Phat Shorts Hope to Make Third Year a Major Charm
by Eugene Hernandez
It is not a bad time to be making a short films, what with new festivals
for short subjects cropping up on both coasts recently, and terrific
showcasing opportunities through CineBLAST! or the Short Cinema Journal.
Now, back for its third installment is PHAT Shorts, a weekly short film
screening series returning in February.
"This is an opportunity to see a movie like movies were meant to be seen,"
founder Andre Hereford told indieWIRE last week, "with people who want to
see movies rather than people who are getting paid (to see movies)." The
non-industry aspect of the event is a key element for Hereford, who works
for Spike Lee's Forty Acres and a Mule Filmworks. Echoing the sentiment is
Kelly Markus of the non-profit film and theater production company,
Packawallop Productions. Packawallop and Hereford premiered the series in
1995 and organizers vow to maintain a balance of industry versus
non-industry audiences, despite an increase in interest and the addition of
two major sponsors -- HBO and Remy Martin. The series will again be free to
moviegoers (although there is a $5.00 suggested donation), no reservations
are taken, and the submission fee is a reasonable $15.00.
The half dozen organizers of PHAT Shorts are unpaid and they vow to again
offer an eclectic selection of short films that their press materials call
"a provocative mix of inventive, entertaining shorts." The event will again
remain non-competitive, as Markus explained, "if you get in you've won."
[PHAT Shorts will take place on February 2, 9, 16, and 23, 1998. For more
information call 212.979.6792. The entry deadline is December 15, 1997.]