Short Film Program
“Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.” -George Elliot
Rooftop Films and Green-Wood Cemetery invite you to gather for a cinematic meditation on the living, the dead, and those caught in between the two. Whether it’s contemplating the mortality of a pet turtle, embalming a beloved one to sustain its spirit in the flesh, or killing in the name of life — the characters in these films are driven by death and grief, no matter how they may try to avoid or deny it. The protagonists of these stories experience emotions and coping mechanisms as multifaceted as the circumstances and settings surrounding the rituals of dying they must face. While there is no guidebook for navigating the mortal process, these films will show you the eternal and the ephemeral while weaving bits of laughter through the grand abyss. Come join in on the conversation at Green-Wood Cemetery’s historic and idyllic grounds.
Matt Wolf | US | 18
Julian Doan | US | 7
Kaitlyn Schwalje & Alex Wolf Lewis | US | 13
Son of Sodom
Theo Montoya | Colombia, Argentina | 15
The Toxic Pigs of Fukushima
Otto Bell | US, Japan | 35
This short film follows a lone hunter into an isolated and changed landscape. Along the way, other citizens who still live near the reactor share their perspectives on the aftermath. The Toxic Pigs of Fukushima was inspired by the photographs of co-producers Toru Hanai and Yuki Iwanami. The original score was written and performed by renowned ambient artist Midori Takada.
Solana Viton & Verónica Vargas | Argentina | 7
Untitled (Ghost Film)
Mimi Bai & Sam B. Jones | US | 4
The project (a collaboration between visual artist Mimi Bai and filmmaker Sam B. Jones) is an extension of Bai’s artistic practice, which uses ghosts and camouflage as metaphors for cultural assimilation. The film is inspired by Spy vs. Spy, outdoor survival tutorials on YouTube, and the 1942 Len Lye film Kill or Be Killed, in which a British sniper faces off with his German adversary in a test of camouflage craft.
How will it work?
Bring your ticket (either printed or on your phone) and our team will check your tickets with a contactless check in scanner, respecting social distancing guidelines. Before your arrival, we will ask you to make sure you can answer “no” to all of the CDC’s COVID-19 safety screening questions. Upon arrival we will do a mandatory temperature check, unless you prefer to provide proof of vaccination. Seating will be arranged in pods (up to 4 people) so that you may sit together with your group, but remain socially distanced from those not in your group. Chairs will be provided in groups of two and four. Masks will be required while inside of the venue and while interacting with staff.
Can I bring food and drinks?
All attendees will receive complimentary food and non-alcoholic beverages—though you may bring your own, if you'd like! No alcoholic beverages are allowed. Food and drink must be consumed while you are sitting in your designated area.
I’m vaccinated, do I need to wear a mask?
All attendees and staff are required to wear a mask while inside of the venue, as it is still required by the city to wear a mask while attending a public event. You will also be reminded of the mandatory safety measures via email and on screen.
What COVID-19 Measures Have Been Taken?
Our guests and our team’s safety is our primary concern. Our COVID-19 safety measures include social distancing for both guests and staff, regular cleaning of all facilities, and contact-free check-in. All attendees and staff are required to wear a mask while inside of the venue, as it is still required by the city to wear a mask while attending a public event. You will also be reminded of the mandatory safety measures via email and on-screen. You may sit in your pod with up to 4 people, but we ask that you remain socially distanced from anyone not in the group you have chosen to sit with.
Where will the screening take place within Green-Wood Cemetery?
Check in will be at the main entrance on 25th Street and 5th Avenue, but the screening location will be about 10-15 minute walk from there. Please contact us if someone in your party will need assistance getting to the location.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Rooftop Films are open to all ages.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
For a full list of Rooftop Films venues and directions visit www.rooftopfilms.com/venues
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
You can either have a printed out ticket, or be ready to present the QR code from your ticket on your phone.
500 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232