On Saturday, November 19 and Sunday November 20, Harvestworks’ Filmette Film Festival will be screening 13 films at its location in Soho. For its inaugural lineup, the festival has selected an international mix of “mid-length” documentaries and narrative films including The Wee Govan Pipers (Scotland), The Story Has Ended (Egypt), Mom It's Me (Russia), Mara Mara (Spain), The Dead Poet (Hungary) and Vertical Slum (Venezuela) as well as nearly a half-dozen from New York filmmakers. Nearly 100 films were submitted from approximately 30 countries!
Filmette was created as a showcase for movies that have historically struggled to find an audience and distribution simply because of their unconventional running time. Too long for traditional shorts programs and too short for a more conventional theatrical release, these mid-length films (30 to 60 minutes) struck the festival’s four co-founders -- Gisburg, Molly Gross, Loui Terrier and Drew Pisarra -- as being no less deserving of attention and a larger audience.
As Gisburg puts it: “I've been working for years now in independent film and in that time I’ve met many filmmakers who have given their whole heart (and their own money) to films that didn’t fit into traditional platforms because they were either too short or too long. I thought, this is ridiculous.”
Click here for the full lineup, schedule and tickets. (Tickets are $5 per program.)
When: Sat., Nov. 19 and Sun., Nov. 20
Where: Harvestworks (596 Broadway, Suite 602)
Subway: F, M, D, B to Broadway-Lafayette | R to Prince St. | 6 to Bleecker St.