For those with a limited attention span or little time, short films can offer something appealing: brevity without necessarily sacrificing quality. Some short productions can peel back layers of emotion, stoke a discussion or propel the career of a budding director.
On Thursdays this month at the Brooklyn Museum, the Black Queer Brooklyn on Film series does just that, with 16 shorts — from documentaries to an audiovisual project — exploring race, identity, social movements and more. In “black enuf*,” Carrie Hawks recalls the journey for acceptance, while in “This Ain’t a Eulogy: A Ritual for Re-Membering,” Taja Lindley focuses on how to have a society where black lives matter.
Running in a program that’s just under three hours, with multiple viewing times to accommodate various schedules, the 16 shorts highlight young and gender-nonconforming filmmakers producing work within Brooklyn. Free with museum admission, the series is presented as an extended conversation of the exhibition “We Wanted a Revolution, Black Radical Women, 1965-85.” (brooklynmuseum.org)