Back after a successful debut last year, Nitehawk’s second shorts festival kicks off tonight and features programming through Sunday. If you are looking for a diverse array of  works from up-and-coming filmmakers, this event is not to be missed!

This is a five day extravaganza of short films. Short means 20 minutes or less, but it could be narrative, animation, documentary, or non-narrative. The focus is on New York, though there will be films from across the country and world. There are prizes and the event is sponsored by Heard City, Nice Shoes, Bulldog Gin, and Brightest Young Things. I don’t know anything about the individual films, but I’m confident they will be worth checking out. I think it will be a fantastic event.

Here’s the festival rundown. Click on each day to buy tickets.

Opening Night 11/19 at 9:30 PM. This night features an introduction by the festival programmers, a Q&A with the filmmakers, and an after party in the downstairs bar.

  • Efrén Hernández – Master Muscles (14 minutes)
  • Dean Peterson – Ving Rhames (9 minutes)
  • Sam Cullman and Benjamin Rosen – Black Cherokee (20 minutes)
  • Trinity Andersson and Barry Andersson – Me & Ewe (7 minutes)
  • Elizabeth Chatelain – Jenny and Steph (9 minutes)
  • Mickey Duzyj and Jeremy Johnstone – The Perfect 18 (7 minutes)
  • Paolo Bitanga – Mang Abe’s Ube (The Farmer and the Glowing Green Shell) (15 minutes)

Thursday 11/20 at 7:30 PM. In conjunction with the Art Seen series, this night is devoted to the works of Aldo Tambellini. The final film in the block will have a live score performed by Alyse Lamb.

  • SoundBlack (1968) – U.S. Premiere
  • Black Is (1965)
  • Blackout (1966)
  • Listen (2005)
  • Black Plus (1966)
  • Black Trip Two (1967)
  • No Name Film 1 (1960s)

Friday 11/21 at Midnight. This is special night of “midnite” programming, co-presented by Sam Zimmerman of Fangoria. He’ll be introducing the night along with Nitehawk’s Caryn Coleman and the filmmakers. There is also a pre-party from 10 to midnight.

  • Darren Banks – Interiors(ALT Ending) (10 minutes)
  • Peter McCoubrey and Luke McCoubrey – The Grey Matter (18 minutes)
  • Andrea McGinty – McDreamy (2 minutes)
  • Claire Ensslin – Pedestrian (7 minutes)
  • Ben Aston – He Took His Skin Off For Me (11 minutes)
  • David Cronenberg – The Nest (9 minutes)
  • Rick Niebe – Study for Interior with Figures and Sounds (4 minutes)
  • Jesse Burks – One Please (6 minutes)
  • Bonnie Black – Brute (15 minutes)
  • Ben Steiner – The Stomach (15 minutes)

Saturday 11/22 at 11:45. Over the weekend, the festival kicks into brunch gear. After the films, stick around for a Q&A with the filmmakers and the presenters.

  • Marcel Simoneau – Le Village (22 minutes)
  • Roy Germano – A Mexican Sound (13 minutes)
  • Theodore Collatos – Time (7 minutes)
  • Marisa Tontaveetong, Shir Wen Sun, Tamarind King, and Yu Ueda – Starlight (4 minutes)
  • Nathaniel Lindsay – Green Eyed (15 minutes)
  • Mike Fernandez – i found a bird (8 minutes)
  • Lindsey Lambert – Lost in Prospect Park (5 minutes)
  • Bill Morrison – All Vows (10 minutes)
  • Saul Abraham and Josh Feder – Baby (15 minutes)
  • Peter Vack – SEND (8 minutes)

Sunday 11/23 at 11:45. The festival ends Sunday. But with a Q&A with the filmmakers and programmers following the films and a closing party in the downstairs bar, it will surely be more bang than whimper.

  • Dan Canyon and Leo Marks – Cuckoo (8 minutes)
  • Connor Hurley – The Naturalist (12 minutes)
  • Christopher Hawthorne – Bender (18 minutes)
  • Josh Lopata – Fade (9 minutes)
  • Talia Alberts – re: Jess (15 minutes)
  • Joe Kowalski and Zoe Logan – Minor Monuments (3 minutes)
  • Nerina Penzhorn – A Day in the Sun (13 minutes)
  • Jacob LaMendola – Stoney (15 minutes)
  • Joe Petrilla – reConception (12 minutes)

Looks like five days of awesome. Go see some shorts at Nitehawk.


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