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Thursday, October 30, 2014
Stepping Out
The New York Short Film Concert returns to the Madison Theatre
These 'little' films go a long way
By Karen Bloom
“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.”

Do you watch the Academy Awards when they present the Best “Live Action” Short Film or Best Short Animation Oscars and say to yourself, “where are these films, and why haven’t I seen any of them?” Well, now you can, when some of the best award-winning short films are screened at the the NY Short Film Concert, playing at Molloy College’s Madison Theatre, on Friday, March. 1.
This showcase of little gems, presented by Asbury Shorts New York, gives film buffs the opportunity to see these hard-to-find shorts in a real theater format on a big screen.
“What makes this evening so unique and special is that the audience can see some great films that don’t get a lot of exposure,” said the Madison Theatre’s artistic director Angelo Fraboni. “These are the sorts of films that are usually played on HBO or Showtime in between other films. Here they stand out on their own. And our theater is perfect for this, with a great screen, comfortable seating and outstanding acoustics that make it ideal for viewing film.”
The show covers all genres: animation, comedy, drama, and documentary. “I’m very excited to be bringing it back for a second year,” Fraboni said. “These are beautiful films, including some from years past that almost no one has seen. The ‘concert’ is built like a play and reaches all your emotions – these films make you cry, laugh and touch your heart. It’s an emotional journey from beginning to end.”
The film exhibition had its start in 1980 (on Asbury Avenue in Westbury), created by Doug LeClaire, who was then a recent graduate of New York Institute of Technology, as a showcase of student-produced shorts from colleges around the area. “It became an annual thing and much anticipated,” LeClaire said. “In 1987 we took it to New York City and it became what it is today. We are proud to say that we are New York City’s longest running short film exhibition. Our show is like a trip to the best film festivals in the world where you sample the elite of the short film genre but without competition.”

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