Event Information
Duo Theatre Presents
7th NYC Downtown Short Film Festival
Monday, April 25, 2011 through Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Film Festival Fever hits NYC! April 25-May 3, 2011. Join us at the OTHER Film festival....brought to you with no red carpets...no celebrity judges...just great films. Did we mention it's only $12?

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

Welcome to 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 7 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 9 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.

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 beau coup bucks to see a single movie. At each of our screenings you will see 4-5 beautifully crafted films, get to vote for one film that will receive the Audience Choice Award plus attend a complimentary cocktail reception with the film makers all 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 Jesse L. Martin, Eric Roberts, Shelly Long, Linda Hunt, Jose Rivera, Richard Belzer, Dann Florek, Ice T, 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, Glenn Close among many other talented directors and actors working in the industry today.

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

This year's festival is being dedicated to the memory of Elizabeth Taylor, a champion of the independent spirit.

Monday April 25 8PM

God of Love Directed by: Luke Matheny Comedy This year's Academy Award winning Live Action Short A lovestruck, lounge-singing darts champion finds his prayers are answered -- literally -- when he mysteriously receives a box of love-inducing darts.

Collateral Package Directed by: Edgar Jimz Latino 'A Hero Cop and a merciless criminal will collide in a deadly game.'

The Birds Upstairs Directed by: Christopher Jarvis Animation Frustrated attempts to bear children overwhelm the lives of an aristocratic, avian couple in the early nineteenth century.

The Robber Barons of Wall Street Directed by: Matthew Meis Comedy A banker, refusing to return his bonus after a company bailout, is executed and thrown over the Bull Statue on Wall Street. By his brother.

Tuesday April 26 8PM

Don't Ask, Don't Tell Directed by: Lauren Mackenzie Drama 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...

Prayers for Peace Directed by Dustin Grella Animation Pastels on a slate chalkboard underscore life's impermanence as the artist confronts the memory of his younger brother killed in Iraq.

Cerise Directed by: John Trigonis Drama The grammatical world of former six-time National Spelling Bee champion Josh Kermes is thrown into disarray when his old time adversary Shivam Shah steps into Josh's new arena and brings with him the word that brought down the Champ.

On the Rise Directed by: John Tupper Animation Zeke is a rancher who has a solution for global warming, at least the part made by his sheep. Bullet is the loyal sheep dog who ends up saving Zeke from his own uplifting brilliance. The result is spectacular.

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

Wednesday April 27 8PM

I Love My Woman Directed by: Otis Kriegel Documentary Men don't talk about love. I Love My Woman gets men to candidly explore the reasons men love each of the women they are with. From the touch of their skin to the sound of their voice, from the way they love to the way they feel loved, the men express motivations at once surprising, comical, emotional, serious, revealing, bizarre, and self-centered--but always honest.

Butterbird Hotline Directed by: Andy Milkis Comedy Barbara Sue Whittson is a turkey cooking counselor for the Butterbird Hotline. For the past 17 years, she has helped thousands of people avoid Thanksgiving disasters. But what about her? How did she come to work for the hotline, and what is the terrible secret that compels her to help others?

The Sublet Directed by: Kevin O'Donnell Comedy Reed just found a sublet...and the roommate from hell.

Bedfellows Directed by: Pierre Stefanos Gay/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.

Thursday April 28 8PM

The Basement Directed by: Jezabel Montero Comedy A man traps a woman in a basement and a kidnapping is not what it seems.

Atroz Directed by: Francisco Álvarez Comedy Spain Awful is a singular teddy bear, a worn and curmudgeon one, whose owner is Luna, a little girl who has taken him as her best friend. He will tell us in first person all the misfortunes that he will have to live to flee from Luna's ceaseless petting, endearments and games. Awful treats, in a reality and animation blending, about classic issues present in children's tales.

28 and Counting Directed by Zack Bernstein & Christian Vogler Drama A bittersweet story about love, loss and an elderly man's relationship with his goldfish.

Dos Equis Directed by: Jeremy Schaftel Comedy Erin Wagner (Androgynous, perky) recently split up with Tim Snyder (Neurotic) after being married for Ten years. By chance, Erin's able to break the news to Tim's first wife, Carol (Intelligent, bitter). Now that they both share a common hatred for the same man, can a friendship finally be established?

Weekend Away Directed by: Adam Buncher Drama Adrift after a recent divorce, all Shem wanted was time away from his life in Chicago. All he wanted was a weekend at home in small town Wisconsin. All he wanted was a haircut. The last thing he expected was to fall in love.

Friday April 29 8PM

Free Country submitted by Steve Monarque Drama 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.

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.

Rubbuds Directed by Jan Chen Animation Tonight is getting too boring for those active RUBBUDS, they want to get out and enjoy the ride of their life time.

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

Bad Language Directed by: Viron Papadopoulos Comedy Australia A little bit of Greece survives in the Kafenios of suburban Australia; illegal gambling houses that are a cross between a men's club, mafia den and a nursing home. When Bill (19yo) is forced to take over the Kafenio, Kosta 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.

Saturday April 30 8PM

Yitzy Directed by: Joe Eckardt Comedy Narcissistic Latino actor Manny Ramirez finally gets his big break audition, and he couldn't be happier. But the arrival of a baby on his doorstep threatens to destroy his destiny of becoming a big soap star. Follow Manny as he tries to enlist the help of his unique family and friends in hopes of attaining his ultimate goal.

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?

Sheldon Directed by Andreas Frisch & 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.

The Diary of Tommy Crisp by Ian Rixon Comedy United Kingdom This is the story of the funniest, strangest and disastrously married couple that ever were thrown together.

Sunday May 1 3PM

Limbo Directed by: Mark Finguerra Drama A man who thinks he's about to die is given an opportunity to reconnect with himself and his life.

The Wrong Girl Directed by: James Lester Comedy A man on his way to an unknown appointment stops in front of a bar when he sees a pretty young woman sitting alone inside. He strolls in and strikes up a conversation with her in a most bizarre manner. Through the twists and turns of their odd and amusing chat, he gains her trust and invites her on an adventure. But to what end? We will quickly learn...

Missing Picture Directed by: Duwon Anthony Drama When Gary decides to take basketball advice from a homeless man named Charlie, he discovers a lot more than just a perfect jump shot.

Moving Pictures Directed by: Caitlin McEwan If life's a movie, what happens when the camera stops?

In The Eye Of The Whale Directed by: Kate Miller A short, documentary film exploring the work of whale photographer, Bryant Austin. In Austin's pursuit to end whaling, he sold everything he owned to follow his dream of photographing whales up close, creating high-resolution, life-size photographs of endangered whale species to exhibit in whaling nations and beyond. Austin's journey is dangerous, rewarding and is inspiring change globally.

Monday May 2 8PM,

The Regular Directed by Jamie Kirkpatrick Comedy When a shy and unassuming guy find he cannot compete for female attention with the brash Wall Street guys in a raucous, New York karaoke bar, he decides to reveal a hidden talent.

Dinner Time Directed by: Paul Bland Comedy A cat waits for dinner.

Eros Directed by: Andrew Blum Comedy A child's perception of his parent's lack of intimacy leads him to construct a machine to make them fall in love.

The Retreat Directed by: Chelsea Marino When Onya decides to restart her mother's restorative retreat, she reaches out to her three childhood best friends for their help. During the week at the retreat, the four friends find it hard to keep recent secrets from each other and are forced to honestly view the power of their life choices.

Tuesday May 3 8PM

Hamlet, but you didn't hear it from me Directed by John Kenower Comedy A funny little film about a huge royal tragedy.

For The Want of a Nail Produced by Dee Imbert Directed by: Frank Lewallen Drama They say no news is good news. But for Linda Culpepper,whose husband is fighting in Iraq, everyday is an unending journey of uncertainty and underlying fear.

Take Out Directed by: Bridget Palardy Comedy A short action film about bad jokes, good service, and a waitress pushed to her limits.

Happy The Clown Drama Directed by Joel H. Newport A down on his luck, traveling carnival clown must choose between his girlfriend or making money doing errands for the mob.

The Position Directed by: Kevin Stocklin Comedy Young ingenue Hope Turnell arrives dressed-to-kill for a job interview in a high-powered Manhattan firm. Dazzled by the wealth, privilege and power around her, she soon finds the interview drifting into unexpectedly intimate territory and must decide how much of herself she is willing to surrender for the role she has long desired.

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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.