New York Non-Fiction
It's your city. Take a look. Short films about New York’s
dirty secrets, unexpected urban splendor, and the people,
communities and cultures you won’t find anywhere else.
FRI., JUNE 15, 2007
8:30 - Live Music by Loer
Velocity (click for details)
9:00 - Movies Begin
11-1AM -After Party: Open Bar at Fontana's
(105 Eldridge St @ Grand)
Courtesy of Dewar's Scotch Whisky and Martin Miller's
On the roof of the Open Road Rooftop Project
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350 Grand Street @ Essex (Lower East Side, Manhattan)
F/J/M/Z to Essex / Delancey
In the event of rain the show is indoors at the same
Note: Please do NOT bring any alcohol to the
show. No drinks are allowed on school grounds, and we
WILL be checking bags.
in partnership with - IFC.com, New York magazine &
Open Road New York.
Watch some great short films from previous New
York Non-Fiction shows on IFC.com
Clyde (A Tough Guy)
New York Non-Fiction
New York is a city of reinvention. Immigrants move here
and reform their lives. Artists are drawn here to recreate
themselves. And long-time residents take inspiration
from spaces transformed (for better and for worse).
But it doesn’t matter if you were born here or if you’re
just off the boat, this city is always new. Rooftop
Films’ annual “New York Non-Fiction” program is one
of our most popular shows because New Yorkers love to
find something unexpected in a familiar place, or someone
unusual in an ordinary setting. So come up to the roof,
give yourself a new nickname, start a new tradition,
and forge a new perspective.
(Casimir Nozkowski. , Dallas Penn & Rafi Kam | Bronx
A humorous look at food culture in the South Bronx --
“the poorest urban county in the country” -- and the
sociological effects of pork rinds and flavored “Quarter
Epstein and Robert Castillo | Brooklyn, NY | 11:00)
In this droll
animated documentary, a young dancer trying to make
it in New York's competitive dance scene is pressured
into having a nose job in order to secure a place in
Bongo Barbershop (Charlie
Ahearn | Bronx | 8:00)
An East African MC, Balozi Dola, wanders into a Bronx
barbershop on his pilgrimage to find “the real hip-hop.”
The barber, Flash’s original partner DJ Easy Mike, calls
out Grand Master Caz, who spits a rhyme on how we are
in the place of hip-hop’s origins. Shop sweeper DOA
adds vocal percussion to the mix and Balozi Dola rhymes
back in his native African Swahili. “Bongo” is the Swahili
expression for “brain” used in local hip-hop slang.
Brought to you by the director of the hip-hop classic
A Son’s Sacrifice (Yoni Brook | Queens | 26:00)
27-year-old Imran, a former advertising executive, is
taking over a very different kind of family business
-- a traditional Muslim slaughterhouse in New York City.
But his father’s demands and the community doubts may
prove too much for him. On the holiest day of the year,
Imran must lead a sacrifice that will define him as
a Muslim, as an American, and as a son.
Arc Hive – Battery & Night Set
(Gregory King | Brooklyn | 6:00 & 2:30)
Watch this film on IFC.COM
films, set to music by Greg’s band The Rachel’s, which
explore the unique visual poetry of the city. “Battery”
takes you from subway cars to solar systems, while a
“Night Set” reinvents Greg’s street and transforms his
bedroom into a ghostly zoetrope.
Toxic Brooklyn (Trace Crutchfield & Vice: VBS
TV | Brooklyn | 7:00)
Real estate agents will tell you that Williamsburg is
one of the hottest and most active neighborhoods in
the country. But environmental scientists and unhealthy
residents will also tell you that Williamsburg is pretty
“hot,” if not downright radioactive. **This film is
part of a 7-part series about the North Brooklyn environment.
Watch them all at VBS.tv.
There Goes the View (Carolyn Macartney | Brooklyn
film on IFC.COM!
Despite the toxic state of the land, developers keep
on building. In an all-too-familiar scenario, “An incredible
view I once had is slowly obliterated by construction,
captured in time-lapse and real time cinematography
spanning almost two years.” – C. Macartney.
Bike Kill 4 (Nick Golebiewski | Brooklyn | 1:00)
Every Halloween, Brooklyn’s chapter of the Black Label
Bicycle Club hosts a bacchanal of bikes, booze and bedlam.
Every year, Nick is there to capture this secretive
subculture’s celebration on super-8 film.
Meditation (Neil Ira Needleman | Katonah | 10:30)
Cooped up in his house, Neil makes a point or two about
life, illness, morality, creativity, and the liberating
effect of the death of a family pet.
Sonic Youth: 'Do You Believe in Rapture?' (Braden
King | Manhattan | 3:00)
No matter how many shows you saw in punk rock dives,
no matter how stale the air and dark the lighting, there
was always the chance that something magnificent was
going to happen at CBGB’s. Here, a legendary New York
band plays one of the final shows at the inimitable
club on Bowery and Bleecker, in this “elegy for all
the transcendent shows we've all ever been to.” - B.
King & Sonic Youth.
Far from the average knucklehead up on the block, out
of New York's Yonkers district, beneath the shade of
a single tree stands the cool demeanor of Loer
Velocity...the melodious hush factor! Gracefully
enough, Loer (pronounced Lower) has ripped through NY's
underground hip-hop music scene with poetic leisure,
adding to his proficiently developed mural. "Ready For
A Renaissance" represents Loer Velocity's first solo
album. The sound reminds the listener that you need
not shout to be heard- Loer Velocity certainly doesn't.