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On The Lawn
50 Bedford Ave. at North 13th St., Brooklyn, NY 11222
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Spectacularly failing romances, including an alcoholic comedy, some stunning facts about the sexuality of one of the founding fathers, and a luscious documentary about a stripper / punk rocker husband and wife duo.
Maybe all love is doomed. Maybe to have genuine passion, you have to face real peril. Perhaps true love only surfaces when it's threatened, tested, lost and forged anew. In these films, couples face down outside threats-some crumble, some cohere stronger than ever. In these stories, lovers sew the seeds of their own destruction-some crash and burn, some rise together from the ashes. Because deep in all our hearts, we have clashing emotions. We want wild passion and steady companionship, we want spontaneity and stability, hot sex and good friends. We might drink, cheat, fight, fornicate with fuzzy creatures and run off to Vegas in a fit of fury, but the next morning, the next day, years later, from far away, we know we'll gladly suffer for that singular soul mate. Because love is confusing, love is conflicting, love may destroy us all, but goddamn love is hard to kill.
-Mark Elijah Rosenberg
The short films in this program are eligible for the Rooftop Films and Film Movement Distribution Award. At the end of the summer, Rooftop and Film Movement, the renowned distributor, will select one film from our festival for distribution, a rare achievement for a short. Headquartered in New York City, Film Movement is a full service distribution company dedicated to delivering the best in Foreign and Independent cinema to audiences all across the United States and Canada, in cities big and small.
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Presented in partnership with: IFC, New York magazine, Radeberger, Sailor Jerry, vitaminwater, Jack Goes Boating, Automotive High School, Matchless & Council Member David Yassky
80 Billion Guys (Kieran O'Hare | Brooklyn, NY | 3 min.)
In the early days of NYC beatniks and free love, one man can't come to terms with the new scene's role for him and his lover. Years later, this animated film recalls his biggest romantic regret. kmohare.com Brought to Rooftop by Brooklyn film collective thefilmshop.org.
Drunk History Vol. 2.5: Benjamin Franklin Likes To Fuck (Jeremy Konner, Derek Waters | Los Angeles, CA | 4 min.)
One night in November, Eric Falconer drank 8 vodka cranberries and then discussed a historical event.
Fuzzy Insides (Michaela Olsen | Brooklyn, NY | 5 min.)
A peek into the secret nightlife of a strange, squashy suburb. Four stop motion vignettes portray relationships that develop romantically and sexually, with a touch of awkwardness.
Quadrangle (Amy Grappell | Long Island, New York | 22 min.)
Quadrangle is an unconventional documentary about two "conventional" couples that swapped partners and lived in a group marriage in the early 1970s.
Successful Alcoholics (Jordan Vogt-Roberts | Los Angeles, CA | 25 min.)
In this uninhibited, inebriated comedy, Drake (TJ Miller) and Lindsay (Lizzy Caplan) are pushing their successful lives and undying love to the blackout brink of destruction.
The DeVilles (Nicole Nielsen Horanyi | Denmark | 59 min.)
In this rockabilly romance of elegance, decadence and passionate dedication, a burlesque stripper and her punk rock husband are living in their own fascinating universe of a time that has passed. When maybe once this couple would've lived fast, died young, and left a beautiful corpse, now they're dealing with their aging bodies, their old habits, their anguished offspring. Still in love after 25 years, still as fiery as ever, The DeVilles tells a modern tale of love and living in a stylized world with no compromise.