Short films are getting their moment in the spotlight in two different mini-festivals next week.
The biggie is on Dec. 4 and 5, when the Brooklyn Historical Society hosts the dozen short documentaries of the Brooklyn Film and Arts Festival.
The films focus on rapid changes such as gentrification and overdevelopment.
As such, D.W. Young’s “A Hole in a Fence” focuses on development in Red Hook and its effect on nearby communities. Stephanie Joshua’s “Bushwick Homecomings” shows old friends and neighbors talking about the crime-addled neighborhood of the 1980s. And J.L. Aronson’s “Up on the Roof” (pictured) chronicles a group of Williamsburg residents whose cherished hobby — training pigeons — undergoes a change in 2003 and 2004 when landlords started seeking younger residents.
Two days earlier, on Dec. 2, Nick Stevenson, owner of Sheep Station restaurant in Park Slope, will host an evening of shorts about Brooklyn or Australia, Stevenson’s native land.
Stevenson’s film centers on Viagra (me-ow!). Irony of ironies: it’s a short.
Station Shorts, Dec. 2, Sheep Station [149 Fourth Ave., at Douglass Street in Park Slope, (718) 857-4337].
Brooklyn Film and Arts Festival, Dec. 4–5, Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont St., at Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights), 6 pm.