Mid-winter blues getting you down? Here is your opportunity for a fun local night out and to see some great films. Its close by and free. The evening’s lineup includes pieces that were screened during the 2016 Summer MFoA Short Film Festival as well as additional thought-provoking original short films.
The screening will take place at 7pm on Wednesday, February 8th in the Virginia Carten Galley/Public Meeting Room at Abbot Public Library. Light snacks will be available and admission is free of charge, but as always, donations are welcome.
Film Festival works are intended to show the many ways that film and video can be used as an art form to inform and express. They are not commercial films of the sort that you can find in your standard multiplex. Although some of these works can certainly be enjoyed by children, not all of the films may be understood by them. Parents should review the lineup and decide if the films are appropriate for their younger children.
Long Winter Short Film Festival 2017
Location: Abbot Public Library Meeting Room
Date: February 8th
Time: 7:00 pm
The line up of 11 films:
Under the City the Blue Bag Dropped Thomas W. Campbell 2:53 Minutes
In this animation, a man takes the subway daily. Usually he remains ‘one of the crowd’, but occasionally something happens that inspires him and fellow passengers to reach out. Thomas W. Campbell is a producer, director, editor, composer and sound editor. “Under the City” won an Honorable Mention in last year’s Arts Festival Film Festival.
Going the Distance Jessie Beers-Altman 10:00 Minutes
“Going the Distance,” a documentary produced by Jessie Beers-Altman, shares the story of the most unlikely, but popular race at the Penn Relays, and how the definition of “athlete” is truly ageless. Jesse Beers-Altman is a documentary filmmaker and editor who works in the Boston area. “Going the Distance” recently won the Grand Jury Award for documentary shorts at the Independent Film Festival of Boston. “Going the Distance” won the Best of Show in the Adult Category in last year’s Arts Festival Film Festival.
Boy Amanda Christensen 4:37 Minutes
A young boy is the sudden, unwilling recipient of uncanny visions. Amanda Christensen is an independent filmmaker and freelance animator. “Boy,” an animation, is the first self-directed film she wrote and produced herself.
Drop It Adam J. Hardy 9:51 Minutes
A young inexperienced police officer makes the wrong decision at the wrong time and has trouble living with the consequences in this absorbing fictional narrative. Award-winning writer/director Adam J. Hardy has produced over seventeen short films in numerous cities across the globe.
One Year Lease Brian Bolster 10:56 Minutes
Told almost entirely through voice mail messages, “One Year Lease” documents the travails of Brian, Thomas and Casper (the cat) as they endure a year-long sentence with Rita the cat-loving landlady. Brian Bolster grew up in the Boston area and graduated from the film program at NYU. “One Year Lease” won the award for Best Documentary Short at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.
In the Blink Damien Patrick 4:56 Minutes
A recent widower contemplates aging and the loss that comes with it in this story. Damien Patrick is a filmmaker from Aurora, Colorado, who is a regular contributor to the Film Festival.
Birthday Chris King 13:00 Minutes
When a young military wife gets news that her Marine husband has been severely wounded in combat, she discovers that life ahead for them is going to be a difficult yet amazing journey. Chris King is a multiple award winning filmmaker and three-time NorCal Emmy nominated television writer/producer. His fictional short “Birthday” is Oscar Qualified for 2017, and won the Outstanding Work category in last year’s Arts Festival Film Festival.
Clouds Diego MacLean 12:00 Minutes
In this animation, a village elder whose role is to scan the clouds to determine the next victim in the village’s sacrificial ritual makes a disturbing discovery. Diego MacLean, originally from Argentina, works as an animator and graphic artist in Vancouver, Canada.
I Don’t Need U Alyssa Peguero 3:51 Minutes
A teenaged girl tells her absent father what she thinks of him. Raw feeling is transmitted via a handmade creation. Alyssa Peguero made her film through the Real to Reel Film School at Raw Arts in Lynn. Her very personal film won the Best of Show in the Student/Youth category in last year’s Arts Festival Film Festival.
Un Quarto alle Otto (A Quarter to Eight) Gianluca Zonta 10:04 Minutes
In this comedy, Marco meticulously prepares for a romantic dinner at eight at home with Jessica. However, fifteen minutes before that time his friend Debora knocks on the door…and his plan goes awry. Note: A sexual situation is alluded to. Gianluca Zonta is a 36 year old producer, writer and director.
The Present Jacob Frey 4:18 Minutes
In this animation, Jake spends most of his time playing videogames indoors until his mom decides to give him a present. Jacob Frey is an animator. Originally from Germany, his works have won prizes at many film festivals all over the world. “The Present” has played in over 180 film Festivals.
For a printable copy of the above program click here
Film Festival Committee: Co-Directors, Mike Evers, Laurie Stolarz
Members: Steve Krom, James Maroney, Bill Smalley, Paulina Villarroel Cruz