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Rooftop Films: Umami

By Mike Everleth ⋅ June 29, 2010

Audience watching a movie on a rooftop

July 3
8:00 p.m.
The Old American Can Factory
232 Third St. at 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Hosted by: Rooftop Films

Rooftop Films, the summertime underground film screening series that takes place on rooftops all across New York City, will be paying tribute to another unique film festival with this special screening of several short films. The Umami Festival is a biennial event that uses art to shine a spotlight on the challenges of modern food production.

The word “umami” is a Japanese word that describes the human tongue’s fifth taste after sweet, salty, bitter and sour. This is the taste sensation of what could be called “meaty” or “earthy.”

So, using that as a guideline, the Umami Festival showcases films that take a unique, creative look at food, not just the simple food preparation shows one might find on the Food Network. Food, too, can be as much of an artistic medium as much as film is.

The short films from the Umami Festival that will be screening on the roof of Brooklyn’s Old American Can Factory all take common, everyday foods that are generally taken for granted and transforms them into new, unexpected, savory experiences.

For more info on this particular screening and for more screenings that will be going on throughout the summer, please visit Rooftop Films’ official website. And for more info on the Umami Festival, please visit their official website.

The list of films screening at this particular event are:

Eggs and Bells, dir. Annie Lanzillotto
Egg, dir. Hyun Joo Min
Chicken, dir. Hyun Joo Min
First the Dishes, Then the Revolution, dir. Jeff Stark
Excerpts from Five Feelings About Food: Anticipation and Satisfaction by Mimi Oka and Doug Fitch, directed by Cornelia Ravenal, edited by Mikael Sodersten
Chickpea Masala in 4 Movement, dir. Steve Bradley
Selections from The Starving Artist Cookbook by EIDIA, the interdisciplinary collaborators Melissa Wolf and Paul Lamarre
Virtual Bread, dir. Rebecca Nagle
Miss Lucy, dir. Tami Marks (Tami Ben-Shahar)
Gefilte Fish, dir. Boaz Arad
Happy Birthday, dir. Natalia Panfile
Today’s Special is…, dir. Bara K. Jichova
Moon Worshipers, dir. Phyllis Bulkin Lehrer, sound by Man Yee Lam
Meat Poem #6 (man becoming machine chews to the future), dir. Bradley Chriss