Little Gems: Cinema Society’s Short Film Fest rolls back into La Jolla on Jan. 28
By Lonnie Burstein Hewitt
Who loves short shorts? The Cinema Society of San Diego; its director, Andy Friedenberg; and Mark Title, co-curator of its annual short films event, not to mention the hundreds of viewers who crowded into last year’s two sold-out showings at Sherwood Auditorium.
This year’s eight films were chosen from almost 300 screened by Friedenberg and Title, a physicist who is also a short-film collector.
“Andy and I went to the Student Academy Awards in Los Angeles (put on by the same folks who do the Oscars) as well as the Toronto Film Festival and the week-long Palm Springs ShortFest, which is the largest short film festival in the western United States,” Title said.
“Our resulting selections are a perfect mix of live action and animation, dramatic story and abstract art, light and heavy,” Title added.
The films range in length from four to 22 minutes, and come from five different countries. There will be two showings at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s Sherwood Auditorium on Jan. 28, with several of the filmmakers on hand to introduce their work, and a Q&A will follow. Cinema Society members will fill most of the seats, but once again, La Jolla Light readers are invited to attend at the members’ guest price of $20.
Of all the shorts, Title’s favorite is “Broken Clouds,” an intimate father-and-son slice-of-life from Canada, which he will introduce at the screenings. “The film’s French title, ‘Ne Pas Reculer’ (Don’t back up), doesn’t mean much,” Title said. A longtime, leisure-time pilot himself, he explained “Broken Clouds” is a pilot’s term for a patch of sky that is more than 50-percent cloudy, but can still be gotten through.
“In the film, the dad is playing pilot with his kid in a carwash. It’s a beautiful, magical moment, but then you see the reality, and you’re slammed back to Earth. The metaphor is: Life can be difficult, but you can get through it. What feature film could give you so much immediacy and impact? Only a short film can do that.”
If you go
■ What: Cinema Society of San Diego presents ‘An Evening of Award- Winning Short Films’
■ When: 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28
■ Where: Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Sherwood Auditorium, 700 Prospect St., La Jolla
■ Tickets: $20
■ Contact: (619) 280-1600, ext. 6, firstname.lastname@example.org
■ Website: cinemasociety.com
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