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Originally broadcast March-May, 2007
Premiere: May 22, 2007, 9:00 PM

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.

Eggs and Hamburgers (Diana Logriera | Greenpoint, Brooklyn | 5:00)

Not long ago, Williamsburg and Greenpoint were dominated by small manufacturers, and supported by dozens of family-run businesses. At least one such business, the luncheonette at the corner of Nassau Ave and N. Henry Street, is still run by the family that founded it. Of course, there's a down side of the "good old" days—the 6am to 10pm shift, 7 days a week, slinging the same meals year after year.

Don't Mouse Around (Jeremy Bailey | Toronto, ON | 2:49) After a long day of computer programming, the designer is exhausted. His electronic Lilliputian friends try to rouse him in this comic video.

Appointment with Mr. Roberts (Bert Shapiro / Pipersville, PA / 5:00) Nowadays, with Rogaine, Propecia and fancy surgeries, the days of the toupee may be numbered. But as with many dying crafts, there’s more lyricism in a handmade hairpiece than in anything Phizer can make. Plus funny shots of combing a dummy’s head.

Hammer and Flame (Vaughan Pilikian | London, England | 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.
Premiere: May 6,, 2007, 9:00 PM

The Naked Cowboy (Matthew Pond | Australia/New york | 0:07:10)
I'm the epitome of success in the absence of talent. So says the so-called Naked Cowboy, a guy who, after 49 arrests in 49 States, finally found fame, a calling and a place at the table right in the middle of Times Square.

Bike Kill (Nick Golebiewski | Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn | 3:00)
Every Halloween, in the heart of Brooklyn, the Black Label Bicycle Club hosts a lawless, wild party, celebrating the madness of riding two wheels in the streets of New York.

The Deadpool (Ryan Muir | Staten Island, NY | 9:06)

The Deadpool is a place in the New York City harbor where old boats go to die. Tugs, ferries, scooners and the like all find their final resting place here. Nearly forgotten are the men and women who worked on these ships and served on the water for many years, this is their story.

Barabara Leather (Seth Lined | New York | 10:00)
While making a pair of leather sandals in her cluttered East Village shop, pioneer NYC craftswoman Barbara Shaum muses on her craft, her gender-barrier-breaking sip of ale, and her pickiest client ever—Chiki the llama

Premiere: April 29, 2007, 9:00 PM

The Origins of Electricity (Benh Zeitlin | Brooklyn, NY | 8:00)
A lightbulb has an idea, but the knowledge he gains is damning in this clever and cruel indictment of modernity. A.K.A. I Hate Them, Though I Am an Elephant, this film is the latest from Benh Zeitlin, veteran Rooftop director (Egg, 8/4/05) and 2005 Rooftop Filmmakers' Fund grant recipient.

Daylight Hole (Matt Palmer | England | 5:00)
In this brilliantly conceived horror film, a soundman descends into an isolated cave. The eerie hyper-sensitivity provided by his headphones reveals that he might not be alone.

Time to Go (Victor Throe | United Kingdom | Three 30-second films)
No one is ever really ready to die, but this little guy gets hit in unexpected, side-splittingly gruesome ways over and over and over again in this series of very short animations.

Kinetoscope (Max Goldblatt | Los Angeles, CA | 3:00)
The lights dim. The curtains part. The projector whirs to life. And the movie begins. A horror movie. But behind you, the projectionist has to deal with a different kind of horror.
Premiere: April 22, 2007, 9:00 PM

Sex and Coffee (Lee Isaac Chung | New York, NY | 13:00)
With only hours left before his immigration to America, a young man tries to get his girlfriend to sleep with him one last time. His attempts are funny, frank and downright desperate, and yet one also understands her sadness and reluctance throughout this charming film.

Fan: A Love Story (Lori Samuel, 5:00)
A turnip-headed humanoid pines for the cool refreshment of a manufactured breeze but still manages to love the sun that scorches her. A story about ambivalence towards the weather that any New Yorker without AC can surely relate to.

Every Boy I’ve Fucked (Jennifer Matotek | Oakville, Ontario | 8:00)
On the eve of her bachelorette party, Rooftop alum Jennifer Matotek (Cats and Pants 6/18/04) provides her footnoted sexual history. Funny and sexy, melancholy and honest, Matotek's film operates on multiple levels, revealing the subtexts and nuances of each relationship in a series of charming vignettes.
Premiere: April 15, 2007, 9:00 PM

Game Modding for the '80s (Jon Sasaki | Toronto, ON | 7:34) Courtesy of the Novel Amusements DVD zine, and the unstoppable
This pitch-perfect peaen to video geekdom posing as public access TV from the past provides a nostalgic look back at the '70s view of the future. "I also found these serviettes. They say, 'We're having a party.' To me, that conveys the right message."

Time Mistake (Casimir Nozkowski | Brooklyn, NY | 6:40)
Warren Jefferson has a (stolen) time machine. His friend Emily is roped into recording the (disastrous) first usage. This hilarious (pseudo) home movie is one for the history books. Watch it online on YouTube .

Shoot (Joe Nanashe | New Brunswick, NJ | 2:25)
Joe Nanashe shooting video. Literally

Garpenfargle (Bill Kersey & Edward Kim | Oro Valley, AZ | 4:04) More notes from inside the canine mind: what does your dog do when you're not home? Make trouble (but maybe you knew that already). What does your dog hear when you speak to him? I bet you don't know this one. If you did, it might explain why the world's cutest dog is the world's busiest rascal.


Premiere: Sunday, April 8th, 2007, 9:00 PM

Great America (AKA The Black Hole, 1982) (Mark W. Read | Brooklyn, NY | 4:28)
A pseudo home movie in which the filmmaker recounts a magical day from his youth when, while on a carnival ride, he witnessed, for a fleeting instant, a man doing the impossible. The simple look and structure of the film belie the subtle textures of the story, a mix of nostalgic Americana, religious iconography, and the pre-figuring of certain contemporary fears.

A Diary Film (New Hylton | Collingswood, NJ | 4:53)
Ned is making a movie about his life. One man's boredom is our bemusement.

Kmart Confidential (Elena Oxman, 11:00)
A sensitive and fascinating critique of the bargain giant K-Mart, as seen through the eyes of a young woman who grew up in it’s large, suburban shadow.

Dog Years (Sam Heam & Richard Penfold | United Kingdom | 3:50) What kind of inner monologue does your dog have? This in-camera edit is a lovely, sadly comic portrait of a friendship between two beasts who can't seem to communicate.

Stockholm Street (Mans Mansson | Brooklyn/Sweden, 5:42)
Born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden, veteran Rooftop director Mans Mansson finds another Stockholm in his adoptive home in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Sunlight spills through each shot, highlighting the beauty of Rooftop Films’ former neighborhood, an area of New York which has been ravaged by highway construction, blackout riots, and economic injustice. In these portraits, local residents speak of the difficulties and pleasures of living where they do.


Premiere: Sunday, April 1st, 2007, 9:00 PM

Treevil (Chrzu (Christopher) Lindstrom | Finland | 6:06)
Weird obstacles make the lumberjack's job harder than it should be, and still he refuses to give up. Things are not always what they seem. Sometimes they are much worse.

Cinemare (Chrzu (Christopher) Lindstrom | Finland | 9:00)
An animated graffiti goblin finds a mysterious ticket in the cold hands of a brutally murdered beast. Naturally, he wants to gain admission to the nightmare that is the cinemare.

Misanthrope (Aaron Hill and the Crimson Guard music video) (Casimir Nozkowski | Brooklyn, NY | 3:00)
Aaron Hill is literally a ghost in the machine in this romantic and sweet music video, cleverly set in a photo booth and directed by long-time Rooftop veteran Nozkowski.

Time to Go (Victor Throe | United Kingdom | Three 30-second films)
No one is ever really ready to die, but this little guy gets hit in unexpected, side-splittingly gruesome ways over and over and over again in this series of very short animations.

The Boy in the Air (Lyn Eliot | US | 2:00)
An enigmatic advertisement inspires a letter. The corporation writes back.

Bendable (Devin Clark | Brooklyn, NY | 1:00)
A circus mirror, a camera and a face are all it takes to make some people happy. [Brought to us by the One Minute Film Festival.]

Yoga Deathmatch (Jim Munroe | Toronto, ON | 4:27)
Courtesy of No Media Kings. Check out how Jim Munroe rolls out the machinema (animation made using video games) in the 21st century. All good postmodern discussions on reincarnation and anxiety should be peppered with deadly exploding watermelons, as the guys in this video expound on why it's maybe not so bad to be trapped in this particular machine.

Premiere: Sunday, March 25, 2007, 9:00 PM

Who I Am and What I Want (Chris Shepherd & David Shrigley | United Kingdom | 7:30)

Courtesy of Slinky Pics
It's good to be honest about yourself ("I suffered from mental illness"), to admit your faults ("some of the things I did were wrong and evil") and proclaim your desires ("I want to be dressed as a lion and be put in a cage with the clowns.") That way you will know your place in society ("My name is muck, but you can call me Pete").

The Loneliest Probe (zZalgern0n | Glendale, CA | 2:53)
A creepy and maniacal puppet tells the story of a space probe sent off to capture magnificent images and beam them back to eart. Drifting off towards oblivion, the probe sadly considers its own mortality.

Bob Log III's: Electric Fence Story (Sebastian Wolf & Tinka Stock | Berlin, Germany | 2:12)
Bob Log III is the helmeted genius behind the folk-punk band Doo Rag, and he's got some crazy stories about people who do some really dumb things.

Middle Dog Gets Angry (George Gendi | Brentwood, UK | 3:56)

A dog that has previously been wronged finds out that wronging another, by trying to get something to replace what was taken from him, does not ake him feel better. Forgiveness and compassion ultimately bring the three discordant dogs to a place of harmony.

Premiere: March 18, 2007, 9:00 PM

Game Modding for the '80s (Jon Sasaki | Toronto, ON | 7:34)

Courtesy of the Novel Amusements DVD zine, and the unstoppable
This pitch-perfect peaen to video geekdom posing as public access TV from the past provides a nostalgic look back at the '70s view of the future. "I also found these serviettes. They say, 'We're having a party.' To me, that conveys the right message."

Time Mistake (Casimir Nozkowski | Brooklyn, NY | 6:40)
Warren Jefferson has a (stolen) time machine. His friend Emily is roped into recording the (disastrous) first usage. This hilarious (pseudo) home movie is one for the history books. Watch it online on YouTube .

Shoot (Joe Nanashe | New Brunswick, NJ | 2:25)
Joe Nanashe shooting video. Literally

Garpenfargle (Bill Kersey & Edward Kim | Oro Valley, AZ | 4:04) More notes from inside the canine mind: what does your dog do when you're not home? Make trouble (but maybe you knew that already). What does your dog hear when you speak to him? I bet you don't know this one. If you did, it might explain why the world's cutest dog is the world'sbusiest rascal.



Originally broadcast January-March, 2006

Premiere: March 15, 2006

Storyboard of My Life: Coming To New York (Robert Castillo | New York, NY | 3:00)
Professional storyboard artist Robert Castillo tells the story of his life in clips of sped-up video that capture his drawing process. In this chapter he tells of first meeting his mother and father in Queens at the age of 7 after having been raised by his grandmother in the Dominican Republic.

Clyde: A Tough Guy (Mans Mansson | Brooklyn, NY | 5:00)
Mans Mansson came to Williamsburg from Sweden in the late 90s as part of the influx of artists streaming into Brooklyn looking for affordable housing and studio space. But instead of merely surrounding himself with other artists, Mans set out to explore the communities all around him, investigating the various ethnic groups and embracing the diversity of Brooklyn. In Clyde, Mans beautifully captures moments in the life of a homeless Bushwick man and records his poetic observations about life and loss.

Face (Jong Min Kim | South Korea & New York, NY | 4:00)
By accentuating the everyday personalities trudging down 42nd Street, Jong Min Kim taps into the true beauty of the Times Square billboards.

The Light (Brian Doyle | Brooklyn, NY | 10:00)
This homage to the incredible illumination of New York begins with the most simple structures, and builds to a climax with the ominous 9/11 memorial, which seems otherworldly, and yet perfect for the city that never sleeps.

Premiere: March 8, 2006

The Romantic Version (Darren Morey | Seattle, WA | 7:40)
There are times when love comes so easily, you take it for granted. In this home movie, a young couple tells the story of their spark and their flameout. Now, cuddling and joking in a noisy bar, they're back together after years apart, and their passion is clear. But that presents a couple new problems.

Communications Factory (Jen Sachs | Los Angeles, CA | 6:30)
The irony of our modern communication technology is that in a world of cell phones and email, face to face interactions are becoming a thing of the past. At the communications factory, one man creates a new, more basic use for a microchip, refracting a rainbow of light as a romantic beacon.

Heartbreaker (Mark Elijah Rosenberg | Brooklyn, NY | 2:30)
Memories of a girl, a wishing well, the lights of Chung King Road, Los Angeles, from the nights when we didn't communicate, but wandered and watched sharing a wish without knowing it. "I know not, and I ask not, if guilt's in thy heart. I but know that I love thee, whatever thou art." Music by Lucky Dragons.

Duncan (Holly Klein | London, England | 3:00)
With Gumby and Pokie-like nonchalance our animated protagonists rhyme their way through a grade school episode of getting the hots for someone as geeky as you. And then it gets kinda randy.

Between You and Me (Patrick Rebisz | Queens, NY | 4:28)
Made by editing together hundreds of shots with a simple still camera, Between You and Me tells the classic boy meets girl story in a creative new way that suits our digital age.

Handshake (Pat Smith | New York, NY | 5:00)
Courtesy of Square Footage Films
We begin the show with a greeting. A man and a woman meet, and are drawn into each other, literally and figuratively. From here on out, it's a battle of wills, loving and violent.

Premiere: February 22, 2006

Ablution (Eric Patrick | Greensboro, NC | 12:30)
A stunningly beautiful film, which makes use of painstaking stop-motion photography and hand-printing, about a man whose life is washing away in time.

The Perpetual Life of Jim Albers (Matt Goldman | Brooklyn, NY | 12:13)
Mr. Albers is looking to locate himself in reality, because the workaday one he's trapped in is painfully overloaded with dizzying effects, brilliant sound design and an amazing array of useless scientific facts.

Security Anthem (Kent Lambert | Chicago, IL | 3:30)
A series of people, holdovers of mid-80s mall culture, tell a disjointed tale in which everything from knives to carrots takes on an aura of threat. Lambert's (Condensed Movie #1, 7/11/03) clever, abrupt editing weaves an anthem of anxiety and destruction.

Premiere: February 15, 2006

Frog (Christopher Conforti | New York, NY | 3:54)
A frantic four minutes in the life of one very unfortunate frog on the run.

'44 (David Resha | Madison, WI | 10:00)
The sad, sweet story of an embalmer with a warm heart who learned the value of life as a paratrooper medic during WWII and learned the value of dead squirrels in the basement rec room of his funeral home.

Where Have All the Insects Gone? (Lee Kern | UK | 3:00)
Utilizing his inimitable first-person voice-over, Lee tells the tale of an insect massacre that took place in the suburbs north of London in the late '80s. As Lee puts it, the film "is shot on DV cam and edited at home, and shows once again that even schmucks can make telly and piss away a budget on doughnuts and lobster."

Marvelous Creatures (Wago Kreider | Brooklyn, NY | 4:00)
In this dazzling display of dislocating editing, Elvis grows horns, Marilyn Monroe is bear-ied and a guy crashes a kiss into a woman's fence.

Call of the Wild (Julia Sarcone-Roach | Brooklyn, NY | 8:00)
A hallucinogenic menagerie of flying cats and line-dancing bats populate the brilliantly colorful imagination of this RISD animator. Sarcone-Roach creates a Dr. Seussian zoo hopped up on goofballs going about their business and making prank calls, too.

Premiere: February 8, 2006

My Back Garden (Lee Kern | UK | 3:00)
A very driven dog embarks on a mission to discover all the long-buried contents hidden deep beneath a typical British backyard. Instead of stopping the dog, the filmmaker comes to appreciate his pooch's efforts as he slowly realizes how many good plastic men and monkeys he left behind so long ago.

Pursesnatcher 2000 (Jonny Kaye | Sweden | 2:43)
Jonny Kaye tracks down a fleeing purse-snatcher with his one-chip camera and gets a brief glimpse into the mind of an unambitious thief who is something less than a criminal mastermind. Bon apetit, indeed!

Found Artist: Gary Crom (Curtis Craven | Austin, TX | 8:30)
Outsider artist Gary Crom sculpts the dead into crazy, clever, visually vibrant art.

The Bear Hunter (Mary Robertson | Brooklyn, NY | 12:00)
The story of a deer hunter who has never shot a bear in all his 45 years of hunting, but has always wanted to, as he says, "Bears are once in a lifetime." When he finally does, though, his reaction is surprisingly melancholy.

Premiere: February 1, 2006

Repeat: March 1, 2006

(Brian Perkins, Killing My Lobster | San Francisco, CA | 2:00)

Coming soon to a theater nowhere near you.

You're Going To Die (Dennis Palazzolo | New York, NY | 5:00)
A message from your favorite production company logo.

Condensed Movie #1 (Kent Lambert | Chicago, IL | 9:30)
Video hacker Kent Lambert takes apart and reconstructs a terrible time travel movie. Who knows which version has more meaning, but this one sure has the better dialogue.

House (Wago Kreider | Brooklyn, NY | 6:00)
The captivating, hilarious, and surprising story of a domicile's demolition as told from the perspective of a few planks of wood.

Filibuster (Matt Lenski | New York, NY | 1:00)
Richard Simmons and a battalion of fatties sweat to the oldies. By oldies, we mean a Sonic Youth song from the early nineties.

Dacari and Donnell's Demo Tape
(Jonnie Ross | Santa Monica, CA | 5:00)

Two budding Hip-Hop stars, the band Blood of Abraham, hit the stage and wreak havoc. This is the first single off their new album, Eyedollartree. Dacari and Donnell are managed by Marion Hammer of Hammerstar,

Premiere: January 18, 2006

The Beautiful and the Fine (Rob Tyler, Adrienne Leverette & Eric Schopmeyer | Portland, OR | 9:20)
Mike Wilder says that if you cut off a leaf from a Drosera Nitidula, lay it in the soil, and give it water and light, an exact clone of the original plant will grow back in its place. In this way is our world amazing and unique. The Portland, Oregon film collective Archipelago returns to Rooftop (A Thing Of Wonder, 6/18/04) with a stunning documentary about a passionate and thoughtful bio-collector.

Wipersync (Jamie O'Neill | Buffalo, NY | 3:47)
A bizarre rumination on coincidental synchronicity in which Jamie poses as a "Dale Carnegie type" named Kurt Weibers as part of his "Global Point Strategies" project, which we will venture to say is a satire of corporate motivational speakers who masquerade as philosophers, in this case by "presenting a non-human centered approach to creativity production."

Cats and Pants (Jennifer Matotek | Oakville, Ontario | 1:05)
Sure, it seems simple. But which is which?

Moonraker (Fran Krause | New York, NY | 3:00)
Courtesy of Square Footage Films
Another beautiful and mysteriously amusing short from Fran Krause (Mr. Smile, Rooftop 7/23/04) about a content but lonely astronaut stranded on a haunted moon. This is a startlingly funny and poignant film about exploration, honing in on how humanity affects the universe with our seemingly harmless intrepid investigations. The moon is watching.

Devil's Teeth (Roger Teich | San Francisco, CA | 8:30)
A Rooftop Films co-production
A film about Ron Elliot, the only sea urchin diver who works the Farallon Islands, even though he regularly encounters enormous sharks. With a grant from the Rooftop Filmmakers' Fund, Roger Teich constructed an underwater helmet camera using a black and white surveillance video lens and cable so Ron can use his hands freely while the footage records the eerie underwater world, at the margins of grace and terror.

Premiere: January 11, 2006

Handgun (Sam Crees and Alex Minnick | Brooklyn, NY | 1:00)
In a dreary apartment within a world of pure inchoate and incomprehensible drama, a homunculous stares down destiny, and destiny wins.

Fetch (Nina Paley | Brooklyn, NY | 4:30)
A banana-shaped man and his bean-shaped dog take a metaphysical romp through an animated Escher-esque world.

Fantasy Tales of Friendship 1: Ogre Vs. Unicorn (Colin Hargraves | Santa Monica, CA | 3:30)
[Dramatic preview voice]: One ogre . . . one unicorn . . . battling boredom. . . Gang life may destroy them. . . Their only hope . . . to break out of the valley . . . is break-dancing.

Crazy Eyes Dolphin vs The Mad Cows (Ian Stewart | Providence, RI | 5:40)
A sobering animated expose about how Mad Cow Disease is now killing dolphins. Via karate.

Marvelous, Keen Loony Bin (Lizzi Akana | Berkeley, CA | 5:37)
Balloon brained monkeys dodge dangling cacti, a babbling bagel gets bashed, and a defaced female lipstick traces her own visage in this beautiful and surreal exploration of identity.

Dream Lover Fondue (Trixy Sweetvittles | Burbank, CA | 6:00)
Sometimes you go looking for love, and find ghostly hot dogs, lollipops and flowers. This is a new film about nostalgia, using found footage and fanciful effects. With hand-processed 16mm footage of life's charming oddities and layers of animated doodles, the film encourages the viewer to examine the role of the solo adult and delve into a subconscious journey of the romantic and whimsical heart.

Premiere: January 4, 2006

My Father's Lunch (Tony Mendoza | Columbus, OH | 7:20)
Tonys father proves that you can stake a claim to individuality by doing the same thing every day for 25 years. Some of the great moments in videography come about when you set off to record a ritual that hasn't changed in decades only to find that you have recorded an epochal shift and that nothing will ever be as it was. And then you have to go to McDonalds.

A Bad Hair Day (Meesoo Lee | Vancouver, Canada | 7:00)
The director of Rooftop favorites Anxiety, Procrastination, Home Movie, A Good Philosophy and Pop Song 1, travels with his parents (and his video camera) back to their native Korea, where his father, wearing hair rollers and a pink perm cap, beseeches his son to get a haircut.

9/20/04 (Brandon Walley | Detroit, MI | 6:00)
A heartbreaking and heartwarming home movie about a man who was reluctant to be a father, but didn't expect how profoundly he'd be changed by his daughter Quinn.

Elijah & Batman (Christof Gelfand | Brooklyn, NY | 01:30)
Some people carry their cameras with them everywhere, and have a knack for capturing brief moments that illuminate the essence of the people on screen. In the process, Christoph Gelfand shapes for the viewer the intricate relationships between his subjects and himself. (It keeps things interesting if youve got cute kids to play with, too.)

Taperecording (Benning Purren | Capetown, South Africa | 6:00)
Benning's grandmother explains the last bits of meaningful communication between herself and her dying husband of 50 years.

Premiere: December 28, 2005

Repeat: January 25, 2006

Store! (Casimir Nozkowski | Brooklyn, NY | 10:00)
The first part of the Graham Avenue Trilogy and one of many funny Rooftop films to have sprung from the minds of Cas and Will. Store! tells the story of a man who drives a stranger to puke his goddamn friendly guts all over the place.

Financial Advice (Fritz Donnelly | New York | 5:00)
The Wall Street Journal never tells it like it is. But alone in his apartment, Fritz breaks down all you need to know about taking stock of your assets, inventorying your friends, and hiding your cash in your closet.

Pay Roll (Noah Klersfeld, 13:00)
Is it for real? Is it fake? Is this the mother of all multi-camera action sequences or the insane inner monolog of an archetypal director who wishes he controlled it all?