Short Film Program

New York Non-Fiction

PLEASE NOTE: Online sales are now sold out, but a limited number of standby tickets will be available at for purchase at the door, starting at 8:00 PM. // Eight million stories, five short films, one night.


Sat Jul 22 7:45 PM

One of our most beloved and popular programs (for good reason!), New York Non-Fiction highlights the myriad quirky characters, hidden communities, and overlooked histories that make this city so special. In the night’s lineup you’ll discover a city where dollar pizza shops line the streets, where delivery drivers are heroes of the night, where nuns live quietly on a Bronx hillside, where locksmiths pass their legacy through their profession. New York has it all, and these nonfiction films tell the captivating stories of these perhaps underappreciated but nevertheless crucial groups that make New York one of a kind.

The Films

Azikiwe Mohammed is a Guy Who Makes Stuff

Brian Redondo & Nick Ravich | US | 10

Rejecting the centuries-long cult of the genius artist, Azikiwe Mohammed embraces the modest, the eclectic, and above all the helpful.

Corpus Christi

Rebecca Blandón | US | 13

This ambient short film captures the cloistered and contemplative way of life inside America's oldest Dominican monastery located in the South Bronx in an industrial neighborhood called Hunts Point. An environmental and observational study of silence, habit, and faith, this film seeks to understand how a solitary world can also be a fulfilling one.

Dollar Pizza Documentary

Alex Mallis & Travis Wood | US | 7

In a city full of pizza, the dollar slice reigns supreme.

Keys to the City

Ian Moubayed | US | 32

Keys to the City, follows the story of Matthew Ballard, an aging Brooklyn locksmith struggling to unlock a higher acceptance to the changes in his life and city. In the month before retiring, Matthew’s outgoing boss reveals he must train George Goga, a brazen first generation immigrant to take his place. The documentary captures Matthew and George on a bumpy journey across the city as they face funny, bizarre, and often tender encounters inside the homes of colorful New Yorkers.At a time when the clouds of the pandemic are lifting, Keys to the City plays like a lyrical ode to the New York we remember best.

The (Other) 700 Club

Juan Blanco García | US, Spain | 10

On a corner in Brooklyn, a loose community of delivery workers gathers every day to hang out and share their experiences while waiting for the next order.


Habbina Habbina

Habbina Habbina plays what could be described as Mediterranean surf, with a surfing style that owes much to the Middle Eastern side of Dick Dale, or the Western side of Omar Khorshid. Habbina Habbina, named after a beloved song by syrian singer Farid El-Atrache, takes its inspiration from Egyptian pop, Greek tunes as well as all sorts of retro-Mediterranean-hits, James Bond Soundtracks, Umm Kulthum, Aris San and many more.

Event Details

7:45 PM
Doors Open
8:15 PM
Live Music from Habbina Habbina
9:00 PM
Films Begin
10:30 PM
Q&A with Filmmakers
10:45 PM

Can I bring food and drinks?

No outside alcoholic beverages are allowed. Feel free to bring snacks and non-alcoholic beverages!

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Masks are encouraged while interacting with staff outdoors.

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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Green-Wood Cemetery

500 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232

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