I want to encourage all of you to take in the Manhattan Short Film Festival September 27 to October 2. This annual event brings people to Dayton from a wide variety of regional communities, yet some of us here have not yet experienced the rich wonder of it. MSFF is a global, multi-cultural cinematic feast founded by New York's Nicholas Mason 21 years ago to showcase some of the most amazing short films being made today.
It is a unique and enriching experience to be able to watch nine (most years, ten) different films ranging from 8 minutes to nearly 20, each produced in a different country, each very different from the other. It's like opening a Christmas present to find nine presents inside. Out of 350 venues worldwide, and 1,565 initial entries, these nine Oscar-worthy short films are being shown in only five theaters in Washington State, the Liberty being one of them - and we have the longest run of them all.
Not only are you in the audience, you are in a judge's chair. Audiences that week will have a voter's card with them. At the end of the screening you will vote for your favorite movie and your favorite actor - in two separate decisions. This is not just entertainment. It is a fascinating opportunity to be emotionally impacted and cerebrally involved at the same time. These films have been chosen precisely because, in different ways, they have the power to rock your world.
I have begun screening them myself (one of the perks of being a theater manager). One of the films you will see is called "Fire in Cardboard City." I won't begin to describe it to you. But when it ends at eight minutes and forty-seven minutes you will have seen something the likes of which you probably have not seen before. The director, Phil Brough (New Zealand) says, "I'm a huge fan of action and genre blockbuster films." Think that gives you a clue? Nope, it doesn't.
We add a day to our regular movie schedule that week with the premiere on Thursday, September 27 (the day after the Princess Bride Party) at 7:30 pm. Run time is just over two hours, including a 5-minute stretch & chat intermission in the middle.
Please consider joining me for something that will shift the way you see the world.
Veteran of the Liberty stage; Manager as of August, 2018. I have no idea what I want to be if I grow up.