Who doesn't like to watch OTHER people doing crazy ass, stupid things? Rooftop Films brings a night of crazy to MetroTech on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, with seven documentaries by seven different filmmakers.
The filmmakers showcased in this program show us that capturing an authentic moment is frequently difficult and sometimes it’s downright perilous. In pursuit of the real, these plucky directors scaled the sides of cliffs, flew their drone cameras into swarms of droning bees, rigged spinning cameras to the front of their cars, climbed mountain-sized monuments built by white supremacists, dug through their parent’s smutty videos, and watched countless hours of the least appetizing food porn on the internet. Their audacious truth-seeking helped them to capture some visceral closeups and to forge some truly dangerous documentaries.
Sierra Pettengill | USA | 10
Using over 100 years of archival footage, director Sierra Pettengill explores the history of the largest Confederate monument, Georgia’s Stone Mountain.
Richard Wilhelmer | Austria | 5
"Hypnodrome" is motion-induced delirium that loosens the borders between earth and sky, between represented reality and imagination, between being awake and dreaming.
THE LAST HONEY HUNTER
Ben Knight | USA | 36
In a remote corner of Nepal, Maule Dhan Rai had a vivid dream as a young man. The elders determined that he alone would be granted safe passage onto the jungle cliffs in pursuit of a rare and toxic honey. This was many years ago. Even in these forgotten corners of the Himalayas, the world is changing quickly and unpredictably. No one else in Maule’s village has since had the dream.
LOVE GOES THROUGH THE STOMACH
NEOZOON | Germany | 15
The found footage film is dedicated to nutrition and the human relationship to "production animals." The collage provides disturbing insights into the behavior of a western affluent society between a lack of appreciation and the origin of animal products. The starting material of the film collage is from Youtube and serves different internet phenomena such as ASMR, Mukbang and Lets Play Videos. The experimental narrative perspective and precise picture selection are both humorous and bitterly true, pointing out destructive aspects of global consumer behavior.
Greg McLeod, Myles McLeod | United Kingdom | 9
A town on the borderlands of Texas. A place out of time. A desert where strange lights dance in the night sky. A mecca for lovers of minimalist art. A landscape of lost horses, freaks and food trucks. And then there’s the giant lemon.
MY DEAD DAD'S PORNO TAPES
Charlie Tyrell | Canada | 14
Filmmaker Charlie Tyrell seeks to better understand his emotionally distant late-father through the personal belongings he left behind... including a stack of VHS dirty movies. Narrated by David Wain.
THE WATER SLIDE
Nathan Truesdell | USA | 9
Tragedy strikes the world's tallest water slide.
Mauli Dhan, the last honey hunter, at the first of three harvest locations. After cllimbing up the ladder from below his must first tie himself off to a small vine tree to get him closer to the hive on this severly overhanding cliff. The frist step is to chat a mantra for the bees to leave peacefully and brush off the bees with a bamboo pole in gaint clumps. He pokes cotter pin-like pegs through the six-foot-wide, half-moon shaped hives, then attaches the pegs to a bamboo rope managed by an assistant above. The final step is to sever the hive from the wall. Maule cries out 'Yuwa ke!' "(it has fallen!)" This call, echoed by the other honey hunters, rings out across the jungle, while the hive is carefully lowered to the ground. Then he must scrape the best honey off from the roof of the overhang. His basket has ropes going to the top for his team to take the weight as he controls it and communicates. Each time he communicates with his team above he must lean back to yell up. Its an intese core wrenching position and the small rope he has hooked around his armpits for protection cuts his skin to near the bleeding point., myngmedit
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