Short Film Program

Rooftop Shots: Closing Night 2021 feat. Live Performance from Topaz Jones!

Endings come, and endings go, and endings come again. But some are more fun than others.



Thu Sep 9 7:30 PM

For 25 years, Rooftop Films has closed out our Summer Series with a program of short movies about endings, films that are filled with farewells and so longs. But though the end may be near, we prefer to think of each summer’s close as but the next step towards a transformation, and we see each oncoming autumn as just a stretch of cool earth between here and the next warm horizon. Join us in Green-Wood Cemetery for a meditative short film journey through things, places and experiences that feel like endings, but aren’t quite done. We’ll watch a praying mantis embraced by a deadly beloved; a soccer referee contemplating potential retaliation, but still calling the shots the way he saw them; an inverted birth in the Cabbage Patch Kids headquarters; and a wordless embrace that persists as it tumbles through the sands of time. And with each conclusion we will be left wondering whether the finale was final or if there is another coda coming.

The Films

Daughter (Dcera)

Daria Kashcheeva | Czech Republic | 15

In a hospital room, the Daughter recalls a childhood moment when as a little girl she tried to share her experience with an injured bird with her Father. A moment of misunderstanding and a lost embrace has stretched into many years all the way to this hospital room, until the moment when a window pane breaks under the impact of a little bird.

Don't Go Tellin' Your Momma

Topaz Jones & rubberband. | US | 34

An emerging Montclair rapper’s lush visual album explores how education shapes Black identity.

The Game (Das Spiel)

Roman Hodel | Switzerland | 18

A whistle. The stands of the stadium get loud. The players protest angrily. The presenters follow the action on the field. In the middle of it, the referee. The whole stadium watches him. Now he has to decide. With the referee Fedayi San we experience the highs and lows of a football game, what it means to earn respect on the field and direct the energy of an entire stadium.

Mad Mieter

M+M (Weis/De Mattia) | Germany | 6

A lonely praying mantis living in a bourgeois furnished apartment comes to a cruel end after an initially delicate approach. The work is freely inspired by Repulsion by Roman Polanski.

Motorcyclist's Happiness Won't Fit Into His Suit (Al motociclista no le cabe la felicidad en el traje)

Gabriel Herrera | Mexico | 10

There he sits proudly on his motorbike, encompassed in majestic red and the dazzling admiration of the others. Round and round he goes, becoming more and more beautiful and exalted. For only he can explore the jungle. And no, he won’t hand over his motorbike, not even on loan. A playful re-enactment with reversed roles that takes aim at the hubris of the colonial conquerors.

Ten Leaves Dilated

Kate E. Hinshaw & Ebony Blanding | US | 15

A documentary that uses the make-believe world crafted by Cabbage Patch Kids to examine discourses surrounding childbirth in the American South.


Topaz Jones

Event Details

7:30 PM
Doors Open
8:30 PM
Films Begin
10:00 PM
10:30 PM
Live Performance from Topaz Jones
11:00 PM
Post-Screening Reception, presented by Ketel One & Corona Extra
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. 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 Green-Wood Cemetery?
Check in will be at the main entrance on 25th Street and 5th Avenue, but the screening location will be about 10-15 minute walk from there. Please contact us if someone in your party will need assistance getting to the location.

How accessible is this venue?
The site where the film will be shown is approximately a 7 minute walk (partially uphill) from the entrance to the venue. Other than this, the venue is accessible to all. If this brings up any concerns, please email us at or call at 718-417-7362 for more information.

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.


Green-Wood Cemetery

500 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232

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