Romance 2: Love and Longing
Sweet films about sad hearts: romantic short films in
a romantic setting.
SAT., AUGUST 11, 2007
9:00 PM - Doors Open -- Please
note the later start!
PM - Live music by Air
9:45 PM - The films
On the lawn along the Gowanus Canal at The Yard
400 Carroll Street (btw. Bond / Nevins - Carroll
F / G to Carroll at Smith, walk 3 blocks east
(downhill) on Carroll
M / R to Union, walk 2 blocks south to a left on Carroll.
Rain Date: Sunday, August 12. Check www.rooftopfilms.com
718-417-7362 for updates
Tickets -$8 at the door or online.
Ticket includes FREE
admission to the reception after the screening, with
complimentary chilled Beajolais courtesy of Licensed
Presented in partnership with - IFC.com, New York
magazine & Mean Red Productions
Love and Longing
Desire glows like hot coals; passion burns like a fire.
Heartbreak is like the sound of shattering glass; depression
like walking on it. But longing is something more ineffable,
hard to identify or even locate. Longing could be hidden
in the weeds of former bomb testing fields, in the stories
you tell to disguise your real life (Bomb); or it could
be undiscovered, under the covers and in mock battlefield
games (Peace Talk). Longing could be defined as the
things you can’t quite say when you finally get
to talk to her (The Back of her Head), or it could be
the feeling that slowly slips away the next day (The
Morning Sun). You can look down romantically named alleys
(The A-Z of Love) or post carefully photoshopped internet
messages (A Valentine to Perfect Strangers), try to
wrap it up and ship it back home, but longing will slip
away like love letters written in clouds (Women of Japan).
The films in this program point a camera into the shadows
of our hearts and give voice to this inexpressible feeling.
Women of Japan (Nigel Coan & Ivana Zorn | United
Kingdom | 4:56)
A simple creature goes on a dark, surreal love
odyssey in this lovely animated music video for The Ralfe
Band, a circus-like British freak-folk orchestra.
The A-Z of Love (Lee Kern | United Kingdom | 4:00)
Rooftop Films favorite cynical young Brit looks
for romance on England's Lover's Lanes.
Bomb (Ian Olds | New York, NY | 13:50)
What starts as an innocent flirtation between
two teenagers in an old bombing range on the edge of town
goes askew when a trip home reveals a chaotic, adult world
that seeks to subvert their friendship. From the co-director
of Occupation: Dreamland.
Peace Talk (Jenifer Malmqvist | Sweden | 14:00)
Little Jonna and her friend Emilie play at
being soldiers, but Jonna’s mother doesn’t approve
of the course their game takes in this beautiful exploration
of youthful emotions.
Conversation (Lev | San Francisco, CA | 3:33)
Picking out a movie with his girlfriend, Lev
finds how touchy the subject of taste in film can be. (Part
of Lev's series, "The 7 Habits of Highly Negative People.")
All Day Long (Andrew Semans | Brooklyn, NY | 22:00)
Flush with first love, two teenagers cut school
to spend the day together. All Day Long is a bittersweet
portrait of the frustrations of adolescence and the persistent
unwillingness of reality to meet expectations.
A Valentine to Perfect Strangers (Ben Coonley | Brooklyn,
NY | 5:00)
Otto, a feral cat from Brooklyn, has created
a postmodern pastiche for you, stranger.
The Back of her Head (Joshua Safdie | Brooklyn, NY | 21:14)
This is a story about him, who lives above
an older Hindi man, who lives above a delinquent British
guy, who lives on top of her. It is the back of her head
that he is in love with.
How to Break up with Your Girlfriend
(Lev | San Francisco,
CA | 2:00)
Lev, the king of animated heartbreak and frustration,
explicates on his processes. (Part of Lev's series, "Tales
of Mere Existence.")
Men Understand Each Other (Marjan Alizadej | Iran | 8:00)
A man gets a call from a friend seeking comfort
when his wife hasn't arrived back home in this fascinating
and subtle study of confidence, betrayal and power in romance.
The Morning Sun (Bryan Wizemann | Brooklyn, NY | 5:30)
A woman wakes up, takes a shower, gets dressed,
and leaves the house. In this fascinating and ephemeral
film -- a study in the use of available light and narrative
restraint -- it's up the audience to string together the
pieces of her morning, and the night before.
I’m Not Going to Think About Her (Lev | San
Francisco, CA | 1:30)
In one of Lev's funniest and most touching
shorts, his list of things he's not going to think about exposes
his raw and detailed emotional attachment. (Part of Lev's
series, "The 7 Habits of Highly Negative People.")
Before the films, Airwaves will be performing
a bit of their uniquely catchy, folksy pop.
Check out their charming little tunes onMySpace and
read below some of what people have been
saying about them.
"Most new acts with a footing in the folk
tradition tend to embrace the serene and the
fragile, but one gets the feeling that Brooklyn's
quirky Air Waves broke away from the pack long
ago. Singer/guitar player Nicole Schneit tears
through her stilted, acoustic punk like a bull
in the china shop—more than a languid
fairy on a lily pad—and that suits me
--JOSH BLANCHARD (Portland Mercury
"Songs this good don't really need
any thinking or talking about."
Favorite New Band Air Waves: "Nicole Schneit is an amazing
songwriter. The music she writes is like a favorite blanket
wrapped around you. Drummer Dave Ferraro complements her songs
well. "Shine On" is my current favorite song by
--DAN DEACON, Pitchfork