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Review: The Oscar Nominated Short Films: Live Action and Animated

Highlights of the live-action shorts include the beautifully direct performances by Somali refugees in "Asad," a contemporary story (with folkloric undertones) of a boy who wants to be a pirate; the del Toro–esque fantasy setting of "Death of a Shadow"; the blend of dark comedy and gritty drama in the New York story of a little girl and her black-sheep uncle, "Curfew"; and the warmth of memory giving way to cold reality for an elderly man in "Henry."
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  January 30, 2013

Review: Stars in Shorts

There are big names galore in this amalgam of short films — Judi Dench, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Kenneth Branagh, etc. — and the celebs are having a holiday good time, even when the stories aren't particularly distinguished.
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 25, 2012

Review: The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2012: Live Action

The Oscar nominees for Live Action Shorts come down to five conventional narratives.
The Oscar nominees for Live Action Shorts come down to five conventional narratives.
By GERALD PEARY  |  February 07, 2012

Review: 2011 Art House Project Shorts Program

Surreal poetry
Short films are the art of omission, and those in this outstanding Sundance program transform non-sequiturs into surreal poetry.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 18, 2012

Review: Dancin' just thinkin' about it

Our fifth annual short-film festival really moves
Whether it was hilariously gruesome female assassins or the soft-touch smiles of a family enjoying daily life, the fifth annual Portland Phoenix Maine Short Film Festival spanned genres well. We had roller-skating, pantomiming, art-creating, cannibalistic ladies, and, if you’ll pardon the cliché, Everything In Between.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 24, 2010


'11+1' at Outpost 186
The hour's worth of film and dance that followed my absurdist journey offered flashbacks, edges, mysterious messages, and a thunderstorm. In 1924, Tristan Tzara described Dada as a resistance to the pretensions of art, "a snow of butterflies released from the head of a prestidigitator." I left Inman Square feeling energized.
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  February 09, 2010

Camera crazy

Local filmmakers show off their talents in our fourth Short-Film Festival
With a large number of new entrants, and several returning filmmakers, the fourth annual Portland Phoenix Maine Short Film Festival was a rousing success.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 25, 2009


Get ready for RIIFF's 13th Filmapalooza
If the Rhode Island International Film Festival were a monster movie, it would be something like The Blob That Engulfed Delaware . Like its dozen predecessors, the 13th annual event will be taking over the state.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 29, 2009
48 list

Creative manifesto

Capturing Portland's collaborative spirit, with $90 and a borrowed car
"Is it fair to say we're a Marxist city in spirit if not law?"
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  May 27, 2009
Hide Seek list

Let's talk about sex

Truth and Consequences in  Hide and Seek
It's not that Eve's religious but sisterly mother wouldn't understand, it's that Eve is apprehensive about her not  understanding.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 06, 2009

Review: ''The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2009''

Varying degrees of schmaltz and subtlety
As with Best Picture, the themes of death, aging, and difficult love dominate the two Shorts Oscar categories this year.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 04, 2009

Teach a woman to fish...she'll never want to leave

Love letters to Maine
The cluster of small shacks that comprise Jim's Smelt Camp in Bowdoinham look like a tiny shantytown; were that it was so — I would move right in.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 29, 2009

Rehearsing their choir

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper are easy to find, easy to love
Epically twee, and then simply epic, "Comet Flies Over the Underbelly" — the fourth track on Lady Lamb the Beekeeper's Samples for Handsome Animals — is, for a minute or two, almost unbearable.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  December 31, 2008

Fabulous flicks

Our third short-film festival crowns all new winners
A new crop of local entrants, including a professional filmmaker, won awards at the third annual Portland Phoenix Maine Short Film Festival, which turned out to be the most competitive ever ... and the most fun!
By JEFF INGLIS  |  November 21, 2008

Mixed Media at the Papercut

Cultural staples
Last Saturday's mixed-bill affair at the Papercut Zine Library was a strange hybrid of contemporary salon, multimedia talent show, and impromptu modern-dance class (with instructions to move our bodies "like fire").
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  November 18, 2008

Parody flunks out

Political humor is no longer welcome in Academia as administrators choke the life out of parody
Artist Barry Blitt’s brilliant illustration — which sought to satirize the naysayers who portray Obama as a flag-burning, unpatriotic Muslim and his wife as a black-power radical — cut to the core of today’s political paradox.
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  July 30, 2008

RI International Film Fest marks 25 years

Reel life
Celebrating its 25th anniversary this time around, from August 5-10, the Rhode Island International Film Festival started out in 1983 as Flickers, a Newport film club.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 30, 2008

Bigger! Better!!

The 12th Annual Rhode Island International Film Festival
This year the festival will host 58 world premieres and 41 North American premieres.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 30, 2008

Flora, fauna, and the female figure

Art Nouveau Jewelry at the MFA, ‘Players’ on MIT’s Media Test Wall, and ‘Nascent’ at NESAD
The Art Nouveau movement of the late-19th/early-20th century distanced itself from the mass production of the Industrial Revolution with elaborate, one-of-a-kind works made from unusual materials.
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  July 15, 2008

Freeport senior is a young Renaissance Man

Conversations in a box
Last fall, Freeport high-schooler Kevin Henthorn’s The Art of Walking won the Film of the Year award in the Phoenix’s Maine Short Film Festival.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 19, 2008

Pass the subversion

Jorge Furtado at the HFA
Brazilian filmmaker Jorge Furtado has pursued the same preoccupations through his entire 25-year career, beginning with his arch, masterfully constructed and jolting shorts.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 05, 2008

When Jacko was king

The 25th anniversary of Thriller
Richard Nixon may be the only figure whose decline in popularity eclipsed Michael Jackson’s.
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  February 26, 2008

Mind Games I

Imagination A-Go-Go at Elemental
The imagination knows its own way, but it sometimes needs marching orders.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 19, 2012

Wild things

Lamorisse’s White Mane and Red Balloon
There is no more-enchanting Thanksgiving outing than the double bill of reissued Albert Lamorisse short films.
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  November 19, 2007

Moving pictures

The second annual Portland Phoenix Maine Short Film Festival
It was a great night at One Longfellow Square, a really good spot for showing movies (including a curved wall onto which the films were projected!).
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 01, 2007

The Ingmar imbroglio

Plus the Manhattan Short Film Fest
There hasn’t been such a stir among film critics for years.
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 26, 2007


The 11th annual Rhode Island International Film Festival
It may be in Little Rhody, but the 11th Annual Rhode Island International Film Festival is the biggest film festival in New England.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 31, 2007

Paris je t'aime

A whirlwind tour of 18 arrondissements in 120 minutes
The concept for this anthology was a short film representing each of Paris’s 20 arrondissements, from the Jardins des Tuileries (#1) to the Cimitière du Père Lachaise (#20).
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 23, 2007

Chlotrudis Short Film Festival

A well selected bunch
It's a well selected bunch that range from Chekhovian revelations of the everyday to exercises in narrative stillness.
By RICHARD BECK  |  February 28, 2007

Oscar Nominated Shorts

Do these live-action and animated shorts really represent the best of the year?
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  February 14, 2007

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