INDUSTRIANCE™ Shorts 1: Rising Tide
An entertaining collection of shorts about workplaces in flux the world over.
WATCH the TRAILER*

Friday, June 17th, 2006
8:30 - Live Music by Frances (click for details)
9:00 - Showtime

On the roof of The Old American Can Factory | DIRECTIONS
232 3rd Street @ 3rd Avenue, Gowanus, Brooklyn
In the event of rain the show is indoors at the same location.

SPECIAL NOTE: Capacity on the rooftop is limited to 200 people. In the event we sell out the roof in advance, we will be accepting walk-up patrons for our lovely courtyard. The best way to guarantee yourself a spot on the roof is to buy a ticket in advance.

*Trailer music by Parts & Labor.



INDUSTRIANCE™ Shorts 1: Rising Tide

THE FILMS:

The Mechanicals (Leon Ford | Sydney, Australia | 8:25)
This brilliantly conceived and gorgeously photographed film provides a clever metaphor for just how substantially the white-collar class still relies on labor.

Living to Work (Leah Wolchok | San Francisco, California | 9:00)
U.S. citizens work more, on average, than any other population in the world. In this experimental documentary, various Americans discuss their own working lives, while the filmmaker delights and confounds the viewer with dazzling machinery and endless robotic processes, a bittersweet symbol of the worker's progress.

Rising Tide (Robert Todd & Michael Dwyer | Rye, New York | 23:00)
The film looks at three men who have been running their long-standing businesses in Rye, a Westchester suburb of NYC, for most of their lives, but have found it increasingly difficult to continue as the nature of the town's and the world's economy has changed over the years. The film's title comes from a mantra of the so-called "free market" right throughout and beyond the Reagan years. Many small business owners, craftsman and artisans have watched their livelihoods take turns for the worse as the culture of cheap, disposable goods and computer-driven manufacture strives to push them and their culture into oblivion.

Ha Ha Ha America (Jon Ligon | San Francisco, California | 17:00)
This overwhelming imagining of an open letter from Chinese business to America will confound you with statistics and malapropisms, sure to make you laugh uncomfortably and quake in fear. Official Selection at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.

Dupe (Chris Waitt | Glasgow, Scotland | 10:00)
Courtesy of Scottish Screen
A lazy slacker uses technology to ease his workload. And ruin his life. All his lives.

Hammer and Flame
(Vaughan Pilikian | London, England & Alang, India | 10:00)

This stunningly beautiful documentary shows a bay in India where 70% of the world's freight ships are dismantled, bit by bit, by hand.

The Last Pin Factory
(Eric Breitbart | New York, NY & France | 11:55)

A short, lovely visit to the last pin-making factory in France.

The Tree Officer (Neil Jack | Glasgow, Scotland | 8:00)
In this clever tribute to the hit series The Office, Gary Dremmel finds his own way to cope with his incompetent staff and the frustrations of his job as the county Tree Officer.


THE MUSIC:
Paul Hogan found Frances, the band, in an elementary school music room somewhere east of Singapore. He loaded his boat with the new crew and a giant chest of noise-makers—toy piano, accordion, melodica, Pakistani banjo, autoharp, guitar, bass, drums, glockenspiel, radios, cicadas, marsh frogs, crickets, storms and an assortment of orchestral instruments. During the long voyage back to New York City, Stephanie Skaff learned bird songs, Doug Perkins transcribed the rhythm of tide and Jeff Snyder practiced the art of deep-sea bass. They also learned some of Paul's chamber-rock compositions.

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