Short Film Program
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A bittersweet program about joy and sorrow, love and loss, celebration and mourning.
Five years ago, when Rooftop Films first started presenting films in Green-Wood Cemetery, we were excited for a great many reasons. In addition to it being a gorgeous and historic location, we were also intrigued by the curatorial possibilities of the space. Green-Wood as an institution is dedicated to being a place where we can all contemplate death, loss, and mourning, and do so in our own ways, and we hoped that some of our events there could serve as opportunities for contemplation of loss. Now, an annual Rooftop Films & Green-Wood tradition, our Cemetery Shorts program does just that.
The characters in these films quest for the meaning of life and death. Characters search through old photographs, dream of lost loved ones, revisit the burial sites of those dear, and reminisce about tragedies–some of which were averted, some of which were not. The grass growing from a grave feeds a flock of gentle sheep. A couple dodges death deep in the woods. Filmmakers and poetry enthusiasts divine meaning from radioactive fallout, and axolotls gone too soon. Join us on the idyllic grounds of Green-Wood Cemetery, and we can contemplate endings and new beginnings, together.
Crazy Mel’s Auto Emporium
Kevin Maher | US, Australia | 1
James P. Gannon | US | 9
A Goat's Spell
Gerhard Funk | Germany | 9
Heidi Lau's Spirit Vessels
Bryan Chang | US | 8
If I Go Will They Miss Me
Walter Thompson-Hernández | US | 13
A Nice Little Film About A Nice Little Death
Julia Mendoza Friedman | US | 18
Some Kind of Intimacy
Toby Bull | UK, France | 6
This is What a Smile Looks Like
Jack Dunphy | US | 2
What Travelers Are Saying About Jornada del Muerto
Hope Tucker | US | 14
Jonatan Schwenk | Germany | 4
When she released her first album Talkin’ Fishbowl Blues, Queen Esther recontextualized the term Black Americana to describe her sound, “melding roots. pop and R&B in a way that Lucinda Williams, Melissa Etheridge and Sheryl Crow never could on their best days” (Amplifier). With the 2014 release The Other Side, “she unveils her obvious affection for and mastery of country music” (Paste), moving further towards a reclamation driven soundscape that gave birth to 2021’s Gild The Black Lily.
Queen Esther’s creative output musically is the culmination of several critical Southern elements, not the least of which are years of recording and touring internationally as frontwoman for several projects with her mentor, harmolodic guitar icon James “Blood” Ulmer, including a stint in his seminal band Odyssey. Raised in Atlanta, Georgia and rooted in Charleston, South Carolina’s culturally rich and enigmatic Lowcountry, a region with African traditions and Black folkways that span centuries and continue to inform her work, she embraces a deep and abiding love of lost American history along with her wide-ranging and ever changing sonic influences, as she leans heavily on the bluing of the note.
A member of SAG/AFTRA and Actors Equity as well as the Dramatist's Guild and the Recording Academy, Queen Esther’s work in New York City as a vocalist, lyricist, songwriter, actor, solo performer, playwright and librettist has led to creative collaborations in neo-vaudeville, alt-theater, various alt-rock configurations, (neo) swing bands, trip-hop DJs, spoken word performances, jazz combos, jam bands, various blues configurations, original Off-Broadway plays and musicals, experimental music/art noise and performance art.
Can I bring food and drinks?No outside alcoholic beverages are allowed. Feel free to bring snacks and non-alcoholic beverages!
Do I need to wear a mask?All attendees are required to wear a mask during check in, and while indoors. Masks are encouraged while interacting with staff outdoors. Mask policy may be updated based on current local conditions at the time of the event. Ticket holders will be notified of policy changes via email prior to the event.
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 a 5-6 minute walk up a relatively steep, paved hill from there. Please contact us if someone in your party will need assistance getting to the location.
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