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The NY Short Film Concert

This time of year, it seems like it’s just one film festival after another. That’s great if you’re like me and have a ravenous appetite for movies and a job that lets you indulge in them. If you’re attracted to the idea of checking out a lot of films but don’t have the time, you can do it in one evening at the NY Short Film Concert.

The program is a touring production run by Asbury Shorts, which has been exhibiting mini-movies in New York City since 1981. Though it began as a venue for student films, it has grown over the years to become a curated exhibition featuring the best of live action and animated short films from around the world, with an emphasis on entertainment value.

Among the films scheduled for the evening are “Super Powers,” a Tribeca award-winner about a couple’s comic attempt to spice up their love life with role playing; the British entry “Gone Fishing,” starring Bill Paterson as a man who copes with death by sharing his love of fishing with his grandson; “Tulip,” a different take on death about a farmer whose cow can deal with the death of his wife, directed by actress Rachel Griffiths; “The Quality of Mercy,” starring Weeds’ Mary Louise Parker as an actress who runs onto the powerful theater critic who gave her a bad review; and “Lunch,” a purely silly skit about a man enjoying an inappropriate meal at the workplace, created by Rochester filmmaker Matthew Ehlers.

The NY Short Film Concert will be presented at 7pm on Thursday, November 3 at the Screening Room in Amherst. It is a joint presentation of the Buffalo Film Society and the Niagara Falls Film Society, with discounted tickets available for members.

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