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    Hot Shorts: Joseph Gordon-Levitt's "Sparks" Fires Up Wholphin Screening

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt's crafty adaptation of Elmore Leonard's arson investigation story, Spike Jonze's birthday present to Maurice Sendak, Spencer Susser's ode to teenage romance amidst zombie infestation, and Justin Nowell's meditation on fake orgasms were four of the six shorts screened at the Whol...

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    Happy Meals: Shorts Made for the Price of Lunch

    Taika Waititi and Don Hertzfeldt have made Oscar-nominated films, so why are they now making shorts with budgets less than $100? Because Mike Plante bought them lunch and challenged them to make a film for the exact cost of the meal. Plante, best known as CineVegas's director of programming, has commissioned fifty Lunchfilms to date, with ten currently in production and scheduled to debut in 2010 and 2011. The roster of filmmakers who have accepted Plante's meal deal runs from A (Cory Arcangel) to Z (the Zellner Brothers). This year Lunchfilms have screened at the Sundance Film Festival and AFI Fest, in addition to a host of microcinemas ...

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    "Beyond Gay": Presenting Lynn Shelton's "Sequel" to "Humpday"

    Last summer, as Lynn Shelton's Sundance fave "Humpday" was about to open in theaters, Dan Savage, the founder of Seattle amateur porn festival "HUMP!" called out Shelton on his blog.

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    Sneak Preview: Nine 2009 AFI Fest Shorts to Watch For

    AFI Fest Director of Programming Robert Koehler granted indieWIRE an extensive preview of the shorts playing this year's festival, which runs October 30 - November 7 in Hollywood, California. Explaining in great detail why he and Senior Programmer Lane Kneedler selected the nine films in the officia...

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    Abracadabra, Danny McBride: A Look Back at Summer's Best Short Films

    Every Summer Los Angeles hosts a multitude of film festivals and special screenings devoted to short films. This year the Sundance Film Festival jumped into the fray with a free screening on August 21, 2009 entitled "Downtown and Dirty Shorts." The lineup, which featured new and old student shorts by James Franco, David Gordon Green, and Danny McBride, turned out to be so popular that a second screening had to be hastily arranged to accommodate the block-long standby line. A week earlier, the HollyShorts Film Festival closing night program was standing-room-only as shorts directed by Scarlett Johansson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Courteney Co...

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    Sex Sells Short Films Online...But Is That a Good Thing?

    In this era where most short films are seen online rather than in festivals, Justin Nowell is a short filmmaker with a unique perspective. Not only has he directed two shorts that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008 ("Sick Sex") and 2009 ("Acting for the Camera"), his films were among the select few chosen to be part of the festival's online component each year. Did allowing his work to be seen on the Internet hinder future festival acceptance? Did giving the shorts away for free, albeit for a limited time, cripple future iTunes and Amazon VOD sales? And does online success attract Hollywood's attention? Justin Nowell share...

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    Bitches, Bro Jobs and Heavy Petting, Shorts Carve their Outfest 2009 Niche

    Every year at Outfest, which began last night in Los Angeles, the "Boys' Shorts" and "Girls' Shorts" programs are hot tickets. This year, there's a new shorts program that will have festival goers arriving early to ensure they get a good seat. "Queerer than Fiction: Documentary Shorts" offers some o...

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    "Dinner" Served Best of the Festival at PS ShortFest

    Hungarian film "The Dinner" (Vacsora) by Karchi Perlmann won the "Best of the Festival Award" at the 2009 Palm Springs International ShortFest. The film, which tells the wry tale of a hapless pig farmer whose minor domestic accident turns into a wholly unexpected catastrophe for all involved, took a...

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    Shorts Bloom in June: 12 to Watch from Toronto & Palm Springs

    Now that the 2009 Canadian Film Centre’s Worldwide Short Film Festival and the 2009 Palm Springs International ShortFest are scheduled back-to-back, June has become the best month to enjoy a broad sampling of international short filmmaking. With 295 shorts from 46 countries screening in Toronto from June 16 – 21, 2009 and Palm Springs showcasing 315 from 41 countries from June 23- 29, 2009, never before have so many shorts been shown in such a concentrated time period. With death and dogs proving to be reoccurring elements in many of the films, here (in alphabetical order) is an overview of a dozen standout shorts screening at two of Nort...

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    315 Shorts Set For Palm Springs Fest

    The 2009 Palm Springs International ShortFest announced its roster of 315 films, selected from more than 2,500 worldwide entries. Now in its 15th year, ShortFest will showcase 76 World Premieres, 43 North American Premieres and 14 U.S. Premieres. All selections are structured into 52 themed progra...

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