Films at SAT – 8pm- $8 at the door
SAT [mix_sessions] with DJ Hyperdy and VJ beewoo – 9:30pm – free
presentation of a selection of some of the most innovative short films by the
Brooklyn, NY, collective Rooftop.
The evening will go on with SAT[mix_sessions]’ DJ Hyperdy & VJ beewoo
Every summer since
1997, Rooftop Films has been showing films outdoors in New York City, in parks,
courtyards, historic locations, along the waterways and—best of all—on
rooftops overlooking Manhattan and Brooklyn. Though the films we show come to
us from all over the world, our shows certainly benefit from the fact that we
receive so many submissions from filmmakers working in the New York metropolitan
area. On March 10 at SAT, we bring you a selection of works made by these Gotham
Though the filmmakers in that evening’s programs all work
in New York, they hail from all over the world and work in a great variety of
styles. You will see experimental psychedelic editing techniques and DIY animation;
epic digitally tweaked existential comedy and snarky video expose; eloquent
film portrait and re-edits of Richard Simmons exercise videos; somber ruminations
on the meaning of artificial light and lighthearted ruminations on the measure
of a good bra; animated music videos starring animated dancing birds and live
action music videos starring animated dancing birds. In short, it is a diverse
program befitting the most diverse city in the world, and we hope that it conveys
a bit of the pleasure of watching films on a hot summer night in New York.
Rooftop Films is currently accepting film submissions for the
9th annual Summer Series to occur in 2005 in New Yok, Montreal and various international
locations. To visit our website, go to: www.rooftopfilms.com.
Program of the evening:
Bathtime in Clerkenwell (Alesky Budovsky, 4:00)
An irresistable music video for an infectious song by (The Real) Tuesday Weld.
Black and white birds shoot out of cuckoo clocks and spread into the town of
Clerkenwell, angering sleeping residents and cuckoo kings and cops to the bouncy
rhythm of a chopped up old groove.
Marvelous Creatures (Wago Kreider, 4:00)
In this dazzling display of dislocating editing, Elvis grows horns, Marilyn
Monroe is becomes a walking bear and a guy crashes a kiss into a woman’s fence.
The Perpetual Life of Jim Albers (Matt Goodman, 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. Maybe he could
use a dose of “tesnyatenotekeo.”
Handgun (Sam Crees and Alex Minnick, 0:50)
In a dreary apartment within a world of pure inchoate and incomprehensible drama,
a homunculous stares down destiny, and destiny wins.
Fischerchicks (Susan Buica and Arin Crumley, 4:00)
Everyone daydreams about starring in the favorite band’s music video.
When Susan Buice decided to indulge her fantasy of being in a FischerSpooner
video she invited a pair of angsty animated birds along for the ride.
Pay Roll (Noah Klersfeld, 13:00)
Is it for real? Is it fake? Is this the mother of all multi-camera action sequences
of the insane inner monolog of an archetypal director who wishes he controlled
Bike Thief (Neistat Brothers, 7:00) *
An average of 8, 300 bicycles are reported stolen each year in New York. Long
time bike advocates the Neistat Brothers wanted to know how this is possible,
so one warm Tuesday they stole five bikes before noon without anyone looking
twice. It’s amazing what New Yorkers will ignore, and here the bike owners caught
the whole thing on camera.
*Curated by the Bicycle Film Fest (www.bicyclefilmfestival.com)
Clyde (Mans Mansson, 5:00)
A short documentary made by a recent arrival about long-time resident of our
city, the images accompanied by the poetics of the old New Yorker.
Filibuster (Matt Lenski, 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.
Are You Feeling Lonely (Rosario Garcia-Montero, 14:00)
Garcia Montero, who was raised in Peru, creates a garish and lovely character
study about an isolated immigrant mortician. The spooky rants and misdirected
attempts at friendship fall somewhere between Napoleon Dynamite and Travis Bickle.
Sub (Jesse Schmal, 8:30)
Perhaps a metaphor for the decline of the Soviet Empire, perhaps a treatise
on the vulgarization of mass culture and the decline of religiosity, or perhaps
simply a surreal short about the crew of a miniature submarine attempting to
save their captain from being splattered about the ground of a European plaza
in which thugs battle nuns in a game of soccer, dogs disapprove of gourmet delicacies
and vespa riding euro-trash make clumsy passes at a violent femme fatale.
La Puppe (Timothy Greenfield, 9:00)
Of all the many homages to Chris Markers La Jetee, this is certainly the cutest.
Are you prepared for a future with no doggie treats?
A Good Uplift (Faye Lederman, Cheryl Furjanic, Eve Lederman,
Just about everyone has an aunt or grandmother who sizes everyone up within
a minute of being introduced and tells them exactly what she thinks of them.
Here is a portrait of a woman who is so exceptionally comfortable behaving in
this manner that she has become a certifiable New York institution and an invaluable
resource to women with problems, both large and small.
The Light (Brian Doyle, 10:00)
If ever Rooftop Films worried about our flickering lights disturbing the peaceful
night, this stunning film will calm our fears. 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.
VJ beewoo concentrates on the use of video noise and feedback
in combination with architectural 3D/2D animations processed in real time on
her own customized VJ interface. Her work explores the tention emerging between
tangible architecture and the fluxes of wired and wireless media communication,
a fuzzy intangible architecture that defies the laws of physics. It is a playfull
and graphical recomposition of space, taking place on the screens, following
the rhythms of the performance.
Hyperdy proposes a DJ set that blends analogical and digital resamplings and
rythmic deconstructions. This is a way of giving his old breaks a and drum’n’bass
records a fresher appeal while creating a sound of his own, at times dark and
striking, and that echoes Beewoo’s visuals perfectly.
beewoo has shown her work in numerous exhibitions and real time video performances
as part of collectives such as KIT and Battery Operated and with les platinistes
numerique and virgilage&jmx. Her work has been presented at electronic art
festivals such as INVIDEO, Italy; Split 2001, Croatia; FCMM, Canada and in places
like The Anchorage, New York City and Stubnitz Rostock, Germany. OFFF, Spain;
FCMM, Elektra Canada She is a founding member of the multimedia label C0C0SDC1T1,
which publishes collaborative works between sound and video artists. She is
based in Montreal and continues her reaserch involving real time video processing
and interactivity in the Interstices reaserch group.
Hyperdy is part of the new media collective Les platinistes numériques,
that uses old and new informatic and audiovisual technologies in art contexts.
His interest for dj’ing comes from the late ninety’s when he discovered
the drum’n bass sound of Mickey Finn and Grooverider in London basements
party’s. Since there, he mixes on the underground Montreal scene, collaborating
with other DJs and VJs.