Short Film Program

Poetic Portraits

Immerse yourself in mesmerizing short documentaries that explore a kaleidoscope of realities.


Fri Jul 19 8:00 PM

Join us on the roof of Gowanus’ historic Old American Can Factory for a beguiling night of docu-shorts that explore the depths of the human experience. Wade into the waters of Toni Morrison’s prolific prose, look behind the curtain of an emotional day at a medical center, and undergo a week-long boot camp for girls in Copenhagen. Dually immersive and challenging, let yourself fall in and out of the worlds depicted by these exceptionally poetic filmmakers.

The Films


Shirley Yumeng He | US | 5

This film evokes a sense of magical realism which gives texture to the meditation on the Chinese American identity.

Into the Blue

Ömer Sami | Denmark | 28

12-year-old Tatheer embarks on a week-long police boot camp for girls from a social housing estate in Copenhagen. Far from home, deep in the woods, she navigates grueling rituals, elusive social dynamics, and personal setbacks to find her place in this tender and revealing coming-of-age story.


Lori Felker | US | 19

Fiction, reality, the private, and the performed overlap on a routine but emotional day at a medical center.

Public Surfaces

Gillian Waldo | US | 13

Exploring the complicated legacy of Baltimore's 1% For Art Program, through the built environment and the musings of the city's residents.

Quiet as It's Kept

Ja'Tovia Gary | US | 26

A contemporary cinematic response to The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison’s first novel, published in 1970.

Event Details

8:00 PM
Doors Open
9:00 PM
Films Begin
10:30 PM
Q&A with Filmmakers
10:45 PM
Afterparty, sponsored by Ketel One Family Made Vodka


The Old American Can Factory

232 Third St., Brooklyn, NY 11215

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