Homecoming Week: New York Shorts

Join us in Queens for a Homecoming Week program of short films that honor a remarkable group of people: you, the New Yorker!


Fri Aug 20 6:30 PM

New York City isn’t the easiest place to live, even in the most gentle of times. And the last few years haven’t been gentle. But New York has always been a town that attracts the tough and cultivates the dogged, and it will always be a place that reminds us that none of us can do it on our own. In celebration of the city’s collective perseverance, Rooftop Films has gathered a selection of short films that embody the collective fighting spirit of New York’s everyday heroes and showcases our communal courage and camaraderie. We’ll witness a young woman wrestling an impossibly stubborn mattress into a walk-up apartment; one family adapting to the unexpected darkness of a sudden blackout and another family maintaining solidarity across great a great divide; and people across the five boroughs coming together to share food and comfort, defiantly resisting the alienating solitude of the pandemic. In times of crisis, these New Yorkers, like so many of you, found ways to make the greatest city on Earth into an even better place.

The Films

How To with John Wilson: How To Cook the Perfect Risotto

John Wilson | US | 29

To thank his elderly landlord for all the times she has cooked and cleaned for him, John attempts to make her favorite dish. Courtesy of HBO.

I Know What Pandemic Means (Sé Lo Que Es Pandemia)

Frisly Soberanis | US | 15

This visual and auditory experience is an attempt to meditate on what happened and how it felt to be so close to instability and illness in one of the epicenters of the Coronavirus pandemic in Elmhurst, Queens. Created with images that felt like love and tranquility to reject the notion that death and despair were the only things that folks experienced.

In Sudden Darkness

Tayler Montague | US | 13

Buoyed by captivating performances and understated period detail, In Sudden Darkness observes the small moments of a young girl and her working-class Bronx family during the 2003 citywide blackout. Tayler Montague captures the memory of adolescent feeling and a sense of place with rare precision, while readily sustaining a mercurial ambience of uneasy suspense, humor, and profound joy.

Last Stop for Lost Property

Vicente Cueto | US | 13

An intimate look at the NYC subway and the thousands of items and people that get lost in its tunnels.


Adinah Dancyger | US | 8

Moving alone in New York City, a tragic comedy.

3,000 Miles (三千哩)

Sean Wang & Breton Vivian | USA | 5

On July 5th, 2016, I moved across the country to live and work in New York City for one year. This is a personal documentary of my year, chronicled by voicemails left by my mother.

NYC Homecoming Week, August 14-22, is a citywide celebration featuring live concerts, free movie screenings, cultural activities, iconic events, public art, and more. This five-borough week of events drives support for the mom-and-pop businesses that define our neighborhoods and that kept the heart of our city beating throughout the COVID pandemic.

Located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the mission of the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) is to nurture generations of passionate learners, critical thinkers and active citizens through an approach called Design, Make, Play. Design, Make, Play emphasizes open-ended exploration, imaginative learning and personal relevance, resulting in deep engagement and delight in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The Museum of Moving Image's mission is to advance the understanding, enjoyment, and appreciation of the art, history, technique, and technology of film, television, and digital media.

The Lay Out is a group of Brooklyn-based activists and organizers who are helping the Black community reclaim space, time, energy and, most importantly, each other.

Event Details

6:30 PM
Doors Open
7:00 PM
Pre-Screening DJ Set presented by The Lay Out
8:15 PM
8:30 PM
Films Begin


How will it work?
Using your RSVP, our team will check in all patrons by last name at will call. 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 be checking proof of vaccination. All children 12 and under can attend with a vaccinated adult. Masks are strongly recommended for children. Masks will be required while interacting with event staff. Chairs will not be provided, but we suggest bringing picnic blankets for seating!

Can I bring food and drinks?
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 interacting. 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 interacting. 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 the New York Hall of Science?
Entering the park at the New York Hall of Science main entrance on 111th Street, you will walk down towards the back end of the museum. The screening will take place in the field across from Science Avenue.

How accessible is this venue?
This venue is wheelchair accessible. There is a walk from the entrance to the site of the screening. If you have any questions or concerns regarding accessibility at this event, please email tickets@rooftopfilms.com.

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?
It is not necessary to print your ticket. Our team will check the name on your RSVP at will call.

Is there anything I'm not permitted to bring to the venue?
The following items and actions are prohibited from the park: alcohol, audio recording devices, backpacks, bicycles or scooters, CamelBak backpacks, chains or chain wallets, cameras larger than point-and-shoot (if you can remove the lens, don’t bring it), chairs, coolers, drones, fireworks, flags, Frisbees, glass or metal containers (including reusable water bottles such as Swells), illegal drugs or paraphernalia, laser pens or similar focused light, lighters, musical instruments, pets or animals, selfie sticks, skateboards, vapes, cigarettes, smoking devices, sports balls, tents, tripods, umbrellas, unlicensed vending of any kind, weapons, video recording equipment, water squirt guns.


New York Hall of Science

47-01 111th St, Corona, NY 11368

venue on Google Map

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