In today's attention-deficient world of YouTube, IMs, and blog posts, the short film has never been more relevant. The same can be said for the Annual NYC Downtown Short Film Festival, which attracts more submissions and a larger audience every year.
The NYCDSFF began 8 years ago with 12 submissions. Last year, 1,000's of films were submitted — so many that the Festival Committee began holding monthly Audience Choice Screenings, with the winning films earning a spot at this year's fest. Showcasing some of the best short films being produced in America and internationally, the festival's line-up includes provocative dramas, clever comedies, edgy animation, and intriguing documentaries.
At our Audience Choice screenings you will watch four to five short movies each night and will be given a ballot to rate each film. The highest rated films will be asked to be screened at our Festival April, 2012.
Michelangelo Alasa', the Artistic Director for the Duo Multicultural Arts Center, spoke of the festival's simplicity, stating that there are no corporate sponsorships, no red carpets or premieres. Without all these trappings, festival-goers are able to enjoy the succinct experience of what a film fest is all about.
You usually spend 2 hours and $15.00 to see a single movie. We give you 4-5 well crafted films for $10.00. Our screening room is a charming and intimate turn of the century theater with wide aisles for viewing comfort. Each evening's programming will last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. We are featuring some of the best short films being produced internationally as well as the work of established American actors and directors.
The NYCDSFF has showcased the work of established actors and directors such as Glenn Close, Luke Matheny (this years Academy Award winning director for God of Love), Frederick Weller, Holland Taylor, Jesse L. Martin, Eric Roberts, Shelly Long, Linda Hunt, Jose Rivera, Ana Ortiz, Mark Margolis, Neil Flynn, G. Gordon Liddy, Nick Tate, Vincent Pastore, Robert Clohessy, Allen Enlow Blanche Baker, Eddie Murphy, Dan Butler, Robert Guthrie, Emily Deschanel, Melissa Joan Hart, Gary Marshall, Tony Tanner, Nick Tate, Vincent Pastore, Robert Clohessy, Allen Enlow, among many other talented directors and actors working in the industry today.
Thursday March 1 8PM
Left Bank Bookseller submitted by Lisa Reznik Sylvia Beach, a woman from Princeton NJ established the first English-language bookshop and lending library in Paris, Shakespeare and Company, which became a popular meeting place for The Lost Generation and for experimental writers of the day. When Miss Beach accompanied her partner Adrienne to a Sunday afternoon party, she unexpectedly met the Irish exile James Joyce, only two days after he arrived in Paris. Following their meeting, Joyce became a member of Sylvia's lending library and during visits, confided to Miss Beach about his struggles to publish his second novel Ulysses, due to censorship restrictions.
Totally Smooth Directed by: Katrina Lencek-Inagaki Carlotta's about to get totally smooth -- in more ways than one! This is a story about sexual confidence. Carlotta, a half-Japanese twenty-something is about to lose her virginity. But first, she's got to confront her fear of the Brazilian bikini wax so she can wear the skimpy underwear she's purchased for the Big Night. At the salon, Sherry, a waxer and a swinger, gives Carlotta some left of center advice. The 'martini glass' wax gives Carlotta the sexual confidence she needs to wear her new underwear!
The Stand-In Directed by: Ricky Lloyd George Todd is the mild-mannered stand-in on the big budget Hollywood film, 'Devils May Care,' directed by the brilliant Dutch auteur, Jan De Groot. When Humphrey Russell, the enigmatic, but volatile British star, leaves the set in a huff, production is forced to use Todd for a few simple shots, which puts Todd in the spotlight. Gradually he proves himself, and this could turn out to be Todd's lucky day...
Sunnyview Directed by: Courtney Rowe In this Golden Girls meets Shawshank comedy short, two elderly best friends plan a 'prison break' from their assisted living home. They plot the escape down to the second, leaving no room for errors. When the day comes, Virginia decides to go over the wall. Or does she? With Marla Gibbs and K Callan.
Friday March 2 8PM
Webcam Directed by Branden Kramer & Jan Jaworski A young girl is unaware that she's being watched through her webcam by an obsessed hacker.
What Goes Around Directed by: Sean Dahlberg A random act of kindness leads to unexpected consequences.
Love Nest Directed by: Sami Abusamra Married life is a strain for this pair of robins. Especially when reliving past glories gets in the way of good parenting.
Carbon for Water Directed by: Evan Abramson In Kenya's Western Province, most drinking water is contaminated. The wood many Kenyans use to boil this water to make it safe is increasingly valuable. Women and girls, who bear the responsibility for finding water and fuel, often miss school or work while seeking both fuel and water. Some even encounter sexual violence. Yet waterborne illness remains a daily--and life-threatening--reality for them and their families. Carbon For Water introduces audiences to the inspiring people who face these hardships, and explores one company's innovative solution for improving the health of millions of Kenyans and the environment in which they live.
Saturday March 3 8PM
Noodling Directed by: Rebecca Eskreis The only person not impressed by the Ramsey's family's Noodling legacy in the small town of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma is Jenna Ramsey, 14. When her father John and his longtime girlfriend Dee Dee announce their engagement, Jenna's open emotional wounds are exposed to the urbane new boy, Mikey, who is both an interesting distraction and soon the key to Jenna facing her past.
Star Cross Directed by: Ted Wiggin A striped snake, potted plants, and boolean bugs are drawn to the light. For further exploration, make a small stack of starfish, find the heaviest rock you can carry and xerox it, then bury a balloon.
Jitters Directed by: Jason S. Williams Jitters, written by Elizabeth June and directed by Jason S. Williams, is a film short about a woman who wants her wedding day to be perfect, even if it means enduring her estranged father. The film deals with issues of race, religion, abandonment, cultural differences and forgiveness.
The Telegram Man Directed by: James Khehtie Set in 1942 Australian country town, THE TELEGRAM MAN stars three Australian and international screen legends Jack Thompson, Gary Sweet and Sigrid Thornton (Official Website: http://www.khehtie.com/the-telegram-man.html). During the long years of World War II, Australia's small farming communities paid a terrible price. In the rural towns of New South Wales, one family each week discovered that their son or husband or brother or father would not be coming home.
More films TBA
Jean (Stephanie Ellis) and Marilyn (Karin Agstam), two young redheaded women, are fast falling in love when the news of a tragic suicide finds its way into their blissful escape.
With their debut production, The Goodword brings forth a raw story told on the oh-so-thin line between reality and imagination.
A series of snapshots guides us through the course of this increasingly embattled relationship and serves proof of what made these women so passionately drawn to one another and, in the end, so mismatched once reality comes knocking on their door. “David’s Redhaired Death” is as much as anything a play about how we get through the hardest times in our lives.
“A fall from a great height changes everything:” whether it is falling in love or leaping from a window and falling to your death. It is the acceptance of the imprints those falls, those moments, leave on us and on those we love that gives us hope once dust has settled on the Redhaired Affair.
MAN OF LA MANCHA is written by Dale Wasserman, with music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion. The original production was staged by Albert Marre and produced by Albert W. Selden and Hal Jam. MAN OF LA MANCHA is directed by Joshua William Gelb, with musical direction by Justin Levine. Set design is by Eric Southern, lighting design by Brad King, costume design by David Mendizibal, and sound design by Brittany O'Neill (a founder of Room5001 Theatre, who has also recently produced and assistant directed with Naked Angels). Fight choreography is by Drew Leary with special effects by Laura Moss.
MAN OF LA MANCHA will be performed from March 20-30, 2008 at the DUO Theater, 62 East 4th Street, NYC, with performances Thursday through Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm. Tickets are $20 and are available at www.theatermania.com.
Before Alexis Carrington ruled over "Dynasty" there was VASSA ZHELEZNOVA, an unscrupulous matriarch with an iron will. After the death of her husband, Vassa ruthlessly tries to keep her self-indulgent children and a high-society brother-in-law from harming the family business. But will her family be destroyed by the very bourgeois values that she seeks to preserve?
In HYENAS, acclaimed French playwright Christian Siméon, winner of the prestigious French Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers' award for "New Talent in Theatre," says the unthinkable with uncompromising wit. HYENAS, which first premiered in 1997 at the Dix-Huit Theatre in Paris, ran with rave reviews at the Mylos Theatre in Greece and the Avignon Off Festival in France. French theatre critic Alain Spira called the work "a true masterpiece" and Le Journal de Théâtre described it as "intriguing, disturbing, violent, a great moment of theatre." In 2003, HYENAS was translated into English and adapted for American audiences by Paul Verdier, Artistic Director and Founder of Stages Theatre Center in Los Angeles, and ran for 12 weeks at the award-winning theater. The Los Angeles Times described the play as "a fascinating existential showpiece."
A raunchy look at the psychology of nervous urban goddesses
On one fateful day, Meg can't wash away her anger with a hot shower. What follows is a hilarious mix of mistaken identity, miscommunication, and bizarre transformation: THE WALL OF WATER, by Sherry Kramer.
Starring Bryn Boice*, Lindsay A. Goranson, Jocelyn Greene, Melissa Klein, Doug Cote, Alex C. Ferrill, Abe Goldfarb and Jeremy Rishe.
Set designed by Scott Aronow and Sunita Prasad, lights by Edward Hodge, sound by Matt O'Hare, props by Kathy Avril, and costumes coordinated by Robin Mates. Sean Goldman produces.
*Member, Actors' Equity Association – Equity Approved Showcase