Trapped in the Tunnel
Short Film Program
Saturday Dec 11, 2010
1:00Doors Open
1:45Presentation by Bob Diamond
2:15Films begin
4:15After-party following the screening at Last Exit bar (136 Atlantic Ave)
In case of rain, the screening will be held indoors at the same location.

Atlantic Avenue Tunnel
Underground in the Atlantic Avenue Tunnel
Cobble Hill
Atlantic Ave & Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Take the 2,3, 4 or 5 to Borough Hall or the F to Bergen


This Show Presented in Partnership With
Brooklyn Historic Railway Association
Last Exit bar
Sailor Jerry

Unfortunately we must announce that late this evening we received a phone call from Battalion Chief Martorana of the New York Fire Department telling us that they were insisting that we cancel this weekend's events in the Atlantic Avenue Tunnel. We have no choice but to comply with their request, so the two programs that we had planned for Saturday and Sunday afternoon will not be happening. The Brooklyn Historic Railway Association has been running tours in the Atlantic Avenue Tunnel for years, and Rooftop had even assisted with a screening very similar to the one we had planned to hold this weekend back in August. None of the BHRA tours had been cancelled previously, and many thousands of people had attended various events in the tunnels, and as far as we understood there had been no incidents or conflicts with city agencies regarding these events. The event that we had planned was on the same scale as the tours, and we had been reassured that there would be no problems with city agencies so long as we were to stick to the safety parameters of the dozens of previous events. Unfortunately, the FDNY has informed us that at this time they do not feel that it is not safe for any number of people to have access to the tunnel. This came as a complete surprise to us, as we had every reason to believe the events were entirely legal and sanctioned. We can't speak to exactly why the Fire Department has changed their policy on the tunnel at this time, however, we respect any decision made in the name of safety. While we believe that the Atlantic Avenue Tunnel is a valuable and historic New York City landmark, we also have a strong commitment to safety, and hope that arrangements can be made to reopen the Tunnel safely and legally so that it can again be enjoyed by all New Yorkers and visitors. We will of course be refunding all Rooftop Tunnel show ticket purchases, and will also be giving all ticket buyers four (4) free 2011 Summer Series tickets. In addition, we invite anyone who purchased a ticket to the Tunnel shows to join us at 4:00 p.m. at Last Exit Bar and Lounge (136 Atlantic Ave) for a party and screening sponsored by Sailor Jerry Rum. If you have any questions, please call 718.417.7362 or email Rooftop Films strives to enliven the city by bringing audiences to new, exciting spaces. We want to enable people to interact with the city around them by watching films in unusual places. Our events are always safe and legal, but there is always a risk that when you do something new, problems will arise. We will continue to create unique screenings in daring locations, and hope that our audience will continue to appreciate our efforts and our successful events.

Freaks lurk deep below ground, and normally they stay out of sight and don't interfere with the lives of us surface dwellers. If you are curious about subterranean life and aren't feeling too claustrophobic, join us on December 11th for a program of films about people who wander into mysterious realms from which they just might never escape. The only way out is the way you came in.

Rooftop Films is best known for showing underground films outdoors, but in December we will be taking some of those films back where they belong: UNDERGROUND, into the Atlantic Avenue Tunnel in Cobble Hill. On December 11th and 12th, Rooftop will take two programs of short films from the dark underbelly of the independent film world and screen them deep inside the oldest subway on earth.

Prior to the screenings, urban spelunker Bob Diamond will be conducting a tour of the tunnel, and his recounting of the history of this historic treasure is not to be missed. So buy your tickets now and we'll see you on the other side of the street.

And following the screening, we'll all head over to Last Exit Bar and Lounge at 136 Atlantic Avenue for complimentary drinks courtesy of Sailor Jerry.


Covered Tracks (Nathan Kensinger & Meghan O'Hara | New York | 12 min.)
An exploration of life and death underneath Manhattan, traveling through a 50 block-long train tunnel which was once an underground homeless city.

Daylight Hole (Matt Palmer | United Kingdom | 5 min.)
A soundman descends into an isolated cave. Only when it may be too late does he begin to suspect that he might not be alone.

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.

Monsters Down the Hall (S. Vollie Osborn | Worcester, Massachusetts | 12 min.)
Michael is a young boy in an adult's world. He resides in the projects of Worcester, Massachusetts with his mother Mary, a good intentioned but somewhat absent force from his life. Often disappearing into room 18E down the hall from the apartment they share, Mary returns slurring her words, walking funny, and directing her son never to enter that room. But he does, in his dreams, and discovers monsters. Monsters he needs to save his mother from. But what can a little boy do?

Road to Moloch (Robert Glickert | USA | 14 min.)
While on a mission to locate three missing soldiers, a team of reconnaissance marines encounter a blood-spattered Iraqi stumbling through the desert. After following the distraught man into the depths of an insurgent cave, the marines make a horrifying discovery bringing them face-to-face with an ancient evil.

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.

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