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DVDs for GLORY AT SEA!

DVDs for GLORY AT SEA!

A quick update in the ongoing saga of Benh Zeitlin and “Glory at Sea!” You can read the backstory here, here, and here. Very nice posts were also written by The Austin Chronicle, Slamdance, and Spout. As I wrote earlier, Benh was unable to make it to very much at the festival, because of his […]

“GLORY AT SEA” WINS SXSW WOLPHIN AWARD

“GLORY AT SEA” WINS SXSW WOLPHIN AWARD

Like the film itself, this story has (in its own way) a happy ending. As you probably read in my other posts below, Benh Zeitlin–the director of “Glory at Sea,” a miraculous short film that Rooftop co-funded–was in a brutal car accident the day of his first screening at SXSW. He’s doing much better now, […]

ROOFTOP ALUM & SXSW FILMMAKER BENH ZEITLIN NEEDS YOUR HELP

ROOFTOP ALUM & SXSW FILMMAKER BENH ZEITLIN NEEDS YOUR HELP

GO SEE “GLORY AT SEA!” A few days ago, I posted below about “Glory at Sea!” a short film directed by Benh Zeitlin of Court 13 Productions. It’s a movie that Rooftop Films partially funded, and which is an amazing, uplifting, collaborative project, a mythical narrative about a community (set in post-Katrina New Orleans) coming […]

SXSW REVIEW: A NECESSARY DEATH

SXSW REVIEW: A NECESSARY DEATH

In a certain way, this entire review is a spoiler, so if you don’t want to know too much, skip my writings and go see the film. Herein, I don’t really tell you the plot–an exciting and gripping drama–but I do get at the essence of the film.  I highly recommend it. In Daniel Stamm’s […]

SXSW REVIEW: AT THE DEATH HOUSE DOOR

SXSW REVIEW: AT THE DEATH HOUSE DOOR

Carroll Pickett was a minister in Huntsville, TX–a place best known for its many prisons and high number of executions–when two of his parishioners were taken hostage in an infamous prison riot in 1974. He was called in to try to broker peace, but his friends were eventually killed, and Pickett vowed to never return […]

ROOFTOP ALUM “FREEHELD” WINS AN OSCAR

ROOFTOP ALUM “FREEHELD” WINS AN OSCAR

I almost never agree with the Academy Awards, but 3 of the 4 nominees for Best Documentary Short Film played at Rooftop Films in 2007–Freeheld (Directed by Cynthia Wade), Salim Baba (Tim Sternberg) and Sari’s Mother (James Longley)–so you know I agreed with those choices.   I’m thrilled that Brooklyn native Cynthia Wade (below, right) […]

IMPORTANT HEARING: SUPPORT FREE PUBLIC MEDIA

IMPORTANT HEARING: SUPPORT FREE PUBLIC MEDIA

WE URGE YOU TO COME OUT AND SUPPORT MNN,PUBLIC ACCESS TV & COMMUNITY MEDIA THURS. FEB. 7th from 3-7pm! INFO Rooftop Films has a TV show on Manhattan Neighborhood Network, and the fate of our show, and of community media in New York City, is at stake. As you may know, MNN, the Public Access […]

FREE SCREENING – THIRD WARD, TX

FREE SCREENING – THIRD WARD, TX

Third Ward, TXa documentary about art, life and real estateDirected by Andrew GarrisonProduced by Nancy Bless & Noland WalkerFriday, Feb 1, 6:30pm@ Center for Architecture536 LaGuardia Place, NYCRSVP: www.aiany.com/calendar FREE Project Row Houses is the unlikely home of cutting-edge art and visionary thinking about inner-city renewal. Third Ward, TX introduces artists and neighbors who are […]

Sundance Review – STACY PERALTA’S “MADE IN AMERICA”

Sundance Review – STACY PERALTA’S “MADE IN AMERICA”

“Made in America” is a radical film about the history of African-Americans in the infamous neighborhood of South Central, Los Angeles. The film outlines the early migrations of former slaves to Los Angeles, and discusses the post-WWII boom of skilled industrial careers which brought large numbers of blacks to LA for the first time. But […]

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