We’ve got a few of these playing throughout the summer in unexpected places. Tesla and Edison played at our Opening Night, on May 14, 2010, in “This Is What We Mean By Short Films.” (I.e., what we mean is a simple but brilliant idea.) Starring John C. Reilly and Crispin Glover.
Rooftop alum Sam Green and Dave Cerf‘s philosophical film essay Utopia in Four Movements swirls brilliantly and casually through cultural history and detritus, through fantasy and forgotten fact. The film hits NYC in October.
New York Underground Film FestivalApril 2-8, 2008@ Anthology Film Archiveswww.nyuff.com Tickets March 27 @ 9:45pm Selections from the 2007 NYUFF@ IFC CenterTickets The New York Underground Film Festival, a venerable anti-establishmentarian institution, the godfather of all “Underground” film festivals, will be hosting its 15th and Final installation in April, and then doing what any good […]
The pleasure of “The Pleasure of Being Robbed” is the joy of discovering a bag full of kittens (and watching them playfully flip through the air); the bliss of an unexpected overnight road trip with a friend; the warmth of a frolic with a polar bear. Josh Safdie’s film is filled with a carefree awkwardness, […]
A lot has been written about the South by Southwest Film Festival and their support of the Austin film community and the “Mumblecore” movement. Personally, I love the idea of indie filmmakers bonding, working together, supporting each other. You can say that the importance of the those scenes is blown out of proportion, and that […]
This seems like a good Leap Day Post, a dangerously funny “translation” of a Bollywood musical. “My loony bun is fine, Benny Lava.” Crazy Indian Video…Buffalaxed! on FunnyOrDie.com “Have you been high today?”
In 11 years, Rooftop has now shown over 1,400 films. Casimir Nozkowski has shown about a dozen, more films than anyone else (or at least the 2nd most; Steve Collins has also shown about that many–statistics from the early days are a little hazy. Historians are arguing over original program note documents now stored at […]
Rooftop showed Chris Waitt‘s humorous narrative short “Dupe” a couple years ago, so I was very eager to check out his debut feature. The slick short starred Chris as an extremely lazy hipster who orders off the internet a cloning machine (that looks like an crappy old photocopier) so he can send his dupes off […]
Jay and Mark Duplass’ “Baghead” is a miraculous film that succeeds in two genres for one simple reason: the characters are amazing. Four struggling actors–two guys and two girls–head off to a cabin in the woods to write a screenplay in the hopes that it will launch their careers. But flirtations, lust, jealousy, competitiveness and […]
The film world migration to Utah is underway, but my journey is hung-up. On my trip out here, I’ve run into director Gabe Rhodes (August in the Empire State, co-directed by long-time Rooftop collaborator Michael Galinsky) and video artist / Rooftop Alum Seth Price, but neither were going to Sundance. Good for them. Because meanwhile, […]