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On the roof of the Old American Can FactoryBrooklyn, NY, United States

INDUSTRIANCE ™: Black Out (Short Films)

Saturday, July 27, 2013, 8:00 PM to Sunday, July 28, 2013, 1:00 AM
On the roof of the Old American Can Factory, 232 3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215
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INDUSTRIANCE ™: Black Out (Short Films)

Saturday, July 27
On the roof of the Old American Can Factory
232 3rd St. @ 3rd Ave. (Gowanus/Park Slope, Brooklyn)


8:00PM: Doors open
8:30PM: Live music
9:00PM: Film
11:00PM–12:30AM: Reception in courtyard


Hanging on to old habits, hoping for new means, humanity begets change through technology and industry, labor and artistry. A striking program of short films, including Eva Weber’s illuminating documentary “Black Out.”

 

Some things are best forgotten, buried, destroyed. The labor system that chews people up and wreaks havoc on the environment, that leaves a working man sleeping in his truck in winter and remarking that others have it worse. Indeed, on the other side of the world, young people, hoping for a better life someday, study in the streets because their entire country has almost no electricity. Still, some things are worth holding on to, saving, celebrating: a farmland’s cultural history preserved in handmade furniture, a small town’s fallen-out-of-fashion motel. This challenging program (part of Rooftop Films and XO Projects’ INDUSTRIANCE ™ series of screenings, discussions, workshops and more) explores the changing landscape in industry, labor, agriculture and architecture, provoking thoughtful and passionate ideas about the way these changes affect individuals around the world.

- Mark Elijah Rosenberg

THE FILMS

Bydlo (Patrick Bouchard | 9’)
A mighty ox emerges from the damp earth only to be devoured by the greed and rage of mankind. Inspired by Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition,” Bouchard brings earth to life, creating a tactile nightmare in which man is his own slave driver.

Sweet Crude Man Camp (Isaac Gale | 11’)
A stark and haunting look at some of the realities surrounding the ongoing oil boom in the Bakken region of North Dakota, cold and bleak but intimate and fascinating.

Irish Folk Furniture (Tony Donoghue | 9’) *
An animated documentary about repair and recycling in rural Ireland, where beautiful objects preserve everyday history.

Dear Valued Guests (Jarred Alterman, Paul Sturtz | 16’) *
A New Orleans-style voodoo celebration of a previously unsung piece of architecture.

INTERMISSION

Black Out (Eva Weber | 47’) *
Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund / Chicken & Egg Grant Recipient. Only one-fifth of Guinea’s people have access to electricity, and young people who must work days cannot study at night in the dark, causing a self-perpetuating disaster for the economy. Ironically, it’s the gas stations and airports, where dreams of escape are possible, that provide streetlights for students to work by. An evocative documentary about the haves and have-nots for a most elemental commodity: light.

* Rooftop alumni.

 

Restrictions

No refunds. In the event of rain, show will be rescheduled. Please visit www.rooftopfilms.com for rain details. Seating is first come, first served. No outside alcohol is permitted.

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