Short Film Program

This is What We Mean by Short Films: Opening Night 2024

Dive into our 28th season with a delightfully frothy batch of the best new indie shorts!


Fri May 17 7:45 PM

Kick off the summer right with one of Rooftop’s biggest and best short film programs of the season! Tunnel through life with us, under the stars at Green-Wood Cemetery, and bathe in absurdist worlds made up of pennies, car washes, and personality tests. Watch as siblings’ bonds get tested and artists confront their self doubts in imagined gardens. Go on the journey with frazzled assistants and bubbly conspiracy theorists as they suck people down the drain with them. Each piece will show you exactly what we mean by short films.

The Films

Bug Diner

Phoebe Jane Hart | US | 7

A dissatisfied marriage, a secret crush, and workplace fantasies come to a head in a diner run by a mole with a hot ass.

The Explosion (La Explosión)

Jose San Miguel & Juanma Vargas | Spain | 5

José Luis has read a hoax on the internet and decides to gather the entire town to see an “explosion” of household appliances.


Ben Gauthier & Allie Levitan | US | 14

It's her boss's birthday, and Allie is trying as hard as she can.

The Garden of Heart (A szív kertje)

Olivér Hegyi | Hungary, Slovakia | 11

A nervous painter-to-be has to overcome his own demons during the university entrance exam, which appear as pests in his imagined garden.


Justine Martin | Canada | 14

Raphaël and Rémi are twins who see their fusional attachment crumble while one of them remains a prisoner of childhood.

Pennies From Heaven

Sandy Honig | US | 11

Pennies from Heaven is a short comedy about two eccentric twin sisters who work at a convenience store and stumble upon a pickup truck full of pennies. It’s an absurdist farce in the middle of the desert and the twins follow the adventure wherever it takes them - only to end up right back where they started.

Personality Test

Justin Jinsoo Kim | South Korea, US | 8

A private memory is examined and explored through a simple personality test found on the internet.

Soft Touch

Paige Mazurek | US | 11

An existential bubble bath caught between past, present, and daydream, Soft Touch reconsiders how we move through the tunnel of life.


The Star Spangles

The Star Spangles are a Rock and Roll band from New York City featuring Ian Wilson, Tommy Volume & Sweet Joey Valentine. Forming in 1998, they have at various times been called "saviors" by NME, "heroes" by VICE, and "beautiful losers" by Rolling Stone.

The Spangles first came to worldwide attention as part of the garage rock revival of the early 00’s and have toured the globe several times over in support of albums Bazooka!!! and Dirty Bomb. They reformed for several NYC shows last year, also playing their first European dates in 15 years.

Event Details

7:45 PM
Doors Open
8:15 PM
Live Music from The Star Spangles
9:00 PM
Films Begin
10:30 PM
Q&A with Filmmakers
10:40 PM


Green-Wood Cemetery

500 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232

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