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Relationship Mishaps and More On View at the Brooklyn Short Film Festival

By Janet Upadhye | June 13, 2012 3:17pm
AnnaRose King directs actors in her short film Stood Up.
AnnaRose King directs actors in her short film Stood Up.
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DUMBO — Relationships are complicated, with enough drama and intrigue to fill the entire Brooklyn Short Film Festival in DUMBO.

The second annual festival will show 14 films at the Galapagos Art Space on Thursday.

The salient themes tying this collection of shorts together are relationships and communication. And the majority of the films chosen came from Brooklyn filmmakers.

Filmmaker AnnaRose King lives in DUMBO, right down the street from the festival.

“It's amazing to be able to walk down the street to see my own film being screened,” she said. “It is a very special thing.”

In King’s short film Stood Up, the lead character decides not to stand by idly while last night’s date doesn’t text. Instead, she takes matters into her own hands.

What will a New York woman do to get a text back?

“You’ll have to watch the film to see,” said King. “I’ll tell you this, she goes to all extremes.”

Film festival director Richard Hooban received more than 1,000 entries from all over the world before narrowing it down to the 14 features that will be shown beginning at 8 p.m.

“It turned out to be a highly selective process,” Hooban said. “It took a team of six people several months to decide on which films we would screen.”

Hooban, a South Williamsburg resident, envisioned the festival a couple of years back when he saw a lack of exciting short film festivals in Brooklyn. A former filmmaker himself, he also saw a need for more networking events for the film community. 

“This year we have built in an hour of music and visuals before the show during which directors, actors and audience members can meet and hang out,” he said. “Hopefully some cool new projects will come from it.”

The second annual Brooklyn Short Film Festival returns to the Galapagos Art Space at 16 Main Street in DUMBO on Thursday, June 14. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. For more information, visit brooklynshorts.com.