Sundown @ Socrates Sculpture Park (free show!)
David Lynch’s The Straight Story – SPECIAL KICKOFF SCREENING
(part of Outdoor Cinema 2011 presented by EPIX™ Movie Free-for-All and Socrates Sculpture Park, in collaboration with Museum of the Moving Image and Rooftop Films)



7PM @ Museum of the Moving Image (tix available via MoMI)
Preceeded by Heliotropes & The Surrealist



2PM @ Museum of the Moving Image (free w/museum admission)
Summer Pasture
A documentary on a Tibetan nomad couple by Lynn True & Nelson Walker.



5pm @ Museum of the Moving Image (free w/museum admission)
Short Films Featuring Driftless & Muskrat John 
Some rough ‘n tough rural shorts feat. stunning photo from down ‘n dirty Iowa & muskrat trappin’ in the Jersey Meadowlands!



7:30pm @ Museum of the Moving Image (free w/museum admission)
Ian Cheney’s Truck Farm (from the makers of King Corn!)
Preceeded byHolland, MI, Anima Mundi, and Of a Feather



2PM @ Museum of the Moving Image (free w/museum admission)
Short Films
An eclectic array of shorts feat. low-budget  Footloose, a New Zealand girl’s dream of the American South, & Canadian creativity! 



4pm @ Museum of the Moving Image (free w/museum admission)
Curt Fissel’s Delicious Peace Grows in a Ugandan Coffee Bean
preceeded by Land of the Pure



6pm @ Museum of the Moving Image (free w/museum admission)
Severine von Tscharner Fleming’s exciting new doc about young farmers, The Greenhorns
preceeded by Lessons from a Landfill & Let’s Pollute 



8PM @ the Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm (tix available via Rooftop Films here)
A program of enchanting animations, magical music videos, delirious documentaries and fantastical fictions.



10pm @ the Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm (tix available via Rooftop Films here)
The natural world writes our origin myths and spells out our destruction in a fertile program about the decline of the rural life.



Regular Business Hours + Festival Hours @ the Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm (downstairs lobby of the Standard Motor Bldg)
Urban Organics:  Photography by Donnelly Marks, Andy Kropa and Alan Webber
Photography from all 7 continents of the Rural Route Nomad Tour + Documentation of the Brooklyn Grange Farm!


Socrates Sculpture Park

(part of Outdoor Cinema 2011 presented by EPIX™ Movie Free-for-All and Socrates Sculpture Park, in collaboration with Museum of the Moving Image and Rooftop Films)

The Straight Story
Dir. David Lynch. 1999, 112 min. With Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek, Harry Dean Stanton.  Iowa-Wisconsin

An old man buys a John Deere riding lawn mower and drives it across the entire state of Iowa to see his estranged, ailing brother in this enchanting and surprisingly straightforward film (based on a true story) by David Lynch.  An immediate rural classic – one of the major films that inspired the creation of the Rural Route Film Festival!



Museum of the Moving Image

Dir. Mike Ott. 2010, 84 min. With Atsuko Okatsuka, Cory Zacharia.  Littlerock, CA

When her rental car breaks down on a site-seeing tour of California, a Japanese student winds up stranded in a small desert town. Exhilarated by a sudden sense of freedom, she extends her stay and finds friendship, romance, and what promises to be a new home.  But as she pulls back the layers on this unlikely paradise, she discovers a different America than the one in her dreams, perhaps a better example than the large cities her and her brother have been travelling between.  The excitement of the new permeates every frame of this intimate evocation of a small town in Southern California where everyone’s talking, but no one really understands.
 Littlerock opens theatrically at NYC ‘s Cinema Village on Aug. 12th!  Whether or not you can make it to this special sneak preview, make sure to spread the word and check out this extraordinary indie hit on opening weekend, just one week after Rural Route!

Littlerock preceded by:
Dir. Michael Langan. 3 min. 2010.  San Francisco, CA

Heliotropes documents the parallel goals of man and nature, through the most primitive and sophisticated means, to simply stay in the light. Based on the poem by Brian Christian.

The Surrealist
Dir. Christopher Arcella. 8 min. 2011.  AZ

A young man describes a strange experience that he recorded on his mobile phone.



Museum of the Moving Image
(**Q&A w/filmmakers to follow)

Summer Pasture
Dir. Lynn True & Nelson Walker. 2010. 86 min. Zachukha, Tibet

In recent years, growing pressures from the outside world have posed unprecedented challenges for Tibetan nomads.  Rigid government policies, rangeland degradation, and the allure of modern life have prompted many nomadic families to leave the pastures for permanent settlement in towns and cities.  According to nomads, the world has entered duegnan — dark times.  Summer Pasture a.k.a. A Nomad’s Life is a feature-length documentary that chronicles one summer with a young family amidst this period of great uncertainty. Locho, his wife Yama, and their infant daughter, nicknamed Jiatomah (“pale chubby girl”), spend the summer months in eastern Tibet’s Zachukha grasslands, an area known as Wu-Zui or “5-Most,” the highest, coldest, poorest, largest, and most remote county in Sichuan Province, China.  The story of a family at a crossroads, Summer Pasture takes place at a critical time in Locho and Yama’s lives, as they question their future as nomads. With their pastoral traditions confronting rapid modernization, Locho and Yama must reconcile the challenges that threaten to drastically reshape their existence.



 Museum of the Moving Image 
(**Q&A with filmmakers to follow)
Shorts featuring Driftless and Muskrat John (96 min. TRT)

Dir. Danny Wilcox Frazier. 2010. 30 min.  Iowa

The thriving Midwestern family farm is no longer, having been choked by industrialized agriculture and replanted with subdivisions. A shifting economy, combined with an old-fashioned lifestyle that doesn’t translate from generation to generation, is forever altering the landscape.  Carrying one camera and one lens, Frazier walks Iowa’s gravel roads, gets his feet wet in the milking barn, pulls up a stool in the small-town bar. Through black-and-white photographs, he makes a record of his own emotions as he travels through the state. What results is a complex portrait of a well-loved American landscape at a time of enormous cultural change.

Muskrat John
Dir. Warner Wada. 2009. 30 min.  The Meadowlands, New Jersey

Before the Turnpike or Giants Stadium, Jersey City native Johnny Rohweder fished, hunted and trapped the New Jersey Meadlowlands, site of Springsteen lyrics, Tony Soprano’s cigar fueled Escalade rambles and home once to thousands of pheasants, blue crabs and muskrats.  Now in his 80’s and still trapping, Johnny reveals his urban trapping secrets; all within sight of NYC’s Empire State Building.

Empty Cache
Dir. Michael Walsh. 2010. 7 min.  Milwaukee, WI

Empty Cache adopts archival footage of Alaskan big game hunts, experimentally weaving together an ironic eerie aura of humans hunting for the mount, not for the meat.

A Child’s Christmas in Texas
Dir. Jessica Gardner. 2010. 16 min.  Bastrop, TX

A dreamy recollection of Christmases past with a sinister twist from director Jessica Gardner based on the award winning short story, A Child’s Christmas in Florida by William Browning Spencer.  Against the stark beauty of a balmy winter in rural Texas, a little girl’s family envelops her in pagan-esque magic while she naively plays with fire.

We Are Not What They Say We Are
Dir./Prod. Olivia Walker, Sherry Edwards, Sam Isaacs, Maurice Isaacs, Ashton Rose Edwards and Martin Walker/Bridgwater, U.K. YMCA project & Somerset Film. 2010. 13 min.

We Are Not What They Say We Are is a powerful new film which features young travellers on both sides of the camera. And it delivers a knockout blow to prejudices about how young travellers think about themselves, and their future.  Maurice Isaacs and Sherry Edwards star as Jimmy and Mary, two young people on the tough road to adult life with the extra challenges that face them as teenage Romany Gypsies.  While Jimmy, a talented road jockey, is deciding how to stand up to the bullies at school, Mary wonders how she can fulfil her dreams of being a singer, and what will happen if she gets married.  The film is high on tension, emotion and realism and makes powerful points through convincing acting, polished dialogue, beautiful camerawork and great use of music.



 Museum of the Moving Image
(**Q&A with filmmakers to follow + possibility of truck farm parked outside the museum!)

Truck Farm
Dir. Ian Cheney. 2010. 48 min.  Brooklyn, NY

Truck Farm is a whimsical, musical documentary about the wild world of urban agriculture, as told through the journeys of a 1986 Dodge pickup that has been transformed into a mobile garden. Using green roof technology, heirloom seeds, and  Granddad’s old pickup, Ian Cheney used the only land he had to grow vegetables in America’s biggest city.  From its home in Brooklyn, the Truck Farm heads out across the city to see New York’s quirkiest urban farms, taking viewers on rooftops, barges, old ball fields and into Manhattan art studios to explore why city people are getting back to the land. With comical, musical narration by Brooklyn’s The Fishermen Three, Truck Farm is the story of how food for tomorrow will sprout in unexpected places.  (From the makers of King Corn!)

Truck Farm preceded by:
Holland, MI
Dir. Rebecca Rodriguez. 2011. 10min.  Chicago, IL

Portrait of 80-year-old shoe carver, Elmer Veldheer, who lives and works on a tulip farm in Holland, MI.

Anima Mundi
Dir. Kate Balsley. 2010. 4min.  Milwaukee, WI

‘Anima mundi,’ a latin phrase meaning ‘spirit of the world.’ Filmmaker, animator, video artist and UW-Milwaukee instructor Kate Balsley combines thousands of individual images of flowers, both wild and cultivated, to create a unique, fluid aesthetic, celebrating the beauty of the natural.

Of a Feather
Dir. Rob Yeo. 2011. 10 min.  Milwaukee, WI
The force of life in a North American wetland.



Museum of the Moving Image 
(**Q&A w/filmmakers to follow)
Short Films

Select Scenes from Our Footloose Remake
Prod. David Seger, Dir. Mike Manasewitsch, Willy Roberts, Erik Beck, Chris Cantwell. 2011. 15 min. (from the 97 min. feature).  Los Angeles, CA

A collection of amateur filmmakers and video-making enthusiasts have recreated the Kevin Bacon classic.  Different filmmakers from “around the world” have divided the original 1984 Footloose into 54 different scenes. 54 different filmmakers. 54 different Ren McCormack’s. In October 2008 it was announced that Paramount Pictures and Dylan Sellers Productions would be remaking the classic Footloose, starring Zac Efron. “We were fed up. The Hollywood remake machine was going to take another solid movie, put it through the ringer, and make a buck from a younger generation.  We decided ‘Let’s beat them to the punch.  Let’s do this remake our way.'” (

From the Ashes
Dir. Dan Sokolowski. 2009. 4 min.  Yukon, Canada

A film about the rejuvenation of life from the ashes of forest fires.  A textural visual experience re-imagined through mixed media, live footage and hand-painted images.  Photographed along the Klondike Highway, Yukon, Canada.

Dir. Sara Newens. 2010. 6.5 min.  Davenport, CA

From the environmental factors that propel the flames, to the physical and emotional toll it takes to fight against nature day after day, this film presents a visceral and meditative insight into the scope of fighting wildland fires.   As two firefighters reflect on their experiences, they reveal their unusual ways to cope with such intensity.

Dir. Deb Shoval. 2010. 14 min.  Luzerne County, PA

AWOL tells the story of a young woman who, days before her deployment to Afghanistan, returns to her home in rural Pennsylvania with dreams of running away to Canada.

Dir. Robert Todd. 2008. 3.5 min.  Ashby, Massachussettes

A storm passes over the family farm, light and life shift and move… The fourth and final 16mm film in a series chronicling the passing of the director’s father-in-law.

Dir. Kevin Hoffman. 2011. 3 min.  Callander, Ontario, Canada

Spring has arrived and a shoreline of lonely Canadian ice fishing shacks await their journey home. A young girl discovers a world of mystery as the ice shacks and their inhabitants come to life. For a few precious moments, she is swept away to a different place.

Dir. Craig Macneil. 2010. 11 min.  Cumberland, VA

Ted Henley lives with his father in their run down motel on a desolate stretch of road. He earns his tiny allowance by collecting the road kill that litters the highway. But when the motel cash register starts to run dry, Ted decides to turn his attention to collecting bigger game.

There’s a Dead Crow Outside
Dir./Animator Morgan Miller. 2011. 1 min.  New York, NY

A subtle, yet abrupt new animation from local animator and facebook virtual storywriter, Morgan Miller.

Her Man Plan
Dir. Lulu Keating. 2010. 6 min.  Yukon, Canada

From her isolated northern cabin in the Yukon, Stephanie hitches up a dog team to fetch her man of choice. But on the frozen Yukon River, she is ambushed by the man who has chosen her.

Sand Mountain
Dir. Kathryn McCool. 2009. 34 min. American South/New Zealand-Australia

Setting off with a borrowed video camera, Kathryn McCool drives alone through the American South to meet reclusive musician Cast King and attempts to find the America she had, as a youth, re-created and photographed in her own backyard in rural New Zealand.  Comparing what she finds with what was for so long imagined, this film is about a journey into her borrowed culture. Was reality going to make mockery of her painstakingly conjured up South? Sand Mountain is a road movie that drives into personal territory as well as the back roads of Alabama.



 Museum of the Moving Image
(**Q&A with filmmakers to follow)

Delicious Peace Grows in a Ugandan Coffee Bean
Dir. Curt Fissel. 2010. 40 min.  Namanyoni, Uganda

Living in the lingering wake of the Idi Amin regime of terror and intolerance, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Ugandan coffee farmers challenged historical and economic hurdles by forming Delicious Peace Cooperative. Their mission was to build harmonious relationships and economic development, and they are succeeding.  Partnering with a Fair Trade US roaster, the farmers’ standard of living is improving, peace is flourishing, and their messages of peace and fair wages are spreading to their coffee customers in the US.  **BUY THE COFFEE ITSELF ONLINE @!!!!**

Delicious Peace screens with:

Land of the Pure
Dir. Peter Mallamo. 2010. 33 min. Baltistan, Pakistan

In the northern areas of Pakistan, amid the rugged Karakoram Mountains, lies a relatively isolated area called Baltistan. For over fifty years tourism in the region flourished as mountaineers flocked to the Karakoram to scale some of the world’s most challenging peaks, such as K2, the 2nd tallest mountain in the world. The Balti people have struggled in this beautiful and harsh environment, but because men were able to find work as porters to assist expeditions, many families enjoyed an income to supplement their subsistence lifestyle. Then the terrorist attacks of 9-11 and the subsequent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the ‘war on terror’ all but halted tourism in the area (although the majority of the people in this remote region have never heard of 9-11 or Osama bin Laden). This film is a journey into the lives of the Balti people and illustrates how events that occur in one place can have a drastic impact on those living a world away.



 Museum of the Moving Image

(**Panel discussion w/local young farmers to follow)

The Greenhorns
Dir. Severine von Tscharner Fleming. 2011. 50 min.  Rhinebeck, NY

The Greenhorns documents the emergence of a new cultural icon, the young American farmer. The project began in November 2007 when activist and young farmer Severine von Tscharner Fleming graduated college and hit the road in her retrofitted station wagon. She was looking for a few acres of her own to grow on. Along the way, she started recording the stories and visions of fellow young farmers.  These young 21st century farmers are the ‘greenhorns.’ Viewers may be surprised by such a diverse and sophisticated group of growers: punky urban gardeners, radical Christians, ex-suburbanites, Industrial Designers, former teachers, children of migrant farm workers, inner city kids and many more. The film’s arresting visual style renders this crowd in open fields and dewy meadows, and just as eloquently on urban rooftops, community greenhouses, repurposed refinery lots and neighborhood backyards.  Collectively, the film’s farmers have overcome innumerable obstacles.  They have been kicked off rental property only to fight for land on rooftops and in between multi-lane highways. They have lost crops and money but found a partner. They have gone years without a day off but discovered a passion. Through these and many other hardships, these greenhorns still optimistically strive to feed their communities and steward a piece of the earth.  Dozens of interviews with experts and movement leaders give another shade of meaning to the current ‘greenhorn’ phenomenon. Authors Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, Richard Heinberg and others help viewers understand why these farmers strive the way they do.

The Greenhorns screens with:

Lessons from a Landfill
Dir. Gretta Wing Miller. 2008. 28 min.  Vernon County, Wisconsin

When you throw it away, where is ‘away’? Lessons From a Landfill provides a look behind the scenes at the daily workings of a rural Wisconsin county landfill, the recycling efforts of its determined Solid Waste Manager, and the engineering details of constructing the last one-acre cell on the site: a cell that will fill with another 100 million pounds of garbage in only 4 years.  While this is a ‘state-of-the-art’ landfill, it is, in the words of Manager Gail Frie, “A 10 acre plastic bag that will be there forever.”

 Let’s Pollute
 Dir. Geefwee Boedoe. 2010. 7 min. San Francisco, CA

 Presented in the style of a 1950s educational film, “Let’s Pollute” is a modern satire on how pollution is our heritage and keeps our  economy growing strong.  Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Film.



Shorts on the Rooftop Farm with Rooftop Films – Click Here for Tickets and Details

Dir. George Sander-Jackson. 2009. 2 min. Bristol, U.K.

In the heart of the city, beyond green metal fences, the cycle of growth marches on.

National Parks Project: Mystic Morning
Dir. Jamie Travis. 2010. 8 min. Kouchibouguac National Park, New Brunswick, Canada

Over Summer 2010, 52 groups of musicians and filmmakers traveled to national parks across Canada, to spend five days making short films and soundtracks inspired by the landscape.

The Hole
Dirs. Courtney Fathom Sell and Billy Feldman. 2010. 9 min.  Brooklyn/Queens, NY

Thirty feet below sea level, infamous mafia dumping ground and home to the Federation of Black Cowboys, ‘The Hole’ is one of New York City’s most unique neighborhoods.

Arsy Versy
Dir. Miro Remo. 2010. 23 min. Ladce, Slovakia

By way of communicating with the upside-down creatures he is fascinated with, Lubos attempts to achieve the utmost understanding between man and beast. He is assisted by his mother who has been a great reaserch and life support to him.

Nosy Bear
Dir. Fran Krause. 2011. 2 min. Valencia, CA

A curious bear finds an unfortunate hunter on his walk through the woods. Animated in a sketchbook with pen & ink.

Dir. James M. Johnston. 2010. 13 min. Dallas, TX

Set in rural Texas, “Knife” is a searing portrait of vengeance that chronicles an unnamed man with a broken spirit.

Dir. David Lowery. 2011. 15 min. Dallas, TX

A father (Will Oldham) tells his little boy the most epic bedtime story ever.




Shorts on the Rooftop Farm with Rooftop Films – Click Here for Tickets and Details

The Great Flood
Dir. Marcelo de Oliveira. 2009. 6 min. Patagonia, Chile

In a journey across a mountain lake, a fable is recounted by one of the 14 remaining Kawesqar people of Patagonia.

We’re Leaving
Dir. Zachary Treitz. 2011. 13 min. Louisville, KY

Rusty has to find a new place to live with his wife and his teenage American alligator, Chopper.

Between Bears
Dir. Eran Hilleli. 2010. 5 min. Tel Aviv, Israel

“My graduation film at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. A debt to my childhood and other lives I hope I lived. Inspired by words of songs that I admire.”

Dir. Blackhorse Lowe. 2010. 15 min. Navajo Reservation, NM

When Mary Jane finds a geography book that shows her an entirely new world, she must decide whether to maintain her traditional Navajo reservation lifestyle with her grandmother or go out into a larger world.

Bayou Black
Dir. Jonas Carpignano, 2011. 12 min. Bayou Black, LA (NY Premiere)

A day in the life of Willy Jones (Michael K. Williams of “The Wire” and “Boardwalk Empire”), a single father struggling to make a living as he traps Nutria, local swamp rats, for $5 a tail to make ends meet.

The Bees
Dir. Rana Ayoub. 2010. 13 min. Lebanon

“The Bees” is a documentary portraying the life of a Lebanese beekeeper. The story of the bees will reveal the hidden life secret story of this woman who is struggling to exist and overcome the wilderness she is living in.

How to Pick Berries
Dir. Elina Talvensaari. 2010. 18 min. Savukoski, Finland

Visitors from a distant place appear in the misty swamps of Northern Finland. Their foreign presence unwittingly disrupts the pace of local habits. This gorgeous documentary is an exploration of Finnish mind and the absurdities of global economy.



BROOKLYN GRANGE ROOFTOP FARM (in the downstairs lobby)

Urban Organics:  Photography by Donnelly Marks, Andy Kropa and Alan Webber

On display throughout the Rural Route Film Festival:  a photo exhibit featuring a myriad of over 200 8×10 prints from all 7 continents from the Rural Route Nomad Tour, taken by festival director Alan Webber.  During the festival itself video monitors will also be showing raw footage from Webber’s travels from Antarctica to Timbuktu.

Exhibit also features artistic documentation of the Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm by Donnelly Marks and Andy Krops.


Клюквенный остров (Cranberry Island)
Dir. Elena Demidova. 2010. 60 min. Msharovo, Yaroslavl, Russia
This is a story about a Russian Munchhausen who builds a wind turbine
in his yard and puts his beehives on the roof because wild bees live
in tree hollows. The village around them is almost empty, every resident left for the
city or died so our characters live as if on an island. 

Out in the Silence
Dir. Dean Harner & Joe Wilson. 2010. 65 min. Oil City, Pennsylvania
When a popular 16-year-old jock is brutally attacked for coming out at
his small town high school, his mother reaches out for help to the
only person she feels she can trust, an openly gay man who lives 300
miles away - native son and filmmaker Joe Wilson, whose same-sex
wedding announcement ignited a firestorm of controversy in the local

This American Gothic
Dir. Sasha Waters Freyer. 2008. Eldon, Iowa
THIS AMERICAN GOTHIC weaves together a cultural history of one of the
most famous paintings in the world with a quirky portrait of Eldon,
Iowa, population 998, site of the house that inspired it. The film
follows local boosters over two years as they work towards their dream
of a Gothic House Visitor Center to attract tourists and save their
dying small town. 

Good Food
Dir. Mark Dworkin & Melissa Young. Washington state
This lively tour of various Washington state farms and ranches that
have adopted healthier organic methods in raising their products
offers several lucid arguments in favor of smaller, more efficient
farms, and purchasing locally grown crops. Still, none are as
convincing as the marvelous bounty laid before our eyes in this film.