On Tuesday evening, Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Avenue), kicked off its Fifth Annual Shorts Festival, and film fans packed into the theater to celebrate the art of short filmmaking. Shorts Fest grows every year, and this year’s programming will span 6 days, until Sunday, November 12th. The exciting and eclectic offerings include programs devoted to horror films, music videos, and the relationship between art and pop culture. Also on tap are free parties, panel discussions, gatherings and workshops designed for the film community and open to the public.
Tuesday’s program screened 8 films, and many of the directors, producers, editors, art directors were on hand to talk about their work after the screening. It was a pleasure to hear how these tightly focused, moving pieces came to be. While several of the films were made in New York, the program transported viewers as far as Florida, Puerto Rico and Belarus.
Caryn Coleman, Greenpoint resident and Director of Programming/Special Projects at Nitehawk, who has helmed Shorts Fest since its inception, explained that for this year’s Festival, she chose pieces in conversation with one another, rather than grouped around a specific theme. As a result, the Opening Night films, covering topics as diverse as narcolepsy and national politics, all engaged with universal issues of culture, family, identity and love, often in the face of uncertainty or absurdity. Continue reading