is What We Mean By Short Films…
Simple films with complex ideas; award-winning shorts
that leave a long impression.
Admission: TONIGHT'S SHOW IS SOLD OUT! Tickets
for next week's New
York Non-Fiction show are available online now.
Friday, June 8, 2007
8:30 - Live music by Luke
9:00 - Short Films
11:00 - 1:00 - After Party at Fontana's
with an open bar courtesy of Dewar's, martin Miller's
Gin and New York Magazine
Admission: $8.00 at the door, just $5.00 online
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
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This Is What We Mean By Short Films
Day after day, you put your keys down in the exact same
place, you watch the same kung fu movies, you cheer
with the crowd on cue. Does it matter that you fell
in love on a day when there's a war going on halfway
around the world? Will anyone notice if you're abducted
by aliens? It's a vast and complicated world without
a lot of time for little kids with vertigo, misplaced
dogs, stick figures named Bill.
But this is your world. These little things are your
life. It does matter if you can climb that jungle gym.
There is comfort in having your TV fixed by dinner time.
The score of the game isn't significant; your participation
The brilliance of these short films is that they have
simple plots but complex ideas, short running times
but long-lasting emotional impact. At Rooftop Films,
we provide a venue for emerging and established filmmakers
who make deeply personal cinema, films that offer intimate
looks into individual lives and distinct communities
worldwide. Rather than focus on grandiose topics or
artistic abstractions, we show movies that explore single
moments in time and place. This is what our festival
is all about. This is what we mean by short films…
A Lesson in Filmmaking (Nacho Vigalondo | Madrid,
Spain | 2:30)
A terrifying toy. An unsuspecting cow. Our new favorite
crazy Spanish filmmaker. It's not as hard as you might
think to make a brilliant short film. www.nachovigalondo.com
Wir Sind Dir Treu (We Are The Faithful)
(Michael Koch Koln, Switzerland | 9:00)
The Swiss football team FC Basel’s crowd animator
gives his all for the team: he decides what music to
play at matches and choreographs the fans to peak performance.
It’s all about the energy and emotion he transmits
to the fans and how he directs them. Or is it rather
the game itself that the fans follow?
For(r)est in the Des(s)ert
(Luiso Berdejo | San Sebastian, Spain | 12:00)
Forest does not live here anymore. A young boy searches
for his alien-abducted freind, finding clues in boxes
of Golden Grahams and frog intestines.
By Modern Measure (Matthew Lessner | Nehalem,
OR | 5:30)
An amateur French sociologist presents his observations
on a day in the life to two young Americans who meet
by chance outside a Taco Bell on October 08, 2006.
Everything Will Be OK (Don Hertzfeldt | Goleta,
CA | 17:00)
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for US Short Film
at 2007 Sundance Film Festival
An absolutely stunning film that mixes animation, still
photos and abstract imagery to tell the story of a little
stick figure named Bill and a small series of dark and
troubling events which lead him to an epiphany about
the meaning of his life -- or the lack thereof.
Dog Days (Geoffroy de Crecy | Paris, France
A delightfully bizarre animation in which an adorable
dog and an ugly girl are switched at birth, causing
life-changing ramifications for them and their families.
The Little Gorilla (Harry Kellerman | New York,
NY | 12:00)
A jungle gym as big as the Empire State Building. A
boy who's afraid to climb it. A sweet and magical film
about two brothers helping each other overcome their
The Tube With a Hat (Radu Jude | Bucharest, Romania
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for International
Short Film at 2007 Sundance Film Festival
A boy from a small village wakes up his father and persuades
him to go to the city to fix their TV. This rural neo-realist
film is filled with subtle and brilliant details which
illuminate the father-son relationship and the divide
between the poor family and the gruff people in Bucharest.
Temple is not so much concerned with hidden worlds
but with the landscape of the one around us. The concrete
world is a series of relationships. Form is established
by it's relationship to empty space. There will always
be tension and release in an unending line as long as
there is no border. Life surprises most of us , we can
never see its composition, our birth is one side of
the frame and our death will be the other. A song is
the rise and fall of an empire. Like seeing the world
from a plane.