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'Sexting' Q &A: LaBute Talks One Shot Performances and the Athletics of Acting [Video]

Clearly, with "Sexting" and "After School Special" Neil LaBute ("Nurse Betty," "The Wicker Man," "Death at a Funeral") enjoyed experimenting in a short medium. We talked to him about shorts' liberating power, capturing a theatrical performance on the screen, and never asking the audience to like his characters.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 27, 2012 12:41 PM
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Interview: Rupert Friend Talks Directing Short Film Debut 'Steve,' Starring Knightley and Firth

In Rupert Friend's short movie "Steve," the first-time director uses his sixteen minutes of film to put a tense twist on a slice-of-life portrait of neighbors interacting in a anonymous city. "Steve" is part of the Stars in Shorts series premiering this Friday.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 26, 2012 11:45 AM
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Review: Seven Shorts Showcase Rare Performances from Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Jason Alexander, Judi Dench, Kenneth Branagh

This fall, ShortsHD will present a collection of several brief films unambiguously titled "Stars in Shorts." Each of these otherwise unconnected seven films features big name talent including Judi Dench, Colin Firth, Tom Hiddleston, Keira Knightly, Kenneth Branagh, Lily Tomlin, Jason Alexander, and others. The seven films, reviewed below, will premiere in theaters on September 28th, followed by an iTunes/Pay Per View release on October 9.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 19, 2012 7:24 PM
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Public Sundance ShortsLab Workshop Coming to Los Angeles August 11

The Sundance Institute announces the Los Angeles edition of their public one-day filmmaking ShortsLab workshop will take place on August 11, after their successful events in New York and Seattle...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 12, 2012 9:25 PM
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Zachary Quinto to Open Hollyshorts Film Festival with World Premiere of "PERIODS."

Zachary Quinto and his Before the Door Pictures banner (the engine behind "Margin Call") will open the 8th Annual Hollyshorts Film Festival with the world premiere of "PERIODS."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 29, 2012 2:57 PM
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Palm Springs Int'l Shortfest: Winners, Favorites & Trailers for Doc 'Battle of the Jazz Guitarist' and Oscar-Eligible 'Behind the Mirrors'

The 2012 Palm Springs International ShortFest received 3,000 submissions this year, and 324 lucky shorts were chosen to screen at the Camelot Theaters, a welcome respite from the oppressive heat where Palm Springs locals and out-of-towners delight in the films featured by the festival...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 26, 2012 6:08 PM
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Palm Springs Int'l Shortfest: Gus Van Sant's Early Shorts & Set Stories; Robert Elswit's Cinematography Master Class

The Palm Springs Shortfest 2012 has come to a close. As a first timer at the fest, I was treated to some wonderful films, a Master Class with cinematographer Robert Elswit, a great Q & A with the Spirit of Short Film award winner Gus Van Sant and, of course, the great company...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 26, 2012 3:52 PM
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Focus Forward's 'Short Films, Big Ideas' Competition Hits LAFF; Offers $100K Prize for Grand-Prize Winner

Focus Forward first announced its $200K Filmmaker Challenge at Sundance in January, and will be at LA Film Fest starting tomorrow (June 14-24) to encourage festival attendees and emerging talent to get in on the competition as well. "Short Films, Big Ideas" will ultimately be a series of 30 three-minute nonfiction films.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 13, 2012 7:37 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: Kevin Spacey, Whiskey and Sending the Elevator Back Down

Less than a year ago, Benjamin Leavitt moved to Austin, Texas. An aspiring filmmaker, Leavitt was looking to get back into the world of narrative film, but had few connections in his new home city. Tonight, eight months later, he'll attend the premiere of his new film "The Ventriloquist" at High Line Stages in New York's meatpacking district.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 3, 2012 1:14 PM
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Participate in Moxie Institute Crowd-Sourced Film Project [Video]

The Moxie Institute Film Team is working on a new participatory film in their Cloud Film series. This one is about the importance of "engaging" in society and they want your submissions. Watch the video below or read the blurb to see what they're looking for.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 25, 2012 4:41 PM
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