Nov 252011

Alzheimer’s Disease: A 21st Century Epidemic Alliance for Aging Research Releases New Pocket Films to Raise Awareness












Washington, DC (PRWEB) September 29, 2011

Experts warn that Alzheimer’s disease will reach epidemic proportions by mid-century. Already, more than five million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s. If a cure is not found, this number is expected to double in the next 20 years. In addition to the devastating effect on individuals and their families, Alzheimer’s disease will create a massive and unsustainable burden on the U.S. economy. A new series of five short animated “pocket” films, A Quick Look at Alzheimer’s, aims to raise public awareness about Alzheimer’s disease, a critical step towards finding a cure.

The films, developed by the Alliance for Aging Research through a grant from the MetLife Foundation, were written and directed by David Shenk, author of the acclaimed book, The Forgetting, and are narrated by Emmy- and Tony-award winning actor David Hyde Pierce. Originally developed in English, the films are now also available in multiple languages including: Arabic, Farsi, French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Available in multiple languages and playable in a variety of formats, including iPods, cell phones, PDAs, laptops and DVD players, these pocket films are universally accessible. Now, your questions about Alzheimer’s disease can be answered virtually anywhere–at home, at the office or even in the waiting room at your doctor’s office. Log onto http://www.aboutalz.org to watch or download the films.

“The looming threat of Alzheimer’s disease consuming the Baby Boomer generation urgently demands a national plan of action,” said Daniel Perry, executive director of the Alliance for Aging Research. “We encourage everyone to view and share these films so that there is broad understanding of what is at stake.”

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Nov 052011

Feature Film About Homeless Man To Donate Half of Film’s Profits to Homeless










Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) September 07, 2011

The film is called “The Guitar Player.” The story is about a homeless street performer who gets a second chance in life but struggles with his painful past. It seems only fitting that a film about someone who is homeless in a bad economy, will be funded by the public. That is the intention of the filmmaker Michael Stein. He has created an elaborate fund raising campaign to finance the film and intends on giving half his profits to homeless causes. In this day and age where film companies are taking what they can get, it seems like a grand gesture.

The film company, The Guitar Player Inc., has scheduled the film to be shot January 9th in Los Angeles. Due to the content and the film’s cause many contributions have been made but the production still lacks liquid funds, so the filmmakers decided to raise funds publicly.

The Guitar Player is based on a fictional character named Robert Shiller (a.k.a “Robert Shiller The Killer”) a seventeen-year-old champion high school wrestler in a small town in Northern California. One week before the state championship, Robert accidentally killed his best friend and team mate, during practice. The loss of his friend and the social stigma in a small town was more than he could bear, so he ran away from home, grabbing only what he could fit in his wresting bag and his best friend’s guitar even though he did not know how to play. Our story begins twenty years later with Robert living on the streets. The screenplay was written by the director Michael Stein.

Stein has a knack for making lower budget films with a larger budget look and feel. His last film, “Love Hollywood Style” starred Faye Dunaway, Andy Dick, Coolio and Stephen Tobolowsky and has become a cult comedy classic. Stein’s first role came when he was cast by his friend Paul Thomas Anderson to play the lead role of Dirk Diggler in the original short film “The Dirk Diggler Story”, that later became the feature film “Boogie Nights” which Michael Appears in as well.

“Getting funding has always been a struggle,” Stein says. “The past several years in Hollywood have seen a major change. They are not handing out movie deals like hotcakes the way they use to in the 90s.”

It’s been four years since Stein made his last film. The problem was self funding a film in a bad economy along with the obligations of supporting his family. He knew about crowd funding websites like kickstarter.com but did not feel that any of his scripts would go well with a crowd funding concept. He then came up with an idea that he felt would be with the right vehicle. A film that would be funded 100% by the public about someone who is homeless and the earnings of the film benefiting homeless causes.

The film’s production is contingent upon the funds being raised. The film’s kickstarter campaign also has a high concept. One of the packages, a thirty five hundred dollar pledge allows businesses to promote their products at each of the premieres, which will be in several major cities, including L.A. and New York. Another package, a ten thousand dollar pledge includes “An Event for a Day” where one thousand tarps will be donated to a local homeless shelter and a screening in a movie theater in the city of your choice, all being promoted in honor of the pledge contributor. There are many other elaborate incentives built around the premieres and promotion of the film. Tricks of the trade Stein learned working with Peter Guber and John Peters on movie promotions when he was a twenty years old nightclub promoter.

The minimal funding goal for the film was set at one hundred and fifty thousand. A typical low amount is always set for projects on kickstarter due to their “all of nothing” policy. Stein and the Line Producer Aimee Flaherty hope to break the kickstarter’s funding record for a film, which is approximately half a million. Once funding is in place, Stein hopes to sell the film to one of the larger film companies and donate fifty percent of his profits to the homeless.

The fund raising campaign is being held for fifty days and expires on October 21st. Tarp drives will be held in 14 cities around the country in order to bring more awareness to the project. The tarp drives consist of one thousand tarps will be handed out at homeless shelters for people that are living on the streets.

If you are interested in learning more about the film, you can visit the website at: theguitarplayermovie.com

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Oct 042011
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by zoethustra

As the last decade of the nineteenth century approached, the world had photography and we have all seen how basic photographs were taken in films portraying the Wild West in the USA. What did not exist were the moving pictures which later gave us that portrayal. There was theatre and dances scripts written and performed live in front of an audience. Such entertainment was centuries old but a whole new world was dawning and just over a century on, it is all pervasive.

The first attempt at moving photographs may well have been when an attempt was made to discover whether a horse’s gallop ever involved all four hooves off the ground so a series of photographs were taken by a series of cameras with a trip wire touched by the hooves themselves to take the shots. Those shots were put together, a form of film.

Shortly afterwards a camera was developed that could take ten photographs per second using a film that was perforated. People began to see the possibilities and wrestled with the problems of actually achieving action until a device developed in Thomas Edison’s laboratory succeeded in 1891. However it was a device which involved the viewer putting his eye to the peep hole; one viewer a time was hardly likely to be a commercial success. So how did the medium that has developed so much to give us live news’ coverage, cult movies and blockbusters emerge?

Well, other innovators and inventors were also looking to produce something and the first successful showing to an audience in fact took place in Paris just four years’ later, two French brothers, the Lumiere brothers having created something that not only took and developed film, it could also project that film. That gave impetus to other inventors and very soon there were a series of such pieces, generally working on a standard sixteen shots per second.

The film films produced tended to be fairly boring in terms of their content it was the equipment itself that was the exciting element. Nothing of any great length was produced in the early days. Viewing for the audience meant a series of very short films often of everyday life, but from different parts of the world, largely documentary based. A whole show may not last more than half an hour and that show might be the only option for weeks until a new set of films was available and the process began again.

Imagine the contrast between that, the expectant audience waiting for a change in the content as eagerly as a century later, the cinema addict awaits the release of the latest cult movies. It was the only visual alternative then other than concerts and plays performed by a travelling troupe or singing and playing within the family at home. There was much progress to be made but the media and film revolution has begun.

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Surreal Film Short ‘The Crooked Eye’ Has Los Angeles Premiere in Dances With Films Independent Film Festival













The Crooked Eye


Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 6, 2009

“The Crooked Eye,” the latest film short from film and television character actor, D.C. Douglas, will have its Los Angeles premiere on June 9, 2009 at 5 p.m. at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 as a part of the Dances With Films Independent Film Festival. Chosen by the festival to be a part of an exclusive block of CGI shorts, the film will be discussed by a panel from the Visual Effects Society prior to the screening. Tickets are $ 12 and can be purchased via the Dances With Films website.

Dances With Films supports and celebrates the true independent film spirit by mandating that only films without celebrity actors, writers, directors or producers will be selected for festival competition. Though the film is narrated by Academy Award Winner Linda Hunt, “The Crooked Eye” was accepted due to the independent nature of the production, which was adapted for the screen, directed, produced, edited and financed by D.C. Douglas. In addition to Mr. Douglas, only three talented visual effects technicians, led by Pency Kinnard, created the CGI environment of the 19-minute film.

Starring Fay Masterson (“Eyes Wide Shut” with Tom Cruise) and Katherine Boecher (NBC’s “Heroes”), “The Crooked Eye” spends a day in the life of Sharon (Ms. Masterson) as she struggles with a recent divorce and a current perception problem.

Part live action, part animation, the film dreamily weaves between past and present, delicately painting a psychological portrait of a troubled woman. “The Crooked Eye” is a visually stunning adaptation of Betty Malicoat’s short story of the same name.

Having already played the 26th Miami International Film Festival and the 40th Nashville Film Festival, “The Crooked Eye” is now playing up and down the West Coast this month, most notably at the prestigious Palm Springs International ShortFest at the end of June. Only five months into its festival run, the film has already become an official selection of eleven festivals.

Aside from personal film endeavors, D.C. Douglas is primarily known for his on-camera and voice over work. His high profile projects include NBC’s “Boston Common” and the celebrity GEICO campaigns with the likes of Little Richard, Joan Rivers and the late Don Lafontaine.

For more information on “The Crooked Eye,” visit the official website. For information about D.C. Douglas, visit D.C. Douglas’ Film and TV website and voice over website.

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UPDATE:

“The Crooked Eye” will soon be available for rent via IndiePix Films and iTunes. You can purchase a DVD from the Amazon movies section for only $ 10.99.

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Two Short Films Scored by Aryavarta Kumar to be Played at Look at My Shorts III Festival in Columbus, Ohio










Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) February 24, 2006

The 3rd Semi-Annual Look At My Shorts Film Festival in Columbus Ohio has selected two short films scored by Aryavarta Kumar (Arya) to play on Sunday February 26, 2006. The two films – “Going Postal” and “Rubble” were invited and made

official selections this year by the directors of the independent film festival.

In attendance at the festival will be many central Ohio filmmakers and film enthusiasts including a group from Cleveland Ohio. The four hour program will begin at 4pm and promises to be a great networking opportunity. Aryavarta Kumar, who will be in attendance, commented “It

will be wonderful to meet filmmakers and showcase my collaborations with Johnny [Wu] and Christine [Chapman].”

Information about the two films:

Going Postal

Media Design Imaging

Written by Pamela Merkys

Directed by Johnny K. Wu

Rubble

Killer Squirrel Productions

Directed by Christine Chapman

About Look at My Shorts III Festival

The 3rd semi annual Look at My Shorts III Festival will take place from 4PM-8PM on February 26th, 2006 at the Screens theatre at the Continent in Columbus Ohio. The festival was started by Award Winning Director Peter John Ross. Visit http://lookatmyshorts.sonnyboo.com for more information.

About Aryavarta Kumar

Award Winning Composer Aryavarta Kumar is currently the most in-demand independent film score composer in Cleveland Ohio. He has written music for several feature-length and short films, plays, commercials, and new

media applications and in mid-2005, along with the cast and crew of A Joker’s Card, he won a Silver Telly Award. He also performs original music live improvisations at special events. For more information please

visit http://www.aryavartakumar.com

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Sep 012011

by drmvm1

Movie-making Turks haven’t been shy about including earthy subjects or fleshy cinematic scenes in their films since as far back as the 1950′s. That’s when street-walking prostitutes, drug-dependent harem girls, topless damsels in distress, soapy half-naked bathers, sexually provocative belly dancers, and uninvited-lovemaking first began appearing in conventional Turkish moving-pictures.

The ‘intensity’ of erotic action in conventional Turkish films escalated in the 1960′s when ‘lite’ erotic opposite-sex scenes began to heat up. And in Atif Yilmaz’s otherwise conventional Iki Gemi Yanyana (Two Ships Side by Side), the first lesbian Turkish movie scene — a scorcher for its day, in which Suzan Avci and Sevda Nur french-kissed on camera — gave Turkish movie goers a shock when it was first shown in 1963.

Female cinematic sex-symbols during the ‘Age of the Turkish Vamp’ (1950s – 1960s) included Neriman Köksal (who made 177 films between 1950 to 1995), Funda Yanar [pictured on our website as a topless dancer in Büyük Sehrin Kanunu (Big City Law, 1965] and Leyla Sayar — who, in 1960, performed a memorably bold (we are told) strip-tease act in Atif Yilmaz’s Ölüm Perdesi (Death Curtain)…

But Leyla Hanim drew the line in 1972, when she realized the direction in which the seks filmleri furyasi (erotic films boom) would lead her. And after a short stint as a night club dancer, she quit the entertainment business altogether… opting instead for a simple, pious life.

In 1972, action-man Behçet Nacar’s Parcali Behçet (a movie made in a desperate attempt by film-makers to woo audiences away from their newly acquired home TVs and back to near-empty movie theaters seats) became the first Turkish film to be produced exclusively for purposes of eroticism.

And when Parcali Behçet attracted an overflow opening-day crowd of 7,000 to its initial showing in Konya (Mevlana’s ‘hometown’, in the heart of Turkish religious conservatism) Turkish film-makers took notice (and heart). Subsequently, when the film enjoyed a 6-month run, in two side-by-side theaters smack in middle of that fair city, well, film-makers believed they’d found the holy grail. And from that time through to 1979, the production of erotik Turkish films mushroomed.

The three most popular genres for legally produced Turkish erotik films between 1972 and 1978 were Comedy, Adventure, and Murder Mystery. And they all had a not-very-well-kept secret about them in common. The secret was that Turkish actors and actresses didn’t perform the sex-act for real. They only simulated it… Men wore underwear (briefs) and camera angles were chosen to cover up the fact — sometimes without much success. There are lots of flashes of men’s white briefs in the Turkish erotik films made between 1972 and 1978!

Any for-real sex that appeared in these films was performed by foreigners in parcalar (movie film clips) that were inserted at predictable intervals of the Turkish film. Sometimes these parcalar were made specifically for the Turkish film in which they appeared, but in most cases they were just crude cuts of foreign films — often entirely inappropriate (in focus or coloring) to the Turkish film.

That sort of erotik film-making subterfuge came to a screeching halt in 1979, when the first all-Turkish cast was filmed in the first-ever legally produced and distributed gloves-off pornographic Turkish film, Öyle Bir Kadin Ki (A Woman Like That) — directed by Naki Yurter, starring Zerrin Dogan and Levent Günsel in the leading female and male roles.

Öyle Bir Kadin Ki set the Turkish cinematic industry on fire — having even greater influence on immediate Turkish movie-making directions than Deep Throat had on American movie-making in 1972. ‘Kadin‘ knocked the financial stuffing out of its soft-core erotik (and conventional) rivals, and it had a profound effect (for a while) on the production of almost every Turkish film (erotic or conventional) that followed — opening a new chapter in the ‘History of the Turkish Cinema’…

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Aug 052011
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by TheFemGeek

In today’s busy schedule we hardly get any chance to watch full length movies. But surely all of us love to watch movies every now and then. Don’t we? For a real movie freak with little spare time there is good news really! Now you can enjoy the movies that suit perfectly to your leisure time. No, you are guessing it wrong! We’re not discussing about the DVR tricks to record the movies and watch it on a later convenient time. We are referring to the magic of short films that can surely compete in excitement with the full length movies. It also takes less of your valuable time.

Short films are a ready reckoner for your serious time crunch. Whenever you feel like watching a movie, you can tune in to your DirecTV and can watch movies that cater both to your mind and time. These short films are short, meaningful and enjoyable. They are highly entertaining too. After a hard day at office you can take refuge in some other world, watching these satisfying short films. The most amazing thing is that you can watch as many movies you love to watch in a day since the tenure of the movies is not very long.

A short film is usually about normal day to day incidents. Within its short scope it tries to mesmerize the viewers with its simple incident and easy plot. It does not include serious or intriguing plots or special effects. It tends to appeal to you with simple and single story with normal charm. There are different channels on your satellite TV that offers high quality short films. These short films are from different genres and they are sure to cater to your intellectual needs.

Among the most popular short films channels, ShortsHD is one. The channel on your favorite satellite TV connection offers to bring you with innumerable choices of short films. You can get these films with high quality picture and best audio output. These are all shown in 1080p image clarity. You can get all these on very real life images, just like the blu-ray disc. While watching short films on this channel you will feel your previous experiences with short films was never as good as it is now.

On this channel you can get to watch the best short films from around the world. These are the films made by the greatest filmmakers of the world. Name a genre and you’ll get movies from that specific category. You can watch great comedies here. With these comedies you can hardly resist yourself in laughing out in your mind even if you are in the most pessimistic mode. You can enjoy some really excellent romantic short films here. Even if you have very little time for your loved ones, you can watch these movies together and it is worth your time.

Love to watch horror movies? You can catch ‘Midnight’ short films on ShortsHD. On the ‘Animate’ section you can watch some best quality animation films. If you are lover of classic movies, you can tune in to ‘Editor’s Pick’ and enjoy the rare movies.

You can have great time with this ShortsHD channel on your satellite TV. Be it movies from any genre, you can enjoy a mesmerizing time while watching movies here.

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Jul 302011
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by TheFemGeek

A Documentary film is a great way of exploiting cinema’s potential for observing life. It is a visual expression that strives to document reality. It is also often regarded as a filmmaking practice, a cinematic tradition, and mode of audience reception. A good short documentary film in the form of a multimedia presentation can leave the most powerful impact on the viewer’s mind. With time, documentary films have evolved from being short movies shot on film news, to include video and digital productions made for a television or video series. Some of the media and visual solutions companies produce quality driven creative media tools in the form of films and multimedia.

Today there are a number of companies offering customized short documentary films online. They combine the visual power of video and film with music, animation and special effects to produce exceptional short documentary films, videos and presentations that inform and motivate the target audience by creating the desired impact. They offer services including video editing, documentary short film maker, film studios, ad film maker, editing film, video shooting, video recording, recording service-sound studio, TV, programme producers, etc. They operate as one-stop shop for documentary, created especially for people interested in the process of documentary filmmaking. These websites offer a wide range of networking, information and advice for people involved in documentary filmmaking. They provide audio visuals in a variety of forms, including corporate films, multimedia CD presentation and other online and offline media.

These companies provided end to end solutions in making short films and documentaries, from sketching an outline out of an idea to directing the film. They offer complete animated features including animation and special effect services supported by advanced technologies and animation softwares. This helps customers to better promote themselves as brands thus resulting in creating greater business opportunities and increase sales. These Multi-Media Production houses have a dedicated team of qualified, talented and experienced professionals, with expertise in ad films, corporate films, documentary films, jingles, animations and multi-media presentations. They also carry royalty free music and buyout music which is ideal for usage as background music for video, short documentary, television and film production. These expert personnel help in the production of documentary films, docu-drama , spot advertisement films, etc., both in film and digital media with script, direction, titling, editing, dubbing and presentation accomplished in the most professional perfection and artistic manner.

These companies can help you to produce documentary films on a number of topics ranging from, a social cause to a politics based short story, human relationships, natural habitat, sports, economics, history of nations and many more. They can help in addressing issues such as relationships, drugs and alcohol, peer pressure, self-respect and violence by writing, shooting and editing short films. They even feature short documentary films on current affairs and in real situations.

Many of these companies offer courses in short documentary film making. They provide training to people in all aspect of documentary film making including, video production process, script writing, editing and shooting short documentary films. They also provide the students access to professional grade cameras, sound equipment and production studios, which is required in the making of a short documentary film. They also provide the students with the opportunity to participate as production interns in the company.

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box[ur]shorts Announces 1st Awards Night in Hollywood — International Festival ‘Boxes’ Short Films, Creates New Platform for Viewers at Restaurants, Coffee Houses & Laundromats











Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) December 1, 2006

box[ur]shorts Film Festival, a yearlong short film exhibition taking place internationally at restaurants, bars, coffee houses and laundromats in cities from Los Angeles and New York to Basel, Switzerland and Hiroshima, Japan, today announced its first annual awards night will take place at the Karma Coffeehouse, 1544 N Cahuenga Blvd, in Hollywood on Tuesday, December 19. Doors open at 6 pm and the event starts at 7.

box[ur]shorts, a new form of short film exhibition and concept created by festival directors Giacun Caduff and Ryan Reichenfeld, is an innovative approach to watching movies that becomes part of viewers’ everyday experiences — something one can do while waiting for a table at a restaurant or hanging out at a favorite coffee house.

“Our goal is to bring short films to new audiences and to establish a direct connection between filmmakers and their viewer. We do this by screening at places where the audience has time to watch a short; be that at a coffee shop, laundry store, bar, etc. It’s entertainment to bridge waits along with online streaming of the films – this is how we hope to create a new platform for short films,” says Caduff.

On the box[ur]shorts concept, Denise Mann, Co-chair, Producers Program, and Assistant Professor, UCLA Department of Film, TV and Digital Media comments, “The art-house is no longer hidden away in some small, dank theater, but readily available. There’s an immediacy to this way of experiencing film that is refreshing and exciting.”

box[ur]shorts Film Festival has shown all competing movies during the year in artistic movie jukeboxes at international locations. The films are programmed in four seasons and loop non-stop on different size LCD screens inside boxes and also gives the viewer an option to make a selection from an interactive menu.

The first box[ur]shorts Film Festival Award Night will open its doors for the public to enjoy their top 15 movies on the big screen. Pre-registration to attend the private party event is required at http://www.boxurshorts.com. Chosen by an industry panel of diverse judges, the films will be lined up in a countdown screening for the evening. Based on the judges’ selections, filmmakers will be awarded Golden, Silver, and Bronze box[ur]shorts trophies. And, one filmmaker will receive the box[ur]shorts Audience Award as voted on and selected by the audience both online and that evening. Access more information about box[ur]shorts Film Festival at: http://www.boxurshorts.com

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box[ur]shorts Announces 1st Awards Night in Hollywood — International Festival ‘Boxes’ Short Films, Creates New Platform for Viewers at Restaurants, Coffee Houses & Laundromats











Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) December 1, 2006

box[ur]shorts Film Festival, a yearlong short film exhibition taking place internationally at restaurants, bars, coffee houses and laundromats in cities from Los Angeles and New York to Basel, Switzerland and Hiroshima, Japan, today announced its first annual awards night will take place at the Karma Coffeehouse, 1544 N Cahuenga Blvd, in Hollywood on Tuesday, December 19. Doors open at 6 pm and the event starts at 7.

box[ur]shorts, a new form of short film exhibition and concept created by festival directors Giacun Caduff and Ryan Reichenfeld, is an innovative approach to watching movies that becomes part of viewers’ everyday experiences — something one can do while waiting for a table at a restaurant or hanging out at a favorite coffee house.

“Our goal is to bring short films to new audiences and to establish a direct connection between filmmakers and their viewer. We do this by screening at places where the audience has time to watch a short; be that at a coffee shop, laundry store, bar, etc. It’s entertainment to bridge waits along with online streaming of the films – this is how we hope to create a new platform for short films,” says Caduff.

On the box[ur]shorts concept, Denise Mann, Co-chair, Producers Program, and Assistant Professor, UCLA Department of Film, TV and Digital Media comments, “The art-house is no longer hidden away in some small, dank theater, but readily available. There’s an immediacy to this way of experiencing film that is refreshing and exciting.”

box[ur]shorts Film Festival has shown all competing movies during the year in artistic movie jukeboxes at international locations. The films are programmed in four seasons and loop non-stop on different size LCD screens inside boxes and also gives the viewer an option to make a selection from an interactive menu.

The first box[ur]shorts Film Festival Award Night will open its doors for the public to enjoy their top 15 movies on the big screen. Pre-registration to attend the private party event is required at http://www.boxurshorts.com. Chosen by an industry panel of diverse judges, the films will be lined up in a countdown screening for the evening. Based on the judges’ selections, filmmakers will be awarded Golden, Silver, and Bronze box[ur]shorts trophies. And, one filmmaker will receive the box[ur]shorts Audience Award as voted on and selected by the audience both online and that evening. Access more information about box[ur]shorts Film Festival at: http://www.boxurshorts.com

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