Yesterday on Friday, July 11, 2014, Examiner.com had the opportunity to attend Rooftop Films Summer Series titled "Broken Hearted: Twisted, Romantic Short Films" at Downtown Brooklyn’s MetroTech Commons. The third and final screening of the season was definitely an unexpected delight for my Friday night. With both the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge just walking distance from where we stood, the free show brought out a gang of spectators; some equipped with picnic blankets and lawn chairs, ready and a bit curious as to what would take form on the mechanical screen before us. I was charmed by the ambiance and set up for what was to come.
Thirty minutes prior to show time, onlookers were bestowed with a live music performance by guitar playing duo Jack and Eliza, whom are expected to release their EP, "No Wonders" later this summer. Following the 6-song act, the collection of short films ranging in 4-17 minutes in duration commenced; eight separate stories of which analyzed a common love theme in the most relatable ways. In attendance to chat with viewers, actress/singer and now first-time director Rose McGowan made her directorial debut with her short film "Dawn." Originally premiering in this year’s Sundance Film Festival back in January, the 17-minute short is about a teenage girl in the 1960's whose bearings between a crush and societal views ultimately lead her adrift.
Whether you would you allow for your fear of heights (per se) to keep you from the prospect of love, fall for a complete stranger, or let the mind control of social media drive love away, all perspectives are practical with possibilities of good and/or bad outcomes.
Also, on July 11, Vital Agibalow hosted a digital photography exhibition at LES hotspot The DL. The evening was presented by professional flash equipment company Hensel, which is based in Germany. Attendees enjoyed complementary cocktails sponsored by NewYorkParties.com and fabulous photos. The FashionTV team was in full force. Priyanka Chopra, Heidi Klum, Karl Lagerfeld are just a few of the hundreds of celebrities he has shot. Actress Olga Alekseyevna Zharinova was in attendance.
On Thursday, July 10, we attended a Penn Badgley concert. Yes, you read correctly. Our favorite gossip boy, is the front man of a band called Mother. The intimate "Scene X Sound" concert was held in the basement of the Hotel Chantelle. This space was perfect for a showcase. A handful of "Gossip Girl" fans and many rock aficionados were jamming and snapping pics during the show. We knew Penn could sing, because we covered his film "Greetings From Tim Buckley." Mother gave a high energy polished performance. Penn was really in the moment. You can check out two of the band's tracks here. Domino Kirke was also in attendance. Reputante served as the evening's opening act and we really enjoyed their set, too.
On the July 9, Samsung and music group, Cash Cash, scored the perfect harmony -- both figuratively and literally. The Mondrain SoHo "Hidden Library" was the location of the unveiling of Samsung's Shape Wireless Audio-Multiroom and the tunes projecting from it were a music summer mix composed by Cash Cash who are brothers Jean Paul and Alex Makhlouf and childhood friend Samuel Frisch. Throughout the night guests had the pleasure of hearing various artists some old and new through the state of the art and clean crisp design of the Samsung Shape.
Cash Cash talked about their journeys from success with signing to Universal Records, being released from the record label, and finally triumphing in the end with new music, a new record label, and a new mindset. Whether they're having "3-D" concerts with Budweiser Made in America tour, prepping new music for their album, or hanging with Rihanna in the Dominican Republic, Cash Cash is a group that wants to simply create. After the Q&A guests were treated to a performance by the group at Mister H that included an amazing performance of their song "Lightning". Altogether the event was great and the perfect experience for music lovers.
Additional sighting: Rob Lowe helped Genworth kick-off the Let’s Talk Tour alongside Genworth CEO, Tom McInerney in New Your City’s iconic Flatiron Plaza. The Let’s Talk Tour is a national tour – centered around a three story talking mug, as many conversations take place over coffee – is designed to raise awareness of having conversations about long term care planning and proactively securing the retirement we have earned after a lifetime of hard work.
Sade Graham + Kedrick Walker contributed reporting.