Is it possible to learn to play the piano in 15 minutes? Or explain evolution in 10 minutes? Surely this doesn’t seem plausible. But if you come to the kick-off party for Rooftop Films, an annual warm-weather ritual, you’ll see that actually a lot can be accomplished in very little time. Tonight’s program titled This Is What We Mean By Short Films presents eight different stories. You’ll see one about a doomsayer who finally experiences his worst nightmare (Heartpocalypse); get an “unscientific” look at the consequences of evolution (Big Bang Big Boom); and watch a series of mundane happenstance all composed entirely of appropriated YouTube videos (Oops). You see, all is possible. The evening includes live music by guitar wizard Dustin Wong and an after-party with complimentary drinks.

Fri., May 13, 8 p.m., 2011