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Rooftop Films: Downtown Locals

By Mike Everleth ⋅ September 7, 2006

First off, my apologies to the fine folks at Rooftop Films. I totally spaced on getting up their Thursday 9/7 screening info up. But to make up for that, I’m doing the entire rest of the month of September in one shot here and then just shoot out reminder posts in the coming weeks. Without further ado, here’s your September schedule:

Friday, Sep. 8:
8:30 p.m.: “Twinklebum UK & The Shooters.” Featuring seven short home movies by filmmaker Lee Kern and a selection of shorts from Shooting People Films. Preceded by music from Brooklyn-based band Koester. Screening on the lawn of Automotive High School, 50 Beford Ave., b/w N. 12th and Lorimer, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Saturday, Sep. 9:
8:30 p.m.: “Dark Toons.” I don’t normally list the opening act first, but this is a special event: The evening will begin with music by members of the band Fugazi (Brendan Canty) and Califone (Jim Becker). Now that should rock! This will be followed by 17 disturbing animated films, including Bill Plympton‘s Guide Dog and work by Adam Phillips, Susi Wilkinson, Thomas Schober, Victor Throe, Tom Comley, Gints Apsis and many more. Screening on the roof of 210 Cook St., Bushwick, Brooklyn. (If I still lived in NYC, I’d attend this in a heartbeat.) (And P.S. Raindate = Sunday, 9/10.)

Thursday, Sep. 14:
8:30 p.m.: Bata-Ville: We Are Not Afraid of the Future, dir, Karen Guthrie & Nina Pope. Documentary filmmakers Guthrie and Pope gathered together 42 workers of the Bata shoe company and took them on a road trip to visit the home town of Bata’s charismatic leader, Tomas Bata. Preceded by live music by PG6. Screening on the roof of Downtown Community Television (DCTV), 87 Lafayette, Tribeca.

Friday, Sep. 15:
8:30 p.m.: Downtown Locals, dir. Rory & Robin Muir. A profile of six NYC subway “performers,” including a guy who stands motionless for hours, another guy who dances with a doll attached to his shoes (Hey, I remember him!) and a female accordian player. Preceded by live performances from the stars of the film. Screening on the lawn of Automotive High School, 50 Beford Ave., b/w N. 12th and Lorimer, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Saturday, Sep. 16:
8:30 p.m.: What Is Paper Mache?, dir. Jesse Malings. Originally shown during Rooftop Film’s 2002 series, this documentary tells the unusual story of a 17-year-old girl who brings a 27-year-old stranger to her prom. Preceded by the short film L’ete de Noura by Pescal Tessaud and the live acoustic sounds of Just About To Burn. Screening on the roof of the Old American Can Factory, 232 3rd St. at 3rd Ave., Gowanus, Brooklyn. (P.S. Screening limited to first 200 guests.)

Friday, Sep. 22 (CLOSING NIGHT!):
8:30 p.m.: All film details TBA. But I think it’s going to be a shorts program.

As always, for more info and to buy tickets early (many shows will probably sell out), please visit the official Rooftop Films website.