indoors at the same
Tickets -$8 at the door or $5 online HERE
with code: RFJUNE
Presented in partnership with - IFC.com, New York
XØ Projects, Inc
Technology is supposed to make our lives easier. Our
growing understanding of biology leads to health breakthroughs
that extend life and eliminate stress. Innovations in
construction allow us to populate previously uninhabitable
areas and explore new frontiers. Ubiquitous video cameras,
widespread TV distribution, and massive computer storage
mean that no moments of life need go unrecorded, nothing
forgotten or lost.
Only it never
works out that way. Medical "improvements"
take over our lives (Metalosis Meligna) and human psychology
runs amok (Joe: Body Electric). The places we inhabit
become poisonous (Toxic Brooklyn) and the machines we
build revolt (Lost Cargo). Worldwide images in every
home lead to domestic stagnation (Message for the Neighbors)
and the collection of all recorded media leads to a
collective memory loss (Dear Bill Gates).
as long as we're still alive, observing man's misguided
progress tends to be more amusing than alarming. In
this program of films which splits atomic particles
and unsuspecting gerbils with equal aplomb,
crazy cartoons, comic documentaries and fantastical
fiction demonstrates some rather riotous disaster management.
Nieto: Carlitopolis (Luis Nieto | Colombia | 3:30)
We all know that gerbils procreate quickly. Nieto has
found a way to make these resilient little critters
replicate even faster.
Joe: Body Electric (Jack Beck | Rochester, NY
the Electric Eel teaches us about our own worst impulses.
Walt Whitman's love for human individuality crashes
into Stanley Milgram's exploration of human being's
inability to disobey orders in this deftly thought provoking
collage of educational films.
Toxic Brooklyn (Trace Crutchfield & Vice: VBS
TV | Brooklyn | 7:00)
Real estate agents will tell you that Williamsburg is
one of the hottest and most active neighborhoods in
the country. But environmental scientists and unhealthy
residents will also tell you that Williamsburg is pretty
“hot,” if not downright radioactive.
**This film is part of a 7-part series about the North
Brooklyn environment. Watch them all at VBS.tv.
Atomium in/out (Marie-Francois Plissart | Belgium
Built for the 1958 Brussels World's Fair, the 335-foot
tall Atomium statue represents a unit cell of an iron
crystal magnified 165 billion times. As a monument to
modernity's understanding of the micro and macro worlds,
it had become one of Belgium's greatest tourist attraction.
This gorgeously dislocating documentary chronicles the
Atomium's major renovations.
Profession Nieto: Far West (Luis Nieto | Colombia |
Nieto returns with a new way to make animation quick,
easy and painless. Just keep your thumb out of the frame.
Dear Bill Gates (Sarah J.
Christman | Philadelphia, PA | 16:46)
A simple correspondence evolves into a poetic visual
essay that draws unexpected connections among mining,
memory and Microsoft.
Metalosis Meligna (Floris Kaayk | The Netherlands |
A sobering documentary about the bionic man.
Energie! (Thorsten Fleisch | Germany | 5:03)
TV screen comes alive with all types of energy.
Message for the Neighbors (Pritt Tender | Estonia |
In this charming animation, a little box of a TV-set
repairman realizes that it is the world that needs to
Postman (Mischa Rozema & Postpanic | The Netherlands
In the post-panic world, there will be no need to worry
about things like nuclear fallout. Just wait till you
Rooftop Artistic Director Mark Rosenberg met Zeke when
he was performing in the subway years ago and Zeke has
been gracious enough to bring his folksy acoustic guitar
blues back time and again. His beautiful music is always
welcome on the roof.