INDUSTRIANCE(TM): Fish Kill Flea
Feature documentary directed by Brian Cassidy,
Aaron Hillis, Jennifer Loeber
A stylized, witty and heartbreaking portrait of a once
thriving mall in upstate New York that is now home to
little more than a ragtag flea market, living proof
that the American Dream is in perpetual decay.
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SAT., July 21, 2007
8:30PM - Light.Work.Mood.Disorder -
Live music and film by Anthony Burr & Jennifer Reeves
9:00PM - Presentation by Interboro Partners,
in association with The Center for Urban Pedagogy. (details)
9:15PM - Fish Kill Flea
On the roof of The Old American Can Factory
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232 Third Street @ Third Avenue
Gowanus, Brooklyn (Between Carroll gardens and
In the event of rain the show is indoors at the same
Tickets -$8 at the door or $5 online HERE
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Presented in partnership with - IFC.com, New York
XØ Projects, Inc, The Reeler, The
Center for Urban Pedagogy and Interboro Partners
This screening is part of INDUSTRIANCE(TM).
Fish Kill Flea
(Brian Cassidy, Aaron Hillis , Jennifer Loeber | New
York | 56 min)
The Filmmakers will be present for the screening,
and a Q and A after the film. Prior to the screening,
Center for Urban Pedagogy and Interboro
Partners will co-present a panel on the attempted
rejuvenation of the Fishkill mall with Interboro Partners.
In the small New York town of Fishkill, the Dutchess
Shopping Mall had been an epicenter of both commerce
and community in the 1970's. But as the laws of American
capitalism perpetuate, newer retail stores and shinier
malls stole its crowds and rendered it obsolete without
much fanfare. After the worn-down mall closed for business
in the '90s, the empty shell began to serve a new function
to the people of the surrounding area. An oddly vibrant
flea market sprung up inside and along the edges of
the mall's skeleton, filled with crafts, antiques, hardware,
specialty foods, heavy metal memorabilia, and lots and
lots of junk.
For much of the week, the former grounds of the Dutchess
remained just one of the many dilapidated eyesores that
litters the country like a loose network of graveyards.
But on weekends, it was suddenly populated by a diverse
collection of eccentric vendors and meandering bargain
hunters, selling their wares or browsing through its
unexpected hodgepodge of Nazi paraphernalia , bongs,
and ratty old Cabbage Patch Kids.
Cassidy, Hillis and Loeber began shooting Fish Kill
Flea to sustain the memory of the flea market and the
unusual neighborhood it had created out of dead space,
but they learned that the mall would soon be demolished
to make room for yet another corporate home-improvement
store -- the third of its franchise within 12 miles.
The vendors and customers were inevitably going to scatter
and this unique subculture would be erased forever,
thus creating a fascinating paradox: the flea market
would expire, destroyed by the disposability of our
fast-food culture... yet it never could have existed
without the mall's death in the first place.
It's a sad fact of life that this cannibalistic cycle
is destined to repeat itself forever. Understanding
that, what can we say is legitimately worth preserving?
What defines a landmark? And who earns the right to
answer these questions? Considering the joys, amenities
and special moments the mall once offered, is it all
that strange to eulogize "The Great Palace of Commerce?"
Get more info at www.fishkillflea.com
Prior to the feature film:
8:30 PM - Light.Work.Mood.Disorder
Film artist Jennifer Reeves and musician Anthony Burr
collaborated to make this live film and music performance,
which mixes and subverts symbols of science, industry,
medicine and illness. Multiple screens and live music
immerse the audience in intense color, rhythmic molecular
forms and textures, and morphing frequencies. Sound
and image are broken down to the particle: the single
frame, the digital sample. 16mm 20th century educational
films are literally sewn together with melted down pharmaceuticals
affixed directly to the film. The projector acts as
a microscope examining crystallized antibiotics, heart,
and mood medications, forming a concentrated fusion
with pulsating electronics and live multi-tonal bass
clarinet. Illustrations of brain dendrites, synapses,
waveforms and assembly lines personify the movement
of frequencies and light that envelop the audience.
This associative meditation on invention and manufacture,
illness and industrialized medicine, creates a bold
impression of the century of celluloid.
9:00 PM - In the
Meantime, Life with Landbanking
A slide presentation by Daniel D'Oca of Interboro
Partners, in association with The Center for Urban Pedagogy.
Partners is a New York-based research and design
group. Its subject is the extraordinary, exciting complexity
of the contemporary city, which it engages in writing,
teaching, and professional practice. Interboro Partners
is Tobias Armborst, Daniel D'Oca, and Georgeen Theodore.
Daniel D'Oca will be speaking about In the Meantime,
Life with Landbanking, Interboro's award-winning proposal
to re-imagine the Dutchess Mall in Fishkill, NY.
Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) makes educational
projects about places and how they change. Their projects
bring together art and design professionals - artists,
graphic designers, architects, urban planners - with
community-based advocates and researchers - organizers,
government officials, academics, service-providers and
policymakers. These partners work with CUP staff to
create projects ranging from high school curricula to
Their work grows from a belief that the power of imagination
is central to the practice of democracy, and that the
work of governing must engage the dreams and visions
of citizens. CUP believes in the legibility of the world
around us. What can we learn by investigation? By learning
how to investigate, we train ourselves to change what
Rooftop Films is presenting this event in partnership
with The Reeler.
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