Using a real event to tell a fictional story, “Flood Tide” chronicles the open water adventure of four musicians who create extraordinary boats out of ordinary junk and set out for open water, fueled by dreams, desperation and a sense of adventure.

Characters played by non-actors from the bands Dark Dark Dark and Fall Harbor chase jobs, dig through the past, and eventually, float out of town in an attempt to escape a life that doesn’t make sense, in the fifty minutes of the movie, directed by artist Todd Chandler.

Flood Tide is a collaboration with the “Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea“, a project started by the artist Swoon and built by an eclectic group of artists and performers. In the summer of 2008, the crew built and floated seven large, boat-sculptures down the Hudson River, putting on performances in towns along the way.

Exactly this is the centerpiece of the movie Flood Tide that screens tomorrow for free at NYC’s Rooftop Film Festival before hitting up the festivals and venues.