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July 22 at 10:00am

1/2 Empty Is Still 1/2 Full

This short one the 2012 Vimeo Grand Prize

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July 21 at 9:30am

Who Is Making The Best Short Films Out There?

If you were going to give an award to the “Best Short Film Director”, what would be the criteria? I think the director would have to have made at least three shorts. Maybe over a five year period. If a director only has made two shorts, my sense is that they aren’t doing it for the love of the short, but more for their “career”. Three shows a commitment to the form. Making one great, or even two great short films does not detract from the strength of those shorts, but again it does not show the devotion to the form.

Now, as I believe that the dominance of the feature film form is on it’s last legs, and that ending it is TGHOTFOC, I think we will see even more great short directors in the years ahead. Presently though, I am a bit at a loss to nominate multiple directors who have made three or more excellent shorts. Nonetheless, that limitation does not reduce my enthusiasm for my nomination.

I had the good fortune of being asked to be a judge at TropFest NYC this year. It was an incredible program, and in the highlights of years passed, I was reminded of how great Nash Edgerton’s short work is (I also dig his feature The Square). Can you name a filmmaker who has made three shorts stronger than these: [...]


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July 19 at 4:00pm

Todd Solondz Is In San Francisco To Talk To YOU!

Yes Dark Horse in galloping around the bay this weekend.  And I know you want to know where you can meet our jockey.  Put on your pink polo and bring your action figures.

TODD SOLONDZ IN PERSON: filmmaker Todd Solondz will speak at select opening weekend shows:

Q&A Friday (7/20) at the EMBARCADERO after the  7:35
And an intro prior to 9:40 pm

SATURDAY , 7/21 , at the CAMERA 3 in SAN JOSE ( Q&A AFTER the 3pm only )

SATURDAY , 7/21 , SHATTUCK in BERKELY Q&A after the 5:40pm show and
Intro to the 7:50pm 

SUNDAY , 7/22, the San Rafael Q&A After the 7pm only.      

PLEASE JOIN US!


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July 14 at 10:00am

Do What You Love, Love What You Do

Good advice from Ray Bradbury.

Hat Tip to Cultural Weekly.

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July 7 at 9:30am

True Love Means Sticking Together

When you find someone to share your life with you are not about to let outside forces to separate you.

“Oktapodi” is an Oscar-nominated short from 2007 that captures this quite well.


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July 4 at 10:40am

Love What You Do (Waves Of Gratitude)

Mickey Smith’s “Dark Side Of The Lens” captures a passion for a life worth living, or scraping as the case may be. A cool wave of water washing over the pleasure of using your labor towards creative ends. As we chisel and nail let’s not forget that the real reward is the doing.

DARK SIDE OF THE LENS from Astray Films on Vimeo.


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July 1 at 10:00am

Without Them, Cinema Would Still Be A Boring Place

Roger Corman and John Waters may well be the two people most responsible for cinema a gloriously odd and twisted place. It becomes more challenging than ever to create work that is outside of my mind — we all regurgitate the work that comes before us, but these two have developed far more than their share of wonderfully WTF moments. I wish I could have been there to hear them speak with each other about LSD, Jack Nicholson, Fellini,and all things movie. But hey, YouTube delivers us there without the hassle of travel.


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