Event Information
DMAC Presents
NYC Downtown Short Film Festival - Audience Choice Screenings
Sunday, February 24, 2013

Join us in choosing which films will be screened at the next NYC Downtown Short Film Festival in April 2013. 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.

Join us Sunday February 24 in choosing which films will be screened at the 9th 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 9 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. 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, 2013.

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 $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, Luke Matheny, Academy Award winning director for God of Love, 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.

February 24, 1 PM

Montauk Directed by: John Madere Documentary Just 100 miles from New York City lies one of America's most unique small towns. It is a fishing village, a mecca for east coast surfers, and of late one of the hottest destinations for New York's chic crowd.

JOY Directed by: Elena Araoz Comedy A modern day adaptation from Chekhov's short story JOY, about a teenager who gains attention when a video goes viral on You-Tube and wants to capitalize on the attention despite her parents misgivings.

Rappin' For Godot Directed by: Stephen Blauweiss The elusive humorists Mikhail Horowitz and Gilles Malkine present the breakthrough play of Samuel Beckett, as it might be performed by a hapless pair of academic rappers. The entire three-hour play is condensed into four minutes of nonstop hip-hop, with no intermission.

Crossing the River Directed by: Emilie McDonald Inspired by a true story, CROSSING THE RIVER is a narrative short film about a modern day hate crime. White teenage brothers Grant and Shawn, estranged from their mother, find the connection they are seeking with a racist older man. Michaela, an innocent 13 year old from a biracial family, is new in town. After tensions in the boys' lives escalate, a cross is burned on Michaela's lawn. The film explores the points of view of both the victim and perpetrators, and seeks to reveal how someone can be influenced to do something morally unspeakable.

February 24 3 PM

It's Only Us Directed by: Michael Pantoja Gay and Lesbian Racial profiling. Heavy drinking. Insufficient hand soap. Just some of the hazards of gay dating in New York City. Timothy, an upwardly mobile merchandise planner, is on his third date with Adam, a handsome, hipster do-gooder. With a mission to impress and win him over, Timothy takes out all the stops... just a little too much. 'It's Only Us' is both a hopeless and hopeful love letter to being single.

Christmas Day Directed by: Richard O'Connor Animation A couple experiences a typical Christmas. Animation. Music by The Handsome Family.

Intersection Directed by: Julian Cornwell Drama INTERSECTION follows a young man as he treads through a romantic whirlwind he's unsure he's willing to endure. It addresses the fact that we as humans encounter opportunities for love--or anything else--on practically a daily basis, and that it's up to us to act on these moments. Musically driven, INTERSECTION induces a surreal angle to a universal notion: that love can be nerve wracking.

Simply Rob Directed by: Tom Shrapnel Documentary Simply Rob is a portrait of New York based poet and activist Rob Vassilarakis. This film follows Rob as he tells his turbulent life story through his poetry.

February 24 5PM

Unexpected Guest Directed by: Bradley Stryker Drama An injured amnesiac woman is discovered by a reclusive mountain man in the remote wilderness, as she searches for answers, she quickly discovers her quest for lucidity comes at a price.

Simple Mind Directed by: Phil Newsom Drama Simple Mind is the story of a man, who through therapy, discovers more about himself then he ever imagined.

Killer Eyes Directed by: Josh Accardo Drama The heart wrenching tale of a man who loses his girlfriend to cancer and woman who loses her boyfriend to another woman-struggling with loss, their paths cross on one fateful night.

4 Loves Directed by: John Gebhart Comedy Some people are lucky to find love once in their lives, while others have the fortune and misfortune to experience it several times. Meet James Lorinski, will he get it right? 4 Loves follows his growth and the lessons he learns from his different relationships. Love is a struggle but sometimes you get it right.

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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.