Posts Tagged ‘dc shorts film festival’

Arts Roundup: National Book Awards Edition

Bethesda author and 1998 National Book Award winner Alice McDermott (Someone) and D.C. native Anthony Marra (A Constellation of Vital Phenomena) are up for National Book Awards. [Post]
Anne Washburn's Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play, which premiered at Woolly Mammoth, gets a warm reception off-Broadway. [Post]
A chat with DC Shorts founder and director Jon Gann, who's in the process of [...]

ToDo ToDay: Latin American Film Festival, DC Shorts, and Tater Tots

Modern adaptations of Shakespeare can fail spectacularly if they’re not carefully directed. But in rare cases, when all the pieces fall into place, newer versions illuminate the Bard's truths. Argentine filmmaker Matías Piñeiro’s Viola, an adaptation of Twelfth Night played out by hipsters in Buenos Aires, interweaves the rehearsals of a group of women producing an all-female production [...]

D.C. Shorts, Family Films: Explaining Existentialism to Kids

Short reviews of films from this year's DC Shorts Film Festival
Impulse control is one of the most reliable kids-movie themes: Somebody—either protagonist or antagonist—crosses a line, and after about 75 minutes of joke-laden tribulation, a paradigm shifts and everybody grows in one way or another. Line-crossing is even more useful in short flicks, because it gets [...]

DC Shorts, Showcase 16: A Hunt for Toilet Paper

Short reviews of films from this year's DC Shorts Film Festival
The trick with short films is that filmmakers don’t have time to flesh things out, but they risk rushing the story or being too vague. It’s a problem that pops up often throughout Showcase 16, with several of the entries lacking clarity or sufficient depth. There [...]

DC Shorts, Showcase 15: “Look Man, I’m Not Gay”

Short reviews of films from this year's DC Shorts Film Festival
There aren't many standouts in this mostly unremarkable set of shorts, though the squirm factor is high: Tastes Like Chicken? borrows a page from Food Inc. to tell the story of a chicken who longs to escape her certain death, and Shabbat Dinner offers up some sweet, [...]

DC Shorts, Showcase 14: Why Can’t Public Executions Be Friendlier?

Short reviews of films from this year's DC Shorts Film Festival
Family can be tough. They can infuriate us, disappoint us, and say precisely the wrong thing. This crop of shorts, which veer from tragic to lighthearted, are (mostly) about the ties that bind and unravel.
Showing the Ropes: There are few relationships more personal than an executioner [...]

D.C. Shorts, Showcase 13: George Costanza Shows Up

Short reviews of films from this year's DC Shorts Film Festival
A few bright spots highlight this mostly bland mix of drama and comedy. The first film, Tiny Miny Magic, is easily the weakest of the showcase, but luckily it picks up after that, and doesn't disappoint too deeply after that. The two animated shorts and Say [...]

D.C. Shorts, Showcase 12: Zombromance

Short reviews of films from this year's DC Shorts Film Festival
Though it's a hodgepodge of different tones and genres, Showcase 12 mostly focuses on relationships between two characters. Whether the pairs are boyfriend/girlfriend (Try a Little Harder), father/daughter (The Christmas Tree) or dude/zombie (What's Life Got To Do With It), Showcase 12 isn't lacking in dynamic [...]

D.C. Shorts, Showcase 11: Giant Mutant Chickens and Gérard Depardieu!

Short reviews of films from this year's DC Shorts Film Festival
A decadent platter of genre offerings from all over the globe, Showcase 11 is a mostly entertaining but somewhat morose collection. Though these showcases don't tend to have a discernible theme (apart from the family-themed showcases), it’s worth noting that three of the films are all centered [...]

D.C. Shorts, Showcase 10: Pity the Kitty

Short reviews of films from this year's DC Shorts Film Festival
In several of these films, characters struggle to reconcile where they are and where they want to be. About half of the time, I wanted to be there with them.
Negative: Photography as extended foreplay. Irit meets Noam in a park in this Israeli vignette, and she's [...]

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