Rooftop Films + MoMA + Future of Film is Female

Short Film Program

Crossing the Line
August 9, 2019

One of the many encouraging results of having more women writing, directing, editing, and starring in new films is that we are seeing a wider variety of un-categorizable women onscreen. In this program of short films, we celebrate that progress, showcasing works that aren’t afraid to dive into the complexities of the female experience and explore topics of jealousy, desire, loneliness and what–if anything–women owe one another. In a visual language that is unique to their perspectives, these filmmakers expose deep-rooted power structures and injustices, making them impossible to ignore. Alternating between biting, poignant, funny, and frightening, they explore the confusing joys and unpredictable dangers that color the lives of women in the modern world.

Kira Akerman | US | 7
"The Arrest" is about a young woman's encounter with the New Orleans criminal justice system.

Brenda Lien | Germany | 9
“Please agree to terms and conditions to be a part of the Community,” says the Big Data crystal ball as it bathes you in positive affirmations and hyper-personalized ads,“All for your own benefit, of course.” You are a never-ending energy source. Feel your body becoming heavy and relaxed, and just say, "Yes!"

Martina Scarpelli | France, Denmark | 12
A woman is locked in her home with an egg, which she is both attracted to and scared of. She eats the egg, she repents. She kills it. She lets the egg die of hunger.

Catherine Fordham | US | 12
At truck stop motel in Socorro, New Mexico, Kaya searches for her teenage sister, Luna, who was taken by a sex trafficker named Buck. Instead, she discovers another young girl with a connection to Buck’s crew. Desperate to extract the girl, and get information out of the local pimp, Kaya takes her place with the girls last “date” and sets a trap for the pimp.

Iyabo Boyd | US | 12
Deborah is wound up after a hectic work day and is thinking about how to decompress, when three parts of her inner psyche appear and encourage her to get it on solo. The Debs fondly rehash their more promiscuous years and work through past trauma, ultimately coming together to break through their personal limitations around self-care and sex.

Victoria Rivera | US | 12
Three teenage girls break into a shut down pool on a hot summer night, but when uninvited guests show up, their friendship is tested and one of them is left behind.

Naima Ramos-Chapman | US | 10
A mundane trip to the city turns into a psycho-surrealist nightmare when a restless young woman chooses to escape the confines of romance for a moment of silence and freedom.

Natalie Archambaud Chao | Hong Kong | 4
A poetic film that tries to bridge the gap between time and space, love and loss, mother and daughter.

Virva Kunttu & Vuokko Kunttu | Finland | 12
"Star Shaped Scar" is a short documentary about Jasmin Britney Koskiranta, a 26-year-old young woman from Finland. Jasmin does not work and she rarely leaves her apartment. Jasmin has a passion for clothes, make-up and especially for expensive shoes. She has several pairs of designer shoes that cost about 5000 euros a pair. These shoes have very high heels and are almost impossible to walk in.



Space Bitch is a riot grrrl punk band from NJ/NYC. Made up of DIY stalwarts and veterans of the punk scene in NYC and NJ, they are fiercely feminist and bring an unbridled intensity to the stage. They love to have fun and are unafraid to get loud about the things they are most passionate about. The trio is comprised of Kate Hoos on guitar, Hannah Nichols on drums, and Valerie Ryan on lead vocals.

Caryn Coleman