Shorts from the Rooftop Films Series are back for the summer at IFC.com there’ll be three new films online each week here, but you can also find them through the Rooftop Films Blog, where the Rooftop crew will be posting information, commentary and interviews along with each film. They’ll be posting 100 films over the next few months here’s what’s online so far:
The Morning Sun (Bryan Wizemann, 5:30)
A woman wakes up, takes a shower, gets dressed, and leaves the house. In this fascinating and ephemeral film — a study in the use of available light and narrative restraint — it’s up the audience to string together the pieces of her morning, and the night before.
Eric The Secret (Joe Quinn, 3:50)
Lonely and bored, two friends mess with their head (the one hidden behind the couch). A story of pathos, perversion and secret playpals.
Mad Cows Vs. Crazy Eyes Dolphin (Ian Stewart, 5:40)
A sobering animated expose about how Mad Cow Disease is now killing dolphins. Via karate.
Devil’s Teeth (Roger Teich, 8:30)
A film about Ron Elliot, the only sea urchin diver who works the Farallon Islands, even though he regularly encounters enormous sharks. With a grant from the Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund, Roger Teich constructed an underwater helmet camera using a black and white surveillance video lens and cable so Ron can use his hands freely while the footage records the eerie underwater world, at the margins of grace and terror.
Roswell (Bill Brown, 19:17)
Bill Brown drifts through New Mexico trying to find out what caused that lonely spacecraft to crash land in a tiny town in American desert half a century ago.
Vision Test (Wes Kim, 5:39)
Who would you feel most comfortable with as CEO of a Fortune 500 company? What begins as a routine eye exam turns into an examination of people’s subconscious attitudes towards race, gender and power.
Hot Dog Man (Joyce Ventimiglia & Jim Haverkamp, 5:45)
Director of Last Pack (Rooftop 7/14/01) and Armor of God (Rooftop 6/28/02). A hilarious and poignant home movie about an absurd American icon, a giant self-devouring hot dog statue in downtown Durham, North Carolina.
[Photo: Bryan Wizemann’s “The Morning Sun,” courtesy of Rooftop Films, 2008]