Short Film Program

The New American Paradise

Postcards from the United States of WTF


Wed May 31 8:00 PM

Pop your New York bubble on a journey to the more peculiar corners of the modern U.S of A. In the land of drive-in churches, carnival boardwalks, border walls, and get-rich-quick schemes, any one of us could end up on the downside of the American dream: another desperado with a mask melted onto our face, searching for a nugget at the bottom of a dirty tin can.

The Films

Describe What You Heard

Joe Callander, Jason Tippet | USA | 4

A red-eyed satirical snapshot of a culture's descent into madness, as seen from the crossroads of murder and media.

Election Night

Ryan Scafuro | UK, USA | 8

A crowd gathers until the early morning at a boozy London pub to watch the US presidential election. As dawn breaks, emotions escalate and the evening takes a turn for the worse.

Clean Hands

Lauren DeFilippo | USA | 9

On a Sunday morning the congregation of the Daytona Beach Drive-In Church tunes in.

American Paradise

Joe Talbot | USA | 18

A grandfather attempts to pull his two grandsons out their collective boredom with a twisted fairy tale right out of Trump's America. Based on a true story, "American Paradise" is a story of desperation and disguise. Featuring characters from the upcoming Sundance-supported feature, "The Last Black Man in San Francisco."

Monument | Monumento

Laura Gabbert | USA, Mexico | 12

Friendship Park is the western boundary on the US/Mexico border. Inside the park a thick mesh fence, designed so that fingers can't pass through, has become a designated meeting point for families and loved ones. They reconnect, reunite, and take pictures together, but the fence maintains a stern reminder of their physical separation.


Celine Held, Logan George | USA | 11

Fueled by coke, Vanessa and Danny attempt to capitalize on an unlikely opportunity.

Atlantic City Character Study

Billy Linker, Ben Carey | USA | 30

Atlantic City Character Study is a short documentary about the people who pass through one of America’s most well-known resort towns as it teeters on the brink of economic collapse. The film captures the unique atmosphere of the city and gives viewers a realistic portrayal of what if feels like to walk the streets of the "poor man's Las Vegas"



Zenizen was created by Opal Hoyt who was born in Alaska and raised between Vermont, Jamaica, Washington DC and Brooklyn. She found herself infatuated with writing songs and creating musical landscapes with an emphasis on all things soulful. Minnie Riperton, Mariah Carey, London Nu-jazz is where she came from and ended up. Since heading to Australia for the second time to write/record the band's debut EP, she has been back in New York simultaneously playing shows and working on the band's 'vaguely seasonal' full-length -- due in 2017. Blurring genre lines but always committed to modern psychedelia, poetry, and groove.

Event Details

8:00 PM
Doors Open
8:30 PM
Live Music by Zenizen
9:00 PM
Films Begin
This is a free event. In case of rain, the screening will be rescheduled. No outside alcohol is allowed.


Brooklyn Commons Park

5 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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