Last night was opening night of the Gen Art Film Festival, a unique film festival in that it only features 7 film premieres (well, 14 if you count the shorts that play with each feature). Each premiere is followed by a swank New York City after party, which is great for those folks who like a little partying with their film festival experience (minus the inconvenience of having to beg someone to get on a guest list). The festival runs through Tuesday, June 14th, and you can learn more about it right here.
This year is a special one for me, personally, because I was asked by the festival to be part of its shorts jury, which includes myself, producer Ted Hope and writer-director Drake Doremus (Like Crazy). Having watched most of the shorts already, I can tell you my job will not be easy. You have seven wickedly talented filmmakers, and choosing one above all the rest is one of the more difficult assignments I've had all year, especially because my decision will impact the career of an up-and-coming filmmaker.
Last night got off to a great start with the feature film A Beginner's Guide to Endings, and the short that played before it, Delmer Builds a Machine. I'll have more to say about A Beginner's Guide to Endings in a future post (once I can chat with the director for a few), but until then I urge you to set aside two-and-a-half minutes and watch Delmer Builds a Machine below.