Normally one has to go to far flung and exclusive locales like Cannes or Columbia [winky face] to experience and participate in the best film festivals. The Manhattan Short film festival seeks to flip that around by bringing the festival to over 300 theaters around the world over the course of a week. Luckily for us here in Columbia, the Nickelodeon is one of the participating theaters and one of only a handful in the Southeast. What does this mean? Well, it means by attending the screening this Monday, September 29 you can cast a ballot that helps determine the best film and best actor out of 10 short films that have been selected out of 589 total entries.
And even though this is a bit of an oddball concept, it hasn’t hurt the quality of the films. These are some clever, witty and often thought-provoking films. What makes a good short film work is how it can take a simple setup, and quickly and concisely take you on a little journey. There’s no time for story arcs or complicated expositions. The first film of the screening, 97%, is a perfect example. It’s ostensibly about a guy trying to find a ‘Lovematch’, but ends up as a thoughtful take on technology and how it can make us fail to pay attention to what’s right in front of us. Other films like Crime use voiceover and animation to great effect. Shift is great setup for a super villain sci-fi movie. Each film is preceded by a short statement from the filmmakers, which provides helpful context and a little backstory.
All in all, this should be a fun screening and you’ll get the satisfaction of being able to have a say in awards for an actual international film festival. The Manhattan Short film festival is showing only once, on Monday, September 29 at 5:30. Find out more info and get tickets here.
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Amid fan speculation and all sorts of rumors on the internet, today we got the news that Guillermo del Toro is going to direct the next Lord of the Rings franchise movie “The Hobbit” and Peter Jackson will produce.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Guillermo del Toro is directing “The Hobbit” and its sequel, New Line Cinema announced Thursday. The 43-year-old filmmaker will move to New Zealand for four years to make the films back-to-back with executive producer Peter Jackson.
Del Toro wrote and directed “Pan’s Labyrinth,” which earned six Oscar nominations in 2006 and won three awards. He is also the director of the upcoming sequel “Hellboy II: The Golden Army,” whose monsters bear the unmistakeable surreal vision of the Mexican-born filmmaker.
Speaking of Hobbits, have some fun and generate your own Hobbit name
Jeffrey Wright as Colin Powell, Toby Jones as Karl Rove, Dennis Boutsikaris as Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Dreyfuss as Dick Cheney, Josh Brolin as George W. Bush, Thandie Newton as Condoleezza Rice, Rob Corddry as Ari Fleischer, Bruce McGill as George Tenet, and Scott Glenn as Donald Rumsfeld.
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