Friday, October 29, 2010

VFF10 Shorts Program ~ Dramatic Films

The 10th Annual Valley Film Festival presents a program of dramatic short films on a variety of subjects. All of the films make powerful statements, exploring love, forgiveness, friendship, music and politics--providing a stirring experience. 

Director Mateo Hobbs delves into the AFTER LIFE with his short film. Michael Paton is dead, with no recollection as to why. Separated by death, Michael's body and soul have to work together to salvage what redemption they have left.

FRAGILE comes to us all the way from Italy! VFF09 filmmaker, Andrea Lodovichetti (Sotto il mio Giardino/Under my Garden) returns to the (818) with a short film that reconciles a father and daughter.

Made entirely using public domain super 8mm footage, and composited with public domain images using Photoshop, After Effects & Final Cut Pro, the British short film, GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN, is about memory, families and capturing the stories of people from times now gone. Directed by Sam McCarthy.

Director Chris Cashman was last screened at VFF07 with his comedy feature, Carts, and returns to The Valley Film Festival with a more serious piece. GOOFYFOOT is a buddy picture during which a young man must cope with the loss of his best friend, and brother, to a surfing accident.

Another European short film in this collection is LITTLE WORLD from Austria. Directed by Marco Zimprich, and featuring the music of The Filmakers. This beautiful story unfolds the budding romance between Sebastien and Alexandra, a record store clerk. View the trailer here.

Directed by Jerald Fine, THE PREDATOR'S RETURN stars screen legend Warren Stevens as a former Nazi officer now living in a retirement nursing facility with one of his victims. Coincidentally, Warren Stevens was also in Carts, directed by Chris Cashman, in VFF07.

The Dramatic shorts program screens on Saturday, November 13, 5:00pm, at CAP Theatre in Sherman Oaks. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.

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