Comedy, drama, surreal imagery, experimental techniques, social commentary and good old-fashioned storytelling all come together in three programs of short films at the High Falls Film Festival Oct. 30 through Nov. 3.
With the success of the two shorts programs in 2001, the festival’s inaugural year, the High Falls has added a third program for 2002. The shorts range in length from three to 27 minutes and represent the filmmaking talents of women from the Unites States, Iceland, Latvia, Israel, France, Lebanon, Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom.
“Short films allow both new and established filmmakers the opportunity to explore stories, characters, comedy, experimental practices—anything and everything that features explore,” says curator Karen VanMeenen. “These programs are no exception.”
This year’s shorts programs include several character-driven narrative dramas, some unusual comedy pieces and even a black comedy thriller in the Halloween night show.
“There are also several exciting, rather experimental documentaries,” says VanMeenen, “including a dogma-style collaboration between an Icelandic filmmaker and a human rights activist in Beirut, Lebanon. This year we also are screening several music-driven films, including a new collaboration from local filmmaker Stephanie Maxwell and local composer Alan Schindler.”
For more information, visit the High Falls Film Festival website.

Posted on October 24, 2002 in Festivals by

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