Short Film Program

This is What We Mean by Short Films: Opening Night 2021

Join us for the opening night of our landmark 25th Summer Series with an evening of unforgettable new short films under the stars!



Thu Jun 17 7:45 PM

Rooftop Films is turning TWENTY-FIVE. It’s a silver jubilee! On this opening night, we suggest you put on your party shoes because we’ve left the drive-in and we are very ready for walk-up events! Whether you have questions about re-entering society or you’re fully prepared for your vaccine summer, our opening night short films have got you covered. An animated Peaches will offer some advice about mask wearing and amateur ambulance chasing paparazzi will advise UFO hunters on how to get the best shot. There is a tragicomic tale of a mattress that refuses to put up with the third floor walkup and a very winning story about the Maryland School for the Deaf football team which refuses to lose a game. And finally, you’ll witness a haunted homecoming for an adorable rescue puppy. Filled with uncanny tragedies and unexpected moments of poignant beauty, our opening night program is a kaleidoscopic menagerie that speaks to this exuberant and uncertain moment. So, come birthday with us. We can’t wait to see you!

The Films


Matt Ogens | US | 39

Amaree Mckenstry-Hall and his teammates at Maryland School for the Deaf pursue success in football while coping with personal struggles and tragedy. Courtesy of Netflix.

Calabasas 1/26/20

Xavier Rotnofsky | US | 11

A dense fog in the San Fernando Valley cancels a meeting of UFO hunters and causes an unexpected tragedy in the nearby mountains.

Ghost Dogs

Joe Cappa & JW Hallford | US | 11

A rescue puppy is left home alone in its new house. On a dark stormy night, spirits of the family's deceased pets awake to torment the young dog. Will the puppy survive the night or will the electronic vacuum cleaner get to it first?


Faren Humes | US | 17

Alex and Milagros deal with great life upheaval as they prepare to dance at their community’s redevelopment groundbreaking ceremony.


Adinah Dancyger | US | 8

Moving alone in New York City, a tragic comedy.


Leah Shore | US | 3

"My Pussy wear a mask, my Pussy don't play." -Peaches

Writing on the Wall

Miya Lee | US | 6

Writing on the Wall documents the murals painted in Soho, New York City in support of the Black Lives Matter protests during June and July 2020.


New Jazz Underground

New Jazz Underground is comprised of Abdias Armenteros (saxophone). Sebastian Rios (bass), and TJ Reddick (drums). While each of the members are originally from Florida, they met while attending the prestigious Juilliard School in NYC. It wasn't until a couple of years later amid the pandemic that they began seriously playing as a group in the parks of NYC. With the free time that the pandemic brought, the trio worked weekly to develop their style and sound. With this they launched their successful YouTube channel "New Jazz Underground", featuring a series of full length at home concerts with nearly 75k views to date and have played at renowned venues such as Dizzy's Club, and Lincoln Center. Still in their early 20s, their resumes include work with jazz legends Ron Carter, Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, and Roy Hargrove among many more.

Presented in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Event Details

7:45 PM
Doors Open
8:30 PM
Live Music from New Jazz Underground
9:00 PM
Films Begin
10:30 PM

PLEASE NOTE: American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided for audience members from the deaf and hard of hearing communities.
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 inside of the venue and while interacting with 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 inside of the venue, as it is still required by the city to wear a mask while attending a public event. 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 inside of the venue, as it is still required by the city to wear a mask while attending a public event. 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.

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

venue on Google Map

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