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Rooftop Films: In July and On the Web

By Mike Everleth ⋅ July 11, 2006

Older woman stands next to golf cart in the desert

As promised, here’s the lineup of films for the rest of July for Rooftop Films, the summer-long film festival that’s held on roofs all across Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Thursday, July 13, 8:30 p.m.:
Feature film: Motorcycle, dir. Paul Gordon. The title vehicle brings together three strangers — a heartbroken man, an unfulfilled bicycle messenger and an angry punk teen. This is the New York premiere of the film. Preceded by live music by Brian Grosz, frontman of Dogs of War. Screening on the lawn of Open Road Park, E. 12th St. b/w 1st Ave. & Ave. A.

Friday, July 14, 8:30 p.m.:
Shorts collection: “New York Non-Fiction.” Details TBA. Screening on the roof of Automotive High School, 50 Bedford Ave. b/w N. 12th St. and Lorimer.

Saturday, July 15, 8:30 p.m.:
Feature film: Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea, dir. Chris Metzler & Jeff Springer. A documentary on one of the worst ecological disasters in America. Narrated by John Waters. Also playing at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival this July. Preceded by live music by Hero Park. Screening on the roof of the Old American Can Factory, 232 3rd St. at 3rd Ave., Gowanus, Brooklyn. (Read the underground movie review)

Thursday, July 20, 8:30 p.m.:
Feature film: Rwanda: The Hills Speak, dir. Bernard Bellefroid. A documentary covering the trials of three war criminals after the hideous massacre eleven years ago. Shown with selected shorts. Preceded by a live band TBA. Screening on the roof of Downtown Community Television (DCTV), 87 Lafayette, Tribeca.

Friday, July 21, 8:30 p.m.:
Shorts collection: “Circus Shorts: Clowns and Rollercoasters.” Thirteen short films about the excitement and terror of circuses and amusement parks. (Not to single any one out, but Not Just an Ugly Face by Raj Yagnik about the art of “gurning,” i.e. making extremely ugly faces, sounds fascinating.) Preceded by carnie music by Tom Warnick & The World’s Fair. Screening under the High Line in the outdoor area at Bortolami Dayan Gallery, 510 W. 25th St. b/w 10th & 11th Aves, Manhattan.

Saturday, July 22, 8:30 p.m.:
Shorts collection: “Animation Block Party.” An astounding twenty-four short animated films from the Animation Block Party film festival (July 22-24), including Guide Dog, a new short by Bill Plympton. Preceded by Brooklyn fringe music sensation Vic Thrill + The Saturn Missile. Screening on the roof of Automotive High School, 50 Bedford Ave. b/w N. 12th St. and Lorimer.

Thursday, July 27, 8:30 p.m.:
Feature film: When Adnan Comes Home, dir. Andrew Berends. A documentary about an Iraqi teenager who is unjustly imprisoned during the current war. Preceded by the short film La Plaine (The Field), dir. Roland Edzard and music by the psychedelic pan-Mediterranean band Pharaoh’s Daugher. Screening on the roof of the 14th St. Y, 344 E. 14th St. b/w First & Second Aves.

Friday, July 28, 8:30 p.m.:
Shorts collection: “Rebel Girls.” An outdoor film and concert night featuring the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls bands and short films by women. Screening on the lawn of Open Road Park, 11th & 12th Sts. b/w 1st Ave. and Ave. A in the East Village.

Saturday, July 29, 8:30 p.m.:
Feature film: Songbirds, dir. Brian Hill. A documentary about the rise of female prisoners in the UK, which has risen 173% in the past decade. Preceded by DIY musician Kelly Slusher. Screening on the roof of Automotive High School, 50 Bedford Ave. b/w N. 12th St. and Lorimer.

Rooftop Films has also announced that they will be premiering a new short film every Friday on Salon.com‘s new video section: Video Dog. The Video Dog site seems to be mostly viral video-y, but I guess they’re going to be mixing it up with short films, too.

As always, for more info, please visit the Rooftop Films official site.