6/11/14

Rooftop Films Screens Documentaries in Brooklyn

"Living Stars"
Thursday, June 19 through Saturday June 21, Rooftop Films will screen three documentary films in Brooklyn, taking film-goers from the Pacific Northwest rainforests to the trailer parks of Ventura, California to the music-filled neighborhoods of Buenos Aires.

On June 19, Rooftop will screen The Last Season (Sara Dosa | 78 min.) at Brooklyn Grange, 63 Flushing Avenue, Building #3 at Brooklyn Navy Yard.

September in rural Chemult, Oregon and a group of migrant workers – most Southeast Asian -- is hunting matsutake mushrooms. Seasoned veteran Kouy was a platoon leader in Cambodia’s Khmer Freedom Fighters who battled the Khmer Rouge and learned foraging while enslaved. Roger, once a sniper with the US Special Forces in Vietnam, is Kouy's ailing father figure. As the two search for underground networks of mushrooms, they slowly unearth the roots of their unlikely friendship. 

Told over the course of a season, the documentary journeys into the wilderness, the memory of war and survival, and unexpected family.

8:00PM Doors open/sponsored by New Amsterdam Spirits and Bulleit Bourbon
8:30PM Live music
9:00PM Film begins
10:45PM Q and A with filmmaker Sara Dosa

June 20, Giuseppe Makes a Movie (Adam Rifkin | 83 min.)  at The Old American Can Factory, 232 Third Street at Third Avenue in Gowanus. 

In Ventura, California lives former child actor Giuseppe Andrews, who appeared in 90’s hits like Independence Day, Never Been Kissed and Detroit Rock City. He has left behind the glitz of his youth and is now fomenting a lo-fi artistic revolution from his trailer park home. With the help of friends and neighbors, he has knocked out 30 vibrantly anarchic low-budget feature films to date. It’s all about the vibe, and with his handwritten scripts, consumer video camera, and aerodynamic spandex suit, Giuseppe's got “vibe” in spades.

The film documents Andrews’ creative process as he shoots his latest feature film, Garbanzo Gas in just two days. Andrews' friend, homeless Vietnam Ron, plays a vegan cow on vacation from the slaughterhouse in a film that conflates Hollywood and underground.

Giuseppe's films may look like early John Waters, Harmony Korine and George Kuchar, but intellectually, he's closer to Buñuel, Cassavetes and Fassbinder:  a one-of-a-kind character who has improvised a family unit out of a lovable band of misfits.

8:00PM Doors open
8:30PM Live music
9:00PM Film begins
10:30PM Q and A with filmmaker Adam Rifkin
11:30PM After party sponsored by New Amsterdam Vodka

On June 21, Rooftop will screen Living Stars (Marion Cohn, Gastón Duprat | Argentina | 60 min.)at Industry City, 220 36th Street, in Sunset Park.

Free with RSVP. 

No script, no plot, just music and dance: from a precocious body-popping prodigy to a cross-dressing pizza delivery guy to a Spice Girls-loving Gaucho.  Living Stars is a 60- minute dance party, and everyone’s invited. 

Traveling through Buenos Aires, directors Mariano Cohn and Gaston Duprat set out to capture real people, in everyday settings, dancing to their favorite pop songs. The result is an entrancing portrait of the city and its remarkably rhythmical inhabitants. Young and old, coordinated and not, dancing to everything from hip-hop to swing, Living Stars presents a cross-section of dancing fools.

A series of static wide shots presents an array of participants—identified solely by name and occupation—dancing, Living Stars is wonderfully simple, yet resonant. 

While it takes its cues from YouTube dance videos, it attests to the power of dance to bring people together, while subtly counteracting internet anomie.

Riotously popular at Sundance. 

Be prepared to dance.

8:00PM Doors open
8:30PM Live music
9:00PM Film begins
11:30PM After-party sponsored by New Amsterdam Vodka.

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