Rarely is New York City considered a seatown, though it is surrounded by over 500 miles of shoreline. This collection of short experimental documentaries takes us from the sticky waters of the Gowanus Canal to the moonlit urban beaches of Jamaica Bay, with apocalyptic train stops in the overgrown Brooklyn Navy Yard and a peninsula off the Bronx River. As the city prepares for its next era battling climate change and sea level rise, consider the creatures and people who live and rely on this tenuous stretch of land.
RIVER ONE by Robert Sommerlad. 2019. 2 min.
IMAGINED RUINS by Emma Yi. 2019 16 min.
URBAN GROWTH by Nathan Kensinger & Nate Dorr. 2020. 13 min.
FORM FOLLOWS FOREPLAY by the Institute of Queer Ecology. 2019. 4 min.
BY WAY OF CANARSIE by Emily Packer & Lesley Steele. 2020. 14 min.
THE WHELMING SEA by Sean Hanley. 2020. 29 min.
FLOTSAM by Robin Smith Fedock. 2020. 3 min.
METAMORPHOSIS: LIQUIDATION by the Institute of Queer Ecology. 2020. 13 min.
A DROP IN THE HARBOR by Emily Packer. 2021. 10 min.
Post-screening discussion with filmmakers Nathan Kensinger, Nate Dorr, Emily Packer, Lesley Steele, Ben Still, Sean Hanley & Robin Smith Fedock.
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.