Rooftop Films Presents Three-Day Weekend of Documentaries, 6/19 - 6/21

Rooftop Films Presents Three-Day Weekend of Documentaries, 6/19 - 6/21


(Sara Dosa | 78 min.)

8:00PM Doors Open and reception sponsored by New Amsterdam Spirits and Bulleit Bourbon

8:30PM Live music by The Woes

9:00PM Film Begins

10:45PM Q&A with director Sara Dosa

Venue: Brooklyn Grange at The Brooklyn Navy Yard (63 Flushing Avenue, Building #3, Brooklyn, NY 11205)

Pacific Pride Commercial Fueling, The Burger Deli, Chalet Restaurant - quiet, rural spots right off the Highway are immediately juxtaposed with karaoke and the loading of a truck with highly sought after but rare matsutake mushrooms. It's September in the small rural town of Chemult, Oregon and a camp of over 200 seasonal workers - most of Southeast Asian descent - have started hunting for a prized fungus. Kouy, 46 year-old platoon leader of Cambodia's Khmer Freedom Fighters who battled the Khmer Rouge, is a seasoned veteran who learned foraging during his enslavement. Roger, a 75 year-old sniper with the US Special Forces in Vietnam, who acts as a father to Kouy, has less luck as his health starts to fail him. Traversing the land in search of the elusive fungi, the two search for underground networks of matsutake while they slowly unearth the roots of their unlikely friendship.

In her debut feature film, Sara Dosa balances these two men's intimate story while also engaging larger themes, including the correlation of past and present, and man's relationship to nature and location. Dosa probes the quiet moments which reveal a distinct sense of a shared past and geographic specificity that binds the characters. Archival footage of rebel fighters in Cambodia and American soldiers in Vietnam is seamlessly edited into vérité scenes of domesticity and work, along with gorgeous wide shots of mountains and rural landscapes. While initially a fly-on-the-wall approach, The Last Season's subjects gently draw Dosa into their relationship, as layers of friendship and life call out to be uncovered. Told over the course of one matsutake mushroom season, the documentary is a journey into the woods, into the memory of war and survival, telling a story of family from an unexpected place.

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(Adam Rifkin | 83 min.)

8:00PM Doors Open

8:30PM Live Music

9:00PM Film Begins

10:30PM Q&A with filmmaker Adam Rifkin

11:30PM After Party sponsored by New Amsterdam Vodka & Gin

Venue: The Old American Can Factory (232 Third Street at Third Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215)

An hour away from the outer edge of Los Angeles, in Ventura, California, lives Giuseppe Andrews, a former child actor who had roles in late 90's hits such as Independence Day, Never Been Kissed and Detroit Rock City. More than 10 Years later, he has left behind the glitzy productions of his youth and is now fomenting a lo-fi artistic revolution within the local trailer park that he calls home. Giuseppe has knocked out 30 feature films to date with the help of his Neighbors and countless homeless friends, creating vibrantly anarchic works that don't rely on big budgets, acting ability, snazzy graphics, or even proper continuity. For Giuseppe it's all about the vibe, and with his handwritten scripts, consumer video camera, and his aerodynamic spandex suit he's got "vibe" in spades.

As the title indicates, Giuseppe Makes A Movie documents Andrews' creative process as he shoots his latest feature film, Garbanzo Gas, over just two days. The premise: "Vietnam Ron, one of many homeless men in Ventura that Giuseppe has grown up with, plays a vegan cow on vacation from the slaughterhouse." What's revealed within this making-of documentary is an artist who blurs Hollywood and the underground-a filmmaker who reveres the form and couldn't care less about the technique.