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Short Films Take Over The Museum

Above: Film still from the short film "Tooty's Wedding," directed by Frederic Casella and screening at alt.pictureshows 2012 at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

Aired 8/29/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Neil Kendricks, founder of alt.pictureshows and film curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

Cheryl Kanekar, director, writer and editor.


The annual alt.pictureshows short-film showcase returns to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) in La Jolla. And this year, alt.pictureshows founder and MCASD film curator, Neil Kendricks, celebrates the 10th anniversary of this event.

For one night only, participants can view more than two dozen short films from around the world. But you won't be sitting in the same seat staring at the same screen the entire night — the films are screened on a continuous loop in various spaces throughout the museum so you can physically channel surf at your leisure.

Film themes and topics range, from Saba Riazi’s realistic drama "The Wind is Blowing on My Street" shot in Tehran, to British filmmaker Frederic Casella’s award-winning comedy "Tooty’s Wedding". Other film highlights at this year's event include Anna Musso’s critically acclaimed dramatic short "L Train," Lucy Walker's Oscar-nominated short doc "The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom" and Benh Zeitlin’s "Glory at Sea" (Zeitlin is director of the Sundance award-winning feature "Beasts of the Southern Wild," now screening at local theaters).

In addition to several films making their San Diego debut, this year's lineup also features a "greatest hits" selection of films screened at previous alt.pictureshows events, to mark the event's 10th anniversary.

KPBS Midday Edition speaks with MCASD film curator Neil Kendricks and local filmmaker Cheryl Kanekar (whose short "Carnival" is featured) about this year's event and their love of short films.

alt.pictureshows 2012” takes place tomorrow, Thursday, August 30, from 7-10 pm at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla.

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