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January 28, 2021
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Rooftop Films and Dance Party

By Alexandra Glorioso
Rooftop Films at Old American Can Factory

Sun., June 26: Rooftop Films and Dance Party in Gowanus

The Films:

Family Instinct (Andris Gauja | Latvia | 60 min.) – Luridly fascinating and darkly comic, Family Instinct is a pseudo-docu-comedy about an isolated town in rural Latvia and a young mother’s patient wait for her incestuous lover to return from prison. One part Borat, two parts Eastern Bloc Gothic, Andris Gauja’s feature film debut never lets you relax, yet remains undeniably engaging, making for a surprisingly entertaining film. The filmmaker will be at the show in person for a Q&A after the film.

Crooked Beauty (Ken Paul Rosenthal | San Francisco, CA | 30 min.) – “Crooked Beauty is that rare breed of film that is both a socially relevant documentary while at the same time a work of artistic beauty. The combination is breathtaking and inspiring.”

– Jay Rosenblatt, filmmaker, Human Remains

Crooked Beauty chronicles artist-activist Jacks McNamara’s journey from childhood abuse to psych ward patient to pioneering mental health advocate. She survived trauma from an alcoholic mother and battled her own substance abuse when diagnosed as ‘bipolar’ at age 19 and incarcerated.


Big Spider’s Back
“The past few weeks have heard me relentlessly blasting Big Spider’s Back Memory Man from bedrooms, fire escapes, and cuddle puddles, and our ecosystem is better off for it. Since Yair shared his Warped EP in 2009 we’ve been huge appreciators of the blankets he so delicately threads and the smiles they bring to our cheeks, and were so grateful for his presence at our end of the year party last December. Memory Man is the debut record we’ve waited patiently for, and these pieces develop a journey carefully traversed through mind explorations.

8 p.m. to 1 a.m.. $10

8 p.m.: Doors Open, 8:30 p.m.: Live Music, 9 p.m.: Films Begin, 10 p.m.: Q&A with filmmaker Andris Gauja, 11:30 p.m.: After Party in the Courtyard

The Old American Can Factory

On the roof of The Old American Can Factory

232 Third St. at 3rd Ave. (Gowanus)

F/G to Carroll St. or M/R to Union



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