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KEEPING IT REEL... Thank you for supporting the 2010 DC Shorts Film Festival, now celebrating our seventh incredible year. This year, we are pleased to showcase 97 films and 6 screenplays from 11 different countries. DC Shorts’ amazing growth and success have earned us the reputation as “one of the most influential film festivals” from Moviemaker Magazine, and have made us a repeated top-pick in by local critics and in readers’ polls. Over 930 films and 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 230+ top scoring films to create the final cut. The final decisions were difficult and often heavily debated — all so DC Shorts can present the very best films to you! DC Shorts has always been proud to feature truly independent films and filmmakers. In this age of digital video, home computers — even HD cameras in cell phones — the ability to create films has become accessible to everyone. Our festival proves that great film is no longer just from the Hollywood, but from everyone and everywhere. This year, we are proud to showcase Oscar-winning director Roger Ross Williams with a special screening and conversation about his film, “Music by Prudence.” And of course, there are many ways to celebrate with parties at some unexpected locations. 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 FILM COMMISSIONER

FROM THE MAYOR’S OFFICE

Welcome to the 7th edition of the DC Shorts Film Festival! Thank you for supporting this amazing event and I hope you enjoy a unique Washington experience in the nation’s capital.

Welcome to Washington D.C. and to one of our city’s most entertaining events, the DC Shorts Film Festival. DC Shorts has been a finalist for the Mayor’s Art Award for Innovations of the Arts, in recognition of their dedication to developing the arts by pursuing excellence in filmmaking and supporting filmmakers both locally and internationally.

If you are a filmmaker, let me remind you of the opportunity to choose D.C. for your next project. Here you will find world-class directors, animators and commercial producers, professional support services, state-of-the-art facilities and a diverse range of locations to choose from. Moreover, our city has incentive programs to help you with your project. If you are interested, you can learn more by visiting film.dc.gov I know that the DC Shorts Film Festival will turn out to be a memorable experience for you. It’s a great chance to discover D.C., it’s wonderful scenery, and the exceptional value of one of the city’s premiere festivals. Thank you again and have a great time.

Kathy E. Hollinger Director, Office of Motion Picture and Television Development

DC Shorts, along with the DC Film Alliance, are working hard to make the District a vibrant filmmaking community. DC Short’s ability to bring together people of such varying backgrounds — residents, students, visitors and filmmakers, makes this a truly exciting event. The uniqueness of Washington D.C. makes it a most appropriate venue for the festival. I hope each of you take the time to discover what makes D.C. so special: its monuments, historic landmarks, restaurants, shops, parks, and, most importantly, its people. Please be sure to thank the many volunteers and sponsors who help create this wonderful festival. Without their dedication and hard work, DC Shorts would not be possible. Enjoy the films and welcome to Washington, D.C.!

Adrian Fenty Mayor District of Columbia

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TICKETING INFORMATION Tickets and passes are on sale now at dcshorts.com Simply go to the “tickets” page and select the events you wish to attend! In-person ticket sales may be made from September 9-12 at box offices located in both the E Street Cinema and the U.S. Navy Memorial. Cash and major credit cards are accepted. As in past years, we expect to sell out most shows — so purchasing your tickets early and online is highly recommended. All ticket and pass sales are final: there are no refunds or exchanges. Individual tickets $12 per event (plus $1 convenience charge when purchased online). Save money and guarantee a seat. This year, we are offering 3 options:

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DC Shorts has always presented an array of awards. This year, we have expanded our competitions to offer even more awards with incredible prizes of cash and products. You help to determine the Audience Awards by completing a ballot at screenings from September 9-11. In addition, we are offering awards in the following categories: Filmmaker’s Favorite Outstanding Original Song (PRESENTED BY GIBSON) Outstanding Cinematography (PRESENTED BY FUJIFILM) Festival Director’s Favorite Outstanding Local Film Outstanding First-Time Director Audience Awards (YOU DECIDE)

Music is as important to a film as great writing or beautiful camera work. That is why we are celebrating the music of film through a special contest. Visit dcshorts.com during August, listen to the songs in competition, and choose your favorite. The winning song will receive an exclusive prize package from Gibson Guitar. The song will also be available at dcshorts.com after the festival for your enjoyment.

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THIS SHOWCASE RUNS FOR 2 HOURS AND SCREENS ALL THE FILMS LISTED ON THIS PAGE.

Thursday September

9 7:00 pm

Saturday September

11 9:00 pm

Sunday September

12 1:00 pm

14 9:00 pm

E Street Cinema

U.S. Navy Memorial

E Street Cinema

E Street Cinema

FOLLOWED BY A MODERATED Q&A WITH THE FILMMAKERS

Tuesday September

SHOWCASE

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BANANA BREAD

EL CORTEJO

14 mins Comedy Marina Seresesky, Director Spain Can a grave digger and a widow find common ground?

GAYBY

JUST ABOUT FAMOUS

9 mins Comedy Barton Landsman, Director USA Matt’s Jewish mother actually has something to worry about.

QUARTERING ACT

HIPSTER JOB

SOMEWHERE NEVER TRAVELED

PRAYERS FOR PEACE

17 mins Drama Stephen Theodore Bell, Director USA When German soldiers invade the home of a French woman, she comes face-to-face with her own demons.

5 mins Comedy Thomas de Napoli and Jack Tomas, Dirs. USA Hipsters, finger mustaches, and the wrath of God.

12 mins Comedy Jonathan Lisecki, Director USA Jenn, a permanently single woman, persuades her gay best friend to make a baby – the old fashioned way.

6 mins Drama Ben Garchar, Director USA Two lovers question the fluidity of relationships between cinema and reality.

14 mins Documentary Matt Mamula and Jason Kovacsev, Dirs. USA Delve into the minds and hearts of the people who make a living impersonating celebrities.

7 mins Animation Dustin Grella, Director USA An artist confronts the memory of his younger brother killed in the current conflict in Iraq.

SPECIAL SCREENING

“MUSIC BY PRUDENCE” WITH SPECIAL GUEST, OSCAR WINNER

ROGER ROSS WILLIAMS

SHOVEL READY

5 mins Comedy Austin Bragg, Director USA Strange things happen when you bury a body in the woods.

SUNDAY PUNCH

19 mins Drama Dennis Hauck, Director USA A beautiful boxing ring girl fights to take control of her life.

Friday, September 10 @ 5:00pm Landmark’s E Street Cinema 555 11th Street NW DC Shorts is very proud to screen “Music by Prudence,” the 2010 Oscar Winner for Best Documentary Short Film, presented by Roger Ross Williams, the film’s director and producer. A moderated Q&A will follow the screening. Tickets available at dcshorts.com

This screening is made possible by our friends at On Tap Magazine DC Shorts Film Festival 2010 | September 9-16

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THIS SHOWCASE RUNS FOR 2 HOURS AND SCREENS ALL THE FILMS LISTED ON THIS PAGE.

Thursday September

9 10:00 pm

Saturday September

11 6:00 pm

Sunday September

12 4:00 pm

14 3:00 pm

E Street Cinema

U.S. Navy Memorial

E Street Cinema

E Street Cinema

FOLLOWED BY A MODERATED Q&A WITH THE FILMMAKERS

Tuesday September

LIFT

CHAPTER 21

11 mins Drama Ilya Farfell, Director USA An Israeli soldier and a Palestinian activist journey to explore common interests among cultural differences.

TELEMAFIA

VISITING HOURS

10 mins Comedy Ann Marie Allison, Director USA A bespectacled filing clerk tries to impress a handsome executive on their daily ride up the elevator.

THE SUBLET

SISTER WIFE

WORKED FOR ME

BAINES

10 mins Comedy Gretchen Olivero, Director USA An elderly woman’s interactions with a mouse, visitors, and some tea incite a series of inadvertent deaths.

10 mins Documentary Jill Orschel, Director USA A plural wife speaks frankly about her commitment to her husband, her sister, God – and herself.

10 mins Comedy Diane Namm, Director USA What happens when a telemarketer picks the wrong consumer to call?

6 mins Comedy Ken Simpson, Director Canada Getting over a relationship does not necessarily require medical attention.

14 mins Comedy Caitlin Byrnes, Director Canada A Korean exchange student learns more than the English language when he volunteers in a retirement home.

20 mins Drama R. Ellis Frazier, Director USA A bounty hunter is forced to change his plans to complete a popular mission in Tijuana, Mexico.

CELEBRATE

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DC SHORTS WAY!

NEXT FLOOR

11 mins Experimental Denis Villeneuve, Director Canada During an opulent and luxurious banquet, eleven pampered guests participate in what appears to be a ritualistic gastronomic carnage.

CUPID

Join us for one of our special celebrations during the festival! Meet filmmakers from around the globe, enjoy a refreshing beverage, taste foods from some of the area’s best restaurants — and dance the night away!

14 mins Comedy Melvin Montalban, Director Australia The god of love discovers it takes more than magic to win someone’s heart.

CELEBRITY PARTY Thursday, September 9 9:00pm @ Madame Tussauds 1001 F Street, NW

Tickets are $10 each and available at dcshorts.com

This screening is made possible by our friends at Ketel One

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GRAND BASH

Friday, September 10 9:00pm @ U.S. Navy Memorial 701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

You must be 21 years old to attend either DC Shorts party.


THIS SHOWCASE RUNS FOR 2 HOURS AND SCREENS ALL THE FILMS LISTED ON THIS PAGE.

Friday September

10 7:00 pm

Saturday September

11 3:00 pm

Sunday September

12 7:00 pm

15 3:00 pm

E Street Cinema

U.S. Navy Memorial

E Street Cinema

E Street Cinema

FOLLOWED BY A MODERATED Q&A WITH THE FILMMAKERS

Wednesday September

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GOD OF LOVE

AFTER DINNER

5 mins Comedy Jason Mayland, Director USA Don’t you hate splitting the restaurant check?

FRANCES AND FRANKIE

SKYLIGHT

15 mins Comedy Luke Matheny, Director USA A lounge singer finds his prayers are answered when he receives a mysterious package of loveinducing darts.

QUALITY TIME

NINO BALCON

CIGARETTE CANDY

SNOWPOCALYPSE: DAY 6

15 mins Drama Colin Marshall, Director USA Estranged brothers are forced to spend Christmas afternoon together while their father lays comatose in a hospital bed.

(Balcony Boy) 9 mins Comedy Pilar Palomero, Director Spain Poor Balcony Boy: his fault is having big ears; his bad habit is putting his head where he shouldn't.

8 mins Documentary Dean Hamer, Director USA Developmentally disabled twins Frances and Frankie, struggle for the right to self-determination and a family life.

13 mins Drama Lauren Wolkstein, Director USA A traumatized teenage Marine is forced to play the role of a hero at his homecoming party.

6 mins Animation David Bass, Director Canada While we cook up ideas to fix the hole in the ozone layer, the hole is cooking something else.

1 mins Experimental Rob Parrish, Director USA One family copes with the forced confinement by last winter's snowstorms in a unique way.

VOTE

FOR YOUR FAVORITE TWO

17 mins Drama Ryan Gielen, Director USA When love peeks through her window, Sara finds the courage to reveal why she has never been intimate.

THE MUSKRAT BOY OF GRIFFITH PARK

10 mins Drama Emmy Grinwis, Director USA While taking her picnic lunch, a lonely woman is confronted by a strange and scruffy boy.

ME TIME

11 mins Comedy Matt Schuman, Director USA Steve's social calendar is getting full. It's about time he emptied it.

FILMS

Don’t forget to pick up your ballot and help choose Audience Awards at all screenings during the competition weekend. Plus, use the money-saving coupons for discounts at area restaurants!

This screening is made possible by our friends at Park Place at Petworth Metro DC Shorts Film Festival 2010 | September 9-16

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KOSHER PIG

THIS SHOWCASE RUNS FOR 2 HOURS AND SCREENS ALL THE FILMS LISTED ON THIS PAGE.

Friday September

10 9:00 pm

Saturday September

11 8:00 pm

Sunday September

12 10:00 pm

13 6:00 pm

U.S. Navy Memorial

E Street Cinema

E Street Cinema

E Street Cinema

FOLLOWED BY A MODERATED Q&A WITH THE FILMMAKERS

THE MOON BIRD

20 mins Comedy Eric Patton, Director USA While seeking out her biological parents, a young woman’s life turns “unkosher” when her Chinese and Jewish families meet.

14 mins Animation Myles McLeod, Director UK An orphaned girl must outwit a terrible sorceress with the help of a magical lunar bird.

THE POODLE TRAINER

L1FELINE

8 mins Documentary Vance Malone, Director USA Irina, a solitary Russian poodle trainer, reveals her relationship with her dogs, and the isolation of a circus performer's life.

16 mins Drama Matt Hines, Director USA A suicide hotline operator has to make the ultimate decision when he gets a call from his past.

IN THE HILLS OF DELEIJ

7 mins Drama Paul Sage, Director USA Stationed in Darfur, one UN photographer quickly learns that sometimes doing nothing is the hardest decision of all.

OUT OF ZINC

2 mins Comedy Mattio Martinez, Director Germany When Bob discovers he’s out of vitamins, the one he borrows from his roommate prove more than he bargained for.

Monday September

DELMER BUILDS A MACHINE

2 mins Comedy Landon Zakheim, Director USA The account of the most important event which has ever happened.

L.A. BAG BROTHERS

5 mins Comedy Rick Glenn, Director USA In Los Angeles, at some point, everyone needs to get rid of a body.

CELEBRITY

PARTY!

Thursday, September 9 @ 9:00 pm Madame Tussauds

KATRINA'S SON

15 mins Drama Ya'Ke Smith, Director USA After losing his grandmother during Hurricane Katrina, a young boy searches for the mother who abandoned him.

BREATHE. FOCUS. OCTOPUS.

5 mins Comedy Pilot's Crew, Producers USA Sometimes, the conversations in your mind are the loudest.

YOUR LUCKY DAY

17 mins Drama Dan Brown, Director USA Winning the lottery turns into a nightmare when a young man holds an elderly man up for the ticket.

This screening is made possible by our friends at Comcast

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Celebrate Opening Night among the stars, have a drink and meet filmmakers, including special guest, Academy Award Winning Director, Roger Ross Williams. Tickets are $10 each and available at dcshorts.com You must be 21 years old to attend the Celebrity Party.


THIS SHOWCASE RUNS FOR 2 HOURS AND SCREENS ALL THE FILMS LISTED ON THIS PAGE.

Friday September

10 6:00 pm

Friday September

10 10:00 pm

Sunday September

12 2:00 pm

14 6:00 pm

U.S. Navy Memorial

E Street Cinema

U.S. Navy Memorial

E Street Cinema

FOLLOWED BY A MODERATED Q&A WITH THE FILMMAKERS

Tuesday September

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EDUCATING COOPER

TOUCH

10 mins Drama Jen McGowan, Director USA Two women make an unusual connection while waiting for a train.

THE QUEEN

BITS AND PIECES

15 mins Comedy Bryan Litt, Director USA A troubled high school newspaper editor and the class weirdo discover that there’s more to learning than attending class.

CORNER PLOT

TIL MY VOICE IS GONE

THE CROSS-STITCH

THE INCIDENT AT TOWER 37

11 mins Documentary Ian Cook, Andre Dahlman Directors USA Amid the tangle of traffic, malls, and offices in downtown Silver Spring, rests a one-acre farm and its caretaker.

6 mins Music Video Sam Griffith, Director USA Love can happen when you least expect it – even in a nursing home.

8 mins Comedy Christina Choe, Director USA On the eve of prom, a nerdy boy’s fantasies become unstitched while working in his family’s dry cleaning business.

13 mins Drama Stacia Black, Director USA When a mysterious stranger enters a sewing machine repair shop, he forces the middle-aged shop owner to reexamine her stagnant life.

5 mins Animation Benjamin Mandell & Jackie Sawiris, Dirs. USA Mesmerizing mosaics illustrate contemporary Jordanian sentiments, challenging distorted perceptions of the Middle East.

11 mins Chris Perry, Director USA Tower 37: a shimmering water processing station, siphons every last drop of water from a once pristine lake.

GRAND BASH! Friday, September 10 @ 9:00pm U.S. Navy Memorial Plaza Dance the night away, get your t-shirt customized by our on-site t-shirt jockey — and meet filmmakers from around the globe! Tickets are $10 each and available at dcshorts.com You must be 21 years old to attend the Grand Bash.

BREAK A LEG

7 mins Comedy Jesse Shamata, Director Canada A tightly wound hit man simultaneously threatens and regales a mysterious breakfast companion with his dangerous philosophy.

LEFT TURN

8 mins SciFi Jonathan Zuck, Director USA As we rely on technology to make out lives easier, what will our decision making process evolve into?

MANUAL PRACTICO DEL AMIGO IMAGINARIO

(The Imaginary Friend Practical Manual) 19 mins/Comedy/Spain Ciro Altabas, Director At 27, Fernando must choose between finding love and losing Captain Kiloton, his imaginary friend.

This screening is made possible by our friends at Mini Cooper DC Shorts Film Festival 2010 | September 9-16

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SHOWCASE

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THIS SHOWCASE RUNS FOR 2 HOURS AND SCREENS ALL THE FILMS LISTED ON THIS PAGE.

Thursday September

9 9:00 pm

Saturday September

11 5:00 pm

Sunday September

12 5:00 pm

15 9:00 pm

U.S. Navy Memorial

E Street Cinema

U.S. Navy Memorial

E Street Cinema

FOLLOWED BY A MODERATED Q&A WITH THE FILMMAKERS

Wednesday September

EXPIRATION

WHERE IT STOPS

14 mins Comedy Kyle Shea, Director USA Weary with redundancy and compliance, Barbara searches for her last shot of life with the help of her fellow nursing home residents.

BAGGED

ALPHA BETA COMPLEX

4 mins Comedy Mark Nickelsburg, Director USA The expiration date on your milk carton is not a suggestion. Take heed!

ANDRE

THERAPY

ENTER THE BEARD

RITA

11 mins Drama Christopher Fernandez, Director USA Andre is determined to exact revenge on his former coworker after a workplace affair.

7 mins Comedy Kelley Slagle, Director USA Jesus and Satan seek professional help and try to settle their eternal differences.

9 mins Comedy Lisa Baylin, Director Canada After a recent breakup, Emma's only solace lies in the comfort of her latest purchase

15 mins Documentary Matt Lawrence and Scott Ballard, Dirs. USA In the Spring of 2009, men from across the globe convened in AK to compete in the World Beard and Mustache Championships.

7 mins Animation Jonathan Ng, Director Canada As every designer knows, there can be harmony between typefaces.

19 mins Drama Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza, Dirs. Italy A 10-year old blind girl's claustrophobic world is suddenly breached by a mysterious presence.

VOTE

FOR YOUR FAVORITE I GOT MAIL

2 mins Music Video Michelle Meeker, Director USA Have you ever wondered what would happen if you responded to all of your spam email?

DEAD HUNGRY

10 mins Comedy William Bridges, Director UK The undead need love too.

MARIUS BORODINE

16 mins Mockumentary Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais, Director Canada A genius inventor's spectacular new machine can transform any object into drinkable water.

FILMS

Don’t forget to pick up your ballot and help choose Audience Awards at all screenings during the competition weekend. Plus, use the money-saving coupons for discounts at area restaurants!

This screening is made possible by our friends at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel

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THIS SHOWCASE RUNS FOR 2 HOURS AND SCREENS ALL THE FILMS LISTED ON THIS PAGE.

Thursday September

9 6:00 pm

Saturday September

11 2:00 pm

Sunday September

12 8:00 pm

15 6:00 pm

U.S. Navy Memorial

E Street Cinema

U.S. Navy Memorial

E Street Cinema

FOLLOWED BY A MODERATED Q&A WITH THE FILMMAKERS

STREETCAR

EASY MADE HARD

12 mins Comedy Frederick Weller, Director USA A TV star learns that the lights are not always brighter on the other set.

12 mins Drama Delphanie Sutter, Director USA When a young man comes home for protection from the police, he meets his fate at the hand of his father.

HELIUM MAN

ADEEM

8 mins Comedy Nick Piper, Director USA Woody turns into an unlikely superhero when he sucks down too much helium at a party.

QUELQUES INSTANTS

(A Few Moments) 7 mins Drama Mark Willey, Director USA A serial killer considers the meaning of life while watching and waiting for his next victim.

12 mins Drama Adel Serhan, Director Lebanon Mourning the loss of your son is never easy — even when he is a revered martyr.

MIRACLE FISH

18 mins Drama Luke Doolan, Director Australia On his birthday, Joe's wish of being the last kid on earth is shattered when he is confronted by a dark event.

Wednesday September

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THE COW WHO WANTED TO BE A HAMBURGER

DANSE MACABRE

6 mins Animation Bill Plympton, Director USA A tragic story of a bovine seduced by advertising led down the path of butchers and carnivores.

9 mins Experimental Pedro Pires, Director Canada For a period of time, while we believe it to be perfectly still, lifeless flesh responds, stirs and contorts in a final macabre ballet.

THREE TIMES ME

SAND

4 mins Comedy Wendy J.N. Lee, Director USA A young girl imagines the woman she might grow up to be based on three pairs of shoes that have caught her attention.

SUCKER PUNCH

15 mins Comedy Ryan Gould, Director USA A loser with a penchant for pain finds his purpose and love when he becomes an underground fighter.

10 mins Documentary Cari Ann Henderson, Director USA The rhythmic and visual story of the evolution of sand dance as it is passed down from father to son.

BESTOF DC SHORTS Thursday, September 17 Shows all day long Catch the award winners— selected by the jury — and chosen by audience vote — in two very special showcases. These shows always sell out — so get your tickets online at dcshorts.com

This screening is made possible by our friends at Whole Foods DC Shorts Film Festival 2010 | September 9-16

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THIS SHOWCASE RUNS FOR 90 MINUTES AND SCREENS ALL THE FILMS LISTED ON THIS PAGE.

Friday September

10 12:00 am

Saturday September

11 11:00 pm

Monday September

U.S. Navy Memorial

E Street Cinema

E Street Cinema

FOLLOWED BY A MODERATED Q&A WITH THE FILMMAKERS

13 9:00 pm

This screening is intended for matures audiences only. No one under the age of 18 will be admitted to this showcase.

CAREER DAY

F. WORD PIZZA

7 mins Comedy Max Mentzer, Director USA A man with no opinions on any topic has an unexpected epiphany about how to express himself.

LEKA MED DOCKOR

PINK SWEAT

13 mins Drama Ivette Garcia Davila, Director USA Marco learns to judge his mother not for what she does for a living, but for whom she is.

THE APPOINTMENT

BROKEN

EVERYONE WANTS

NOTHING HAPPENED

7 mins Comedy Ryan Mains, Director Canada The swinging Dr. Jones offers Nigel some very intriguing, yet highly suspect, medical advice.

18 mins Drama Kent Thomas, Director USA A young hustler makes no excuses for the circumstances that brought him to his present situation.

(An Affair with Dolls) 11 mins Drama Hans Montelius, Director Sweden With her boyfriend's encouragement, Hanna plays out their relationship using dolls.

5.5 mins SciFi Boaz Ephrati, Director Israel If you want to reach the last female on earth, you must pass a grueling interview with her secretary.

5 mins Music Video Lara Everly, Director USA Love, sex. Bollywood and puppets.

10 mins Drama Julia Kots, Director USA Barb is nervous that a new secret is one that girlfriends shouldn't share.

Come enjoy a FREE STELLA ARTOIS at the Friday and Saturday late-night screenings With paid ticket or pass purchase. Must be 21 to partake. Limit of 2 beverages per person while supplies last.

CEREAL MASCOTS: TONY THE TIGER

3 mins Animation Grey S. Wears, Director USA A little boy questions the secret life of a famous cereal mascot.

HANDS SOLO

15 mins Mockumentary William Mager, Director UK The world's most famous porn star's career gets out of hand.

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

This screening is made possible by our friends at Stella Artois

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Saturday September

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E Street Cinema

FOLLOWED BY A MODERATED Q&A WITH THE FILMMAKERS

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THIS SHOWCASE RUNS FOR 2 HOURS AND SCREENS ALL THE FILMS LISTED ON THIS PAGE.

Monday September

Saturday September

11 12:00 pm

13 3:00 pm

U.S. Navy Memorial

E Street Cinema

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MASHED

BREAKAWAY

7 mins Drama Clifton Archuleta, Director USA Will Kenny find a way to let go of his youth, and make it across the street to play with the older boys?

FOLLOW ME

NICO'S CHALLENGE

9 mins Animation Adam Fisher, Director USA Captain Harvey helps a young boy free himself from the clutches of the dreaded mashed potato monster and his evil minions.

OTIS V. MONSTER

I'M IN LOVE WITH KIMBERLY JOHNSON

A DREAM IN HANOI

JILLIAN DILLON

ANYTHING YOU CAN DO

THE GIRL, THE CITY, THE MAGI (a bedtime story)

SEVEN TO TEN BUSINESS DAYS

3 mins Animation Patrick Neary, Director USA Motivated by a modest reward, a hard-luck logger plots to capture Bigfoot.

THE MUSIC BOX

3 mins Comedy Jennifer Oxley and Nicholas Oxley, Dirs. USA A stubborn music box is coaxed open using a most ingenious idea.

9 mins Comedy Adam Johns, Director USA Andy woos the prettiest girl in school with magical toys, but ends up learning what love really is.

6 mins Comedy Evan Buxbaum, Director USA Heather photographs all the things she can do better than everyone else — including her new stepbrother.

3 mins Comedy Spencer Parker, Director USA A young girl is watched over by a very special guardian angel until she learns a lesson she is able to pay forward .

17 mins Drama Gerald Herman, Director Vietnam Thanh is alone and sad after his bike is stolen. In a most unexpected way, ballet becomes his inspiration and salvation.

9 mins Animation Greg Brehm, Director USA A small girl with a pure heart and big dreams is visited by mystical wise men that offer her three gifts to make “her dreams come true.”

15 mins Documentary Steve Audette, Director USA A 13 year-old boy faces special challenges as he climbs mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s highest freestanding mountain.

5 mins Animation Yvette Edery, Director USA Jillian Dillon, a hippoplatypus, discovers that the universe provides solutions to even the most challenging and surreal situations.

7 mins Comedy Bobby Marinelli, Director USA What will Howard “The Coward” do when he is forced to stand up to his greatest nemesis?

This screening is made possible by our friends at Madam Tussauds DC Shorts Film Festival 2010 | September 9-16

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DC SHORTS SCREENPLAY COMPETITION Saturday, October 16 @ 7:00pm The Theatre @ Mount Vernon United Methodist Church 900 Massachusetts Avenue, NW We are very proud to present our fourth Screenplay Competition. Watch six scripts performed by actors and the screenwriter! At the end of the show, vote for your favorite script. The winner will receive $1000, plus another $1,000, when the film is completed. Plus, you can see the final movie at DC Shorts 2011! This is a unique competition — no one presents scripts in this way. Tickets available from dcshorts.com

CATCHING UP

INTERVIEW DATE

THE DRESSING ROOM

MANCRUSH

SURREAL ESTATE

BREAK UP, BREAK IN, BREAK OUT

Mary Ratliff, Writer Reston, VA A prison guard must make a decision that will affect the future of a criminal, and put his own daughter at risk.

Matt Wheeler, Writer Santa Monica, CA Two guys argue about which of them is “best mates” with their mutual friend, Dave.

Grant Lyon, Writer Oakland, CA In a case of mistake identity, a couple on their first date accidentally cross signals with a job interview.

Lori Romero, Writer Santa Fe, NM Mr. Smith’s trials and tribulations while renting a home are not normal procedure.

Jackie Boor, Writer Sacramento, CA A department store dressing room is an unexpected crossroad for a tired housewife and a young woman.

Kelli Herod, Writer Arlington, VA With a little help from her friends, a woman works through the end of a relationship.

The DC Shorts Screenwriting Competition is part of the larger ScriptDC event October 15-17 — a multi-day series of classes, competitions, roundtables and networking opportunities for screenwriters of every skill level. Presented by the regions’ most respected film and video organizations, this unique weekend combines the best of each group’s programming skills, ensuring that all participants gain the skills and knowledge to take their writing to the next level. Information and registration is online at ScriptDC.com

FREE FILMMAKING SEMINARS Friday, September 10 Landmark’s E Street Cinema 555 11th Street NW DC Shorts is proud to bring 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 can be made online at dcshorts.com

10:00am MAKING THE EXTREMELY LOW BUDGET FEATURE

In this workshop, renowned “Angry Filmmaker,” Kelley Baker will walk through the entire process from scripting through post production. Learn how to get the most from limited resources, ask the right questions to get free stuff, and work in an atmosphere where people share your vision and put in very long hours for no money — and enjoy it!

1:00pm GUERILLA MARKETING AND SELF DISTRIBUTION OF YOUR FILM

Independent filmmaking is alive and well — it’s independent distribution that is dead. Kelley walks though different ways to get an audience to turn out for your screenings.

3:00pm EDITING AND EQUIPMENT EXTRAVAGANZA Presented by Mac Business Solutions Join the gurus from Mac Business Solutions in a discussion of editing and equipment options for filmmakers of every level. The Free Filmmaking Seminars are made possible by Apple and Mac Business Solutions

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Monday, September 13 Documentary films from around the globe.

SHOW A at 12:00 noon and 6:00pm SHOW B at 3:00pm and 9:00pm Catch the award winners— selected by the jury — and chosen by audience vote — in two very special showcases. These shows always sell out — so get your tickets online at dcshorts.com

Tuesday, September 14 Some of our favorite funnies from the competition.

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Thank You! DC Shorts would never happen without the incredible volunteer staff of judges, ushers, venue managers and office interns. We appreciate your dedication and positive attitudes — during the festival and all year long! DC Shorts Interns and Staff Madeline Chessman Jon Gann Ben Krieger Clarissa Kupfer Catherine Litten Tiana Marenah Victoria Mattiuzzo DC Film Alliance Board Andrea Ellis Jon Gann Christian Oh Jackie Steven

Michele Kelly Indira Knight Adam Koussari-Amin Ishu Krishna Isabella Leung John Link Jo Lee Loveland Link Ken Markison Marlene Markison Ariel Medley John Metherell Phil Mitchell Robin Morris Torri Mumm Jo Ann Myles Robin Noonan-Price Lydia O’Connor Sheila Paige Steve Pearcy Cecelia Pizano Wendy Pond Chantal Quintero Anthony Quintero Irelene Ricks Cadence Roberts Marco Rossi Nicolas Rubio Holly Russo Annie Elizabeth Ryan Alyssa Schimmel Susan Shields Delacey Skinner Caroline Smith Jack Stapleton Scott Stiens Brit Strickland Sheri Stroud Kate Taylor Jaia Thomas Molly Thompson Todd Trafford Sylvia Turner Scott Vermillion Cid Walker Neville Waters Linda Weir George West Cynthia Wilcox Kristen Willard Susan Winchell Deirdre Wright Pilar Wyman Haley Zachary

Special Thanks Sarah Armstrong Kristina Bilonik Julianne Brienza Patrick Calder Claire Carlin Catherine Cleary Gene Cowan Joe Flood Abbey Franke Tim Gable Laura Gross Brittney Haworth Phillipa Hughes Vicki Isley Laine Kaplowitz Diana Mayhew Lora Moinkoff Chris Petrilli Perry Smith Emily Todd

TICKETING

INFORMATION Tickets and passes are on sale now at dcshorts.com Simply go to the “tickets” page and select the shows you wish to see! In-person ticket sales may be made from September 9-12 at box offices located in both the E Street Cinema and the U.S. Navy Memorial. Cash and major credit cards are accepted. As in past years, we expect to sell out most shows — so purchasing your tickets early and online is highly recommended. All ticket and pass sales are final: there are no refunds or exchanges.

Film & Script Judges Dyane Amos Jessica Bachay Adriana Baratelli Nichole Bardin Darya Bobryakova Individual tickets $12 per screening Molly Brenner (plus $1 convenience charge when Lindsay Burleigh The DC Shorts Film Festival is funded purchased online). Sophia Bushong in part by the DC Commission on the Sarah Cannon Arts & Humanities, an agency Chris Chang supported in part by the National Save money and guarantee a seat. Alicia Chou Endowment for the Arts. This year, we are offering 3 options: Randi Cohen LaRue Cook The DC Film Salon is supported in Pick 3 – $30 Caroline D’Agati part by the Morris & Gwendolyn Save up to $6 Sun King Davis Cafritz Foundation and many others Choose any three events, including Sydney-Chanele Dawkins who share our vision. open parties and the “Best of DC Lisa Denny Shorts.” Selections must be made Lena Diaw Original design concept by Anthony online when the pass is purchased. Kelly Donnellan Dihle. Cyle Durkee Pick 5 – $45 Vaughn Edelson Web site developed by Patrick Calder, Save up to $15 Andrea Ellis The Design Foundry. Choose any five events, including Gene Ertel open parties and the “Best of DC Catherine Featherston On-screen graphics and video Shorts.” Selections must be made Bettina Fisher servers created by Gene Cowan, online when the pass is purchased. Timothy Gabel Cowan Creative. Debora Galeano VIP All-Access – $125 Scott Garber The DC Film Alliance, which organizes the ultimate value Molly Gill the DC Shorts Film Festival, is a Choose as many screenings Victor Goldberg non-profit group that serves and and parties (including those for Nancy Golden strengthens the media arts in the “filmmakers only”) — plus the “Best of Alyssa Gowens greater Washington DC region by DC Shorts.” Also, receive a DC Shorts Caroline Greco bringing together filmmakers and the T-shirt as a special gift. Selections Anthony Greene public to participate in diverse film, may be made at any time online or Chris Griffin video, television, and multimedia by visiting the box office during the Heather Haines programs. Visit the area’s most festival. Hal Handerson complete calendar of film events, Rick Harris screening and activites at dcfilm.org Allison Hayden Christi Hoag Kris Holodak Anne Hopewell Martha Hunt Get ready to enter your film or script for DC Shorts 2011! Marchon Jackson Check our website dcshorts.com in December for full rules — and a special early-bird entry fee — our lowest fee of the R.N. Jurgenson season. Who know — you might have the chance to screen your film in front of hundreds of new fans next September 8-15! Sarah Kellogg

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Schedule of Films and Events THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

7:00pm E Street Cinema SHOW 6:00pm US Navy Memorial SHOW

7

1

10:00pm E Street Cinema SHOW

6

2

9:00pm US Navy Memorial SHOW

9:00pm Madame Tussauds

CELEBRITY PARTY

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 10:00am @ E St.

1:00pm @ E St.

3:00pm @ E St.

KELLEY BAKER PRESENTS

KELLEY BAKER PRESENTS

MAC BUSINESS SOLUTIONS PRESENTS

LOW BUDGET FILMMAKING

MARKETING & DISTRIBUTION Free seminar

5:00pm @ E St.

Followed by a discussion with Oscar-winner Roger Ross Williams

EQUIPMENT AND EDITING Free seminar

Free seminar

7:00pm E Street Cinema SHOW

MUSIC BY PRUDENCE

6:00pm US Navy Memorial SHOW

5

3

10:00pm E Street Cinema SHOW

9:00pm US Navy Memorial SHOW

4

5

12:00am US Navy Memorial SHOW

9:00pm US Navy Memorial

GRAND BASH

2:00pm E Street Cinema SHOW

12:00pm US Navy Memorial FAMILY SHOW

FREE

11:00am E Street Cinema FAMILY SHOW

FREE

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11

7

5:00pm E Street Cinema SHOW

3

3:00pm US Navy Memorial SHOW

6

8:00pm E Street Cinema SHOW

6:00pm US Navy Memorial SHOW

2

4

11:00pm E Street Cinema SHOW

9:00pm US Navy Memorial SHOW

1

8

9:00pm Gibson Guitar

FILMMAKER RETREAT

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 11:00am Clyde’s of Gallery Place

AWARDS BRUNCH

1:00pm E Street Cinema SHOW

1

4:00pm E Street Cinema SHOW

FREE

3

10:00pm E Street Cinema SHOW

5

5:00pm US Navy Memorial SHOW

6

8:00pm US Navy Memorial SHOW

9

6:00pm E Street Cinema SHOW

4

9:00pm E Street Cinema SHOW

3:00pm E Street Cinema SHOW

2

6:00pm E Street Cinema SHOW

5

9:00pm E Street Cinema SHOW

3:00pm E Street Cinema SHOW

3

6:00pm E Street Cinema SHOW

B

6:00pm E Street Cinema BEST OF FEST

2:00pm US Navy Memorial SHOW

3:00pm E Street Cinema SHOW

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 12:00pm E Street Cinema DOCUMENTARIES

2

7:00pm E Street Cinema SHOW

7

4

8

12:00pm E Street Cinema COMEDIES

FREE

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

1

12:00pm E Street Cinema LOCAL FILMS

FREE

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

7

9:00pm E Street Cinema SHOW

6

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

A B TICKETS AND LAST-MINUTE INFORMATION: dcshorts.com 12:00pm E Street Cinema BEST OF FEST

A

3:00pm E Street Cinema BEST OF FEST

9:00pm E Street Cinema BEST OF FEST

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