This educational presentation focuses on weird words and creatures, followed by a virtual visit to Rockaway’s vibrant ecosystems with JBRPC using ArcGIS StoryMaps. Learn about the plants and animals that call Rockaway home, the environmental threats they face, and how we can work together to protect Rockaway beaches and parks.
MYSTERIES OF VERNACULAR
by Jessica Oreck
Originally produced for TED, this bite-sized animated series about the history of language. In the wake of the pandemic, we consider the words “Quarantine,” “Window,” “Zero,” & “Inaugurate.”
by Jessica Oreck
A series about the life-in-miniature of creepy crawlies - their lives, histories, and surprisingly many virtues. You may find that the animals we love to hate are actually, remarkably lovable.
HORSESHOE CRAB’S CROWN
by Heather Feather and Valentina Gallup
Enjoy Heather Feather and Valentina Gallup’s collaborative children’s book about the enigmatic horseshoe crab in this visual story-time.
PIPING PLOVER PILGRIMAGE
by Sina Bear Eagle, Audrey Bartow & the Gateway National Recreation Area Interpretational & Education Team. 2020. 7 min.
A piping plover puppet show!
The Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy (JBRPC) is a non-profit public-private partnership that is dedicated to improving the 10,000 acres of public parkland throughout Jamaica Bay and the Rockaway peninsula for local residents and visitors alike. Learn more here.
GOOFY SHREDS returns for its third year of righteous surf and skate moves. This year’s compilation kicks off with footage from Black Surfing Association’s BLM paddle-outs and a word from Lou Harris, founder of the East Coast Chapter of BSA.
PADDLE OUT AT ROCKAWAY BEACH - JUNE 20, 2020 by Valeria Gelman. 2020. 3 min.
PADDLE OUT IN REMEMBERANCE OF GEORGE FLOYD by Liz Magee & Taylor McNulty. 2020. 1 min.
DRONE FOOTAGE OF PADDLE OUT by Ronald Weaver II. 2020. <1 min.
NÜ RYTHMO by Sam Smith. 2019. 12 min.
DUCT TAPE ROCKAWAY by Sam Fleischner. 2019. 4 min.
PRINCE OF THE PENINSULA by Etan Blatt. 2020. 4 min.
BEACH GENIUS by The Man Who Films.2 019. 15 min.
EVERYTHING IS DIFFERENT NOW: PORTRAIT OF A PANDEMIC RISE PROGRAM. 2020.
Watch as youth share their personal stories and reflect on life during the COVID-19 pandemic. This film is a collection of original short films created by students who participated in RISE's Shore Corps Program this summer. Mentors and students will talk about the process and engage the audience in a Q&A session after the film.
RISE Mentors: Amy Sultan, Nick Nehez & Matthew Septimus
RISE Students: Samea A., Winnifred A., Howard A., Leila B., Beatrice B., Eden C., Fiha F., Ethan F., Natasha H., Tanzim H., Mazonne H., Savion H., Aidan L., Charlene L., Ann M., Daniel O., Marco P., Sophia P., Ramizah T., Linyuhui Z.
Rockaway Initiative for Sustainability & Equity (RISE) is a community-based non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring all generations of Rockaway residents to care for their environment and community and provides enriching youth programs that advance the social equity and physical well-being of a vibrant, coastal community in Queens.
ANIMATED SHORTS: THE IN BETWEENS
As we retreat into our inner spaces, what will we notice, in ourselves, and of the outer world? How will we confront the unknown and make sense of the unfamiliar? This program explores how animators have used the moving image to bring their deep discoveries to the surface.
PROFESSOR H by Amanda Bonaiuto. Music by Chris P. Thompson. 2020. 1 min.
NO STORIES NOW by Chris Bishop. 2017. 4 min.
AND I (Y YO) by Gabriela Escovar. Sound Design by Alex Steinmetz. 2017. 4 min.
HOME ▭ Lisa Fasol. 2018. 2 min.
CHELLA DRIVE ▭ Adele Han Li. Sound/Music by Davy Sumner. 2016. 4 min.
AIRTIME ▭ Allegra Jones. 2016. 3 min.
BODY SPLASH ▭ Greg Condon. 2005. 3 min.
HUSKIES ▭ Lilli Carré. Writing & Sound by David Sprecher and Lilli Carré. Voice by Mary Emmerick. 2018. 7 min.
GATHER + LISTEN ▭ Adebukola Bodunrin. 2014. 5 min.
UGLY BUT GOOD ▭ Jordan Wong. 2016. 4 min.
GLASS BOX ▭ Izzy Liberti. 2018. 4 min.
NEIGHBOURS ▭ Norman McLaren. 1952. 8 min.
Curated by James Bascara.
James is an artist, illustrator, and educator living in Brooklyn, NY. He grew up in Millstone, New Jersey, studied engineering at Rutgers University, then went on to study illustration at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. He works in a variety of mediums exploring the idea of mythology through animation, art books, ceramics, and teaches illustration and animation at Parsons School of Design.Remote discussion with James Bascara, Greg Condon, Amanda Bonaiuto, Buki Bodunrin, Gaby Escovar, Adele Li, Izzy Liberti, Jordon Wong and Chris Bishop following screening.
BELOW THE BRAIN by Sam Fleischner, Tony Lowe, Olivia Wyatt, Wills Glasspiegel. 2010. 59 min.
This year the pandemic also canceled New York’s most bacchanal event - the West Indian Day parade on Labor Day Weekend. In 2010 four filmmakers set out with cameras to capture the colors, sounds, energy, and rhythms of night into day. The result is an immersive concentrate that celebrates the triumpant vibrations of Caribbean culture.
Intro/Outro by Sam Fleischner.
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.