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THE DC FILM ALLIANCE PRESENTS THE EIGHTH ANNUAL

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welcome! Keeping it Reel… Thank you for supporting the 2011 DC Shorts Film Festival. In our eighth incredible year, we are pleased to showcase 145 films and six screenplays from 23 different countries. The amazing growth and success of DC Shorts has earned us the reputation as “one of the most influential film festivals” from Moviemaker Magazine, and has made us a repeated top-pick by local critics and in readers’ polls. More than 1,100 films and 126 screenplays were submitted to the festival this year. The judging process began all the way back in March with teams of judges rating each film’s style, content, originality, and technical merits. Recommendations were then sent on to a team of executive judges, who viewed the 300+ top scoring films to create the final cut. The final decisions were

from the film commissioner You are in for a real movie going experience here at the eighth annual DC Shorts Film Festival! DC Shorts is a very unique festival that showcases the best in short films and we commend the DC Film Alliance for hosting this vital event to the local film and television industry. Our hope is that you leave here just as amazed as we are with the incredible talent pool that exists here in the nation’s capital. If you are a filmmaker, let us remind you of the opportunity to choose the District of Columbia for your next project. From world-class directors, animators and commercial producers to professional support services, state-of-the-art facilities and a diverse range of locations, our city can provide you with everything you need for a top-notch production.

difficult and often heavily debated – all so DC Shorts can present the very best films to you!

We hope you get a chance to experience the wonderful scenery and enjoy a unique “Washington” experience in the nation’s capital.

DC Shorts has always been proud to feature truly independent films and filmmakers. In this age

Thank you for coming and enjoy the festival.

of digital video, home computers – even HD cameras on cell phones – the ability to create films

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has become accessible to everyone. Our festival proves that great film is no longer just from Hollywood, but from everyone and everywhere. This year, we are also excited to partner wth the Embassy of

Crystal Palmer Director, DC Office of Motion Picture & Television Development

Brazil to showcase 13 wonderful shorts created by some of the country’s up-and-coming filmmakers. Look for the Embassy’s logo next to these films’ descriptions. These films will also be screened as part of the Brazilian Film Week in October. Celebrate with us by attending the special Brazilian Carnival, complete with salsa bands, dancers, drummers and rum drinks held at the Artisphere. So butter up that popcorn, get nice and comfy, and enjoy the movies! Remember not to rush out of the theater after the screening – many showcases have a Q&A session with the filmmakers who are visiting the District from around the globe.

Jon Gann Festival Director

from the MAYOR’s OFFICE Welcome to the District of Columbia and to one of the District’s most entertaining events, the DC Shorts Film Festival. I would like to congratulate DC Shorts and the DC Film Alliance for their dedication to developing the arts by pursuing excellence in filmmaking and supporting filmmakers both locally and internationally. DC Shorts, along with the the DC Film Alliance and the DC Office of Motion Picture and Television, are working hard to make the District a vibrant filmmaking community. DC Shorts’ ability to bring together people of such varying backgrounds ­— residents, students, visitors and filmmakers, makes this a truly exciting event. The uniqueness of the nation’s capital makes this city a most appropriate venue for the festival. I hope each of you take time to discover what makes our city so special: its monuments, historic landmarks, restaurants, shops, parks, and, most importantly, its people. Also, I would like to thank the many volunteers and sponsors who help to create this wonderful festival. Without their dedication and hard work, DC Shorts would not be possible. Enjoy the films and thank you for visiting the District! Sincerely,

Vincent C. Gray Mayor, District of Columbia DCSHORTS.COM

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IN the heart of Penn Quarter, the U. S. Navy Memorial Heritage Center’s 240-seat theater offers pristine HD projection and unparalleled sound.

Just over the river from DC, Rosslyn boasts great restaurants, nightlife and with the addition of the Artisphere, a focus on the arts and culture.

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The theater is located 2 blocks from the Metro Center station and 4 blocks from the Gallery Place station. The area is also served by Circulator busses at stops within blocks of the theater.

The U. S. Navy Memorial is located above the Archives/Penn Quarter Metro station. Exit the station, turn right and follow the curve of the sidewalk until you see the entrance. The theater is also served by the Circulator bus.

Artisphere is located 2 short blocks from the Rosslyn Metro station. The Circulator bus from downtown stops in front of the theater.

DRIVING

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Landmark will validate parking for 3 hours at the reduced rate of $10 after 5:00 on weekdays and all day on weekends at the garage adjacent to the theater (entrance at 11th between E and F Streets). In addition, limited metered street parking is available.

There is no garage parking available at this location. Limited metered street parking is available, and garages are located throughout the neighborhood.

Artisphere offers free parking after 5:00pm on weekdays and at all times on weekends. Please use the garage entrance on N. Kent Street. Tickets may be validated at the front desk. In addition, limited metered street parking is available.

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There is a Capital Bikeshare rack a block away from the theater at 7th Street and Indiana Avenue.

There is a Capital Bikeshare rack in front of the theater.

There is a bike rack in front of the theater. In addition, if you are a member of Capital Bikeshare, there is a station at 10th and Constitution Ave. — a block away.

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Madam Tussaud’s, 1001 F Street NW, Washington, DC Gibson Guitar, 709 G Street NW, Washington, DC Clyde’s of Gallery Place, 701 7th Street NW, Washington, DC

Atlas Performing Arts CENTER 1333 H Street NE Washington, DC

The H Street Corridor has seen a great deal of development over the past few years. The neighborhood now boasts some of the city’s best restaurants and is home to incredible nightlife. METROBUS

The famed X2 cross-town bus picks up at Gallery Place and drops off in front of the Atlas Theater every 15-20 minutes. MetroBus costs $1.70 cash or $1.50 when you use your SmartTrip card. DRIVING

The Atlas has arranged for limited off-street parking across H Street from the theater. Parking is $10 (cash only.) Please look for the DC Shorts volunteers on the sidewalk to assist you with parking your car. In addition, there is also metered street parking. BIKING

There is a bike rack in front of the theater. In addition, if you are a member of Capital Bikeshare, there is a station at 13th and H Streets, NE — on the same block as the Atlas Theater.

THE DC FILM ALLIANCE The DC Film Alliance, which organizes the DC Shorts Film Festival, is a non-profit organization that serves and strengthens the media arts in the greater Washington, D.C. region by bringing together filmmakers and the public to participate in diverse film, video, television, and multimedia programs, including: The DC Film Salon is a free monthly meeting where independent filmmakers are encouraged to network and collaborate. Topics vary every month from location scouting to hosting a proper casting call to our annual holiday equipment swap. Since 2003, the DC Shorts Film Festival has grown from a single-day of screenings to a 10-day event with an international reputation. The DCFA Web site dcfilm.org incorporates the Central Calendar of film events, which is emailed to more than 6,700 people a week, and the Resource Directory with more than 2,000 entries to research and plan a film or television project.

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Tickets and passes are available online 24/7 at dcshorts.com

TICKETs & PASSES INDIVIDUAL film tickets

all shows are approximately 90 minutes. All shows and free screenings must be ticketed.

online: $12 at box office: $15 at the theaTer door: $15 + $1.50 service charge

+ $1.50 service charge

BOX OFFICE HOURS

to purchase tickets and passes in person, please visit a box office.

E Street cinema: September 8 - 15 Artisphere: September 8 - 11 Atlas Arts Center: September 16-18

US Navy Memorial: September 16-18

All box offices are open 1 hour prior to the first show of the day, and close 1 hour after the last show begins. We highly recommend purchasing tickets online at dcshorts.com, as most shows sell out.

seating information

All ticket and pass holders must be seated 15 minutes prior to show time to guarantee a seat. 20 minutes before each showcase... VIP passholders and filmmakers will be admitted to the theater. 15 minutes before eaCh showcase... all ticket holders will be admitted to the theater. 10 minutes before eaCh showcase... all unclaimed seats will be sold at the theater door for $15 cash. The standby line will form 45 minutes prior to the screening time. What are the chances of getting in? Pretty good ­— we usually release 20-40 tickets at the door.

TicketING POLICIES

All ticket and pass sales are final: there are no refunds or exchanges of tickets, party or festival passes or service charges.

Vote for your Favorite Films! DC Shorts is proud to present awards of cash and products to filmmakers. YOU help to determine the Audience Awards by completing ballots at screenings from September 8-10. In addition, we are offering awards in the following categories:

• Filmmaker’s Favorite — a peer award

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Festival Director’s Favorite Outstanding First-Time Director Outstanding Cinematography (presented by FujiFilm)

Outstanding Local Film (presented by KMV Rentals) Outstanding Food-Themed Film (presented by Whole Foods)

cash only

party tickets

Party descriptions on page 16 all parties include light refreshments and open bar. all attendees must be over 21 years of age and present photo id at the door. tickets must be purchased in advance.

online: $25 with purchase of any film ticket: $20 + $2 service charge

+ $2 service charge

festival passes

SPECIAL BUNDLES

The BIG 5: $10 + $1.50 per ticket service charge

THE PERFECT DATE: $50

the best way to experience the festiVAL.

Buy 5 or more film tickets to use any way you want (5 individual shows, 3 tickets for 1 show and a pair for another — you get the drift) and the price per ticket falls to $10 each! Add party tickets for only $20/person.

pre-packaged festival experiences.

+ $2.50 service charge

Save $14! 2 tickets to any film screening and 2 passes to a party of your choice.

DIRECTOR in training: $35 + $2 service charge

VIP PASS: $125 + $6.25 service charge

A single pass which allows entry into any screening, party, class — even the Best of DC Shorts! Plus, this pass includes: • Priority seating at all screenings • Priority entry to all parties • DC Shorts T-shirt • Swag bag

Save $7! Preferred entry to any (or all) of the Filmmaker Seminars on Friday, Sept. 9, 2 tickets to any film screenings and 1 pass to a party of your choice.

BACK TO THE FUTURE: $50 + $2.50 service charge

Save $22! 2 tickets to any screening of your choice, plus 4 tickets for the DC Shorts REWIND event in January 2012.

BEST OF DC SHORTS SCREENED AT 2 LOCATIONS: atlas arts center & US NAVY MEMORIAL saturday, september 17 show A @ 8:00pm show B @ 10:00pm sunday, september 18 show a @ 6:00pm show B @ 8:00pm Catch the award winners selected by the jury — and chosen by audience vote — in two very special showcases at two special venures: the Atlas Arts Center and the US Navy Memorial. Saturday’s shows at the Atlas are framed by the Closing Party (details on page 16). These shows always sell out — so get your tickets early online at dcshorts.com for a list of award-winning films, select “best of” in the online film sorter beginning sunday, september 11

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SHOWCASE THURSDAY, 9/8 @ 7:00pm (followEd by Q&A) E STREET CINEMA SUNDAY, 9/11 @ 11:00am artisphere TUESDAY, 9/13 @ 9:00pm e street CINEMA

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La Línea The Line

9 mins | Comedy | U S A | DC premiere Evan Buxbaum, Director

Crossing the Mexican border in the trunk of a car, Alejandro must face what he had hoped to leave behind.

Frienemies

14 mins | Drama | U S A | DC premiere Anthony Brenneman, Director | 1st-TIME DIRECTOR, LOCAL FILM

A high school sexting scandal puts a childhood friendship to the test.

She Was the One

3 mins | Animation | U S A | DC premiere Tim Rauch, Dave Isay, DirectorS

Memories of a loved one killed by the falling World Trade Center.

Pizzangrillo Lighthearted Boy

15 mins | COMEDY | Italy | DC premiere Marco Gianfreda, Director

Luca finds out about his grandfather’s intention to drive off a cliff and decides to furtively follow him.

Spiral Transition

6 mins | Documentary | USA | DC premiere Ewan Duarte, Director | 1st-time director

A filmmaker’s relationship with his mother evolves as he transitions genders.

A Menina Espantalho The Scarecrow Girl

12 mins | Drama | Brazil | DC premiere CÁssio Pereira dos Santos, Director

Denied the opportunity to go to school, Luzia creatively learns to read on her own.

After-School Special

9 mins | Drama | U S A | DC premiere Jacob Chase, Director

A seemingly innocent school teacher spurns a potential suitor in a film written by playwright Neil LaBute.

The Man In 813

3 mins | Experimental | U S A | world premiere Arlin Godwin, Director | 1st-TIME DIRECTOR, LOCAL FILM

The mundane, weird, unexplainable and sometimes disturbing occurrences over 24 hours in an apartment building.

Long Story Short

20 mins | Comedy | U S A | DC premiere Ryan Darst, Director | 1st-time director

A self-loathing actor falls hard for a charming and statuesque free spirit. This screening is presented by

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Bip Bip

5 mins | Comedy | Canada | US premiere Philippe Gregoire, Director | 1st-time director

Francis wants to fall asleep, but his girlfriend’s alarm watch won’t cooperate.

The Winking Boy

15 mins | Comedy | Australia | DC premiere Marcus Dineen, Director | 1st-time director

A fraudulent hospital patient’s jealousy and lust for a new nurse fuels him to ruin the life of a rival suitor.

Protect The Nation

16 mins | Drama | Germany/SOUTH AFRICA | DC premiere C. R. Reisser, Director | 1st-time director

Against a backdrop of xenophobia, a South African township boy must wrestle with his own feelings after a stranger’s kindness saves him from attack.

Bot

4 mins | Animation | U S A | DC premiere Mustafa Lazkani, Director | 1st-time director

A maniacal inventor’s robot sets out to destroy the wrong target.

Stanley Pickle

11 mins | Animation | United Kingdom Vicky Mather, Director | 1st-time director

An encounter with a mysterious girl turns Stanley’s perfect wind-up world upside down.

Miyuki’s Wind Bell

20 mins | Drama | Japan | DC premiere Ken Ochiai, Director

Miyuki learns of a painful connection between her grandmother’s wind chime and an unusual object in the countryside.

Adventure Girls III

1 min | Comedy | Canada | DC premiere Jon Deitcher, Director

One lucky hitchhiker meets up with the ride of his life when he encounters two wild girls in a stolen Corvette.

La Tragedia Del Hombre Hueco The Hollow Man’s Tragedy

16 mins | Comedy | Spain Jorge De Guillae, Director | 1st-time director

After a difficult breakup, a man must regrow his heart — literally. This screening is presented by

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Squeeze

6 mins | Comedy | Australia | US PREMIERE Will Goodfellow, Director

Escaping through a claustrophobic sewage pipe, a convict encounters an unexpected traveler.

Leonids Geschichte Leonid’s History

19 mins | Animation | Germany | DC PREMIERE Rainer Ludwigs, Tetyana Chernyavska, DirectorS

A harrowing first-person account of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster and its aftermath.

Twisted Proverbs: Candle 2 mins | Comedy | U S A | DC PREMIERE Heather Scobie, Director | 1st-time director

As an old man tries to enjoy his dinner in peace, his wife joins him at the table with other plans.

TGIF

10 mins | Drama | Australia | DC PREMIERE Brian Lien, Director

Spotting her new beau across the bar, a woman texts her way to solidifying her relationship.

La Dernière Rondelle The Last Time Around

10 mins | Drama | Canada | US PREMIERE David Tomassini, Director | 1st-time director

After being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, an elderly man’s wife offers him one last chance to be a great hockey player.

Os Anjos do Meio da Praça

The Angels in the Middle of the Square 10 mins | Animation | Brazil | US PREMIERE AlÉ Camargo, Camila Carrossine, DirectorS

A fable about fallen angels, forgotten dreams and a boy.

Tattoo

20 mins | Thriller | Finland | DC PREMIERE Paul Helin, Director

Sometimes the tattoo you desperately want looks better on someone else.

Worn

16 mins | Comedy | U S A | DC PREMIERE Marc Carlini, Director

Shuffling through her “closet of regret,” every outfit Emma chooses brings back memories of her promiscuous past. This screening is presented by

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SHOWCASE THURSDAY, 9/8 @ 9:00pm (followEd by Q&A) ARTISPHERE SUNDAY, 9/11 @ 2:00pm e street CINEMA wednesday, 9/14 @ 9:00pm e street cinema

The Silver Baron

6 mins | Comedy | U S A | DC PREMIERE David Beier, Director

A former fighter pilot is determined to go down the side of Mount Washington on his wheelchair.

Gilded Age Gladiator

11 mins | Documentary | U S A | US PREMIERE Brad Lambert, Rob Benica, DirectorS 1st-time directorS, local film

The rise of 19th century boxer John L. Sullivan and the last title bout fought under bare-knuckle rules.

Purple Heart’s Final Beat 6 mins | Drama | U S A | US PREMIERE Blake O. Kleiner, Director | 1st-time director

Soldiers returning from overseas are forced to cope with the startling realities of the war at home.

Sunshower

7 mins | Comedy | U S A | US PREMIERE Justin Reager, Director | 1st-time director

Sean must decide whether or not he will kiss the perfect girl in a manner seen in their favorite movie.

Loading

3 mins | Experimental | U S A Daniel Supanick, Director | local film

A filmmaker runs into problems when he can’t figure out how to load film into the camera.

The Binding of Ishmael

8 mins | Drama | Singapore Taofik Kolade, Director | 1st-time director

Azim’s father lectures him on the teachings of the Quran while driving to permanently sever ties with a family member who strayed away.

George’s 40th Birthday

9 mins | Comedy | U S A | DC PREMIERE Brittney Segal, Director | 1st-time director

On his 40th birthday, a man named George decides to kill his arch nemesis at work.

O Plantador de Quiabos The Okra Planter

15 mins | Drama | Brazil | US PREMIERE Santa Madeira Collective., Director | 1st-time director

An okra farmer must choose which bicycle to purchase: a utilitarian model or the pink one desired by his daughter.

Wanting Alex

20 mins | Comedy | U S A | DC PREMIERE Chris Akers, Director | 1st-time director

Stubborn longing and inconvenient desire... sucks, doesn’t it. This screening is presented by

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First Dates

15 mins | Comedy | U S A | DC PREMIERE Sam Wasserman, Director

The foibles of the ruthless dating world are exposed.

Blue Night Club

14 mins | Documentary | Brazil | US PREMIERE CÁssio Pereira dos Santos, Director

A portrait of the everyday life of a farming family during the coffee harvest.

Virus

8 mins | Animation | Australia | US PREMIERE Fred Mangan, Director | 1st-time DIRECTOR

A computer virus falls in love while carrying out its mission of destruction.

Salar Salt

20 mins | Drama | Bolivia | DC PREMIERE Nicholas Greene, Director

Paths and lives collide when a fiery Bolivian salt miner refuses help from a jaded American doctor.

Humane Resources

2 mins | Comedy | United Kingdom | DC PREMIERE Jessica Townsend, Director

An eager job seeker applies for dubious employment.

Three Actresses Walk Into A Bathroom...

10 mins | Comedy | U S A Jade Justad, Director | 1st-time DIRECTOR

Three actresses do whatever it takes to land the one-line role of “Junkie Whore with a Heart of Gold #2.”

Gentle Cycle Only

9 mins | Drama | U S A | DC PREMIERE Ela Thier, Director

An elderly man goes on a mini-odyssey as he attempts to wash a favorite sweater for the first time.

Cured

12 mins | Comedy | Ireland | DC PREMIERE Mary Redmond, Director | 1st-time DIRECTOR

An OCD-suffering butcher suddenly has a shot at love. This screening is presented by

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Fake Beard

6 mins | Comedy | U S A | DC PREMIERE Craig Peck, Director

Donning a fake beard can get you the girl — and a lot of trouble at the office.

Der Eisangler The Icefisher

17 mins | Drama | Germany | US PREMIERE Anna Montanyà, Director

The teachings of a fairy tale guide little Jonas’ attempt to make his parents love each other again.

Heart Says It All

5 mins | Comedy | U S A | DC PREMIERE David Eagle, Director

Revenge is sweet when love letters are told through little candy hearts.

Rumbleseat

6 mins | EXPERIMENTAL | Canada | DC PREMIERE MIKE Roberts, Director | 1st-time DIRECTOR

From the rumble seat of his car, a man journeys through moments of his life and realizes he must make peace with what he’s left behind.

Eva is Leaving

17 mins | Drama | Israel | DC PREMIERE Aya Somech, Director

An observant man holds fast to keeping alive the only Kosher restaurant in a gentrified neighborhood.

The Potential Wives of Norman Mao

8 mins | Comedy | U S A | DC PREMIERE Derek Nguyen, Director | 1st-time DIRECTOR

Misguided by his parents, Norman Mao searches the globe for the perfect mate.

The Hack

12 mins | Experimental | U S A | DC PREMIERE Travis Alford, Nicholas Mah, DirectorS | 1st-time DIRECTOR

In a dark, dank, long-forgotten room on a studio back lot, an exiled writer struggles to finish his final screenplay.

Sudden Death!

19 mins | Musical | U S A | DC PREMIERE Adam Hall, Director

Finally, a musical where everyone dies. This screening is presented by

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Interview Date

12 mins | Comedy | U S A | world PREMIERE MIKE LEMCKE, Director | 1st-time DIRECTOR winner dc shorts screenplay competition 2010

When a blind date gets mixed up with a job interview, everyone ends up at the right place at the right time with the wrong person.

Insustentรกvel Unsustainable

15 mins | Documentary | Brazil | us PREMIERE Luisa Pereira, Director | 1st-time DIRECTOR

An examination of the ethical and social ramifications of wasting food.

Denmark

6 mins | Animation | U S A Daniel Fickle, Director

Pily, a lovable crustacean of mixed origin, builds a rocket ship to escape the contagion of his underwater crops and home.

Sweetness & Art

6 mins | Documentary | U S A | world PREMIERE Ed Frank, Director | 1st-time DIRECTOR, local film

Where is the line between food as mere sustenance and as fine art?

Restare Uniti Stick Together

14 mins | Drama | Australia | DC PREMIERE Julius Telmer, Director

During World War II, an Italian immigrant living in Australia faces ridicule from his peers and internment by the state.

Last Seen on Dolores Street 4 mins | Thriller | U S A | DC PREMIERE Devi Snively, Director

A heartbroken woman says goodbye to an old pet and hello to a new nightmare.

Creating Fortune

12 mins | Thriller | Australia | us PREMIERE David Barker, Director

High-powered studio executive is rescued by an unlikely hero when she is attacked in her apartment by a disgruntled screenwriter.

Foot Soldier

20 mins | Drama | U S A | DC PREMIERE Jon Bryant Crawford, Director

A door to door salesman gets lost and is helped back on the right path by the hands of a small town. This screening is presented by

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The Game

7 mins | Comedy | Australia | DC PREMIERE Jon Cohen, Director

The games married couples play, a hidden key, a pair of furry leopard print handcuffs, and the worst time for your in-laws to come visiting!

Slow

13 mins | Drama | U S A | DC PREMIERE Darius Clark Monroe, Director

Slowing down a blind date might be the key to starting a worthwhile relationship.

Tulip Pink

2 mins | Animation | U S A | DC PREMIERE Keram Malicki-Sanchez, Greg Brehm, DirectorS

Young Jessica may view the world through rose-colored glasses, but by shifting the spectrum she reveals the deeper truths around her.

The Strange Ones

15 mins | Drama | U S A | DC PREMIERE Lauren Wolkstein, Christopher Radcliff, DirectorS

Stopping for a rest at a dilapidated motel, two young travelers reach out to a pretty clerk — for different reasons.

Magic

5 mins | Comedy | Australia | world PREMIERE Cameron Nugent, Director | 1st-time DIRECTOR

When all else fails, it’s time to cook up some magic.

A Finger, Two Dots Then Me 8 mins | Experimental | U S A | world PREMIERE David and Daniel Holechek, DirectorS

What happens when we die? What is actually Holy? How does love live forever? A dying man takes these answers to his grave.

Kill Brass

18 mins | Drama | Canada | DC PREMIERE Michel Kandinsky, Director

Two expert snipers face off in a moment of truth.

Friday Night Tights

4 mins | Animation | U S A | DC PREMIERE Joonki Park, Director | 1st-time DIRECTOR

Alone after a roommate scuffle, Joonki sings of his secret desire to take ballet classes.

Larsen Feedback

13 mins | Comedy | Switzerland | DC PREMIERE Carlo De Rosa, Director

At 30 years old, Zora knows it is time to move on with her life and move in with Gérard. Or? This screening is presented by

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El Torero Y La Tora The Bullfighter and the Bull

4 mins | Comedy | U S A | dc PREMIERE Jon Jones, Director

A young bullfighter’s dreams are crushed when his only cape vanishes during a giant mishap.

A B C

5 mins | Drama | U S A | world PREMIERE Made by Max Cook, Jason Horowitz, Rob Parrish, & Jackie Steven local filmmakers

Surrounded by the police, two fugitives spend their final moments singing about life’s simple pleasures.

Little Horses

18 mins | comedy | U S A | DC PREMIERE Levi Abrino, Director

A divorced small town postal worker attempts to win his family back by purchasing his son a pony for his 8th birthday.

Amadores Amateurs

15 mins | Drama | Brazil | us PREMIERE Tuca Paoli, Director | 1st-time DIRECTOR

Romanticism and pragmatism collide when a man and a woman with opposite visions of relationships meet at the end of a party.

Miracle

15 mins | Drama | U S A | DC PREMIERE Jim Zoolalian, Director

You need more than faith when going in for a vasectomy.

Something Special

3 mins | Drama | New Zealand Kristi L. Simkins, Director | 1st-time DIRECTOR

Jimmy explores the magnificent wilds of New Zealand to fulfil the last wish of a close friend who died in combat.

The Director

1 min | Animation | U S A | DC PREMIERE Destri Martino, Director

A film director decides to make a statement by wearing a dress on the set.

Intercambios

Exchanges

13 mins | Drama | U S A Brian Gutierrez Aramayo, Director

An immigrant woman’s hard-earned savings disappear during a normal bank transaction, changing her belief in the American Dream forever.

Lenny Morris vs. The Universe 17 mins | Comedy | U S A | DC PREMIERE Evan Powers, Director | 1st-time DIRECTOR

18-year-old Lenny must defeat his insecurities and conquer one of the strongest forces in the universe — love. This screening is presented by

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The Interview

12 mins | Science Fiction | U S A | DC PREMIERE Michelle Steffes, Director

The last unemployed man on earth must prove to the last boss on earth that he is right for the last available job.

Smoke and Mirrors

20 mins | Drama | U S A | world PREMIERE Theresa Wu, Director

Stuck in the humdrum routine of their Chinese restaurant, a family desperately tries to take back their lost lives.

Death of an Usher

4 mins | Comedy | United Kingdom | DC PREMIERE Michael Tamman, Director | 1st-time DIRECTOR

An out of work actor dashes across London to a casting call only to find himself facing the most powerful director of them all.

Only in Dreams

3 mins | Experimental | U S A | DC PREMIERE Adam Badlotto, Director | 1st-time DIRECTOR

More than 3,000 images and found sounds are mixed to create a unique stop-motion experience.

Shinya Kimura

3 mins | Experimental DOCUMENTARY | U S A | DC PREMIERE Henrik Hansen, Director

Shinya Kimura breathes life into his motorcycles from the very depths of his soul.

UnderCover

19 mins | Comedy | U S A Iman Zawahry, Director

Dodging pork sandwiches and diving into pig pens, a American-Muslim cop solves a pig-napping case to achieve her dream of becoming a detective.

Masks

7 mins | Animation | Singapore | DC PREMIERE Patrick Smith, Director

Masked men go on a trance-induced feeding frenzy, eating a race of tiny people to near extinction.

O filme que eu fiz para n達o esquecer The Film I Did To Not Forget

3 mins | Drama | Brazil | us PREMIERE Renato C. Gaiarsa, Director | 1st-time DIRECTOR

Images of one last trip, an empty apartment and a broken relationship piece together the memories of a former love.

A Wink of the Eye

15 mins | Comedy | France | DC PREMIERE Ambarish Manepalli, Director

Will Paris become the city of love for an American tourist when he meets a mysterious Parisian poet? This screening is presented by

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CELEBRITY PARTY FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 9:00pm - Midnight @MadamE Tussaud’s 1001 F Street NW (Metro Center) Celebrate the Opening Weekend among the stars! Yes, some are made of wax, but the visiting filmmakers from around the world are flesh and blood — and the real stars of the week!

GET YOUR party tickets @ dcshorts.com PARTY ONLY: $25 + $2 service charge PURCHASED with any film ticket: $20 + $2 service charge all parties include light refreshments and open bar. all attendees must be over 21 years of age and present photo id at the door. tickets must be purchased in advance.

Admission price ($25 or $20 with film ticket) includes open bar provided by Stella Artois, 42 Below Vodka and Barefoot Wines, and delicious nibbles prepared by Matchbox and Cowgirl Creamery.

BRAZILIAN CARNIVAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 9:00pm - 1:00AM @ARTISPHERE 1101 Wilson Boulevard (Rosslyn Metro) Have you ever been to Carnival? Neither have we. Which is why we are recreating a Brazilian tradition at the area’s premiere arts space. Dance the night away with Alma Tropicalia (DC’s tribute to Brazil’s psychedelic pop movement from the 1960s), the all-female drum group Batala, DC’s own Carnival Queen Zezeh Zax, live Brazilian jazz with Elin, and more! Admission price ($25 or $20 with film ticket) includes open bar provided by Stella Artois, Malibu Rum and Barefoot Wines, with Brazilian delicacies prepared by Whole Foods.

CLOSING BASH SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 9:00pm - MIDNIGHT @ATLAS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 1333 H Street NE (Atlas Arts District) We are sad to see the amazing festival end, but always happy to celebrate a good time! Live music by DC Shorts’ favorite ska band, The Thrilltones, and open bar helps — a lot. Admission price ($25 or $20 with film ticket) includes open bar provided by Stella Artois, 42 Below Vodka and Barefoot Wines.

PRIVATE EVENTS FILMMAKER/VIP WELCOME RECEPTION THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 9:00pm @GIBSON GUITAR 709 G Street NW (Gallery Place Metro) A small event open to our visiting filmmakers and VIP pass holders. Drinks graciously provided by Stella Artois, 42 Below Vodka and Barefoot Wines, and nibbles provided by Cowgirl Creamery.

AWARDS BRUNCH SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 11:00Am @CLYDE’S 701 7th Street NW (Gallery Place Metro) Our Competition Weekend closing event at a classic DC location. Filmmakers enjoy a scrumptious brunch where awards are given, praise is extolled, and friendships are solidified. Brunch generously provided by Clyde’s of Gallery Place.

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FREE SEMINARS friday, september 9

E Street Cinema | 555 11th STREET NW, WASHINGTOn, DC (METRO CENTER) DC Shorts is proud to present complimentary classes for filmmakers of all skill levels. Space is limited, and seating priority will be given to filmmakers in competition. Reservations are required and may be made at dcshorts.com. 10:00AM

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The right tools get the job done with less stress. Learn how budgeting, production and script software ease production and save money.

Paying actors and crew is more complicated than cutting checks. Selecting the perfect payroll firm is fraught with challenges — learn how to avoid the pitfalls.

Award-winning sound designer Kelley Baker talks through simple tactics to make your sound spectacular — even on a microbudget.

Kelley Baker has made award-winning features for less than $6K. Learn how from the low-budget (but not miserly) master.

A unique open Q&A with DC Shorts Film Festival Director, Jon Gann and other prominent festival organizers. Ask away — we’ll tell you the truth.

SOFTWARE TOOLS

payroll issues sound design

1:00PM - 4:00pm PRIVATE SESSIONS Discuss your own payroll issues or software needs with Steve Bizenov, VP of Sales & Software Development, Media Services. 15 minute sessions must be reserved on site.

free lunch shows Each weekday at 12:00PM

E Street Cinema

Make a lunch date with 45 minutes of your favorite films! Grab your coworkers, bring a lunch — and enjoy a relaxing lunch hour! Monday, September 12 Documentary films from around the globe. Tuesday, September 13 Some of our favorite funnies from the competition. Wednesday, September 14 Thought-provoking films by local filmmakers.

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special collections friday, september 16 @ 7:00pm | atlas arts center

pink shorts

presented in partnership with one in ten

Have a gay old time at our special collection of LGBT films! Some of these award-winning films will be screened at Reel Affirmations — celebrating 20 years of gay, lesbian and transgendered cinema in the Nation’s Capital. for a list of films, select PINK SHORTS in the online FILM sorter.

friday, september 16 @ 9:30pm | atlas arts center

sexy shorts

Everyone likes a naughty film. Ok, not that naughty! These sexy shorts titilate and thrill in a funny-kinky-scary-oh my goodness kinda way. No one under 21 will be admitted. for a list of films, select sexy SHORTS in the online FILM sorter.

SUNDAY, september 18 @ 2:00pm | atlas arts center

funny shorts

As the week draws to an end, we all need to laugh a little more. Be amused by films from the around the world. for a list of films, select

thursday, September 15 An afternoon of amazing animation.

funny shorts in the online FILM sorter.

script competition Saturday, October 15 @ 7:00pm

Mount Vernon United Methodist Church | 900 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC (Gallery Place) We are very proud to present our fourth Screenplay Competition. Watch five scripts read live by actors and the screenwriter! At the end of the show, vote for your favorite script. The winner receives $1,000, plus another $1,000 when the film is completed. Plus, the final movie screens at DC Shorts 2012! This is a unique competition — no one else presents scripts in this way. Last year’s winner, “Interview Date” is being shown in Showcase 7.

Mirror Image

Desdemona

Tortuga

The Loop

An over-worked young professional on the verge of a promotion is forced to confront his life choices when his mirror image refuses to go to work.

A young girl prone to flights of fancy deals with the perils of young love - but not without the guidance of some spirited companions.

A pirate crew, fearing their captain has slipped into alcoholism, conduct an intervention.

Two scientists successfully test a time machine, but are they prepared for the implications of time travel?

Joel david Santner Washington, DC

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Matthew Ogosi Toronto, Ontario

Adam Perkins Stevensville, PA

Matthew Himlin Scottsdale, AZ

The Soil and the Taste of the Grape Richard Herstek Washington, DC

It is said that you can’t go home again, but as a successful investment banker discovers, it may also be that you can never really leave.

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Buon Giorno Sayonara

8 mins | Comedy | United Kingdom | DC PREMIERE Karen Hope, Director | 1st-time DIRECTOR

Language is no barrier for a recently dumped Japanese woman and Italian man as they create the perfect afternoon.

Out of the Shadows

19 mins | Drama | U S A | DC PREMIERE James Tarlton, Director | 1st-time DIRECTOR

After being selected for a green card lottery, Jin must decide between his future and his family. Fatum! 9 mins | Comedy | Spain | DC PREMIERE Pablo Millan, Director

After reading bad news in the morning paper, a man becomes a victim of his own fears.

Tasnim

12 mins | Drama | Israel Elite Zexer, Director

A feisty Bedouin girl insists on visiting her father in the Shig — the mens-only tent where village business is discussed.

Gear School Plug & Play

9 mins | Science Fiction | Spain Luis Calvo Llacer, Ismael Ferrer Pacín, DirectorS

After “borrowing” a spaceship, three students are summoned to the director’s office where they offer a rather unconvincing excuse.

Still in Motion

4 mins | Documentary | U S A | world PREMIERE Anna Moot-Levin, Director

A man with Parkinson’s disease uses dance and movement to cope with his illness.

Brookton Hollow

10 mins | Drama | U S A | DC PREMIERE Joshua Smith, Director | 1st-time DIRECTOR

Kyle encounters a mysterious boy who introduces him to a new form of love, and possibly a way to save his friend.

Kidwalker

17 mins | Comedy | U S A | DC PREMIERE Aaron Colussi, Doug Roland, DirectorS

An out-of-work twenty-something gets more than he can handle when he opens a child-walking service. This screening is presented by

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THIS SHOWCASE is intended for mature audiences only.

Oh Baby, I Love You! 10 mins | Comedy | U S A Mary Angelica Molina, Director

Valerie asks her friends to help her overcome a sexual tick that’s been plaguing her recent romantic endeavors.

Tell-Tale

9 mins | Drama | United Kingdom | DC PREMIERE Greg Williams, Director

An ice-cold femme fatale and her apparently naive husband deny the salacious crime they’re accused of.

Wiccan Tease

5 mins | Comedy | U S A | world PREMIERE Adrienne Dawes, Director | 1st-time DIRECTOR

Wiccan teen Morgana has cast a magical spell on Rain, but will she return his advances? Sold 12 mins | Drama | U S A | DC PREMIERE John Irwin, Director

Maya, a young journalist, has inadvertently been kidnapped into a human trafficking ring while working undercover. Abduct Me! 9 mins | Comedy | U S A | DC PREMIERE Lucien Knotter, Director | 1st-time DIRECTOR

Strapped to a lab table, a man meets a beautiful, but naive, alien abductor-in-training.

No Baque - Soatá On the Beat - Soatá

3 mins | Animation | Brazil | us PREMIERE Carlon Hardt, Director

The joys of Brazilian music and dance are explored through a unique animation of natural elements.

All of Me: Sex Over Seventy 9 mins | Documentary | U S A | DC PREMIERE Gina Margillo, Director | 1st-time DIRECTOR

A frank exploration and celebration of the sex lives of the elderly.

The Duel At Blood Creek

14 mins | Comedy | United Kingdom | DC PREMIERE Leo Burton, Director

When you choose a popular dueling spot to settle your quarrel, others might intrude.

My Friend Peter

11 mins | Comedy | U S A | DC PREMIERE Steve Kopera, Director

With the assistance of his best friend (a monkey puppet), Gerald meets another shy soul. This screening is presented by

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saturday, 9/10 @ 1:30pm (followEd by Q&A) artisphere SUNDAY, 9/11 @ 8:00pm e street cinema saturday, 9/17 @ 6:00pm atlas arts center

Simpatia do Limåo Lemon Spell

10 mins | Comedy | Brazil | DC PREMIERE Miguel de Oliveira, Director

Can Madame Silmara concoct the right spell to bring Joana’s crossword-loving husband back?

Nice Tie, Italiano!

8 mins | Drama | U S A | DC PREMIERE Evan Hart, Director | 1st-time DIRECTOR

Fastidiousness is important when dressing for your final date.

Sidewalk Wars

2 mins | Animation | Sweden | DC PREMIERE Emil Stenberg, Director | 1st-time DIRECTOR

Late at night, a life-and-death battle breaks out amongst the little men trapped inside the street posts. Text 13 mins | Science Fiction/comedy | U S A | DC PREMIERE Josh Russell, Director

In a world where the only communication is through text messaging, speaking your mind could get you killed.

The Face Shop

6 mins | Animation | U S A | DC PREMIERE Noella Borie, Director | 1st-time DIRECTOR

Selecting the perfect facial features is not for the fainthearted.

Pioneer

15 mins | Drama | U S A | DC PREMIERE David Lowery, Director

A father tells his four-year-old son a bedtime story of epic proportions.

Spoilt Broth

5 mins | Comedy | United Kingdom | us PREMIERE Toby Roberts, Director

Attempting to pull off his first heist, a bumbling robber learns a better way to do the job from an unlikely hero.

Training Day

8 mins | Comedy | United Kingdom | us PREMIERE Sam Hoare, Director | 1st-time DIRECTOR

Johnny and his grandfather train for the town’s biggest competition.

Two’s A Crowd

20 mins | Documentary | U S A | DC PREMIERE Jim & Tom Isler, DirectorS

When a couple is forced to move in together after four years of marriage, issues of privacy and independence come to the forefront. This screening is presented by

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God’s Pub

15 mins | Comedy | U S A | DC PREMIERE Jay Gormley, Director

A Reverend’s path to heaven takes an unexpected detour when he finds out what really happens in the afterlife.

Sikat

10 mins | Drama | Canada | us PREMIERE Angelina Cantada, Director

Having immigrated in search of a better life for her and her family, Sikat works as live-in caregiver taking charge of two young children.

Miss Devine

4 mins | Animation | U S A | DC PREMIERE The Rauch Brothers, DirectorS

Memories of a Sunday School teacher.

Soccer City: Superstar

6 mins | Documentary | U S A Nick Fitzhugh, Director | 1st-time director, local film

Meet Isaac “Shakes” Kungwane, a true symbol of life and soccer in township South Africa during the first ever FIFA World Cup in Africa.

The Birthday Circle

5 mins | Comedy | United Kingdom | DC PREMIERE Philip Lepherd, Director

Family can be quick to talk, but slow to listen.

O Gigante do Papelão Think Big, Think small-scale

11 mins | Drama | Brazil | DC PREMIERE Barbara Tavares, Director | 1st-time director

Sergio is also known as Cardboard Architect, using microtrash to create facades, slums and whole cities.

¡Una Carrerita, Doctor! A Doctor’s Job

10 mins | Drama | Peru | DC PREMIERE Julio O. Ramos, Director

A financially strapped doctor is moonlighting as a cab driver when he picks up a fare who requires more than just a lift. Waking Eloise 15 mins | Comedy | U S A Bobby Marinelli, Director

Having raised his pretty but petty girlfriend from the dead, a photographer must decide whether the effort was worth the cost.

Sukkertoppen Sugar Top

11 mins | Comedy | Norway | us PREMIERE Vegard Bergheim, Director | 1st-time director

The daily race to the top of the local mountain just became more of a challenge. This screening is presented by

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SATURDAY, 9/10 @ 6:30PM (followEd by Q&A) ARTISPHERE TUESDAY, 9/13 @ 5:00pm e street CINEMA sunday, 9/18 @ 2:00pm us navy memorial

Holdup

8 mins | Comedy | U S A | DC PREMIERE Aprile Ruha, Director | 1st-time director

A convenience store robbery turns into a comedy of errors.

Tempestade Storm

10 mins | Animation | Brazil Cesar Cabral, Director

Lost at sea, a grizzly Captain must weather the storm of the century to sail his way home.

Bye Bye Now!

15 mins | Documentary | Ireland | DC PREMIERE Aideen O’Sullivan, Ross Whitaker, DirectorS

Once the center of many Irish villages, the loss of the phone box is both celebrated and mourned.

The Widow

9 mins | Drama | U S A | DC PREMIERE Ryan Logan, Director

Although a widow grieves, joggers still puff by her window, the bed must still be made, and she must choose the right pair of black shoes.

Relative

6 mins | Comedy | U S A Tyler Korba, Director | local film

Family is wherever you find it. Commuters build a bond during the daily grind until one day when everything changes.

Último Recurso Last Resort

9 mins | Drama | Peru | DC PREMIERE Barney Elliott, Director

In a random twist of fate, Cesar’s carjacking goes afoul — and he must decide whether to help his victim or flee.

Purgatory, Inc.

6 mins | Comedy | U S A | DC PREMIERE Boris Kievsky, Director

A clerk juggles his job performance with customer service satisfaction — while processing people into the afterlife.

The Nature of Fall

14 mins | Drama | U S A | DC PREMIERE Tomer Stolz, Director | 1st-time director

When the expected return of his brother is cancelled by a sudden change in plans, Ryan sets out to keep his brother from returning to the military.

My Good Fortune

14 mins | Comedy | U S A | DC PREMIERE David Silverman, Director

Paulie travels from Newark to small-town Georgia to confront a fortune cookie writer who has given up hope. This screening is presented by

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SHOWCASE saturday, 9/10 @ 9:00pm (followEd by Q&A) artisphere TUESDAY, 9/13 @ 7:00pm e street CINEMA sunday, 9/18 @ 4:00pm us navy memorial THIS SHOWCASE is intended for mature audiences only.

Cataplexy

7 mins | ComEdy | U S A | DC PREMIERE John Salcido, Director

A man with an unusual medical condition is embarrassed to discover the call girl he hired is an old friend.

Workhorse

12 mins | Drama | United Kingdom | DC PREMIERE Adrian Tanner, Director | 1st-time director

A hard-working financial analyst on an internet date is drugged by an unexpected perpetrator.

0507

2 mins | Comedy | United Kingdom | DC PREMIERE Chris Blaine, Ben Blaine, DirectorS

Sometimes an iPhone makes your life that little bit harder...

Arranged Marriage

12 mins | Drama | India | world PREMIERE Narasimhan Krishnamachari, Director

Complete strangers negotiate and learn what makes a successful relationship.

Perspective

6 mins | Comedy | U S A | DC PREMIERE Amos Posner, Director

A woman gets dumped by her boyfriend in a restaurant amidst the violent, monster-ridden chaos going on behind them.

Man With a Bolex Movie Camera 10 mins | Comedy | U S A | DC PREMIERE Colin Foster, Jason Fraley, Directors 1st-time directors, local film

A manually-operated 16mm film camera hinders the creative process when a young couple attempts to make their first sex tape.

Sambatown

6 mins | Animation | Brazil | us PREMIERE Carlos Macedo, Director | 1st-time director

A love triangle among the beauty and music of Carnival.

What to Bring to America 14 mins | Drama | U S A | DC PREMIERE Christophe Nassif, Director | 1st-time director

An Ethiopian immigrant is pressed by family and tradition to make a decision as the moment approaches for her daughter’s genital cutting.

Escape of the Gingerbread Man 12 mins | Animation | Denmark Tod Polson, Director

A saucy retelling of the adventures of everyone’s favorite cookie boy. This screening is presented by

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FREE FAMILY SHOW SATURDAY, 9/10 @ 11:00AM ARTISPHERE

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SAturday, 9/10 @ 12:00pm (followed by Q&A) E STREET CINEMA saturday, 9/17 @ 12:00pm atlas arts center Sunday, 9/18 @ 12:00pm Atlas arts center this show is intended for children over the age of 8 years. a parent’s guide to the films may be downloaded from dcshorts.com/familyguide

Something Fishy

7 mins | Comedy | Australia | DC PREMIERE Kristy Best, Director | 1st-time director

For seven year-old Maxine, playing with her goldfish is all a game — until somebody gets hurt.

Playing P.O.W.’s

12 mins | Drama | U S A | DC PREMIERE Patrick Levno, Director | 1st-time director

Through a game they used to play together, Jayson attempts to rescue Grandpa Orv from the nursing home.

One Shoe Blues

5 mins | Music Video | U S A | DC PREMIERE Sandra Boynton, Director | 1st-time director

Blues Legend B. B. King cannot find one of his shoes. Sock puppets co-star.

In a Heartbeat

7 mins | Drama | Iceland | us PREMIERE Karolina Lewicka, Director | 1st-time director

Overcoming her shyness and fear, a girl takes action against the school bullies.

Barko

7 mins | Animation | U S A | DC PREMIERE Allison Craig, Director | 1st-time director

A lonely puppy finds himself working the circus with a crowd of rambunctious poodles.

Naiá e a Lua

Naia and the Moon 13 mins | Drama | Brazil | DC PREMIERE Leandro Tadashi, Director

Based on an indigenous tale from the Amazon Rainforest, a girl falls in love with the moon after learning how the stars were created.

Bot

4 mins | Animation | U S A | DC PREMIERE Mustafa Lazkani, Director | 1st-time director

A maniacal inventor’s robot sets out to destroy the wrong target.

Amazonia

5 mins | Animation | U S A | DC PREMIERE Sam Chen, Director

Setting out to find lunch, a tree frog quickly learns that the hunter sometimes becomes the hunted. This screening is presented by

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The Embassy of Canada in partnership with the

presents

McLaren Classics A special evening of shorts by animation pioneer, Norman McLaren, including

Begone Dull Care, A Chairy Tale, Le Merle, Pas de deux and Academy Award速 Winning Film, Neighbours Doors open at 6:00 pm, screening at 6:30 pm Thursday, September 15 501 Pennsylsvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20001 Register at reception@canadianembassy.org Space is Limited

More McLaren:

The acclaimed multidisciplinary performance by Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon,

NORMAN, A Tribute to Norman McLaren

will be presented at the Kennedy Center for the Arts (www.kennedy-center.org) from October 6 to 9. Do not miss it!

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Graham Pilato Rita Pinheiro Eric Pinkerton Cecelia Pizano Cathryn Poff Wendy Pond Thomas Quinn Chantal Quintero Anthony Quintero Macaulley Quirk Holly Race Milind Raje Sheri Ratick Stroud Mary Ratliff Danielle Reich Julie Richer Britany Rickett Irelene Ricks Cadence Roberts Jacquelyn Roberts Darya Rose Nicolas Rubio Greg Russell Holly Russo Annie Elizabeth Ryan Alyssa Schimmel Lisa Scott Jennifer Shapiro Manoj Singh Caroline Smith Loren Sonnenberg Renee Sonsino Christina Sorrento Jack Stapleton Katrina Suarez Kirsta Suggs Jeff Sural Vinnie Taranto Amy Tasillo Kate Taylor Jes Therkelsen Molly Thompson Todd Trafford Sylvia Turner Lois Tuttle Paul Von Schadd Neville Waters Jeffrey Weber Russ Webster Linda Weir Miki Wilkins Kristen Willard Diane Williams Vanessa Williams Nancy Williams June Wilson Susan Winchell Frank Wisswell Nicole Witenstein Lory Yudin

Special Thanks Sarah Armstrong Julianne Brienza Patrick Calder Gene Cowan Joe Flood Tim Gable Laura Gross Phillipa Hughes Laine Kaplowitz Svetlana Legetic Lora Moinkoff Chris Petrilli Perry Smith

The DC Shorts Film Festival is funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. The DC Film Salon is supported in part by the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation and many others who share our vision. Web site developed by Patrick Calder, The Design Foundry. On-screen graphics and video servers created by Gene Cowan, Cowan Creative. The DC Film Alliance, which organizes the DC Shorts Film Festival, is a non-profit group that serves and strengthens the media arts in the greater Washington DC region by bringing together filmmakers and the public to participate in diverse film, video, television, and multimedia programs. Visit the area’s most complete calendar of film events, screening and activites at dcfilm.org

ARE YOU A FILMMAKER or Writer?

Get ready to enter your film or script for DC Shorts 2012! Check our web site dcshorts.com beginning in December for full rules — and a special early-bird entry fee — our lowest fee of the season. Who knows — you might have the chance to screen your film in front of hundreds of new fans next September!

all shows are approximately 90 minutes. All shows and free screenings must be ticketed.

online: $12 box office: $15 AT TheaTer door: $15 + $1.50 service charge + $1.50 SC

cash

party tickets

Party descriptions on page 16 all parties include light refreshments and open bar. all attendees must be over 21 years of age and present photo id at the door. tickets must be purchased in advance.

online: $25 with purchase OF any film: $20

+ $2 service charge

+ $2 SER. CHARGE

festival passes the best way to experience the festiVAL.

The BIG 5: $10 + $1.50 per ticket SERVICE CHARGE

Buy 5 or more film tickets to use any way you want (5 individual shows, 3 tickets for 1 show and a pair for another — you get the drift) and the price per ticket falls to $10 each! Add party tickets for only $20/person.

VIP PASS: $125 + $6.25 service charge

A single pass which allows entry into any screening, party, class — even the Best of DC Shorts! Plus, this pass includes: • Priority seating at all screenings • Priority entry to all parties • DC Shorts T-shirt • Swag bag

SPECIAL BUNDLES

See page 5 for special money-saving ticket bundles.

seating information

All ticket and pass holders must be seated 15 minutes prior to show time to guarantee a seat. 20 minutes before each showcase... VIP passholders and filmmakers will be admitted to the theater. 15 minutes before eaCh showcase... all ticket holders will be admitted to the theater. 10 minutes before eaCh showcase... all unclaimed seats will be sold at the theater door for $15 cash. The standby line will form 45 minutes prior to the screening time. What are the chances of getting in? Pretty good ­— we usually release 20-40 tickets at the door.

TicketING POLICIES

All ticket and pass sales are final: there are no refunds or exchanges of tickets, party or festival passes or service charges.

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schedule of events E STREET CINEMA

CORNER OF 11TH AND E STS DOWNTOWN DC

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER FRIDAY SEPTEMBER

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER

8 9 10 11

ROSSLYN METRO STATION free parking eves and weekends

7:00PM ­ SHOW 1 + Q&A 9:30PM SHOW 2 + Q&A

6:30PM 9:00PM

ATLAS PEFORMING ARTS CENTER

US NAVY MEMORIAL

SEE PAgE 3 for TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS

ARCHIVES/PENN QUARTER STATION LiMITED STREET PARKING

1333 H STREET NE ATLAS ARTS DISTRICT, DC

701 PENNSYLVANIA AVE NW PENN QUARTER, DC

SHOW 3 + Q&A SHOW 4 + Q&A

SHOW 7 + Q&A SHOW 8 + Q&A

10:00AM 11:30AM 1:00PM 2:00PM 3:00PM 7:00PM 9:30PM

Software tools payroll issues sound design low budget INSIDE FESTIVALS ­SHOW 5 + Q&A SHOW 6 + Q&A

6:30PM 9:00PM

12:00PM 2:30PM 5:00PM 7:30PM 10:00PM

FAMILY + Q&A FREE SHOW 9 + Q&A SHOW 10 + Q&A SHOW 11 + Q&A SHOW 12 + Q&A

11:00AM 1:30PM 4:00PM 6:30PM 9:00PM

FAMILY SHOW FREE SHOW 13 + Q&A SHOW 14 + Q&A SHOW 15 + Q&A SHOW 16 + Q&A

12:00PM 2:00PM 4:00PM 6:00PM 8:00PM 10:00PM

SHOW 3 SHOW 4 SHOW 7 SHOW 8 SHOW 13 SHOW 14

11:00AM 1:00PM 3:00PM 5:00PM 7:00PM

SHOW 1 SHOW 2 SHOW 5 SHOW 6 SHOW 9

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER

13

12:00PM LUNCH SHOW FREE 5:00PM SHOW 15 7:00PM SHOW 16 9:00PM SHOW 1

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER

14

12:00PM LUNCH SHOW FREE 5:00PM SHOW 2 7:00PM SHOW 3 9:00PM SHOW 4

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER

15

12:00PM LUNCH SHOW FREE 5:00PM SHOW 5 7:00PM SHOW 6 9:00PM SHOW 7

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER

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SATURDAY SEPTEMBER

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PARTY VENUES!

VARIOUS LOCATIONS. SEE PAGE 16 FOR DESCRIPTIONS see map on page 3 for transportation options.

9:00PM - MIDNIGHT FILMMAKER/VIP RECEPTION GIBSON GUITAR 709 G STREET NW

FREE FILMMAKING WORKSHOPS

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1101 WILSON BOULEVARD ROSSLYN, VA

METRO CENTER STATION LiMITED STREET AND GARAGE PARKING

MONDAY SEPTEMBER

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER

ARTISPHERE

by INVITATION ONLY.

DC Shorts offers free seminars for our visiting filmmakers and the local media arts community. Please register at dcshorts.com to reserve space.

9:00PM - MIDNIGHT CELEBRITY PARTY MADAME TUSSAUD’S 1001 F STREET NW

WHAT’S A Q&A?

$20 TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED ONLINE. NO DOOR SALES.

Most screenings during the opening weekend are followed by a 30-minute moderated Question and Answer session with visiting filmmakers.

9:00PM - 1:00AM BRAZILIAN CARNIVAL ARTISPHERE $20 TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED ONLINE. NO DOOR SALES.

11:00AM - 1:00PM AWARDS BRUNCH CLYDE’S OF GALLERY PLACE 701 7TH STREET NW by INVITATION ONLY.

12:00PM LUNCH SHOW FREE 5:00PM SHOW 10 7:00PM SHOW 11 9:00PM SHOW 12

7:00PM ­ PINK SHORTS 9:30PM SEXY FILMS

THE best of DC shorts

All of our award-winning shorts and audience favorites screen in two different 90-minute showcases (A & B) on the closing weekend. A list of films will be posted on dcshorts.com by Sunday, Sept. 11. These shows always sell out, so purchase your tickets early!

7:00PM SHOW 8 9:00PM SHOW 9

12:00PM FAMILY SHOW FREE 6:00PM SHOW 10 2:00PM SHOW 11 8:00PM BEST OF FEST A 4:00PM SHOW 12 10:00PM BEST OF FEST B 6:00PM SHOW 13 8:00PM BEST OF FEST A 10:00PM BEST OF FEST B 12:00PM FAMILY SHOW FREE 2:00PM COMEDY SHORTS 4:00PM SHOW 14 6:00PM BEST OF FEST A 8:00PM BEST OF FEST B

2:00pm 4:00pm 6:00PM 8:00PM

9:00PM - MIDNIGHT CLOSING BASH ATLAS ARTS CENTER $20 TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED ONLINE. NO DOOR SALES.

show 15 show 16 BEST OF FEST A BEST OF FEST B

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