Rural Route Film Festival
Short films that take you on whimsical, wild and wonderful
journeys to pastoral places
FRI., JULY 13, 2007
8:30 - Live Music by Feral Foster
9:00 - Movies Begin
11:30-1AM -After Party: Open Bar at Bar
(557 Manhattan Avenue @ Driggs)
Courtesy of Dewar's Scotch Whisky and Martin Miller's
On the lawn of Automotive High School
50 Bedford Ave, between N. 12th and Lorimer, Williamsburg,
In the event of rain the show is indoors at the same
Drive at All Automotive Shows:
your old books to the Automotive library! Details HERE
Tickets -$8 at the door or $5 online
with code: RFJULY
Ticket include FREE open
bar at Bar
in partnership with - IFC.com, New York magazine, MNN
& Automotive High School.
The 5th Annual Rural Route Film Festival takes place
July 20-22 at the Anthology Film Archives, and there's
no better bastion of bucolic and rollicking country
cinema to be found in this dense city. Rooftop Films
is pleased to once again co-curate a night of rural
films with these fine folks from leafy green lands.
We always consider the Rural Route program our urban
escape to a more pastoral place. To get to this screening,
we suggest you leave behind the subway and hop a freight
train (Summer of the Hobo), or even a covered wagon
(Mimes of the Prairie). The show is on a grassy lawn,
so load up your burro with a blanket and a basketful
of food (Crossing the Stream) and have yourself a picnic.
Forget about the bustle of the buses and spy on the
bears (Bear). And after the films, join us for drinks
at a nearby bar, imagining that you're drinking cactus
juice in a desert saloon with a wily rabbit and a wistful
wolf (Siberian Express). This program is all about journeys,
about being transported to new, unknown landscapes,
so come join us on this rustic trip down the Rural Route.
The Silver Jews “I’m Getting Back into Getting
Back into You”
(Alan Webber & Anthony Matt | Lynwood & New
York, NY | 3:00)
Both a celebration and a mockery of country
music, this music video follows a toy cowboy as he writes
postcards to his ex in the suburbs. With the wit and
wordplay of the clever rock band The Silver Jews, will
he get her back?
Crossing the Stream (Skip Battaglia | Rochester,
NY | 4:00)
A beautiful and simple animation, where the shifting
watercolor style evokes the wavering heat of the day
as a man crosses a stream with his horse in Latin America.
2: Thunder on the Track (Walter Forsberg |
Creelman , Saskatchewan | 6:30 )
Preview of film from the 2007 Rural Route Film Festival
1990s stock car crash videos, this micro-documentary
gives a glance into the sensational Saskatchewan Lawnmower
Racing Circuit. In the hallowed Winnipeg tradition of
image degradation, this work demeans cinematic imagery
into a bygone videoscopic era of the movies. www.winnipegfilmgroup.com
Mimes of the Prairie (John Hansen | Des Moines,
IA | 5:00)
A hilarious mockumentary about a little known group
which struggled in the post-Civil War era of North America.
A proud but hated people, the mimes of the prairie fought
to make their way out west.
Summer of the Hobo (Jason Affolder | Vincennes,
IN | 3:30)
A pleasant recollection of a railrider who traveled
the country hopping rides on freights.
Siberian Express (Pekka Korhonen | Finland |
An animated delight about a Mexican rabbit in love with
the prickly waitress at his cactus juice bar.
Bear (Su Rynard | Ontario | 9:00)
As their natural territory is encroached upon, black
bears forage for food in the town dump. Funny at times,
this documentary nonetheless portrays a very fragile
and serious relationship between human expansion and
the struggle of a native species to adapt.
No Man is an Island (Sonja Linden | Finland
A elderly man lives alone on his island, north of the
Arctic Circle. He keeps in contact with his sick wife
every day by phone, but shares his daily life with a
cat. As a rugged outsider, he seems emotionally remote,
but minor clues in these simple relationships point
to the depth of his feeling. Through gorgeous cinematography,
we witness a year's worth of his seasonal activities.
His days are tinged with his quirky humor and darkly
naturalist philosophy of life ("In the beginning,
man created god"), and with music in all forms,
spending his evenings listening to obscure jazz artists
on reel-to-reel tape.
But each spring, his fishing boat gets a little heavier,
his plow a little harder to push. Despite his remarkable
strong will and stamina, his agility and physical fitness,
he is keenly aware of his own mortality. As he works
the land and does what it takes to stay alive, alone
in a beautiful but harsh landscape, he also takes his
time with the preparations for his final departure.
This poignant and mysterious documentary is about loneliness,
love, and letting go, and about an unforgettable character
who is complex and wonderful to watch.
sings downtrodden, rootsy blues with a voice like he's
gargling asphalt and chasing it with whisky. It's not
uncommon to spot
Feral in the subway or out in Washington Square Park,
wailing on his
guitar and belting out notes in some fevered state,
as if possessed by the
spirit of some obscure 1920's blues legend squeezing
every last drop from
its unlikely modern incarnation. You can catch Feral
hosting the weekly
Roots 'n' Ruckus ho-down at the Village Ma every Wednesday.
Check out his music: www.myspace.com/rootsnruckusferal
Drive for Automotive High School
As part of
the their ongoing efforts to improve the educational
environment for their students, this year Automotive
High School is making efforts to substantially expand
their library. Of course, the most important thing in
the library is the books, so if you want to help out
a public high school that is chronically short of funding,
drop off your old books at any Rooftop show
at Automotive High and they will be added to
the library's collection. Pretty much any and every
book is useful, but remember that these are high
school students, so your graduate school text books
might not be that useful to them! But novels, age-appropriate
textbooks, non-fiction and historical books and just
about everything else is very useful and would be much