Home Movies
Short Film Program
$10 Online or at the door
Saturday May 29, 2010
8:00Doors Open
8:30Live Music
9:00Films begin
11:30After Party with FREE Radeberger Pilsner at Fontana's (105 Eldridge St.)
In the event of rain, the screening will be held indoors at the same location.

The roof of New Design High School (formerly Open Road)
Lower East Side
350 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002
F, J, M, Z to Delancey Street-Essex Street; B, D, Q to Grand Street


This Show Presented in Partnership With
New York Magazine
Two Boots Pizza
Free Radeberger Pilsner at the after party!

Sweet home movies about families and lost love, these range from melancholic to marshmallow sweet.

What is it about home movie footage that feels so bittersweet? Home movies, while often funny, make us think about those we've lost in our lives, and the decisions we've made. We can see our parents and ourselves when we were young and beautiful, and without the patina of reality. These films range from deeply personal stories of failed or transformed love, to hilarious perspectives from different generations. While today's technology means that the incredibly beautiful home movies shot on Super-8 and Super-16 have all but disappeared, we are rewarded now with an incredible abundance of work, both grounded in the true, and floating in invented realities.
- Sarah Palmer

Presented in partnership with: IFC, New York magazine, Radeberger, Open Road NY, New Design High School, Fontanas, the NYC Council Manhattan Delegation & NYS Senator Daniel L. Squadron


Dinosaur Curtains (Bill & Turner Ross | Cleveland, Ohio | 19 min.)
On the eve of his wife's debut on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, a young man considers the ways his family might benefit from some extra cash. rossbros.net

IPhone Russian Roulette Disaster (Benjamin Taylor | United States | 1 min.)
Russian Roulette with the iRevolver app goes tragically amiss.

My Olympic Summer (Daniel Robin | Atlanta, GA | 12 min.)
A haunting home movie in which a man looks at his parents' relationship in the wake of his own failed marriage. A partly fictional biography, told through the lens of the Israeli Olympic team's tragedy in Munich, 1972.

NJ Lady: Our Grandma Watches Jersey Shore (Jesse Selwyn | Los Angeles, CA | 1 min.)
"There was a big fat guy named Pauly got shot in Brooklyn."

Nous (Olivier Hems | France | 12 min.)
A dead man forgotten in his apartment for 16 months leads to a bureaucrat's unexpectedly tender discovery of the man's love story, and lonesome ending.

Sahara Mosaic (Fern Silva | Brooklyn, NY | 10 min.)
An orientalist kaleidoscope that constitutes a geographically complex yet cinematic whole. From Egypt to Las Vegas: the old and the new world are reflected and doubled in this experimental travelogue.

Sisyphus (Robyn Simms | Los Angeles, CA | 1 min.)
Sisyphus faces his curse and his obsession in his eternal journey across the floor. robynsimms.com

The Hymn of a Republic (Jeong-Yoon Ahn | South Korea | 4 min.)
Eyelashes are meant to protect the eye from undesired external elements. In an extreme close-up, we see how one such lash can become a hostile object. A distant echo of the sound track playing backward and pitch downed the national anthem of South Korea can be heard in the background. www. jeongyoonahn.com

The Things We Keep (Christian Svanes Kolding | Denmark/New York | 2 min.)
Inspired by the opening credits of To Kill a Mockingbird, the film is a visual survey of the things we keep, the things that become the constants, objects invested with extra meaning during times of transitions and frequent departures. christiansvaneskolding.com

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