Event Information
Duo Theatre Presents
7th NYC Downtown Short Film Festival - Audience Choice Screenings
Thursday, September 23, 2010 through Saturday, September 25, 2010

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 $10.....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.

Welcome to the Audience Choice screenings for the 2010 NYC Downtown Short Film Festival.

Join us September 23-24-25 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 8 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, 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 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 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.

When a show is sold-out, we begin a waiting list at 7:30 PM on the evening of the performance. If seats become available, tickets are $15 at the box office. Late seating at the discretion of the company. The theater is on the second floor. Only one ballot will be accepted from each person attending. Duo to a copyright issue the film Bloodwork-The Ana Mendieta Story has been pulled from these screenings.

Thursday, September 23 8PM

STRAW MAN Drama Directed by: David James Kelly A for-profit criminal must descend even deeper into the Los Angeles underworld and find out if he can look death in the eye.

God of Love Comedy Directed by: Luke Matheny A lovestruck, lounge-singing darts champion finds his prayers are answered -- literally -- when he mysteriously receives a box of love-inducing darts.

In The Key of D Drama Directed by: Joseph Minasi Timothy shares a rare connection and deep friendship with his dog Samantha and is able to communicate with her using a silver flute that his father gave him.

RUNDUM Animation Directed by: Benjamin Hirt When a young man waiting at a doctor's office is called, he zones out into his own world. The viewer is taken on a journey into a young man's mind; faces, items, structures and sounds seem to be familiar, reality becomes warped and time seems to be infinite.

Rehabilitation Drama Directed by: Mark Kochanowicz
What punishment must come about in order to decrease criminal activity in the future? Dr. Margaret Fuller, an advocate for the incarcerated, believes punishment is unnecessary and rehabilitation is possible. After her close contact with four unique offenders, she may think otherwise.

Friday, September 24 8PM

The Muse Drama Directed by: Benjamin David Hoffman A talented artist who uses his painting to seduce women has the tables turned on him.

Good Times Drama Directed by: Mike Thurstlic Strippers. Drugs. All Night Bender. Two best friends recount their sordid versions of a night gone wrong in an Atlantic City Strip Club, A wild ride of events that quickly unravel into a dark tale of debauchery and desire.

SPECTACLES Comedy Directed by: Jeremy Fain A young artist begins mentally undressing a beautiful passerby, yet each layer of clothing he peels away is followed by another, and another, and another...

FREE COUNTRY Drama Co-directed by Steve Monarque Free Country explores the conflict that arises when two men, with extremely different views, meet in a coffee shop. Tensions rise when the two clash over their personal beliefs.

Moving Pictures Comedy Directed by: Caitlin McEwan Claudette's life is a glamorous movie, with a devoted crew following at her heels, making everything smooth, breezy, and convenient. But is that what she wants?

Saturday, September 25 8PM

Henry & Anthony Drama Directed by: Spencer W. Richards A father and son who cannot quite understand each other must find a way to meet in the middle.

WTFU Comedy Directed by: Allison Lane Dave Grayson is the executive producer of THE MORNING DISH, Long Island's #1 chat show. However, Dave's dream is to leave the world of fluffy programming and move into hard news. When the perfect job offer finally comes in, Dave is jubilant, but his euphoria is short-lived.

The Collector Documentary Directed by: Ryan Kipp Meet Beauregard Houston Montgomery, an aging Warhol-era bohemian, world-class authority on everything dollhouses, and overall New York City phenom.

Taste Animation Directed by Yvonne Grzenkowicz A tasteful dinner becomes something difficult to digest.

Bad Language Comedy Australia Directed by: Viron Papadopoulos A little bit of Greece survives in the Greek Clubs of suburban Australia; illegal gambling houses that are a cross between a men's club, mafia den and a nursing home. When Bill is forced to take over the Greek Club for his uncle, Costa sees an opportunity to make a fast buck off the Kid, just so long as he can keep his cool, his wife at bay and the cops on side.

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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.