The Show Must Go On
Short films about people who find meaning and value
in the pieces and places that others have left behind.
***Sold Out ***
Thursday, July 26, 2007
8:30 - Live Music by Drew
and the Medicinal Pen (Details)
9:00 - Movies
On the roof of the Westbeth Artists' Community
55 Bethune Street
Directions: Take the A/C/E/L to 14th
St. & 8th Ave. or 1/2/3 to 14th St. & 7th Ave.
Walk west on 14th Street to Washington St. Make a left
on Washington and walk downtown 6 blocks to Bethune
In the event of rain the show will go on
at the same location, so bring an umbrella!
in partnership with - Friends of the High line, Westbeth
Artists Community, IFC.com, and New York magazine.
The Show Must Go On
For 11 years now, Rooftop Films has been hosting public
events in reclaimed public spaces: industrial rooftops,
refurbished piers, empty islands in the middle of the
harbor. It is part of our mission not only to show people
mind-opening movies they won't see anywhere else, but
to take them to places they would never go. We forge
associations between art and the areas in which it is
seen, and engage the public with unseen cinema and unexplored
There is no place in New York City that is a more coveted
secret space than the High Line. The High Line is an
elevated railway, built between 1929-1934 and connecting
directly to the industrial buildings along 10th Avenue
(once called "Death Avenue" because of the
number of train-related fatalities that occurred before
the trains were taken off the streets). But by the 1950s,
the rise of shipping by truck began to render the rails
irrelevant, and by 1980 the High Line was completely
In Summer 2008, the High Line will open to the public,
creating new York's first ever elevated park and walkway.
There will be spaces to walk, relax, watch theater and
musical performance, and perhaps even movies. Unfortunately,
the High Line is not yet open to the public, but to
celebrate the ongoing progress towards the opening of
this great new public space, Rooftop Films and Friends
of the High Line are proud to co-present this screening
of short films about reclaimed spaces on the beautiful
roof of the Westbeth Artists Community at 55 Bethune
Street in the West Village. The Westbeth building once
was attached to a part of the old High Line, and though
the High Line in this area of the Village has been demolished,
there is still one very small section of track still
attached to the Westbeth building.
Friends of the High Line (FHL) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit
organization dedicated to the preservation and reuse
of the High Line. FHL believes the historic High Line
rail structure offers New Yorkers the opportunity to
create a one-of-a-kind recreational amenity: a grand,
public promenade that can be enjoyed by all residents
and visitors in New York City. When the High Line is
converted to public open space, you will be able to
rise up from the streets and step into a place apart,
tranquil and green. You will see the Hudson River, the
Manhattan skyline, and secret gardens inside city blocks
as you've never seen them before. We hope that this
program of short films about people who find meaning
and value in the pieces and places that others have
left behind inspires will tide us all over until 2008,
when we can all head up to High Line to enjoy the brilliant
Flotsam / Jetsam (Nathan & David
Zellner | Austin, TX | 5:15)
"The Seven Seas. The largest, most treacherous
collection of water in the entire world. The thirst
for adventure pumps through my veins like blood from
a turnip. There is no room for error, every detail has
been planned to the nth degree. Tanning lotion to protect
us from the sun, oranges from scurvy, but nothing can
protect us from the primal horrors lurking in the darkest
David Zellner's production diary.
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.
film is part of a 7-part series about the North Brooklyn
environment. Watch them all at VBS.tv.
(Brian Doyle | Brooklyn & Cape Canaveral, FL | 24:00)
Funded in part by the Rooftop Filmmakers' Fund. Shots
of a decayed NASA site, culminating in the spectacular
launch of a space shuttle.
Harrachov (Matt Hulse & Joost van Veen |
Scotland | 10:20)
Piece by piece, a menacing machine-system is constructed.
Combining live action, stop-frame animation and a kinetic
sculpture, Harrachov explores the effect of an arcane
force that, like a black hole, exerts an irresistible
power upon certain objects and materials.
FourDocs: The Collector
(Martin Hampton & Leonie Hampton | United Kingdom
A portrait of Christian Guienne, who has collected from
the streets of his local town for 30 years. He gives
us a tour of his extraordinary collection and an insight
into his all-consuming obsession.
Salim Baba (Tim Sternberg | Brooklyn & India
Salim Muhammad has earned his living for 45 years by
screening discarded film fragments for neighborhood
children, on a hand-cranked projector bequeathed to
him by his father. Salim runs this enterprise with the
hope that his children will, in turn, inherit it from
The Show Must Go On (George Fort | Brooklyn
A mysterious singer and a group of animals are caught
in a storm aboard a small party ship. As the ship sinks
we are left to contemplate: is this merely the end of
our crew or could it be the end of mankind?
Coney Island, USA (Craig Butta | Brooklyn |
Ritchie, a down and out carnival hustler, struggles
to survive the gentrification of Coney Island. With
a new train station and more customers than ever, Ritchie
is unable to evolve in this changing world. The film
takes a glimpse into his last summer on Coney Island,
the demise of his business and his unrequited love for
a sideshow freak.
Motodrom (Joerg Wagner | Germany | 9:00)
The world of the hellriders in their wooden barrel:
men and motorbikes, speed and stunts, gasoline and adrenaline.
A dying fairground attraction, portrayed in a thrilling
homage with 5000 rounds per minute.
God Provides (Brian Cassidy & Melanie Shatzky
| Brooklyn & the Gulf Coast | 9:00)
God Provides is a portrait of unrelated people who are
temporarily bound together in the immediate aftermath
of a major natural disaster.
Nijuman No Borei (Jean-Gabriel Periot | France
200,000 phantoms - Hiroshima 1926-2006.
and the Medicinal Pen
Drew is a day-dreamer and late-sleeper. He is a doodler
and entrepreneur. He also
makes music, lots of music: cigarette-butts-in-Chinese-food,
vodka-breath, bedroom-pop music. Late at night he
draws graffiti of dead TV's. He
is scrappy and young, and moved to NYC from Philadelphia.
He currently resides on
the Lower East Side where he plays shows regularly
and survives on a diet of tuna