2007 manhattan Short Film Festival
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.