A packed audience at the SVA Theatre gathered to see the work of the inaugural graduating class of the MPS Live Action Short Film Department at its first film festival, “A Coupla Quickies: An Evening of Short Films About New York.” Actor Danny Aiello, writer Pete Hamill and film festival director Doug LeClaire were among the viewers who came to check out the new filmmakers’ work. Department Chair Bob Giraldi introduced the 16 short films that were screened.
The festival judges selected Ryan Kwon’s film Bittersweet Life to take the top prize. The film tells the story of a homeless man who continually interrupts a businessman during his repeated attempts to commit suicide. Second prize was awarded to Ed Caban for his film Friends & Strangers, about a lonely old man who invites a woman he meets at a bar to attend a holiday dinner with his family.
Doug LeClaire, founder and director of the NY Short Film Concert, New York City’s longest running short film exhibition, plans to screen selected films from the festival in an upcoming program.
Image: Ryan Kwon, still from Bittersweet Life