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Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Shorts Festival to Screen Coast to Coast

Nitehawk Cinema has announced its first theatrically distributed program called Nitehawk Shorts Festival Selects to take Nitehawk’s commitment to emerging artists to a larger audience. Curated by Nitehawk’s Director of Programming/Special Projects, Caryn Coleman, Nitehawk Shorts Festival Selects is a curated 91-minute program featuring seven short films from the 2016 Nitehawk Shorts Festival.

For the past five years, Nitehawk’s annual festival has championed new voices in independent short filmmaking to audiences in New York with its sold out screenings and filmmaker talks. Though short in length, all films are under 20-minutes, these shorts encompass styles from social documentary to feminist thriller and, as a whole program, represents the diversity, inclusiveness, and power of succinct storytelling.

The selected films include last year’s Festival Jury Award winner Saj Pothiawala’s Vegas, Festival Jury Runner-Up Marysia Makowska’s Dahlia, Cinematographer Award winner Doron Max Hagay’s Vape,

Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan’s The Send-Off (best short documentary at San Francisco International Film Festival and Best Texas Short at SXSW), Catherine Fordham’s Consomme and inaugural Huffington Post Impact Award winner Dan Taberski’s These C*cksucking Tears, who went on to create the successful Missing Richard Simmons podcast.

The Nitehawk Shorts Festival Selects program will premiere in New York at Nitehawk Cinema on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 and will have a run at the theater June 23 – June 29, 2017. Other theaters and cultural institutions across the country to be announced shortly. For updated information on where the program will tour from July – September, you are invited to visit: http://nitehawkshortsfestival.com/2017/touring-program/

The 2017 Nitehawk Shorts Festival will take place over November 7-12, 2017 and showcase filmmaker workshops, parties and hosted artist talks. Regular submissions close June 25, with last chance, late submissions accepted June 26 through July 30.

THE SEND-OFF
Ivete Lucas & Patrick Bresnan / USA / 2016 / Documentary / 12 1/2 minutes
Emboldened by a giant block party on the evening of their high school prom, a group of students enter the night with the hope of transcending their rural town and the industrial landscape that surrounds them.

VEGAS
Saj Pothiawala / USA / 2016 / Narrative / 15 minutes
Festival Jury Award Winner
After Riley, a young awkward Brooklyn bachelor, is stood up by a Tinder date, he encounters an eccentric prostitute named Vegas at the bus stop on his way home.

DAHLIA
Marysia Makowska / South Africa / 2015 / Narrative / 13 minutes
Festival Jury Award Runner Up Winner
A story of misbehavior, miscommunication and misinterpretation: on a hot summer day, two bored girls break into a stranger’s empty house, setting in motion unintended consequences for the house’s owner and themselves.

VAPE
Doron Max Hagay / USA / 2016 / Narrative / 17 minutes
Cinematography Award Winner
A dark romantic comedy about a frustrated realtor who falls for a mechanic who vapes, set in the hazy sprawl of Los Angeles.

BE GOOD
Grace Rex / USA / 2016 / Narrative / 11 1/2 minutes
The arrival of a stray dog in a couple’s apartment stirs up dormant romance and exposes the breadth of their fractured relationship.

CONSOMME
Catherine Fordham / USA / 2016 / Horror/Thriller / 6 minutes
A young woman’s fiercest self takes over to fight for her life when she is attacked.

THESE C*CKSUCKING TEARS
Dan Taberski / USA / 2016 / Documentary / 16 minutes
Huffington Post Impact Award Winner
The uncompromising voice behind the first gay-themed country music album – 40 years after its release.