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    Short film fest invades Gallagher

    Although this camera totting luchador may not be there, the ShortFest will feature Star Trek producer Andre Bormanis.
    Although this camera totting luchador may not be there, the ShortFest will feature “”Star Trek”” producer Andre Bormanis.

    So your attention span is short. Maybe it’s really short. Do you find it hard to watch a 90-minute movie? Even a 30-minute sitcom? Not to worry. This Saturday the ShortFest is at the Gallagher Theater in the Student Union showcasing some of the best short films of the past few years.

    The festival is screening 20 shorts from all over the world and also includes a handful of movies made right here in Arizona.

    “”Star Trek”” writer-producer Andre Bormanis will open up festivities at 6 p.m. as the keynote speaker before the first screening begins at 7 p.m.

    The highlight of the festival and final screening of the night is UA alum Ari Sandel’s Oscar winning short, “”West Bank Story.”” The film is a musical parody of “”West Side Story,”” set between two competing falafel stands on the war-weary West Bank of Israel.

    But the festival doesn’t end there. After the theatrical screenings, the online portion of the festival opens with over a dozen films.

    Of the films featured, many are from Arizona. “”Mr. Chatterbox,”” directed by Edward Rosenblum, is one of the films showing at the festival. The four-minute flick is a love story between a mute boy and a blind girl.

    “”The People’s Champion,”” edited, acted in, directed and co-written by Brock H. Brown is also four minutes long, and follows a band as they discover the importance of the audience. “”Suicide Club,”” clocking in at 15 minutes, is by Donovan and Adam Montierth and stars Jason Marsden of “”Eerie, Indiana”” fame. This is not to be confused with the Japanese “”Suicide Club”” of 2002.

    The festival provides an opportunity for UA students and local residents alike to become acquainted with the filmmaking community and the medium of short films. Shorts often provide a step for aspiring filmmakers to reach broader audiences, producers and financers and can help propel filmmakers to achieve success in feature-length films later in their career.

    Tickets for the festival go on sale at noon the day of the event at the Gallagher Theater box office.

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