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The New York Short Film Concert returns to the Madison Theatre
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“Death, Taxes & Apple Juice” is among the award-winning short films to be screened at the New York Short Film Concert. This touring showcase highlights recently produced films along with some “classics.”
Among them is this year’s Oscar nominee, “ASAD,” from renowned television commercial director Bryan Buckley. Buckley has been called the “king of the Super Bowl commercials, having directed over 50. This outstanding short has won Best Narrative Short Film at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival as well as the Audience Award at the Los Angeles Film Festival and Best Narrative Short Film at the New Orleans Film Festival, among other international film festival honors. ASAD is a coming of age story concerning a young Somali boy living precariously day-to-day in his war torn country. “It is charming and smart, really a wonderful story,” said LeClaire.
Another selection, “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” from directors William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg, was the 2012 Academy Award Winner for Best Animated Short. This amazing story of a magical library of flying books was completed mixing computer animation, miniatures and traditional hand drawn animation.
“Time Freak,” the 2012 Oscar nominee for Best Live Action Short Film, from director Andrew Bowler and producer Gigi Causey, is also popular with audiences. The story behind the making of the film is as much fun as that of the short itself. The newly married Bowler and Causey used their $25,000 nest egg to complete the production of “Time Freak.” Their film was initially rejected by Sundance and other major festivals but received the Oscar nomination from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a total surprise.
“West Bank Story,” one of Fraboni’s favorites, is the 2007 Oscar winner for Best Live Action Short Film. Director Ari Sandel’s musical story of forbidden love – and two competing falafel stands in the Mid East – is a hilarious and ambitious spoof of “West Side Story.”
Also garnering acclaim is the award-winning comedy, “Death, Taxes and Apple Juice” from Los Angeles filmmaker Tamar Halpern. A little girl ponders the meaning of life as her friend helps file her taxes in this eight-minute film.


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