Trapped Inside the Machine
Self-fulfilling prophecies and inescapable stories. Beautiful, funny and weird short films about falling toward your fate.

FRI., JUNE 29, 2007
8:30 - Live Music by A Three Ring Circus (details)
9:00 - Movies Begin
11-1AM -After Party: Open Bar at Bar Matchless
(557 Manhattan Avenue @ Driggs)
Courtesy of Dewar's Scotch Whisky and Martin Miller's Gin

On the lawn of Automotive High School

50 Bedford Ave, between N. 12th and Lorimer, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
In the event of rain the show is indoors at the same location.

Book Drive at All Automotive Shows:

Donate your old books to the Automotive library! Details HERE

Tickets -$8 at the door or $5 online HERE with code: RFJUNE
Ticket include FREE two-hour open bar at Bar Matchless

Presented in partnership with -, New York magazine, MNN & Automotive High School.

Trapped Inside the Machine

You wake up in the morning -- the same empty room, the same dull coffeemaker, the same boring outfit day after day. But you've got a growing sense that there's more to life than this monotony. There's a glow piercing the walls of sameness (Startle Pattern; Haysha Royko), a sting on your neck where a hideous new tattoo has appeared (Bobby Bird), and an ache inside of you that screams out, "I am an intergalactic superhero!" (Code 7).

You want to tear off these shabby clothes (t.o.m.), smash false idols and hoard precious jewels (Rabbit), return to your rapidly fading future (La Ruta Natural). Come with us in this stunning short film program as we flea our fate, escape the crush of the machine, and enter worlds where hand puppets rule the hands that don them (Puppet), where the clouds are filled with sheep (Niebla) and where the Tooth Fairy is more than a myth (The Truth About Tooth). Like a ball of jagged metal and broken glass hurtling down a desert highway (Bobby Bird), there's no escaping your fate. But these wonderful and wicked films will make the trip worth the while.

Code 7 (Nacho Vigalondo | Spain | 10:00)

An epic trilogy of starship battles and crumbling realities, set in a kitchen in Madrid. The ultimate adaptation of Philip K. Dick's works, from the Oscar-nominated (and Rooftop veteran) director Nacho Vigalondo.

Startle Pattern (Eric Patrick | Greensboro, NC | 12:47)
Funded in part by the Rooftop Filmmakers' Fund. An interior space of a puppet becomes increasingly reflective, revealing the artifice of his own creation, and leaving his form tattered and decayed.

Haysha Royko (Miranda July | Portland, OR | 4:00)
In Haysha Royko, three people sit nonchalantly in airport chairs, while their different-colored auras, or something much like auras, shape shift, overlap, and compete.

Through These Trackless Waters
(Elizabeth Henry | New York, NY 12:20)

Courtesy of MNN and Eye Am: Women Behind the Lens

The ecology of the planet connects with the ecology of our minds. In the waking dream, all is juxtaposed and, as Kuleshov discovered, all is related.

Puppet (Patrick Smith | New York, NY | 7:00)
A young man fabricates a simple sock puppet, not knowing the abuse the entity will soon inflict upon itís creator. Through an escalating series of torture, the possessed puppet takes on the embodiment of fear, chaos, and willful self-destruction.

t.o.m. (Tom Brown & Daniel Gray | United Kingdom | 3:00)
Winner of the Honorable Mention at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. The animated journey of a young boy with an affinity for a little extra exposure.

Bobby Bird: The Devil in Denim
(Carson D. Mell | Pasadena, CA | 7:00)

Aging rock musician Bobby Bird explains the origins of his many tattoos, with the aid of animated flashbacks.

Tales of Mere Existence II: Things I Have Worried About
(Lev | San Francisco, CA | 2:20)

Neo-neurotic animator Lev returns to Rooftop to tell us his fears, from childhood till the present.

Niebla (Fog) (Emilio Ramos | Spain | 7:30)
Led by the words of an old man, we will witness the extraordinary, magical event that changed the life of a village forgotten amid the fog.

Rabbit (Run Wrake | London | 8:30)
When a boy and a girl find an idol in the stomach of a rabbit, its magical abilities lead to riches, but for how long?

The Truth About Tooth (Hazel Baillie | Scotland | 10:00)
A true insight into the meticulous world of the Tooth Fairy, exploring the importance of myth and lies in escaping the tedium of everyday life.

La Ruta Natural (Alex Pastor | Spain | 11:30)
David wakes up after an accident to find himself lost. His home, his supposed wife... everything is unknown to him. Maybe the answers he needs lie in the past.

The Touch (Vanessa Woods | New York, NY | 2:50)
Courtesy of MNN and Eye Am: Women Behind the Lens

A visual interpretation of Anne Sextonís fateful poem of the same name. "And all this is metaphor. / An ordinary hand -- just lonely / for something to touch / that touches back."

Check out great films on Eye Am: Women Behind the Lens

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Music: A Three Ring Circus

Ross Lipton sounds like ten one-armed men playing the same piano. William Spritzler sings in a broken warbly voice about broken warbly things. With standup bass, keys, drums, and violin, A Three Ring Circus is the modern music equivalent of an olde time sideshow.

Book 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 appreciated.