Just days after announcing its official shorts lineup, the Rootop Films Summer Series has unveiled its opening weekend program.
The New York short film festival begins on May 29, showcasing some of the most internationally-renowned and anticipated shorts around. Guests include acclaimed director David Sandberg and actor Jason Schwartzman.
Opening Weekend takes place May 29-30, with the doors opening at 8 p.m.. Live music will play from 8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., when the film program begins. That will be followed by a Q&A with special guest artists, and an afterparty beginning at 11 p.m.
Read on below to see the films screening on both nights. (Synopses courtesy of Rooftop Films.)
Friday, May 29
“All Your Favorite Shows!” (Danny Madden | USA | 5 min.): Anything you wanna watch in the palm of your hand! Crazy convenient! …crazy.
“La Nuit Americaine D’Angelique” (Joris Clerté, Pierre-Emmanuel Lyet | France | 7 min.): When she saw François Truffaut’s La nuit Américaine (Day For Night), Angelique discovered that it was possible to dream up her life.
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“Actor Seeks Role” (Michael Tyburski | USA | 18 min.): An aspiring method actor (Alex Karpovsky) in New York City resorts to medical acting, a part-time gig performing the symptoms of various illnesses for student doctors.Although his talents are overlooked for traditional roles on stage and screen, they catch the attention of a medical instructor (Dylan Baker) with a flair for the theatric.
“Butter Ya’Self” (Julian Petzchek | USA | 4 min.): A banana and a hot dog bun are famous.
“The Land” (Erin Davis | USA | 23 min.): The Land is a short documentary film about the nature of play, risk and hazard set in The Land, a Welsh “adventure” playground. At The Land children climb trees, light fires and use hammers and nails in a play-space rooted in the belief that kids are empowered when they learn to manage risks on their own.
“Lesley the Pony Had an A+ Day!” (Christian Larrave | USA | 4 min.): Lesley the Pony goes on a fun-filled adventure through the town of Merryville while making lasting memories with his friend, The Duke.
“Kung Fury” (David Sandberg | Sweden | 30 min.): An over-the-top action comedy written and directed by David Sandberg. The movie features: arcade-robots, dinosaurs, nazis, vikings, norse gods, mutants and a super kung fu-cop called Kung Fury, all wrapped up in an 80s style action packed adventure.
“Thank Ewe” (Keith Wilson | USA | 1 min.): A barrage of whiteness and niceness, Thank Ewe is too much of a good thing.
“Kung Fury” director David Sandberg will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.
Saturday, May 30
“7 Chinese Brothers” (Bob Byington): Bob Byington teams up with Jason Schwartzman for this hangdog comedy. Schwartzman stars as Larry who, along with his trusty sidekick (Schwartzman’s real-life French Bulldog, Arrow), goes through life as a misanthropic outcast, unable to retain employment or stable relationships — especially with his grandma, played with sharp timing and wit by Academy Award-winner Olympia Dukakis. Landing at a Quick Lube, Larry finds himself falling for his new boss Lupe (Eleanore Pienta). Part absurdist comedy and part character portrait, “7 Chinese Brothers” is a unique tale of people stuck within the confines of normalcy while they represent anything but. Co-starring Tunde Adebimpe (“TV on the Radio”), with cameos from the likes of Alex Karpovsky (“Girls”) and filmmaker Alex Ross Perry (“Listen Up Philip”).
Bob Byington and Jason Schwartzman will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.
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