Short Film Program

This is What We Mean by Short Films: Opening Night 2023

Start the season off with our annual evening of spectacular new short films, live music, and a party under the stars in Green-Wood Cemetery!

Thu May 25 7:45 PM

Get ready to embark on an adventure through the strange, beautiful, and often absurd world of our 2023 Opening Night shorts program! This unique assemblage of shorts center on strange encounters and new beginnings: a neighbor’s harmless peeping leads to unexpected consequences; a black cat embarks on a quest for meaning, and a young girl’s unconventional birthday tradition gives rise to an unforgettable coming of age moment. These films will not only entertain, but challenge and provoke, leaving you buzzing with curiosity and a thirst for more.

The Films

Hi! How Are You?

Gaïa Grandin-Mendzylewski | France | 6

Self-reflection somewhat painful but yet deeply caring concerning the following protocol: «Hi, how are you ? », « I’m fine, and you ? », « Yes I’m fine thank you. ».

How Do You Measure a Year?

Jay Rosenblatt | US | 29

For 17 years, filmmaker Jay Rosenblatt filmed his daughter Ella on her birthday, asking her the same questions. In just 29 minutes, we watch her grow from a toddler to a young woman with all the beautiful and awkward stages in between. Each phase is captured fleetingly but makes an indelible mark. Her responses to her father’s questions are just a backdrop for a deeper story of parental love, acceptance, and ultimately, independence.


Réka Bucsi | | 5

R​epetitive still standing movement​, an exploration of the visual image for its own sake.​ A projection of mental images, which are formed while listening to music. From the simple act of drawing a line, to the intricate movement and complex structure of animation that is able to self-generate.


Tij D'oyen | US | 10

Set in the leisured suburbs of East Hampton, the film recounts a woman's sensual yet macabre childhood memory about the boy next door. Lollygag is a bleak sun-drenched study of ennui, obsession, isolation, and loss.

A Short Story

Bi Gan | China | 15

With his signature long-takes and tightly controlled mise-en-scène, Bi Gan weaves a darkly surrealist fairy tale that follows the odyssey of an anthropomorphic feline across the empty cities and fog-bound exurban spaces of contemporary China.

The Vacation

Jarreau Carrillo | US | 9

A Black man attempts to take a vacation.

When You Left Me On That Boulevard

Kayla Abuda Galang | US | 13

Thanksgiving 2006 in Paradise Hills, Southeast San Diego. 15-year-old Ly and her cousins get high before a boisterous Thanksgiving at their auntie’s house. Stoned and harboring a naive romance with a maybe-boyfriend, Ly moves through the gossip, nosiness, and loudness of her family’s holiday celebration until the day ends.


DJ Sheri Barclay

Sheri Barclay has been running KPISS.FM for over 7 years, an eclectic internet radio community manager & DJ with a deep love of 80s film soundtracks.


Like any scientist would before coming to a conclusion, Fusilier’s new EP, Treason, asks only questions without ever making a statement. Treason locates its universe right after the Big Bang, where fragments join and create something entirely new. This liminal space in between is what occupies the mind of Atlanta-raised, Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist Blake Fusilier. Across the EP, Fusilier hypothesizes that the only road to true freedom of the spirit is through radicalization and reimagining. He questions the complexities of the self and the realities of race & sexuality alongside the expectations of the artist, asking: “How can I exist given that the size of my imagination of me doesn’t yet fit into the ways I am seen?”

Themes of violence, youth, alienation, and belonging undergird the collection, while its songs serve as individual love letters to the artists he’s most inspired by, like Nine Inch Nails, Bill Withers, and Fela Kuti. It fits in today somewhere between TV On The Radio, Perfume Genius, and Radiohead with its precise yet opaque lyrics, indie-rock guitar riffs, classical motifs and sometimes-soaring, sometimes-crooning melodies. Treason aims to pull you into its gravitation with “Peace,” an orchestra of droning synths punctuated by lyrics that embody the Fusilier ethos: “My gift to the world is to die in a whirlwind.”

Lead single “No Words” builds on mantras over percussive clicks and clacks, towards a cathartic end. The song, which twists and shifts like a snake slowly shedding its skin, is a perfect introduction to Fusilier’s sound and to - in his own words - “letting go of the thought that I’m not the main character in my own story.” Later, EP standout “Lost” builds its merits on a gentle groove, dissonant guitars, and a powerful whisper, then reaches an explosion of self-assurance. “I’m in love with the whole of life,” he sings, presiding over an anxious cacophony. The moments are many when Fusilier accepts the irrational and addresses the psychological divisions that exist in a society that impresses self-doubt. Blake says, “Treason is a sort of purgatory that I wander through, wondering if I belong to the ideal or to the monstrous. It’s a search for a home.”

For Fusilier, the destruction of the theoretical self - or the imagined self - yields profound opportunities for scientific exploration and self-actualization. Yet, by the time Treason comes to its close, Blake begins to accept his interior dialogue’s harsh words. On EP closer “KTA,” against the backdrop of a mind folding in on itself, Blake asks himself quite simply: “Do you really want a new enemy?” These final moments succumb to a minimalist and melodic frenzy, all to introduce us to its own cycle of self-discovery. Throughout, Treason revolves and revolts, constantly questioning in hopes that an answer appears in the whirlwind.

Event Details

7:45 PM
Doors Open
8:15 PM
Live Music from Fusilier
9:00 PM
Films Begin
10:30 PM
Q&A with Filmmakers
10:40 PM
After-Party featuring set by DJ Sheri Barclay

Can I bring food and drinks?

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

Do I need to wear a mask?

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.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

Rooftop Films are open to all ages, but ID and proof of age is required for entry. You must be 21+ to attend the after party.

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Green-Wood Cemetery

500 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232

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