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2010 Dam Short Film Festival Announces Line-up

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2010 Dam Short Film Festival Announces Line-up
Festival Celebrates 6th Anniversary
Festival runs February 11-13, 2010 in Boulder City, Nevada

“Our 6th anniversary should prove to be our best year yet,” said Lee Lanier, director of the Dam Short Film Society, “Not only are we in the historic Boulder Theatre, but we’re screening well over 100 short films.”  The festival takes place in downtown Boulder City over three days.  Categories include Drama, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Horror, Documentary, Animation, Student, and Nevada Filmmaker. The short films are grouped into 20 different programs.

2010 Dam Short Film Festival Announces Line-up
Festival Celebrates 6th Anniversary
Festival runs February 11-13, 2010 in Boulder City, Nevada

“Our 6th anniversary should prove to be our best year yet,” said Lee Lanier, director of the Dam Short Film Society, “Not only are we in the historic Boulder Theatre, but we’re screening well over 100 short films.”  The festival takes place in downtown Boulder City over three days.  Categories include Drama, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Horror, Documentary, Animation, Student, and Nevada Filmmaker. The short films are grouped into 20 different programs.

In the wake of last year’s success, a “6th Dam Year” Mixer will be held on Friday, February 12th at 7:30 pm.  The first 25 guests to the Mixer will receive a free ticket to any program. The location of the Mixer will again be the local Boulder Dam Brewing Co.

Since the festival falls on Valentine’s Day weekend, we will again have a special program. On Saturday, February 13th at 4:45 pm, Valentine’s Day will be celebrated with a “Love & Romance” program; the first 20 ticket-holding couples to arrive will receive a free box of valentine’s chocolates courtesy of Grandma Daisy’s.

Local filmmakers are also highlighted by two programs.  The “Nevada Filmmakers” showcase will occur Friday, February 12th at 9:00 pm and will screen 6 films from up-and-coming Las Vegas filmmakers. The “Best of Ai” Showcase will take place Thursday, February 11th at 7:00 pm and will show off the student and faculty work from the Art Institute of Las Vegas.  The Art Institute of Las Vegas actively encourages local filmmaking by serving a festival Showcase Sponsor for 2010.

For a fourth year, the festival will include a Film Market, where over 1000 short films will be available for check out and viewing.

Tickets to each film program or showcase are $6 and may be purchased at the door during the event.  3-Day Passes are also available for $50.  All screenings will occur at the Boulder Theatre at 1225 Arizona Street, Boulder City, NV 89005. The 400-seat Boulder Theatre was once Boulder City's movie house. Built in 1931, for years it was the only air-conditioned building in the area. In 1999, actor/musician Desi Arnaz Jr. and his wife Amy purchased the facility. The historic structure has since been restored and serves as the home of the Boulder City Ballet Company.

Other events and venues, such as the Filmmaker/Press Lounge, Filmmaker Panel,  and Film Market, will be held at the Boulder Dam Hotel at 1305 Arizona Street, Boulder City, NV 89005. The Boulder Dam Hotel was built in 1933 to accommodate visiting government and corporate project managers supervising the building of Hoover Dam. The hotel quickly gained a worldwide reputation as a steady flow of dignitaries and celebrities checked in. Famous guests have included Bette Davis, Will Rogers, Boris Karloff, James Cagney, Henry Fonda, and Howard Hughes. It was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

The Dam Short Film Festival was created by the Dam Short Film Society, a non-profit Nevada corporation founded by Lee and Anita Lanier.  The Society is composed of a board of directors, and is currently a non-membership organization.  Lee Lanier, Charlene Brewer, Ken Cioe, Art Lynch, and Leslie Paige presently make up the board. In March of 2010, Lee transitioned as the society’s executive director. At the same time, assistant director Charlene Brewer took over as its new director.  “There are so many great short films at film festivals across the country, several in small arty towns, that when we moved to Boulder City, we started thinking about creating our own event.  It seemed like such a good fit,” said Lee. “We strive to show films that you just won’t see anywhere else – many of them will only screen at a few festivals.  After that, they’re gone.”  Charlene added, “Our 6th anniversary line-up is a fantastic example of the best of these short films.”

Photos from the 2009 festival:

http://www.damshortfilm.org/press/dsffpic1.zip

http://www.damshortfilm.org/press/dsffpic2.zip

http://www.damshortfilm.org/press/dsffpic3.zip

http://www.damshortfilm.org/press/dsffpiccaptions.txt

Film stills for the 2010 festival:

http://www.damshortfilm.org/press/hereandgone.zip

http://www.damshortfilm.org/press/jennysdreamland.zip

http://www.damshortfilm.org/press/psycheonmelrose.zip

http://www.damshortfilm.org/press/sunup.zip

http://www.damshortfilm.org/press/thelastapostle.zip

http://www.damshortfilm.org/press/thepainteroftheskies.zip

http://www.damshortfilm.org/press/theseventhfloor.zip

http://www.damshortfilm.org/press/truebeautythisnight.zip

http://www.damshortfilm.org/press/filmstillcaptions.txt

2010 poster and festival logo:

http://www.damshortfilm.org/press/poster.zip

http://www.damshortfilm.org/press/logo.zip

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