New York Non-Fiction
It's your city. Take a look. Short films about New York’s dirty secrets, unexpected urban splendor, and the people, communities and cultures you won’t find anywhere else.

FRI., JUNE 15, 2007
8:30 - Live Music by Loer Velocity (click for details)
9:00 - Movies Begin
11-1AM -After Party: Open Bar at Fontana's (105 Eldridge St @ Grand)
Courtesy of Dewar's Scotch Whisky and 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.

Special Note: Please do NOT bring any alcohol to the show. No drinks are allowed on school grounds, and we WILL be checking bags.

Presented in partnership with -, New York magazine & Open Road New York.

Watch some great short films from previous New York Non-Fiction shows on

Brian Doyle's The Light

Mans Mansson's Clyde (A Tough Guy)

New York Non-Fiction
New York is a city of reinvention. Immigrants move here and reform their lives. Artists are drawn here to recreate themselves. And long-time residents take inspiration from spaces transformed (for better and for worse). But it doesn’t matter if you were born here or if you’re just off the boat, this city is always new. Rooftop Films’ annual “New York Non-Fiction” program is one of our most popular shows because New Yorkers love to find something unexpected in a familiar place, or someone unusual in an ordinary setting. So come up to the roof, give yourself a new nickname, start a new tradition, and forge a new perspective.

(Casimir Nozkowski. , Dallas Penn & Rafi Kam | Bronx | 4:00)

A humorous look at food culture in the South Bronx -- “the poorest urban county in the country” -- and the sociological effects of pork rinds and flavored “Quarter Water."

The Guarantee

(Jesse Epstein and Robert Castillo | Brooklyn, NY | 11:00)

In this droll animated documentary, a young dancer trying to make it in New York's competitive dance scene is pressured into having a nose job in order to secure a place in the company.

Bongo Barbershop (Charlie Ahearn | Bronx | 8:00)
An East African MC, Balozi Dola, wanders into a Bronx barbershop on his pilgrimage to find “the real hip-hop.” The barber, Flash’s original partner DJ Easy Mike, calls out Grand Master Caz, who spits a rhyme on how we are in the place of hip-hop’s origins. Shop sweeper DOA adds vocal percussion to the mix and Balozi Dola rhymes back in his native African Swahili. “Bongo” is the Swahili expression for “brain” used in local hip-hop slang. Brought to you by the director of the hip-hop classic “Wild Style.”

A Son’s Sacrifice (Yoni Brook | Queens | 26:00)
27-year-old Imran, a former advertising executive, is taking over a very different kind of family business -- a traditional Muslim slaughterhouse in New York City. But his father’s demands and the community doubts may prove too much for him. On the holiest day of the year, Imran must lead a sacrifice that will define him as a Muslim, as an American, and as a son.

Arc Hive – Battery & Night Set
(Gregory King | Brooklyn | 6:00 & 2:30)

Watch this film on IFC.COM

Two gorgeous films, set to music by Greg’s band The Rachel’s, which explore the unique visual poetry of the city. “Battery” takes you from subway cars to solar systems, while a “Night Set” reinvents Greg’s street and transforms his bedroom into a ghostly zoetrope.

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

There Goes the View (Carolyn Macartney | Brooklyn | 11:30)

Watch this film on IFC.COM!
Despite the toxic state of the land, developers keep on building. In an all-too-familiar scenario, “An incredible view I once had is slowly obliterated by construction, captured in time-lapse and real time cinematography spanning almost two years.” – C. Macartney.

Bike Kill 4 (Nick Golebiewski | Brooklyn | 1:00)
Every Halloween, Brooklyn’s chapter of the Black Label Bicycle Club hosts a bacchanal of bikes, booze and bedlam. Every year, Nick is there to capture this secretive subculture’s celebration on super-8 film.

Meditation (Neil Ira Needleman | Katonah | 10:30)
Cooped up in his house, Neil makes a point or two about life, illness, morality, creativity, and the liberating effect of the death of a family pet.

Sonic Youth: 'Do You Believe in Rapture?' (Braden King | Manhattan | 3:00)
No matter how many shows you saw in punk rock dives, no matter how stale the air and dark the lighting, there was always the chance that something magnificent was going to happen at CBGB’s. Here, a legendary New York band plays one of the final shows at the inimitable club on Bowery and Bleecker, in this “elegy for all the transcendent shows we've all ever been to.” - B. King & Sonic Youth.


Far from the average knucklehead up on the block, out of New York's Yonkers district, beneath the shade of a single tree stands the cool demeanor of Loer Velocity...the melodious hush factor! Gracefully enough, Loer (pronounced Lower) has ripped through NY's underground hip-hop music scene with poetic leisure, adding to his proficiently developed mural. "Ready For A Renaissance" represents Loer Velocity's first solo album. The sound reminds the listener that you need not shout to be heard- Loer Velocity certainly doesn't.