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Review: The Oscar Nominated Short Films: Live Action and Animated

Highlights of the live-action shorts include the beautifully direct performances by Somali refugees in "Asad," a contemporary story (with folkloric undertones) of a boy who wants to be a pirate; the del Toro–esque fantasy setting of "Death of a Shadow";

By BETSY SHERMAN  |  February 01, 2013
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Review: Stars in Shorts

There are big names galore in this amalgam of short films — Judi Dench, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Kenneth Branagh, etc. — and the celebs are having a holiday good time, even when the stories aren't particularly distinguished.

By GERALD PEARY  |  September 28, 2012
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Review: The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2012: Live Action

The Oscar nominees for Live Action Shorts come down to five conventional narratives.
The Oscar nominees for Live Action Shorts come down to five conventional narratives.
By GERALD PEARY  |  February 10, 2012
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Review: 2011 Art House Project Shorts Program

Short films are the art of omission, and those in this outstanding Sundance program transform non-sequiturs into surreal poetry.
Surreal poetry
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 20, 2012
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Review: Dancin' just thinkin' about it

Whether it was hilariously gruesome female assassins or the soft-touch smiles of a family enjoying daily life, the fifth annual Portland Phoenix Maine Short Film Festival spanned genres well. We had roller-skating, pantomiming, art-creating, cannibalist
Our fifth annual short-film festival really moves
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 26, 2010
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Flickers

The hour's worth of film and dance that followed my absurdist journey offered flashbacks, edges, mysterious messages, and a thunderstorm. In 1924, Tristan Tzara described Dada as a resistance to the pretensions of art, "a snow of butterflies released f
'11+1' at Outpost 186
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  February 12, 2010


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Camera crazy

With a large number of new entrants, and several returning filmmakers, the fourth annual Portland Phoenix Maine Short Film Festival was a rousing success.
Local filmmakers show off their talents in our fourth Short-Film Festival
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 27, 2009

Reeling

If the Rhode Island International Film Festival were a monster movie, it would be something like The Blob That Engulfed Delaware . Like its dozen predecessors, the 13th annual event will be taking over the state.
Get ready for RIIFF's 13th Filmapalooza
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 31, 2009
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Creative manifesto

"Is it fair to say we're a Marxist city in spirit if not law?"
Capturing Portland's collaborative spirit, with $90 and a borrowed car
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  May 29, 2009
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Let's talk about sex

It's not that Eve's religious but sisterly mother wouldn't understand, it's that Eve is apprehensive about her not  understanding.
Truth and Consequences in  Hide and Seek
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 08, 2009
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Review: ''The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2009''

As with Best Picture, the themes of death, aging, and difficult love dominate the two Shorts Oscar categories this year.
Varying degrees of schmaltz and subtlety
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 04, 2009


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Teach a woman to fish...she'll never want to leave

The cluster of small shacks that comprise Jim's Smelt Camp in Bowdoinham look like a tiny shantytown; were that it was so — I would move right in.
Love letters to Maine
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 28, 2009
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Rehearsing their choir

Epically twee, and then simply epic, "Comet Flies Over the Underbelly" — the fourth track on Lady Lamb the Beekeeper's Samples for Handsome Animals — is, for a minute or two, almost unbearable.
Lady Lamb the Beekeeper are easy to find, easy to love
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  December 31, 2008
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Fabulous flicks

A new crop of local entrants, including a professional filmmaker, won awards at the third annual Portland Phoenix Maine Short Film Festival, which turned out to be the most competitive ever ... and the most fun!
Our third short-film festival crowns all new winners
By JEFF INGLIS  |  November 19, 2008
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Mixed Media at the Papercut

Last Saturday's mixed-bill affair at the Papercut Zine Library was a strange hybrid of contemporary salon, multimedia talent show, and impromptu modern-dance class (with instructions to move our bodies "like fire").
Cultural staples
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  November 18, 2008
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Parody flunks out

Artist Barry Blitt’s brilliant illustration — which sought to satirize the naysayers who portray Obama as a flag-burning, unpatriotic Muslim and his wife as a black-power radical — cut to the core of today’s political paradox.
Political humor is no longer welcome in Academia as administrators choke the life out of parody
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  July 30, 2008


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RI International Film Fest marks 25 years

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this time around, from August 5-10, the Rhode Island International Film Festival started out in 1983 as Flickers, a Newport film club.
Reel life
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 30, 2008
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Bigger! Better!!

This year the festival will host 58 world premieres and 41 North American premieres.
The 12th Annual Rhode Island International Film Festival
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 30, 2008
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Flora, fauna, and the female figure

The Art Nouveau movement of the late-19th/early-20th century distanced itself from the mass production of the Industrial Revolution with elaborate, one-of-a-kind works made from unusual materials.
Art Nouveau Jewelry at the MFA, ‘Players’ on MIT’s Media Test Wall, and ‘Nascent’ at NESAD
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  July 15, 2008
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Freeport senior is a young Renaissance Man

Last fall, Freeport high-schooler Kevin Henthorn’s The Art of Walking won the Film of the Year award in the Phoenix’s Maine Short Film Festival.
Conversations in a box
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 19, 2008
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Pass the subversion

Brazilian filmmaker Jorge Furtado has pursued the same preoccupations through his entire 25-year career, beginning with his arch, masterfully constructed and jolting shorts.
Jorge Furtado at the HFA
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 05, 2008


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When Jacko was king

Richard Nixon may be the only figure whose decline in popularity eclipsed Michael Jackson’s.
The 25th anniversary of Thriller
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  February 26, 2008
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Mind Games I

The imagination knows its own way, but it sometimes needs marching orders.
Imagination A-Go-Go at Elemental
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 29, 2008
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Wild things

There is no more-enchanting Thanksgiving outing than the double bill of reissued Albert Lamorisse short films.
Lamorisse’s White Mane and Red Balloon
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  November 19, 2007
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Moving pictures

It was a great night at One Longfellow Square, a really good spot for showing movies (including a curved wall onto which the films were projected!).
The second annual Portland Phoenix Maine Short Film Festival
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 01, 2007
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The Ingmar imbroglio

There hasn’t been such a stir among film critics for years.
Plus the Manhattan Short Film Fest
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 26, 2007


Cinemania

It may be in Little Rhody, but the 11th Annual Rhode Island International Film Festival is the biggest film festival in New England.
The 11th annual Rhode Island International Film Festival
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 31, 2007
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Paris je t'aime

The concept for this anthology was a short film representing each of Paris’s 20 arrondissements, from the Jardins des Tuileries (#1) to the Cimitière du Père Lachaise (#20).
A whirlwind tour of 18 arrondissements in 120 minutes
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 23, 2007
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Chlotrudis Short Film Festival

It's a well selected bunch that range from Chekhovian revelations of the everyday to exercises in narrative stillness.
A well selected bunch
By RICHARD BECK  |  February 28, 2007
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Oscar Nominated Shorts

Do these live-action and animated shorts really represent the best of the year?
Boring
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  February 14, 2007