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Duo Theatre Presents
7th NYC Downtown Short Film Festival - Audience Choice Screenings
Thursday, February 10, 2011 through Saturday, February 12, 2011

Join us in choosing which films will be screened at the next NYC Downtown Short Film Festival in April 2011. We screen them...you vote...the top vote getters are screened at the Festival. A fun evening out for $12.....you can't go wrong.

Length: 1 hr 15 mins
Intermission: None
Seating: General Admission
You choose your seats when you get to the theater.

Join us February 10-11-12 at 8:00 PM in choosing which films will be screened at the 7th NYC Downtown Short Film Festival. No matter how sophisticated your home cinema is there is nothing else that rivals getting together with a group of strangers in a darkened space to experience the magic of film making.

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 6 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. Every year is a sell-out, so the 2011 festival is being expanded to night. 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, 2011.

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 $12.00. 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, 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.

If available, Tickets are $15 at the box office.

Thursday February 10 8PM

Perhaps Tomorrow Directed by: Sandy Garfunkel Drama Annie has detached herself from her friends and her work, and seems desperate to find a connection with a world other than her own. She thinks there is only one path to resolution, but unexpectedly, her daily lunch routine becomes the key to making peace with the ghosts of her past.

Zombie Directed by: Thomas Caruso Drama A mild-mannered Jeffrey Dahmer-esque serial killer commits his final crime. From the award-winning novella by famous American author Joyce Carol Oates, and the acclaimed, award-winning Off-Broadway play.

Hawkins Hill Directed by: Sara Seligman Drama Karla is surprised when her boyfriend, Sam, takes her to an abandoned house where he has planned to show her something special. What Sam and Karla encounter once in the house will change their lives forever.

Sheldon Directed by Andreas Frisch and Jeremy Slutskin Comedy 'Sheldon' follows the life and times of former children's television sensation Sheldon Shellstein. Down on his luck following a string of public scandals, Sheldon is tailed by an unseen documentary crew as he struggles to make his way back into the limelight. First stop? An ill-fated guest appearance at an amateur wrestling exposition. This surprisingly touching and hysterical four and a half minute short film is equal parts Avenue Q and The Wrestler.

Friday February 11 8PM

Alice in Andrew's Land Directed by: Lauren Mackenzie Drama/Gay and Lesbian Alice Turner's recent return home from Iraq has caused her upset enough, and now her current employment struggle is only adding to that heartache. We follow Alice down a rigorous path of painful events where desperation quickly sets in. What extent will Alice go to in order to keep her life together? During this story of anguish, betrayal, heartache and redemption...

Muj Hrdina (My Hero Directed by Christopher Jarvis and Alex Loeb Drama A young boy emulates a television cartoon to test his father's affection.

Sweet Sweet Baby Directed by: Susan Hunt Drama Sweet Sweet Baby is about the memories of love between a nurse and her catatonic husband, and the night an old friend stops by for a visit.

Perry St Directed by: Antonio Padovan Comedy The film revolves around the stories of Ryan and his therapist Elaine, their love lives and their attempts to solve their problems. Ryan, unable to find a stable relationship and a job that really satisfies him, doesn't really believe in any therapy anymore. Elaine engages in a battle of wills with her husband, Jake, while helping the insufferable Ryan at same time. Both of their lives will change when Sophie appears in Ryan's life, taking him from what he is, to what he wants to be.

Saturday February 12 8PM

For Jie Directed by: Hiroshi Hara Drama 'For Jie' is a short film into the mind of a struggling husband & newborn father in the bustling streets of Guangzhou. Born and raised into poverty, life is a continuous struggle for Biaojia. If given the opportunity, he would wish a better life for his newborn son, Jie.

Bedfellows Directed by: Pierre Stefanos Drama/Gay and Lesbian The film 'Bedfellows,' told in the style of an old children's fairy tale but set against the modern-day backdrop of New York City, follows the adventure of 20-something Bobby as he returns to the gay bar where he got his heart broken for the first time. Upon meeting and spending the night with an attractive stranger named Jonathan, Bobby dreams about what a lifetime relationship with him could be like. The dream takes us on a thirty-year journey of ups-and-downs in life and love. But what will happen when Bobby wakes up to reality in the morning?

Mezzanotte Obscura Directed by: Lori Petchers Documentary An inside look into an artist's all consuming passion and creative process as he painstakingly constructs an innovative body of work. Scientific in nature, but aesthetically compelling, the nude images he ultimately creates, blur the line between art and science and beget the question 'What really is visual truth?'

Lost At Home Directed by: Giovanni Alberti Drama
David has always felt out of place in his own family. As long as he can remember he has carried this feeling of not belonging, an innate distance. Suddenly, his thoughts and feelings collide as he begins to believe that he is a kidnapped child. Is this the truth or a cry for attention from a misunderstood boy?
 


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