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 invit
Love is blind, especially when you are in an abandoned tunnel 10 feet underground. Join us on December 12th for an afternoon of tragic puppy love, ill-advised flings, and romantic road trips that don't end as expected. These are short films that remind us how difficult it can be to resist temptation, how exciting it can be to chase after your fantasies, and how serious the consequences can be when
Bugcrush (Carter Smith | Maine | 30 min.)
Bugcrush is the story of Ben, a small-town high school loner, whose fascination with Grant, a dangerously seductive new kid, leads him into something much more sinister than he could ever have imagined.
Mary Last Seen (Sean Durkin | New York, NY | 13 min.)
A young woman embarks on a road trip with her boyfriend to a place he promises will be beautiful and peaceful. But a series of strange events occur on their journey, and it becomes clear that their relationship is not what she thinks and their destination is not what was promised.
Strates (Yohan Guignard | France & Belgium | 9 min.)
A farmer discovers a very unexpected bounty buried in his soil.