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Rooftop Films at Brookfield Place. Photo Credit: Rooftop Films 7/24/2014
Rooftop Films at Brookfield Place. Photo Credit: Rooftop Films 7/24/2014

Rooftop Films and Arts Brookfield will co-present three free screenings of short films on the Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place (formerly World Financial Center) in NYC, on July 28, 29, and 30, with live musical performances preceding each of the films. 

On Thursday, July 28 Animation Block Party kicks off their 13th annual festival with a collection of short films. Animation Block Party is the premier animation festival of the East Coast, attracting huge crowds to see the world’s best new animated films. Each year, the opening night of the festival is presented outdoors in partnership with Rooftop Films. This year’s screening will feature a dozen world-renowned and independent short films.

On Friday, July 29, Rooftop Films will present a special program of short films from their vast archives. From Laura Terruso’s heartfelt portrait of Albanese Rudolph in The Last Butcher in Little Italy, to Last Address, Ira Sachs’ meditation on the exteriors of the buildings where artists were living at the time of their AIDS-related deaths, the documentary short films in The Best of New York Non-Fiction trace the dramatic changes that the city has undergone over the past two decades.

The series will conclude on July 30, with a special sneak preview screening of Patrick Shen’s In Pursuit of Silence, which explores the intrusion of noise on humankind. Sponsored by lululemon athletica, the screening will be entirely silent, with the audience members listening to the film on headphones. The event will be preceded by a guided meditation instead of live music.

Show Details:
Venue: Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey Street, Financial District, Manhattan
Doors Open at 6:30 pm | Live Music begins at 7:30 pm | Films begin at 8:30 pm | Q&A at 10:00 pm

Thursday, July 28

Rooftop Films is proud to co‐present the opening night of Animation Block Party. Dedicated to exhibiting all genres of the world’s best animation by independent, professional and student animators and filmmakers, Animation Block Party is one of the country’s premier animation festivals.

THE FILMS: Animation Block 2016 Signal Film Dana Sink, 1’ | Perfect Houseguest Tiny Inventions, 2’ | Rolling Matthew Christensen, 3’ | The Leak and The Clog Alayna Cabral, 7’ | Ignite, Cailey Tervo, 4’ | Arrival Alex Wagner, 23’ | The Troubadour’s Green Room Bryan Brinkman, 4’ | The Unnatural Marcos Sanchez, 5’ | Bathroom Boarder Katie Nash, 3’ | Sisters Psyop, 5’ | Chez Moi Phuong Mai Nguyen, 12’ | Vocabulary Becky James, 4’ | Jeannie’s Tablet Alex Cline, 2 | Floovy Ben Meinhardt, 1 | Tombes & Manèges ISART DIGITAL, 7.

Friday, July 29

To celebrate our 20th anniversary, we look back on some of the greatest hits of one of our greatest programs: New York Non-Fiction. These short documentaries remind us that ours is a city full of opinionated walkers, bike messengers, bike thieves, Shakespearian birds, and street furniture–and we like it that way. Though the city has changed, these documents live on.

THE FILMS: The Last Butcher in Little Italy (2008) Laura Terruso, 6’ | Solo, Piano — N.Y.C. (2012) Anthony Sherin, 5’ | The Commoners (2010) Penny Lane, 12’ | Messenger (2006) Daniel Leeb, 16’ | How to Walk to Manhattan (2013) John Wilson, 10’ | Bike Thief (2004) Neistat Brothers, 7’ | Last Address (2010) Ira Sachs, 8’ | Grand Luncheonette (2005) Peter Sillen, 5’ | Aaron Burr, Part 2 (2012) Dana O’Keefe, 9’ | One Man’s Trash (2015) Kelly Adams, 17’

Saturday, July 30
(Patrick Shen | USA | 81 min.)

Beginning with an ode to John Cage’s seminal silent composition 4’33”, the sights and sounds of this film delicately interweave with silence to create a contemplative and cinematic experience that works its way through frantic minds and into the quiet spaces of hearts. Humankind has had a long fascination with silence. Yet in our race towards modernity, amidst all the technological innovation and the rapid growth of our cities, silence is now quickly passing into legend. From causing aggressive behavior to hundreds of thousands of heart attacks around the world, there is no aspect of human life that noise does not infringe upon. Silence as a resource for respite and renewal from the sensory onslaught of our modern lives is now more important than ever before. The film will be presented as a special silent screening, with the audience listening to the film on headphones.

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