For the eighth consecutive year, Rooftop Films is teaming up with Sundance Film Festival to present some of our favorite shorts from their most recent festival. Featuring innovative work by the latest generation of independent filmmakers, this riveting collection of films captures the ecstasy of athletic achievement and the obsessiveness of miniature model-makers; musical odes to afro-futurism and quiet documentation of a deep south homestead ritual; found-footage investigations of pop-culture interconnectivity and deceptively simple political satire masquerading as children’s info-tainment. This diverse program represents some of the most daring short form filmmakers working today, and captures the wildly varied storytelling modes being explored worldwide.
Corina Schwingruber Ilić | Switzerland | 10
Under the spell of mass entertainment on the high seas.
David N. Nessl | US | 10
My dog had a dream and he told me about it. I made a movie about that dream. This is that movie.
Alexandra Lazarowich | Canada | 14
"Fast Horse" follows the return of the Blackfoot bareback horse racing tradition in a new form: the Indian Relay. Siksika horseman Allison RedCrow struggles to build a team with second-hand races and a new jockey, Cody BigTobacco to take on the best riders in the Blackfoot Confederacy at the Calgary Stampede.
Life in Miniature
Ellen Evans | UK | 5
Kath Holden is an artist of the everyday. Inspired by the world around her, Kath's creations are whimsical yet keenly observed, and a far cry from the genteel museum pieces that her contemporaries are producing. A proud Yorkshire woman, Kath reflects on her life and art as she carves a place for herself in the precious world of miniatures.
As Told to G/D Thyself
The Ummah Chroma (Bradford Young, Terence Nance, Jenn Nkiru, Marc Thomas & Kamasi Washington) | US | 22
The story of the sacred youth and the stakes of a cosmic journey. Where the embodiment and the pain, pleasure and sublimation there-in are non-negotiable.
Everything You Wanted to Know About Sudden Birth * ( * but were afraid to ask )
Scott Calonico | US | 11
Everything You Wanted to Know About Sudden Birth* (*but were afraid to ask) is the amazing story of how the Berkeley police department, the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands, an Academy Award winner and Star Trek’s Mr. Spock are all connected by "Sudden Birth,” one of the most unintentionally hilarious and disturbing educational films ever created.
RaMell Ross | US | 14
With a baited handling of American symbolism, this is an examination of five Alabama men who resurrect the homestead ritual of hog processing in the Deep South under the guidance of Johnny Blackmon.
QNA is a band from New York City. With a cultural background that spans across American, Afro-Caribbean, South-East Asian and European traditions, they make music that reflects their love of adventure. They fuse a multitude of genres; but having studied under the likes of John Pattitucci, Danilo Perez, and The Last Poets, their music is in the language of jazz and hip-hop. XII, their debut EP has attracted the attention of Sway’s Universe amongst others. Their motto is simple: don’t try so hard. Stop overthinking, keep exploring, and stay listening.
Live Music from QNA
Film screenings at Liberty Park on the World Trade Center campus are presented by The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. This a free event. In the case of rain, show will be rescheduled. No outside alcohol is permitted.
140 Liberty Street, New York, NY 10006