The Westport Library is delighted to welcome SHORT CUTS Film Festival to the Trefz Forum and online, screening short, award-winning narrative and animated films. Now in its 11th season, SHORT CUTS includes a post-film discussion with its international directors. SHORT CUTS will also be streamed virtually.
For the past 10 years, SHORT CUTS has curated its films solely from the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. But in 2021, the pandemic allowed virtual access to other prestigious festivals.
“We were able to screen films from the Sundance and South by Southwest Festivals,” said producer Nancy Diamond of Westport’s JIB Productions. “And are excited to present our audiences with selections from those festivals as well.”
The first program will take place on Thursday, October 14. A second narrative/animated program will be screened on Thursday November 4. A first-time all documentary program is Thursday, November 18. Masks will be required for all in-person guests.
Selections curated from the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival on Thursday, October 14 include: the fantastical Girl with the Thermal Gun, (Winner, Best Narrative Short;) the animated and poignant Death and the Lady; and Two Jacked, a film with a twist. Co-directors of Death and the Lady, Geoff Bailey and Lucy Steuve, will be special SHORT CUTS guests, joining in the talkback with producer Nancy Diamond.
Selections curated from the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival on Thursday, November 4 include: Six Nights, (Winner, Student Visionary Award); an immigrant’s plight in No Longer in Use and a puts-a-smile-on-your-face Cupid. Zoey Martinson, Cupid’s director, will be a SHORT CUTS guest, joining the talkback with producer Nancy Diamond.
Selections curated from the prestigious Tribeca and SXSW Film Festivals on Thursday, November 18 include: Coded, the extraordinary story of gay illustrator J.C. Leyendecker (Winner, Best Documentary Short, Tribeca); in Change the Name, Chicago students fight until they win their battle over a sign; and The Unlikely Fan (SXSW nominee for Grand Jury Award) adores Michael Jordan. A Zoom talkback with several directors and producer Nancy Diamond will follow the screening.