Brooklyn Shorts at the Northside Festival
Short Film Program
$9 online or at the door
Sunday Jun 27, 2010
6:00PMFilms Begin
7:30PMQ and A with the Filmmakers
This event is indoors at the indieScreen theater

In the theater at indieScreen
285 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn 11211
L train to Bedford Avenue (first stop in Brooklyn), walk south on Bedford to South 2nd Street (8 blocks), take a right on South 2nd street and walk 3 blocks to Kent Avenue.


This Show Presented in Partnership With
The Northside Festival

Rooftop Films partners with The L Magazine and the Northside Festival to present a collection of new shorts by some of the most exciting up and coming NY filmmakers. Rooftop Films and The L Magazine are pleased to announce that we are partnering for a special screening as part of Northside Film, a new addition to the second annual Northside Festival taking place June 24-27. There will be screen


Gayby (Jonathan Lisecki | Brooklyn, NY | 12 min.)
Jenn (Jenn Harris) and Matt (Matthew Wilkas) are best friends from college who are now in their 30s. Lately, their relationship has dwindled to the occasional social-networking exchange. In an effort to "reconnect," they decide to have a baby together, taking the easiest, cheapest route of just having sex--even though Matt is gay and Jenn is straight.

Hair Man (Zach Timm & Matthew Rivera | New York, NY | 3 min.)
There is no place to hide for the Mystery Hair Man of Williamsburg. They - or we - are watching his every move.

Ledo and Ix Go to Town (Emily Carmichael | Brooklyn, NY | 7 min.)
What exactly do video game characters do when we're not around? What if they chat and bicker like we do, wonder and dream like we do, feel boredom and dread like we do, despite being 48 pixels tall? An eight-bit tribute to Waiting for Godot, Carmichael returns to Rooftop with another film in the Ledo and Ix series, using the visual vocabulary of retro video games to explore the human fear of both the unknown and the known.

Obvious Child (Gillian Robespierre | Brooklyn, NY | 23 min.)
A romantic comedy about an unplanned pregnancy, an abortion, and a great first date in an unlikely location.

Open House (Diane Nerwen | Brooklyn, NY | 31 min.)
Readily visible under the thin veneer of real estate ads pushing Brooklyn's future as a destination for the moneyed, yet "hip," classes is an urban renewal project on a scale not seen since Robert Moses' "slum" clearance of the 1960's. With images of a neighborhood being literally torn apart by outside developers capitalizing on a frenzied housing market, and locals under pressure to "sell out" while the price is right, this work documents aspects of an incredible drama that has been woefully underreported in the mainstream media. -Peter Scott on

Seed (Ben Richardson | Brooklyn, NY | 12 min.)
An egg and an apple build competing broadcast towers that vie for the attention of a transistor radio. With its complex characterization and narrative of animal evolution, competition and reproduction, Seed is a beautiful and sinister stop-motion story about the struggle to survive.

Sinkhole (Eric Scherbarth | New York, NY | 13 min.)
A salesman approaches a mysterious landowner with an offer to buy the man's smoldering abandoned coalmines but finds that there is more at stake than the land.

The Terrible Thing of Alpha-9! (Jake Armstrong | Brooklyn, NY | 5 min.)
A space bounty hunter travels to a lonely planet to kill a terrible monster.

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