Traveling film fest showcases shorts from around the country

Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2002

The Academy Award-winning short film "Helicopter" and the animated "Hypertension" are among the short films featured in The Best of the Anchorage Film Festival 2001.

The traveling show of seven films from the festival will be in Juneau for two showings, at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, April 29 and 30. A screen will be set up on the set of "Kubla Khan" at Perseverance Theatre. Admission is $10 and tickets are available at Hearthside Books and at the door.

The festival, which debuted in 2001, is a showcase of national and international films. Organizer Tony Sheppard said last year's entries were some of the best independent films on the world's stage. He said he hopes to see the Anchorage Film Festival achieve prominence as a national showcase.

More than 200 films were submitted, ranging from ultra-shorts to feature-length films. The festival's short film award went to "Tower of Babble," a 22-minute piece by Jeff Wadlow of Los Angeles and narrated by actor Kevin Spacey.

Other films in the traveling show will be the winner of the Super Short Film Award, the 8minute "Revenge of the Red Balloon," by Gregg Rossen of Los Angeles.

Others include:

• "Boundaries (USA/Mexico) by Greg Durbin, 19 min.: While dealing with entry-visa problems, a woman encounters a mute trombonist who attaches himself to her and pursues her relentlessly during her journey to get across the U.S. border.

• "Helicopter" (USA) By Ari Gold, 25 min.: An inventive, autobiographical tale of love, rock 'n' roll, and loss.

• "Hypertension" (New York) by Jeff Spoonhouser, 5 min.: 3D computer animation and Japanese-style 2D animation are juxtaposed to create a strangely paranoiac realm.

• "Zen and the Art of Landscaping" (USA) 15 min.: The smell of freshly mown grass, the look of a smartly landscaped lawn and the weirdness of middle-class America. Think "American Beauty" redux.

• "Sleeping Dogs Lie" (New York) by Joseph Moran, 17 min.: A twisted tale of love, asparagus and parole officers set in the Big Apple.

The 2002 Anchorage Film Festival will be held from Dec. 13 to 21. The upcoming competition will feature a special showcase for Alaska filmmakers. The deadline for submission is Oct. 1, 2002.

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