Event Information
Duo Theatre Presents
5th NYC Downtown Short Film Festival Audience Choice Screenings
Thursday, February 14, 2008 through Saturday, February 16, 2008

Join us in choosing which films will be screened at the next NYC Downtown Short Film Festival in May 2008. We screen them...you vote...the top vote getters are screened at the Festival.

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. For the past three years our Festival has been a sold out event. In response to the number of New Yorkers who have expressed an interest in attending these screenings but were not able to get in, we are instituting the Audience Choice screenings.

Throughout the year, we'll host screenings where audience members, along with our Film Festival committee, will be given comment cards and asked to rate each film. The NYCDSFF will tally the results and the highest rated films from each screening will then be invited to participate in the next NYC Downtown Short Film Festival, taking place in May, 2008.

You usually spend 2 hours and over ten dollars to see a single movie. We give you an evening of well crafted films for ten dollars. Our screening room is an intimate turn of the century theater with movie house seating and wide aisles for viewing comfort. Each evening's programming consists of 4-5 shorts and will last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes We will be featuring some of the best short films being produced internationally as well as the work of established actors and directors.

The NYCDSFF has showcased the work of established actors and directors such as, Jesse L. Martin (Law & Order; Rent) Neil Flynn (Scrubs) G. Gordon Liddy, Blanche Baker, Eddie Murphy (Shrek, Dream Girls), Dan Butler (Frasier), Robert Guthrie (Expiration Day),David Lawrence, Emily Deschanel, Melissa Joan Hart, Gary Marshall, Tony Tanner, Jerry Manthey, John Savage, Nick Tate, Lucky Vanous, Sandra Santiago and Kevin Conway, among many other talented young actors working in industry today.

We believe these changes will better serve the needs of short film makers and the NYC audiences who want to see these new, innovative, challenging and exciting films made by the freshest talent working in film today.

So join us in being part of the process. You determine which films will be screened at the Festival and which film will be voted Best of Festival.

Join us for a complimentary wine reception immediately following the screenings.

Thursday February 14

Son Directed by: Daniel Mulloy Drama. Within the confines of an underground theatre’s vaults, a young boy finds himself trapped as the evening’s events unfold.

Passing Directed by: Vanessa Woods Animation Passing is a short film that explores the idea of passing (passing time, passing histories, and passing away).

Deployment Strategy Directed by: Mark Cheng Drama In a future wrought with paranoid governments, rogue programmers and their cybernetic brethren, a young soldier embarks on a mission that will challenge his beliefs about Man's new role as Creator.

The Accidental Activist Directed by: Andrew Hunt June is a shy, never-been-in-love, thirty-something who still lives at home, has a goldfish called Romeo and an addiction to romance novels. With her latest pile due back today she sets off for the city; how could a simple trip to the library go so wrong… and yet so right!?

Friday February 15

Demption Directed by: Jason Neudecker Drama A Detective, a junkie, a gun and nothing to win.

Lêda de Arte Leda Directed by: Daniela Gontijo Documentary Based on Ziraldo´s testimony, the documentary shows the art and the joyful personality of the Brazilian sculptor Lêda Selmi Dei Gontijo, the first woman awarded the Machado de Assis Medal from the Brazilian Academy of Literature.

the Urge Directed by: Chris Angus Animation We discover the horrifying truth behind the natural urges of a vampire and realize he is not that different from us.

Not A Period Correct Gun Directed by: Hillary Lavin Documentary This documentary introduces the audience to a couple of young Civil War reenactors, and takes you on a humorous romp as they describe their unusual passion

Saturday February 17

Puppet Directed by: Patrick Smith A witty and inventive work of Animation. Through an escalating series of torture, a possessed sock puppet embodies fear and willful self-destruction.

Con el toque de la chaveta Directed by: Pamela Sporn
An eye popping documentary. Con el toque de la chaveta (With a Stroke of the Chaveta) takes viewers into the legendary cigar factories of Cuba where we witness the unique tradition of 'la lectura de tabaqueria', the collective reading of literature while tabaqueros roll habanos.

68 Whiskey Directed by: Sam Newman A thought provoking drama. Combat Medic Alan Bean returns from a harrowing tour in Afghanistan only to find that the memories he brought with him will not make picking up the pieces of his old life any easier.

Hard Rubbish Directed by: Adam Lemmey A new Australian comedy. An eleven year old girl decides to throw out her embarrassing family with the hard rubbish.

How many people in your party need a wheel chair seat?

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.