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JANUARY 


SATURDAY, JANUARY 19

323 74th Street, 11692
Suggested Donation: $10


5:00 PM
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.

7:00 PM
*this program contains nudity 

LABIAL QUINTET 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. 
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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. 

9:30PM
AFTER PARTY @ ROCKAWAY BREWING COMPANY
Music by The Skells + honky tonk Americana from DJ Mighty Redeemer.












2018 PROGRAM


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18


7:00 PM
SKYSCRAPER
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”
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.
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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.


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19


7:00 PM
DIAMANTINO
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


10:00 AM
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.


1:00 PM
REGULAR OLD GOOFY SHREDDING
GNAR GNAR - Sam Salganik - 2008, 23” (KROOKED)
presented by Matt Lilly.
MEETING - Thomas LaGrega, Paul Schmidt - 2018, 30”
SURFIN BIRD ODYSSEYPat McCarthy - 2018, 13”
+ More surprises 

3:00 PM
MOTHERLAND
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.


5:00 PM
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.

7:00 PM
MEDIUM COOL
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.


Tickets include 2 Tacobay tacos and 2 beers from Rockaway Brew Co. Dance Party with DJ’s Andrew Vanwyngarden and Taka.

9:00 PM
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


10:00 AM
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.

11:00 AM
MICROCOSMOS
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.

1:00 PM
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.

3:00 PM
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. 

4:30 PM
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.
7:00 PM
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 .

Each program followed by a discussion.








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Rockaway Film Festival was founded by Rockaway filmmaker Sam Fleischner, Greg Stewart, and Courtney Muller.

We are here to nurture movie lovers - young and old - from across the Rockaway peninsula, with bold new films and forgotten masterpieces, mainstream and esoteric, genre movies, documentaries, and everything in between.