Guest curated by Sasha Okshteyn and Morgan Griffin.
MUSIC PERFORMANCE: SURF JAZZ TRIO
Performed by Michael Isvara Montgomery (bass), Jonny Lam (guitar/pedal steel), and Bill Campbell (drums).
BEACH SESSIONS PRESENTS
A program of dance films to coincide with the ninth year of pioneering performance series, Beach Sessions. Each short is inspired by and created on beaches, and the program concludes with a filmic version of Merce Cunningham’s Beach Birds, which will be performed live on Beach 108 Street on Saturday, August 26.
AT LAND by Maya Deren. 1944, 14 min.
ZUMA NEWS by Simone Forti. 2013, 13 min. From NONFICTIONS - Gorbachev Lives / Zuma News / Questions - a joint work by Jeremiah Day, Simone Forti + Fred Dewey. Camera by Jason Underhill.
DUNE DANCE by Carolyn Brown. 1981, 18 min excerpt.
ARENA by Madeline Hollander. 2017, 14 min.
BEACH BIRDS FOR CAMERA by Elliot Caplan + Merce Cunningham. 1993, 30 min.
Post-screening Q&A with original Beach Birds dancers David Kulick & Alan Good, moderated by Patricia Lent.
DJ SET by Andrew VanWyngarden at Rockaway Brewing Co.
AT LAND courtesy of The Film-Makers' Cooperative. ZUMA NEWS courtesy of the artist and The Box, LA. BEACH BIRDS FOR CAMERA courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York. Special thanks to Merce Cunningham Trust, Patricia Lent + Karl McCool.
Rockaway Film Festival would like to thank VBX™~Vernam Basin Terminal for generously hosting us at the Arverne Cinema in addition to BBX™~Barbadoes Basin Terminal for contributing to such.
RFF also thanks Rockaway Artists Alliance and the National Park Service for hosting us in Fort Tilden.
RFF is proud to be sponsored by Blundstone®, Istic Illic Pictures, and NYC Ferry. The festival is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support provided by FRANC.