The Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens will be hosting its eleventh Rural Route Film Festival from July 24-26.
This year’s festival will feature nineteen films that offer a look outside of NYCs urban jungle. The films hail from sixteen countries and seven continents. Filmmakers will be present at the festival along with live musical performances. Rural Routes will host the New York premiere of Edén, Elise DuRant’s debut film which draws inspiration from her childhood experience in Mexico, starring Will Oldham. The world premiere of Down Down the Deep River by Will Sheff will also be a feature event of the festival and will include a musical performance by Sheff’s indie band Okkervil River and a Q&A. Sailing a Sinking Ship, a documentary by Olivia Owens Wyatt which explores the culture of the Moken people of Tailand and Myanmar, will hold a preview premier at the festival.
In addition, Stream of Love (Szerelempatak), a film by Ágnes Sós which explores the romantic and sexual interactions of the senior citizens of a rural Transylvanian village, and Verónica Llinás’ Dog Lady (La Mujer de los perros), about a woman living with a pack of stray dogs on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, which was made with an all-female crew will premiere at the festival as well.
Rural Route will feature musical performances including The Main Squeeze Orchestra, an all-female accordion collective which will perform on Saturday July 25 at 4:30 p.m. before a screening of Funny Bunny by Alison Bagnall, and Mariachi Flor de Toloache, the only established all-female mariachi band, which will perform Sunday July 26 at 7:00 p.m. Barbara Oldham will be performing at the Rural Route Opening Night event at Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm.