Short Film Program

New York Non-Fiction

NYC’s still got it. Come see for yourself.


Sun Jul 18 8:00 PM

In New York City change is constant and memories are long. The yearning, heartening and defiant stories of the annual New York Non-Fiction program offer snapshots of a churning city via the remembrances of its (sometimes very long term) residents. The short films in this program offer the scoop on scarily cheap apartments and reunite Subway passengers with items once thought irredeemably lost to the tunnels as their protagonists journey from defunct gay cruising hotspots to crusading libraries fighting injustice by all means virtual. New York legends guide the way, offering advice on navigating everything from sex in public stairwells and the city bureaucracy to unwanted roommates and life after dreams have come true. Come experience the chronicles that keep New York City’s ever-evolving narrative alive.

The Films

Drawing Life

Nathan Fitch | US | 24

Drawing Life is an intimate portrait of the cartoonist George Booth, and of his humorist vision of America at a uniquely divided moment in our history.

Flatbush! Flatbush!

Alex Mallis | US | 16

A fleet of minibuses race up and down Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, providing commuters a familiar, if not occasionally harrowing, alternative to the subway – for only $2 a ride.

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.

The Price of Cheap Rent

Amina Sutton & Maya Tanaka | US | 7

An aspiring artist discusses the challenges of finding affordable housing in a new city, and the compromises she’s made with her spooky new roommates.

Trade Center

Adam Baran | US | 9

The voices of five gay men who cruised for sex at the World Trade Center in the 1980s and 1990s haunt the sanitized, commerce-driven landscape that is the newly rebuilt Freedom Tower campus. TRADE CENTER takes viewers on a tour of the former financial hub, which was destroyed during the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001. 19 years later, we traverse a bustling new ecosystem while our five subjects describe their memories of meaningful public sex encounters in each location.

Video Visit

Malika Zouhali-Worrall | US | 22

Each week, scores of people visit the Brooklyn Public Library to see their incarcerated loved ones via a free video call. Video Visit tells the story of two mothers and their sons, and the librarians who negotiate daily to keep the families connected.


Pleasure Jams

Brooklyn DJ trio Pleasure Jams brings positivity-forward dance music to the dancefloor. They can be found at clubs around New York City like Elsewhere, Good Room, Jupiter Disco, Bossa Nova Civic Club, and C'mon Everybody.

Event Details

8:00 PM
Doors Open, with DJ Set by Pleasure Jams
9:00 PM
Films Begin
10:30 PM
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 interacting with event 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 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 Brooklyn Army Terminal?
Check in will be through the entrance at 80 58th Street, but the screening location will be down at the end of the pier. 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

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.


Brooklyn Army Terminal

80 58th St, Brooklyn, NY 11220

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