The Guatemalan Handshake
New York Premiere presented in glorious 35mm by The L Magazine!
A feature-length comedy by Todd Rohal


Special thanks to The L Magazine for sponsoring this show!

Friday, June 16th, 2006
8:30 - Live Music by Ola Podrida (David Wingo with special guest Gretta Cohn) (click for details)
9:00 - Showtime
TRT: 1:30:00

On the lawn of Automotive High School | CLICK for DIRECTIONS
50 Bedford Ave, between N. 12th and Lorimer, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
In the event of rain the show is indoors at the same location.

The Guatemalan Handshake
In the confusion following a massive power outage, an awkward demolition derby driver vanishes, setting in motion a series of events affecting his pregnant girlfriend, his helplessly car-less father, a pack of wild boy scouts, a lactose intolerant roller rink employee, an elderly woman in search of her lost dog, and his best friend—a ten-year-old girl named Turkeylegs.

Pieces of the mystery begin to come together as Turkeylegs sets out to find her missing friend. Cars drive circles in the dirt, a woman attends her own funeral, the sun rises sideways and an orange vehicle trades hands again and again. Everything eventually culminates in a massive demolition derby that throws all of the characters into different directions.

Press for The Guatemalan Handshake:
"Convention-defying filmmaking that suggests what Jacques Tati may have done with rural America..."

"A film filled with surprises and rewards, Rohal mines a deep well to unlock a trove of ideas. Unforgettable images make clear that the point of the journey here, is the journey itself."
     —Festival Products

"A wonderfully exhilarating and strikingly original work."

'Todd Rohal's wonderful debut feature, The Guatemalan Handshake, is more inventive in its first ten minutes than the entire duration of many films at the elder [Sundance] festival.'

"This Slamdance charmer looks like a throwback to the days before Sex, Lies and Videotape ushered in an era where feature films would become Hollywood calling cards. I enjoyed the ride."
     —The Stranger (Seattle Weekly)

The feature film will be preceded by shorts:

The Ballad of King Jimmy the Monkey
(Alex Babich & Matt Gorr | Perrysburg, Ohio | 2:45)

An animated music video about a rather amazing and arch monkey, produced by high school students.

Selections from the Slo Mo Video Festival:
The mind-boggling Slo Mo Video Festival consists of 100 videos by 85 artists from around the world, all of whom were commissioned to make one minute videos in slow motion. The filmmakers include some old Rooftop favorites (Richie Sherman is the DOP on The Guatemalan Handshake) and some impressive newcomers. The overall experience is surreal, sweet, sad and hilarious. Throughout the summer, Rooftop Films will be screening various selections showing off the impressive range of work, from home movie chaos to art experiment bliss.
Boom (JK Montgomery)
Superboom Off The Cliff (Fritz Hoepfner)
Demolition 7 (Richie Sherman)
Smashing Glass (Bruce Bortin)
Ritual (Wiley Wiggins)
Calling Occupants (Michelle and Laura Dean)

David Wingo (Composer - George Washington, All the Real Girls. Undertow)
Gretta Cohn (Cursive, Bright Eyes, The Faint, Rilo Kiley)