Here’s the exciting lineup for the 2013 Solar-Powered Film Series, returning to Solar One on September 12-14, with a rain date on September 15:
September 12: The City Dark (2011)
A film by Ian Cheney (The Greening of Southie, Truck Farm) about light pollution. From the NY Times review on January 17, 2012:
“Mr. Cheney’s film is a personal lament for the star-filled night sky he experienced growing up in Maine, but it is neither sorrowful nor a rant; he somehow manages to give this engaging work a sense of humor.
He also manages to make it smart, avoiding traps that might have snared other documentarians, like merely regurgitating the details of some local dispute over electronic signs or stadium lighting.
Instead he and the people he interviews explore what our increasing inability to see the night sky means for us philosophically.”
September 13: Films That Move, Presented with the Dance Films Association with David Fishel and ChEckiT!Dance
Featuring the video work of David Fishel with additional performances from CheckIt!Dance Company. This marks the third collaboration between DFA and Solar 1 to present live performance in conjunction with dance film.
David Fishel is a filmmaker/ video-artist based in New York, NY who dabbles as an absurdist poet,  animated storyteller, experimental sound artist, and obnoxious performance artist.  Mr. Fishel is a graduate of University of Iowa where he focused his studies in Cinema and Comparative Literature and Intermedia / Performance Art. Fishel has worked and collaborated with Hans Breder, Phil Niblock, Jill Sigman/Thinkdance, Luke Murphy, Jason Batemen, John Kolvenbach, and The Hatch-Billops Collection.
In 2004 , Fishel broke ground with a feature-length experimental narrative motion picture entitled Exquisite Corpse which challenged conventions of narrative cinema by presenting a story via randomized scenes on a programmed DVD.
In 2007, Fishel developed an ongoing performance / video art series that lives on the internet entitled DaveyDanceBlog. The project has featured appearances from Laura Peterson Choreography, Eckert+Sorensen-Jolink, Celia Rowlson-Hall, and Indelible Dance among others. DaveyDanceBlog spans over 6 years and currently includes over 150 distinct performance videos.
Fishel continues to make his own work. His film work has screened at festivals internationally, while his music videos, promos and shorts are routinely broadcast globally. He is the creator and MC of GinsbergGainsbourg, a multi-lingual spoken word series based in NYC with sister groups in Paris, London, and Istanbul.
ChEckiT!Dance is an all female modern dance company focusing on gender issues, female identity, objectification and the exploration of traditional gender roles. We seek to create a crack in the stereotypical infrastructure of female standards and archetypes. In doing this, we wish to bring awareness and gender equality while walking the line of dance, dance theater and performance art. Founded in 2010 by Allison Brzezinski and Christina D’Arrigo, ChEckiT!Dance has continued to push boundaries incorporating original text, music and props within our work.
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September 14: The Disposable Film Fest and HEAD
San Francisco’s Disposable Film Fest returns to Solar One for the second year in a row to screen their 2013 program of short films made with amateur devices like smartphones and digital video recorders, and submitted online to be voted on by the DFF audience. Last year’s films were funny, smart, moving and beautiful- sometimes all at once. A special event not to be missed!
The 90-minute DFF screening will be followed by a special 45-anniversary screening of the 1968 Bob Rafelson film HEAD, co-written with Jack Nicholson and starring the Monkees, American TV’s answer to the Beatles. Considered a big flop on release, it has grown to be appreciated as a psychedelic classic.
About the Solar-Powered Film Series
The Solar-Powered Film Series presents free, high-quality films in a relaxing urban setting. From classics from the Maysles Brothers (Grey Gardens, Gimme Shelter) and Mel Brooks (Young Frankenstein) to the latest Academy-Award nominated documentary (Josh Fox’s Gasland), the Film Series gives New Yorkers an opportunity to learn about the latest environmental issues and initiatives, enjoy some of their favorite films in a lovely riverside setting. The entire event is solar-powered, right down to the popcorn-making.
This program would not be possible without the friendship and support of Rooftop Films.

Screenings take place on the blacktop at Solar 1 in Stuyvesant Cove Park alongside the East River. The screenings are entirely powered by solar energy generated from a solar photovoltaic system on the roof of our facility. Screenings are free and kid-friendly.
Past Film Series:
Films That Move- Water
The Dancer Films with the Jane Ira Bloom Trio
The Other (manque à être) by fictionale
Common Ground (2012)
Shattered Sky (2012)
DIRT! The Movie
The 2011 Film Series, held in August, was the victim of the very wet and windy weather, and four out of six screenings were cancelled:
DIRT! The Movie (2009)
Urban Roots (2011)
Food Fight (2008)
An Evening with Matthew Modine:
– When I Was a Boy (1993)
– Smoking (1995)
– Ecce Pirate (1996)
– To Kill an American (2005)
– I Think I Thought (2007)
– Jesus Was A Commie (2011)
Dirty Business (2010)
Home (2009)
Severed Ways (2007)
Out of Our Minds (2009)
The Vanishing of the Bees (2010)
Fresh (2009)
Fuel (2008)
The Age of Stupid (2009)
SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Gasland NYC Premiere with Rooftop Films
Addicted to Plastic (2007)
Flow: For Love of Water (2008)
Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006)
A Sea Change (2008)
The Garden (2008)
WORLD PREMIERE: Burning in the Sun (2010) with Rooftop Films
SPECIAL PRESENTATION: What’s On Your Plate? (2009)
Running Fence (1978)
Christo’s Valley Curtain (1973)
Gimme Green (2007)
Invisible Creek (2004)
City of Water (2007)
The Greening of Southie (2008)
Burning the Future (2008)
Garbage Warrior (2008)
The Future of Food (2004)
Everything’s Cool (2007)
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
After Hours (1985)
The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)
What’s Happening! The Beatles in the USA (1964)
Young Frankenstein (1974)
Darwin’s Nightmare (2004)
Soylent Green (1973)
Silent Running (1972)
Gimme Shelter (1970)
Contested Streets: Breaking NYC’s Gridlock (2005)
Water Underground (2006)
Princess Mononoke (1997)