Event Information
Duo Theatre Presents
5th NYC Downtown Short Film Festival - Audience Choice Screenings
Thursday, November 20, 2008 through Saturday, November 22, 2008

Join us in choosing which films will be screened at the next NYC Downtown Short Film Festival in April 2009. We screen them...you vote...the top vote getters are screened at the Festival. November 20-21-22 at 8 PM.

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

Welcome to the NYC Downtown Short Film Festival Audience Choice Screenings. 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 four years ago with 12 submissions. Last year, over 1,000 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 2009 festival is being expanded to six nights. 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, 2009. You are welcome to join the filmmakers at a complimentary wine reception after wards. 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 over $12.00 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 Jesse L. Martin, Neil Flynn, G. Gordon Liddy, Blanche Baker, Eddie Murphy, Dan Butler, Robert Guthrie, Emily Deschanel, Melissa Joan Hart, Gary Marshall, Tony Tanner, and Nick Tate, among many other talented young actors working in the industry today.

Tickets are $15.00 at the door.

Thursday November 20 - 8 P.M.

His Good Will Drama Directed by: Cayman Grant is a heart-warming story set in 1950 about a young boy struggling against poverty in a small town, and how his innocence and optimism, in the simplest of ways, touch those around him. A charming, feel good Canadian movie.

Breathing Room Drama Directed by: Giles Andrew
Mr. Cooper just wants to be left alone with his memories and his quiet life, until the Stamfords move into his building and his life. A haunting short film.

Naked Comedy Directed by: Matt Kelley A 1-900 commercial for Naked Man. Funny. Funny. Funny. Nudity

June Weddings Drama Directed by: Barbara Hammond JUNE WEDDINGS follows single father RJ (Sundance-winner Tom Noonan) into a New York City bar after the wedding of his only son, where he has escaped to have a quiet beer and practice his reception speech. He meets Russian barfly Sonja (Obie-award winner Elzbieta Czyzewska) sipping screw-top champagne and reading Chekhov. A lifetime of hurts spill out, an intimacy is forged, and a speech nearly forgotten. A superbly acted short film.

Friday November 21 8:00 P.M.

The Reckoning Drama Directed by: Rob Lawe A terrible secret is about to come out. A well crafted touching, insightful film.

Ciao Tesoro Drama Directed by: Amedeo Procopio
A nightclub with mysterious logos... a belly dancer playing with some golden veils... two acrobatic barmen...: a man, who looks very nervous, makes a proposal to a woman who’s watching the show with a girlfriend: she will go to bed with him in an hour... The unusual adventure, described through the protagonist’s memories, will end up in unexpected way. A provocative short Italian film. Nudity.

EscaLoverComedy Directed by: CHUN-KAI YANG
A love couple get on an escalator, they fall in love. They do what lovers always do on the escalator. When the escalator comes to the end, they broke up with each other. What's next? They do what lovers always do. Clever and funny.

Heavy Duty Drama Directed by: Sal Massari When life pushes your buttons...' Can two seemingly opposing forces penetrate each other’s armor and find common ground? Life and love in a laundry.

Saturday November 22 8 P.M.

La Dinde Marinée Comedy Directed by: Benoît Ameil An addicted mother, starved children, a father more down to earth and... George Clooney. Then add a touch of French cooking and get... 'A Juicy Turkey'. Imagine what your life could be if your wife became George Clooney dependent !... If the uncooked turkey is in the bath tub where the baby is supposed to be...then what is cooking in the casserole? You will not believe the premise of this French film.

The Hustlers Drama Directed by: Courtney Webster This film is a mediation on identity and sexuality and the potential violence that can erupt when these things intersect with self-esteem and class warfare. Sexual, violent, raw, disturbing. Nudity.

Downtown Train Comedy Directed by: Todd Komarnicki A beautiful woman breaks social rules on the NYC subway. Very funny.

Gah Gah for Caca Animation Directed by: Taylor Armstrong When nature calls a father-to-be, he is forced to reevaluate his priorities. Hilarious.

Villa Nova Drama Directed by: Bob Wasson
One lonely night in suburbia, a little girl hears something very scary coming from the playhouse. What she discovers could be magic, a trick, or something from out of this world. A gorgeous and transforming film.

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This event is general admission and no seating is assigned at this time. You will choose your seats when you arrive at the venue. Please view the 'More info' link to view if the venue is ADA Complaint.