FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 9pm
The Romantic Version (shorts)
At Automotive High School (50 Bedford Ave, at N. 13th street)
SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 9pm
Rural Route Films (shorts)
In Gowanus / Park Slope
The roof of The Old American Can Factory (232 3rd Street, @ 3rd Ave.)
(From Rooftop Films Press Release:)
-NOTE ABOUT ROOFTOPS-
Shows at Automotive High School (Fridays) are on the lawn.
Shows at The Old American Can Factory (Saturdays) are on the roof.
Why do you come to Rooftop Films? Is it for the building? Probably not, although our buildings are wonderful. Is it for the view?
You come to Rooftop Films to watch amazing movies outside. At Automotive HS, we’re doing shows on a beautiful, grassy lawn. We’ve got chairs, or bring a blanket. Snacks and drinks are there, or bring your own. The movies mix with the backdrop of the street and the city, the sounds mingle with ice cream trucks and soccer games. We’ll let you know when circumstances arise to let us on the roof, but just like last year (when we did some shows on a pier, in a parking lot, on an island), Rooftop Films is more about a mindset than a place. No matter what the elevation, the idea is the same: great, new, independent movies you can’t see anywhere else . . . outdoors!
We’re conveniently located on Bedford Ave, right in the heart of Williamsburg. The space is lovely, the films are fantastic, summer’s here and the time is right for Rooftop Films. Come on down, this Friday (and Saturday) and many many more.
• In the event of rain, the shows are indoors at the same location.
• Tickets are $8, available at the door or online here.
• Discount subscription packages are also available for one or multiple shows.
• Dress warmly, as it’s cooler when you’re outside sitting still.
• Directions are below and available here.
THE ROMANTIC VERSION (short films)
Friday, June 24, at 9pm at Automotive High School (Williamsburg)
The weather’s getting warm. The days are long and the nights are deep. Everybody’s hooking up or getting hitched. Or breaking up and finding someone new.
This collection of short films about love is sexy and funny, startling and heartbreaking, revealing and revolting. This is a risqué show, so why not risk your romance and bring a date?
We’ll show you what romantic sacrifice is like in an charming cannibalistic African musical folk tale (Mother’s Day by award-winning novelist Tsitsi Dangaremga) and what it’s like to lock yourself in your room with your lover till starvation sets in (I’d Rather Be Dead Than Live in This World by Andrew Semans). We’ve got films about teen sex on Staten Island (No Cinderella Story by Michael Keenan), and childhood crushes in the animated ‘burbs (Hopeless Romantic by Bill Burg).
We’ve got a wistful, wandering, home movie (Heartbreaker by Mark Elijah Rosenberg, with music by Lucky Dragons), and the story of a guy who falls in love with a home movie (Sheree by Colin Palombi). A freewheeling fantasy film (Dream Lover Fondue by Trixy Sweetvittles) and a forbidden love in an animated future (Communications Factory by Jen Sachs).
Plus the brand new film by the animation king of twisted relationship, Bill Plympton’s The Fan and the Flower, featuring the voice of Paul Giamatti.
So put on your tight shirts, your short skirts, ‘cause love hurts but Rooftop Films is full of flirts.
RURAL ROUTE FILMS (short films)
Saturday, June 25, 9pm at The Old American Can Factory (Gowanus)
Let's face it: we’re city kids at Rooftop Films. We grew up in cities. We show films from and about cities. Heck, even our manifesto makes note of how showing films in a city is so important.
But sometimes even we need a little grass, some trees, and the sweet air of a backyard racetrack.
So once again we've invited the wonderful Rural Route Film Festival to help bring us -- and you -- to greener pastures, grander vistas and greasier garages.
This wonderful show has fantastic films about farming, including a beautifully abstract meditation on wheat harvests and sheep shearing (Season on the Move by Cindy Stillwell); a sober and sweet story about a wise French vineyard farmer (Painter of the Land by Joel Fendelman); and a documentary about the right way to process poultry (so long as mom can keep all her fingers), using humane techniques and family values (This is Our Slaughterhouse by Matthew Boerman).
We've also got mind-opening animated film about a wandering writer (Ed Goes Home by Jason Halperin) and a energizing film that literally runs across the country (Westless American by Erik Nelson); a subtle and stirring documentary about one man's attempt to catch one of the largest beasts in North America (The Bear Hunter by Mary Robertson), and a Yiddish cartoon folk tale about the slaughter of a magical working animal (The Tale of the Goat, Max Cohen).
And no trip to the country would be complete without some shooting and racing, so load up your car, cause's Saturday night's for letting loose with Lead by Seth Wochensky and 4-Cylinder 400 by Garret Savage, Bray Harlo & John Finn). As the race organizer says, "There are three rules here: 1. The car's got to be under $300. 2. The car's got to be 4-Cylinder. 3. That's it!"
Come rock n roll the rural at Rooftop Films.
AUTOMOTIVE HIGH SCHOOL – FRIDAY NIGHT
Automotive High School is located at 50 Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Just a few blocks north of the main drag, Automotive is directly across Bedford Ave from McCarren Park, between N. 12th Street and Lorimer. Shows here are on the lovely, grassy lawn.
THE OLD AMERICAN CAN FACTORY – SATURDAY NIGHT
The Old American Can Factory is located in Park Slope/Gowanus, Brooklyn, at 232 3rd Street, at the corner of 3rd Avenue. It's the giant brick building complex between 3rd and 4th Aves. Shows here are on the roof.
Rooftop Films offers great group rates, and wants to find collections of people who might be interested in seeing some of the cool and quirky short films we show. If you and your school class, snake charming club, tattoo parlor friends, or other loosely affiliated group would like to attend a show together, contact Program Director Dan Nuxoll for details about discounts.