Local filmmakers selected for Film Fest

Posted: Thursday, December 10, 2009

Two local filmmakers will visit Anchorage as part of the ninth annual Anchorage International Film Festival, which began Dec. 4 and runs through Dec. 19.

Writer Brad Smith and director Kendall Merry of Merrysmith Filmworks will be on hand to present the world premiere screening of their 22-minute short film, "Blood Red Shoes." The film tells the story of a pair of red Italian shoes, the two very different women whose lives they pass through, and the dangerous tie that binds them all together. The filmmakers filmed the experimental short without benefit of dialog, narration or facial expression.

"Blood Red Shoes" was shot on location in Juneau and the Amalfi Coast of Italy.

The film will be screened as part of the "Snowdance 5" program at the Anchorage Museum on Friday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. The Snowdance program features films by Alaskans or about Alaska.

"We're pleased and excited that 'Blood Red Shoes' was chosen as an official selection of the AIFF," said director Kendall Merry. "It gives us momentum towards our next project - King Salmon, a full-length horror and drama feature film that we'll start shooting this fall."

For more information about "Blood Red Shoes" and Merrysmith Filmworks, visit merrysmithfilmworks.com.

For more information about the Film Festival, visit www.anchoragefilmfestival.org.

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