Friday, May 11, 2007

Screening: Daniel King and Matt Meindl, Columbus OH, 5/12/07

Friend and JSF pillar Daniel King will be part of a screening at the Wexner Center here in Columbus tomorrow night. His film AUTHORITY HEAD EXORCISM will be screened alongside other short films from Ohio.

Also at the screening will be a film by Matt Meindl, the JSF's most recent Ohio filmmaker to be published (Vol. 7). We're not sure which of his is showing, but it's bound to be good.

The details: Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio Film & Video Showcase 2007. May 12, 7pm, Columbus, OH.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Screening: Neil Ira Needleman, NYC, 4/12/07

Neil’s solo screening on Saturday night will include no fewer than nine of his films. Two of them—Last Request and Meditation—are world premieres, and the rest are “recent and virtually recent.” (You will recall Neil’s film in Volume 2, Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn.) Join him and his following at the Millennium Film Workshop at 8pm.

Speaking of the Millennium, go there Saturday, June 9, for “Southwest Experimental Video” night, curated by friend-of-the-JSF Brian Konefsky. The screening is made up of work from Basement Films, an Albuquerque-based microcinema and performance group.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

press release: The Journal of Short Film Releases Volume 7 (Spring 2007)

for immediate release

Columbus, OH (May 1, 2007) The Journal of Short Film released Volume 7 (Spring 2007) today. The JSF is a quarterly DVD publication of exceptional, peer-reviewed short films. To date, the JSF has published 70 filmmakers from 8 countries.

Volume 7 opens with a thoughtful and entertaining documentary about Hurricane Katrina and the impact of religion on the American South. Several strong narrative films, two of which are Spanish, take us from medieval France to an abandoned bombing range. Love stories sit next to revenge stories, with comedies nearby. Several experimental films and hand-made animations complete the collection.

The Journal is pleased to welcome Chicago-based filmmaker Deborah Stratman as a guest editor for Volume 8. She is known for her work through her production company Pythagoras. She was a 2003 Guggenheim Fellow and was praised for her short work In Order Not To Be Here. She recently completed Kings of the Sky, a feature documentary about Muslim Uyghur tightrope walkers in western China.

The Journal continues to have a free and open submissions process. Submissions should be sent to The JSF, PO Box 8217, Columbus, OH 43201, USA. The Journal also remains ad-free, committed to independent and underrepresented work, and insistent that art and entertainment are not mutually exclusive.

Following is a list of the films in Volume 7:

1. GOD PROVIDES – Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky (2006, 8:30) Shot in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, this unexpected short examines faith and inexplicable loss in the American South. 2. BOMB – Ian Olds (2006, 13:50) An almost love story set on the edge of an old Air Force bombing range. 3. HOW SHE SLEPT AT NIGHT – Lilli Carré (2006, 3:30) A man tries to remember his wife but only comes up with scant details as his memory starts to stray. 4. CHOQUE (COLLISION) – Nacho Vigalondo (2005, 10:00) Strong temperaments—and cars—collide in this chic film from Oscar-nominated director Nacho Vigalondo. 5. LOLLYGAGGER – Matt Meindl (2006, 5:00) All sidewalks are not created equal in this experimental travelogue. 6. CRANIUM THEATER – Jason Sandri (2006, 6:45) A quirky and surrealistic critique on the excessive demands of Church and State on the common man. 7. AVATAR – Lluís Quílez (2005, 15:00) Avatar: 1) Chance event that usually involves a sudden change in the course of something. Change of fortune. 2) Test someone goes through. 8. DISCONNECTED – Karl Lind (2006, 3:00) A million tiny hearts break. Somehow, everything is much more one sided than we would like it to be. 9. CHRISTINE. 1403. – Erica Berg (2006, 12:45) A magical cry for peace from the midst of the 100 Years' War, inspired by the words of medieval writer Christine de Pizan.

Contact: Karl Mechem, publisher, The Journal of Short Film,