We lost a number of great filmmakers in the last year. Sown throughout this year’s festival are shorts from some of our favorite late moving-image heroes. We will not forget their legacy of images in power.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17
SNOWBLINK CONCERT Los Angeles based musician, Snowblink, will open the festival and grace our cinema with her enchanted vocals and pop hooks. Don’t miss this intimate event with a singular performer.
Michella Bredahl - 2019, 31’
Chassé is a picturesque look on a group of women and their experiences with neglect and love. The film uses the form of a diary to depict their inner and most intimate thoughts on childhood and hope. The dance is their sanctuary - they use it to arm themselves against the reality they live in. The young women long for love, but the dark side in which destructiveness can feel like a cleansing, threatens. When love has always been accompanied by neglect, how does one learn to love? The Spanish narrator, who knows both sides, guides us through the darkness. Produced by Pernille Tornøe and National Film School of Denmark.
North American Premiere. Filmmaker in person.
SHORTS 1: TRANSIT╱IONAL NEW YORK
These shorts capture modes, moments, and motions of transition in NYC.
WILLIAMSBURG ▱ Jonas Mekas - 2002, 11’
BERLIN / NEW YORK Jack Waters - 1984-86, 14’
INTERIOR N.Y. SUBWAY, 14TH ST. TO 42ND ST. G.W. Bitzer - 1905, 6’
DAYBREAK EXPRESS ▱ D.A. Pennebaker - 1953-57, 5’
NY, NY: A DAY IN NEW YORK Francis Thompson - 1957, 15’
GO GO GO Marie Menken - 1964, 12’
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18
BLOW THE MAN DOWN
Bridget Savage Cole & Danielle Krudy - 2019, 90’
The Connolly Sisters (Sophie Lowe and Morgan Saylor) are in mourning, but between a dead stranger in the ocean, a missing murder weapon, and the increasingly shady behavior of their recently deceased mom’s friends, they’ve barely had a chance to register their loss. The audacious debut feature from co-directors and screenwriters Bridget Savage Cole and Danielle Krudy blends elements of thriller and the darkest of comedies to present something wholly entertaining and wickedly original. Don’t miss this festival favorite, recently acquired by Amazon Studios.
Post-screening Q&A with film composer, Brian McOmber.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19
LOVER’S WIND (BAADEH SABAH)
Albert Lamorisse - 1978, 71’ The wind that blows across Iran’s deserts, mountains, old settlements and new cities has a name: Baadeh Sabah. Sometimes he blows alone, sometimes with other winds, and other times he quarrels with his brother, the mischievous Baadeh Div. Baadeh Sabah is the poetic narrator in this extraordinary ode to Iran, which is mostly made up of aerial footage akin to the perspective of the wind itself. Director Albert Lamorisse (The Red Balloon and inventor of the game Risk) died in a helicopter accident while finishing production. Lamorisse’s wife and son completed the film, which received an Oscar nomination shortly before the Iranian Revolution.
Presented by Sean Price Williams.
☆ FREE SCREENING!
SHORTS 2: REGULAR OLD GOOFY SHREDDIN’ (TAKE TWO!)
Matt Lily presents another rare VHS skate film from his secret, internet-free, vault. Check out vintage Rockaway beach surf footage and fresh footage from the shores of Rockaway Beach and Puerto Rico from Shane Murphy.
ONE MINUTE FOR ONE IMAGE
▱ Agnes Varda - 1983, 26’
Une image c’est ça et le reste // A photo is that and everything else.
Agnes Varda considers her favorite photographs in this experimental TV series.
Tania Hernández Velasco - 2018, 62’
A mourning tree, dancing sprouts, ghosts, stories and forgotten seeds. This is a Mexican family’s very last attempt to cultivate their land.
New York Premiere.
SHORTS 3: TALK TO ME HOW Where do you start when you stand on opposite sides? Centering conversations both private and public, the films in “Talk to me how” foreground the personal, touching on the fraught dynamics of family, masculinity, and various generational and ideological divides. Organized by Dessane Lopez Cassell.
7-7-94 FOR MY BABE Paige Taul - 2018, 4’
THE PROMISE Paige Taul - 2018, 6’
LYNDALE Oli Rodriguez & Victoria Stob - 2018, 24’
CIVIL WAR SURVEILLANCE POEMS, PT. 1 Mitch McCabe - 2019, 15’
Post screening Q&A with Mitch McCabe, moderated by Dessane Lopez Cassell.
Numa Perrier - 2019, 88’
In a cramped Las Vegas apartment, 19 year old Tiffany struggles to find her place. She enters a world of internet fetish cam girls in order to survive after her mother’s death. An unflinching and authentic portrait of poverty, womanhood, and blackness, JEZEBEL raises questions about agency and exploitation. Numa Perrier stars in this semi-autobiographical directorial debut.
New York Premiere in collaboration with MYUZ. Organized by Dessane Lopez Cassell. Filmmaker in person.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20
A SILENT VOICE
Naoko Yamada - 2016, 130’
After transferring to a new school, Shoko Nishimiya, a deaf girl, navigates her changing friend group. Richly animated, this coming-of-age story delves into social issues like bullying and disability. Masters of Anime, Kyoto Animation stands out as one of the most progressive animation studios in the world. In an industry that notoriously favors men, Kyo-Ani is known for prioritizing women. They protect their workers by offering salaries, rather than the common freelance fees of studio animators. This July, Kyoto Animation was victim of a terrible arson attack, one of the worst in recent Japanese history. We dedicate this screening to the victims.
*this film acknowledges the existence of suicide
EMBODYING URBAN COASTAL KNOWLEDGE MANAGED RETREAT
Nathan Kensinger - 2018, 18’
A portrait of three NYC neighborhoods that were purchased by the New York State government in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, to be demolished and returned to nature as part of the city’s first ‘managed retreat’ from rising sea levels.
Filmmaker in person.
AS IF SAND WERE STONE
Ben Mendelsohn - 2019, 35’
An essay documentary examining the making and remaking of urban waterfronts in New York City. Narrated by landscape architect Gena Wirth, the film analyzes underwater dredging as a key infrastructural process in the production of urban space. The film combines observational footage of New York’s massive harbor deepening project with a series of self-reflexive research spirals that take place within the director's imagined computer desktop. As a result, the project not only explores the making of urban coastal landscapes, but also how these sedimentary landscapes are entangled with digitally mediated spaces of discourse and image.
World Premiere. Filmmaker in person.
WATER AND POWER
Pat O’Neill - 1989, 57’
This 1989 masterpiece by Pat O’Neill is a moving meditation on industrialization, focusing on the dystopic desert created by Los Angeles’s vast water consumption.
SHORTS 4: FEMALE BODIES & BRIDGES Portraits of/from Barbara Hammer and Carolee Schneemann — legendary amplifiers of the female voice in the NYC avant-garde scene. Presented by MM Serra, in collaboration with the Film-Makers’ Cooperative, to benefit the preservation of films made by women.
AUGUST 10, 2010 MM Serra - 2019, 4’
BARBARA HAMMER LENDS A HAND Leighton Pierce - 2012, 1’
TRIP TO CAROLEE Coleen Fitzgibbon - 1973/2011, 5’
CAROLEE, BARBARA AND GUNVOR Lynne Sachs - 2018, 9’
SPLIT DECISION Bill Brand - 1979, 15’
DYKETACTICS ▱ Barbara Hammer - 1974, 4’
MEAT JOY ▱ Carolee Schneemann - 1964, 10’
Q&A with MM Serra and Lynne Sachs following screening.
SHORTS 5: ANIMATED FICTIONSFlesh and costumes. Light and line. Conflict and cultivation. This program of contemporary and retrospective independent animation ponders: what makes an image, what forms an identity?
Organized by Caitlin Craggs.
GIRL FIGHT Lauren Gregory - 2017, 6’ on loop before program
TRAVELING LIGHT ▱ Jane Aaron - 1985, 2’
LO - Ted Wiggin 2017, 3’
THE MISSING PIG Cecilia Corzo - 2018, 4’
WINNERS BITCH Sam Gurry - 2018, 7’
GUIDANCE David Delafuente - 2018, 4’
WINDOWS Ingo Raschak - 2017, 1’
AGUA VIVA Alexa Lim Haas - 2018, 7’
A POEM PLAY Nancy Kangas and Josh Kun - 2018, 1’
VOCABULARY Becky James - 2016, 4’
MOM’S CLOTHES Jordan Wong - 2018, 5’
BULLETS Nancy Kangas and Josh Kun - 2018, 1’
HEDGE Amanda Bonaiuto - 2018, 6’
Q James Bascara - 2016, 4’
ASPARAGUS ▱ Suzan Pitt - 1979, 18’
*Some adult themes. Lauren Gregory, Ted Wiggin, Ingo Raschka + Skip Blumberg in person.
Rania Attieh & Daniel Garcia - 2019, 93’
An aging, Argentine, Serge Gainsbourg wannabe struggles to deal with a career he can’t seem to get on track, an affair he doesn’t want, and a crime he didn’t mean to commit. Starring one of Argentina’s favorite actors, Daniel Fanego alongside the brilliant Julianne Nicholson, in a hilarious and beautifully crafted film you won’t forget. An award winning favorite from this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.
Filmmakers in person.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 21
GREETINGS FROM FREE FORESTS
Ian Soroka - 2018, 98’
Underground resistance is made literal in Ian Soroka’s debut feature, which excavates the buried histories of the Partisan Liberation Front, who resisted the Fascist occupation of Yugoslavia during World War II. Through rich landscape cinematography, haunted archival images, and the vivid testimonials of local hunters, foresters, tour guides, and historians, the film traces the hidden historical currents beneath Southern Slovenia’s verdant terrain, exploring cave hideouts, quarries, archaeological sites, unmarked graves, and even a subterranean bunker that became a film archive. Winner of DocLisboa’s Grand Prix.
Luke Lorentzen - 2019, 90’
One of this year’s most thrilling documentaries that pushes the genre of verite filmmaking to new frontiers. Set in Mexico City’s wealthiest neighborhoods, the Ochoa family runs a private ambulance, competing with other for-profit EMTs for patients in need of urgent help. As the Ochoas try to make a living in this fraught industry, they struggle to keep their dire finances from compromising the people in their care.
In a special collaboration with Riis Park Beach Bazaar, Rockaway Film Festival presents a program of favorite fantastic worlds. Our heroes embark on noble quests, enter magic realms, and return irrevocably changed in tales of boundless imagination. Visually spectacular, technically singular, these emblems of adventure are treasured by moviegoers of all ages.
JUNE 8, 2019
THE PRINCESS BRIDE
Rob Reiner - 1987, 98”
A story within a story, a dream within a dream, Rob Reiner's 1987 fantasy THE PRINCESS BRIDE is a deliciously self-aware modern classic awash in swashbuckling duels, protracted battles of wits, improbable plot twists, and compulsively quotable dialogue. A deservedly beloved film and a delightfully clever commentary on the perennial power of storytelling to capture the imagination.
JULY 13, 2019
THE DARK CRYSTAL
Jim Henson and Frank Oz - 1982, 93”
On the faraway planet of Thra, the balance has been disrupted. Muppet masters Jim Henson and Frank Oz's THE DARK CRYSTAL (1982) is an epic fusion of ornate puppetry, analog animatronics and grim fairy tale. In this cult classic, Jen, the determined orphan, must find a magic crystal shard to restore harmony between the gentle Gelflings and the sinister Skeksis.
Live music performance by HIGHLIFE (Sleepy Doug Shaw) before the show, at 7:30pm.
Film presented by Museum of the Moving Image Executive Director, Carl Goodman, in person.
AUGUST 10, 2019
Hayao Miyazaki - 2001, 125” A dazzling masterpiece of animation, Hayao Miyazaki's Academy Award winning SPIRITED AWAY (2001) tells the story of ten-year-old Chihiro, who is separated from her parents at an abandoned amusement park and enters a spirit world. Chihiro confronts witches, gods, and shape-shifters in a dangerous journey full of Japanese mythology, and must use her cunning and courage to find her way back to her family.
This is an outdoor beach screening — bring your towels, blankets, beach chairs, and good vibes! The show starts at sundown.
Suggested admission is $10.
Easily accessible by car, bus & ferry. Parking is free after 6pm. More info about getting there HERE.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2019
323 74th Street, 11692
Suggested Donation: $10
MINDING THE GAP
Bing Liu - 2018, 93”
One of 2018’s most beloved documentaries and Sundance Special Jury Award winner. Three young men bond together to escape volatile families in their Rust-Belt hometown. As they face adult responsibilities, unexpected revelations threaten their decade-long friendship.
*this program contains nudity
Courtney Stephens - 2015, 11”
Created specifically for the 2015 Cunt Art event at Veggie Cloud in Los Angeles, Labial Quintet was prompted by a claim made by a waxing aesthetician that there are five distinct varieties of labia shape. Browsing pornography, a live waxing session, surgical footage, and other visual “evidence,” the film explores the veracity of this claim, and what it means to typologize a body part.
A POEM IS A NAKED PERSON
Les Blank - 1974/2015, 93”
An ineffable mix of unbridled joy and vérité realism, A Poem Is a Naked Person presents the beloved singer-songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell as filmed by documentarian Les Blank between 1972 and 1974. Blank’s camera lets us into the world of Russell and his friends and fellow artists in and around his recording studio in northeast Oklahoma, capturing intimate, off-the-cuff moments and combining them with mesmerizing scenes of Russell and his band performing live. This singular film about an artist and his community never got an official theatrical release and has attained legendary status.
AFTER PARTY @ ROCKAWAY BREWING COMPANY
Music by The Skells + honky tonk Americana from DJ Mighty Redeemer.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18
Shirley Clarke - 1959, 20”
This Academy Award winning short film, documents the complete construction of the now infamous, 666 Broadway. A riveting reflection on the cycles of destruction and renewal that make up the life of a great city, filtered through a wry, beatnik sensibility that Clarke refined with the help of notable collaborators Teo Macero and D.A. Pennebaker.+
THE SOCIAL LIFE OF SMALL URBAN SPACES
William H. Whyte - 1980, 58”
William H. Whyte - 1980, 58”
A documentary exploring public plazas and the ways that people behave in them. While Skyscraper is told from the point of view of an artist, this film takes the stance from a city planner, architect.
THE ROAD TO MAGNASANTI
John Wilson - 2017, 15”
THE ROAD TO MAGNASANTI
John Wilson - 2017, 15”
In 2010, an obsessed gamer designed the perfect game of Sim City. Achieved through a repeating pattern of clustered high rises, “Magnasanti” exposes the hellish consequences of top-down civic design. In his new documentary, John Wilson explores how New York City is creeping closer and closer to realizing this fictional metropolis.
Director in person.
Director in person.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19
Gabriel Abrantes & Daniel Schmidt - 2018, 92” Diamantino, the world's premiere soccer star loses his special touch and ends his career in disgrace. Searching for a new purpose, the international icon sets on a delirious odyssey where he confronts neo-fascism, the refugee crisis, genetic modification, and the hunt for the source of genius. Cannes award winner and official selection at New York Film Festival. Directors in person.
Ticket includes Sarah Owens dinner at the Castle.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20
THE LITTLE FUGITIVE
Morris Engel, Ruth Orkin, Raymond Abrashkin - 1953, 80” Fearing that he shot his older brother, a young boy runs away to Coney Island. and gets money by returning soda bottles for their deposits.
REGULAR OLD GOOFY SHREDDING
GNAR GNAR - Sam Salganik - 2008, 23” (KROOKED)
presented by Matt Lilly.MEETING - Thomas LaGrega, Paul Schmidt - 2018, 30”
SURFIN BIRD ODYSSEY - Pat McCarthy - 2018, 13”
+ More surprises
Ramona Diaz 2017, 94”
Taking us into the heart of the planet's busiest maternity hospital, the viewer is dropped like an unseen outsider into the hospital's stream of activity. At first, the people are strangers. As the film continues, it's absorbingly intimate, rendering the women at the heart of the story increasingly familiar.
This event is a collaboration with POV, PBS' award-winning nonfiction film series.
ECSTATIC MALE What does it mean to be a human, to be a man? The Ecstatic Male program presents a series of documentary portraits of men who are a true ones of the kind. CRUISING WITH JERRY RAE Kelly Loudenberg (2013), 7”
MAN IS NOT A SIMPLE CREATURE VI Matt Webster (2014), 12”
HE WHO DANCES ON WOOD Jessica Beshir (2017), 6”
GARY’S BIRDS OF MIDDLETOWN Sam Fleischner (2003), 7”
THERE WERE ALWAYS DOGS NEVER KIDS Alessandro Magania and Max Tannone (2017), 24”
Jerry Rae, Rob Burn, Alan Sklar, Matt Webster, Jessica Bashir and Sam Fleischner will be present for a discussion following screening.
Haskell Wexler - 1969, 111”
(Presented by Alan Sklar of THERE WERE ALWAYS DOGS NEVER KIDS.)
The "cooler" the medium, "the more someone has to uncover and engage in the media" in order to "fill in the blanks." This film questions the role and responsibilities of television and its newscasts through a news reporter who finds himself becoming personally involved in the violence that erupts around the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Shot at a time of great social and political counterculture upheaval in the United States, Wexler's film reflects the conflicted nature of a country divided by issues of race, gender, poverty, crime, and war. This is verite filmmaking at its finest: mixing scripted and documentary techniques to present the enduring issues that we still face today, 50 years late.
PATSY, THE FILM
Laura Nesci Carroll - 2018, 22”
This abstract-narrative super 8 film documents the making of a new Patsy record in and around Rockaway Beach, Queens.
Saturday Day Pass includes 2 Tacobay tacos and 2 beers from Rockaway Brew Co. Dance party with DJ’s Andrew Vanwyngarden and Taka.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21
THE RED BALLOON
Albert Lamorisse - 1956, 34” A red balloon with a life of its own follows a little boy around the streets of Paris.+
THE BLACK BALLOON
Josh & Benny Safdie - 2012, 21”A black balloon, alien in a crowded land, searches for some semblance of companionship after losing all of its friends.
Claude Nuridsany & Marie Pérennou - 1996, 80” An immersive, live-action exploration of insect life in meadows and ponds. Seeing this film in a cinema is a Biblical experience.
SHORTS PROGRAM 1 : NEW NARRATIVES
8 MILLION MILES FROM HINTAHOOD Justin Denis (2018), 15”
CAROLINE Logan George & Celine Held - 2018, 12”
OLD HABITS Sophie Ellsberg - 2018, 13”
OLLEJ Zachary Heinzerling - 2018, 25”
BLADES Kevin Hayden - 2018, 6”
Justin Denis, Sophie Ellsberg, Zachary Heinzerling and Heather Kramer will be present for a discussion following screening.
SHORTS PROGRAM 2 : FAMILY FORMATION
THE GIRL WITH TWO HEADS Betzabe Garcia - 2018, 13”
NATURE SACRÉE Michella Bredahl - 2018, 26”
NATTO Iva Radivojavec - 2018, 8”
FAMILY NIGHTMARE Dustin Guy Defa - 2012, 10”
74 REELS Natasha Giliberti - 2018, 14”
Michella Brendahl and Natasha Giliberti will be present for a discussion following screening.
VINCENT MOON PRESENTS Vincent Moon built a following over a decade ago with Le Blogotheque, where he filmed pop musicians performing songs around the streets of Paris. Since then he has become a nomadic filmmaker who travels into remote pockets of the earth and records musical rituals. He is a modern day Alan Lomax with the eye and dedication of a singular artist. Vincent will be in Rockaway to present and discuss exclusive new films from various ceremonies around the globe. Filmmaker in person.
WAH DO DEM
Ben Chace & Sam Fleischner - 2009, 76” A hapless hipster wins a cruise from Brooklyn to Jamaica but when he gets there, the boat leaves without him. With only a pair of shorts he must find his way to the embassy across the island in Kingston. 10 year anniversary screening with filmmakers in person.
Each program followed by a discussion.