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2007 manhattan Short Film Festival

September 29, 2007

Local theaters are wonderful.  The Historic Normal Theater just showed the 2007 Manhattan Short Film Festival, which was followed by an international voting for the best one.  Our theater was the only one in Illinois hosting the event.

My favorites in order were Lines, Clooney, Boris’ Complete Book Of Rules, and The Prestidigitator.  Lots of people were very impressed by 1/100 of a second but I thought it pushed emotional buttons in a rather clumsy fashion. Feeling Lonely was a very obvious reworking of Rear Window and I Want To Be A Pilot was like the world’s most tedious Christian Children’s Fund commercial.  The others were so-so. 

Lines could be, and should be, made into a series for high-school kids.  You could do an awful lot with the main character they created and I think it would be massively popular. Unfortunately it has not hit YouTube yet.

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  1. Ted
    October 2, 2007 at 10:30 | #1

    Why is it called the Manhattan Short Film Festival?

    I’m just confused —it seems that Normal, Illinois is neither in Kansas or New York.

  2. October 2, 2007 at 11:05 | #2

    Films from many countries are included.  The festival is compiled in Manhattan, and then shown at participating theaters around the world within a few nights.  Voting results are tabulated and sent in, and the winner is chosen. 

    MrsDoF and I carefully concealed our voting cards from each other until we had filled them out.  Then we compared them – and had both voted for Lines.  Awww, how romantic…

  3. November 26, 2009 at 15:42 | #3

    Thanks for this great article

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