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PS 200 short Fest to unspool 41 pics

Gear, iFilm.com, HBO among sponsors

The PS 2000: Short Film Exhibition will unspool 41 new shorts, including four world and 10 New York premieres, beginning April 3 at the Anthology Film Archives.

Organized by young industry professionals — including filmmaker Jorge Aguirre, Kelly Marcus, Andre Hereford of 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, Ryan Werner of the Shooting Gallery and Bryd MacDonald, former creative exec at Clinica Estetico — PS 2000 is designed to provide a chance for the public to view shorts by up and coming filmmakers. Pics are often seen only at industry-restricted film fests.

“Everyone involved in it is within the industry such as a filmmaker or those of us who began as assistants. (The fest) gave us a chance to do something beyond our everyday jobs and meet emerging filmmakers to bring to our companies,” said Werner, now director of acquisitions and distribution at the Shooting Gallery. “We go to a lot of film festivals and realized there are all these short films, which, besides the Internet, the general public does not see.”

Marcus explained that the films were chosen by open submission. “All six of us (producers of the fest) are expected to go out and scout films, talk to other filmmakers and agents, to see what is coming in the works and in the pipes,” Marcus said. “Not everyone can make it to Park City, so it’s a shame that not everyone in New York can see the Sundance Film Festival winner.”

Founded five years ago by Hereford, Aguirre and MacDonald, fest is sponsored this year by Kozmo.com, Gear magazine, iFilm.com, HBO, Filmmaker magazine, Kodak and MTV Films. It’s free to the public, with a $5 donation encouraged.

Highlights of this year’s fest include Peter Sollett’s “Five Feet High and Rising,” winner of the 2000 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize in the short film category; “Hitch,” by Bradley Rust Gray, and “G” by Rolf Gibbs, both 2000 Sundance Film Festival honorable mention winners; and Zoe Cassavetes’ “Men Make Women Crazy Theory,” which stars Ione Skye and Donovan Leitch.

Beginning on April 3, PS 2000 will unspool each Monday in April at 8 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.ps00.com.

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