Kickstarter Film Festival
$10 at the door or online via Kickstarter
Friday Jul 9, 2010
8:00Doors Open
8:30Live Music
9:00Films Begin
11:30Reception in courtyard
***Restrictions: No refunds ~ In the event of rain, show will go on indoors at the same location ~ Seating is first come, first served. Physical seats are limited. This means you may not get a chair. You are welcome to bring a blanket and sit picnic-style, but no alcohol is permitted.
In case of rain, the screening will be held indoors at the same location.

The Old American Can Factory
Roof and Courtyard
232 Third St. at 3rd Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215
F/G to Carroll St. or R to Union


This Show Presented in Partnership With
5th Avenue Business Improvement District
New York Magazine
Vitamin Water / smartwater
XO Projects

Rooftop Films joins forces with Kickstarter to present a selection of film, video and art projects supported on the new crowd-source funding website

Support Rooftop's Extend the Summer Kickstarter Campaign.

Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative ideas and ambitious endeavors, and in the last year hundreds of filmmakers, musicians, artists and organizations have made use of their unique services to get their projects started and finished. Based around the idea that a good idea, communicated well, can spread fast and wide, Kickstarter is spearheading a revolution in creative fundraising, helping artists build their own supportive communities. On this evening we will celebrate many of the exciting new projects that are being produced with support generated through

If you spend a little time at film festivals these days you will hear a lot of griping about the sorry state of financing for independent films. People are quick to declare that the indie film model is broken and that there are no easy answers on the horizon. And the crisis, many doomsayers declare, is not limited to the film world: all independent media is in danger, in one way or another, as a result of the internet and the way that it has transformed the way we consumer media.

There is little doubt that many of the tried and true approaches to raising production funds that were used in the past will not work in the 21st century. But there are a great many innovative new organizations, filmmakers, communities and entrepreneurs who are ready to respond to the challenge and who are discovering new ways to get underground films made, experimental albums recorded, graphic novels printed, alternative video game programmed. At the forefront of this movement is Kickstarter, an online service that brings creators together with supporters.

The basic concept is simple: creators open an account on Kickstarter and post a description (and usually a video) explaining their project and why they need help to get it funded, along with a set goal and a deadline for meeting that goal and a list of goods or services contributors will receive at various donation levels. Once they post their project, the clock starts ticking. If the creators reach their fundraising goal by the deadline, then they get all the money they raised. If they don't reach their goals, they get zilch, and nobody's credit card gets charged.

So why does Kickstarter work? There are a variety of reasons, to be sure. But most importantly, Kickstarter connects artists with their supporters in a very direct way--supporters get regular progress updates and are invited to parties and special events, making them a part of the completion and premiere of the works that they helped to make possible. Breaking down the boundary between creator and supporter creates a new sort of bond between fans and artists, and the appeal of that is obvious; who wouldn't want to have been one of the donors that helped The Pixies to record their first EP? Who wouldn't have given $50 to help Godard buy his film stock for Pierrot Le Fou?

Perhaps the labels, studios, corporations and established benefactors which once supported such artists will be less accessible in the coming years, but projects like Kickstarter make it possible for supporters to actively participate in the creative process and support their favorite creators from the very beginning. Perhaps, as a result, artists will be able to continue to create their work independently without that meaning that they will have to do it all by themselves.

-Dan Nuxoll

The Event:
The festival will feature 90 minutes of film and video from a dozen Kickstarter projects, including feature films, stop-motion animation, documentaries, art, and dance. All of them amazing. There's much more than film, though. We're lucky enough to have a handful of Kickstarter food projects serving as vendors for the event. They'll be selling things like artisanal sodas, homemade ice cream, amazing pies, fresh vegetables from urban farms, delicious cakes, and more. It's going to be delicious. There will also be music! Before the screening enjoy the amazing Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band, the focus of the Kickstarter-funded Brasslands documentary. Watch the project video for more.

The American Can Factory holds roughly 398 people---199 on the roof and 199 in the courtyard below (there are two screens). This project's tickets are for the rooftop seats (some are being reserved for the filmmakers and press). 199 courtyard seats will be sold at the door on the night of the festival, weather-permitting.


The Woods by Matthew Lessner
A feature about a group of kids who's attempted Utopia in the Oregon forest turns Lord of the Flies. One of the earliest Kickstarter film projects, and a longtime staff favorite. We'll preview an extended trailer.

Battle of Brooklyn by David Beilinson, Suki Hawley and Michael Galinksy
A documentary about the Atlantic Yards fight over a Brooklyn neighborhood (about 15 blocks from the festival) between a sports franchise and the people who live there. Another 20 minute premiere.

Little Brass Bird by Robin Poppert, Rhodrick Magsino & Elliott Bambrough
A stop-motion short from Chicago. Every aspect is DIY and handmade. This should be on Adult Swim right now!

Staring at the Sun by Olivia Wyatt
The latest ethno-folk cinema classic from Sublime Frequencies. Ethiopia is known to be one of the oldest areas inhabited by humans. Photographer/filmmaker Olivia Wyatt explores 13 different tribes throughout Ethiopia in this visually stunning film. The trailer is completely amazing and a must-watch.

Flood Tide by Todd Chandler A road movie on a river. It tells the story of four musicians who create extraordinary boats out of ordinary junk and set out for open water. This one will wow you.

Chess Movie: The Story of I.S. 318 -- The Best Jr. High Chess Team in the Country by Katie and Nelson Dellamaggiore
A documentary about a Brooklyn middle school with the best chess team in the country and not much else. An amazing story.

A Short Lecture of a Different Time by Karim Muasher
It's not a Kickstarter party if there isn't something 8-bit. Karim's 8-bit short on the history of, well, everything is excellent.

Putty Hill by Matthew Porterfield
A young man's death in Baltimore unites a fractured family and their community through shared memory and loss. Just given four stars by Roger Ebert!

Somatic Natural History Archive by Karl Cronin Karl is documenting his dance-derived imitations of various -- and eventually every --endangered US plant and animal species. He will debut a new piece about the Gulf of Mexico.

Lake Beast by Vance Reeser An animated short about a man haunted by a vision he once saw in a mysterious lake. An early Kickstarter favorite.

Jens Pulver: Driven by Gregory Bayne
A documentary about a champion UFC fighter and his last match. Its Kickstarter project was a smashing success, raising more than $25,000 in just 20 days.

In Transit Presents 16mm
by Jonathan Dueck
Jonathan painted 16mm film cells and collaborated with some amazing musicians for a fractured accompaniment. The result is haunting and mesmerizing.


We've invited a handful of Kickstarter project creators to join us at the festival. This includes cool things like Trade School and Windowfarms, as well as food vendors like Cakestarter, Brooklyn Soda Works, Ice Cream Club, Pie in the Park, Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm, and more. Yum!


Every cent raised by this project will go towards paying for the costs of the event. Any additional funds will be donated to the Rooftop Filmmakers Grants fund.

Presented in partnership with: IFC, New York magazine, Kickstarter, vitaminwater & XO Projects

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