NYShortDocs (Presented by DCTV & Rooftop Films)
New York is home to some of the most innovative and inspired documentary filmmakers in the world. And on November 30th, DCTV & Rooftop Films are proud to showcase an evening of short documentaries about NYC made by NYC Filmmakers from the Rooftop & DCTV Communities.
This event will be held at DCTVs Landmark Firehouse 1st Floor Screening Room, a raw, open facility. Attendees are advised to wear layered clothing, but an assortment of hot beverages (alcoholic and non) will warm your inside as you experience a unique screening space on a New York autumn evening.
And in an effort to support those who have no choice but to experience the chill of New York winter nights, this event marks the kick-off of DCTVs Winter Clothing Drive. Bring your "gently-worn" coats and jackets to be donated as part of the New York Cares Coat Drive, and bring blankets, hats, gloves, and other winter apparel to be donated to the NYC Rescue Mission.
Plus! All in attendance will be entered to win a copy of Apples Final Cut Studio 2 donated by Tekserve.
$5/General Admission (purchased in advance)
$7/General Admission (at the door)
(Not in order of presentation)
Bodega (Casimir Nozkowski., Dallas Penn & Rafi Kam | Bronx | 4:00)
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 Water."
GI's Take Manhattan (Meerkat Media Collective | Manhattan | 6:30)
Over Memorial Day Weekend 2007, members of Iraq Veterans Against the War launched Operation First Casualty in New York City. Simulating sniper fire and mass detentions on the streets of Manhattan, these antiwar veterans brought a small piece of the war home.
Bubblebattle (Meerkat Media Collective | Manhattan | 3:00)
On July 16th, hundreds of New Yorkers rallied around the Cube, a sculpture in New York armed with bubble guns, bubble machines and bubble love.
DiFaras (Chris Schuessler | Brooklyn | 4:00)
Difaras Pizzeria in Midwood, Brooklyn is considered by most to be the best in the city. DiFaras is a short profile of the pizzeria, its owner Domenico Demarco, and his patient and loyal customers.
Cosmopolis (Alana Kakoiannis | Queens | 9:30)
Cosmopolis is a Portrait of New York Diner, a small family owned Greek restaurant located in Astoria Queens. It is an uplifting tale about one immigrant group, the Greeks, who have used the diner business as a way for them to gain social mobility, passing the torch to the newest and fastest growing immigrant population, the Mexicans.
Eviction (Steve Loff | Brooklyn | 5:00)
Eviction was filmed in Harlem, New York. Shot with the Canon XL-1 and no sound equipment, the short captures a terrible moment in the life of one Harlem family. The family is forcefully evicted from their home by housing authorities and NYPD on the grounds of a housing code technicality. Steve Loff was inside the apartment for 4 hours as police pleaded with the family to leave, then finally resorted to knocking down the door with a sledgehammer.
12th & 3rd in Brooklyn (Ted Fisher | Brooklyn | 6:00)
In Park Slope, stickball is a cherished tradition. This slowly gentrifying neighborhood is home to men who have gone to bat on the same block 12th Street and 3rd Avenue for decades. This film offers an intimate portrait of the game and the unique brotherhood it forges among the players.
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 "Wild Style."
Covered Tracks (Nathan Kensinger | Brooklyn | 11:00)
Covered Tracks is an experimental documentary exploring the Freedom Tunnel, a fifty-block long train tunnel underneath Manhattan's Upper West Side. This dark portrait is structured around the phases of life and hurtles the audience down active train tracks, surrounded by decades-old graffiti and the ruins of an underground homeless city. Built by Robert Moses in the 1930's, the Freedom Tunnel is a cathedral-like structure which once housed a huge homeless population. Today the tunnel is deserted, with children playing in the park overhead as trains thunder through the wreckage below. Covered Tracks is a gritty portrait of this beautiful and rarely seen part of New York.
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.
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.
Wet Dreams and False Images (Jesse Epstein | Brooklyn | 12:00)
Dee-Dee, a Brooklyn barber, covers his wall with magazine cutouts of women. He wishes that real women could look more like the images on his "wall of beauty." However, when Dee-Dee is introduced to the art of photo retouching, his perceptions of beauty are called into question. Wet Dreams and False Images uses humor to raise serious concerns about the marketplace of commercial illusion and unrealizable standards of physical perfection.
Dependent (Richard Memminger | Manhattan | 13:00)
Richard, only 17, has the life experience of a man twice his age. He was born a crack baby into a family torn apart by drug addiction and the street life. Raised by his grandmother, Richard did not live with his mother until he was already a teenager. Just when some form of family began to emerge, Richards mother had a seizure on their first vacation together a result of the onset of cancer. Through it all, Richard is determined not to become the stereotype he is expected to. He knows the one person he can always depend on is himself.
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