Short Circuit Traveling Film Festival

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  • Location: HCC Auditorium
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    • Saturday, March 14, 2009
      From 3:00 PM to 7:59 PM
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Last updated: Friday, Mar 06, 2009 at 03:55 AM Posted: Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 06:04 AM

Haywood County Arts Council presents the Southern Arts Federation’s 2nd Annual Short Circuit Traveling Film Festival at Beall Auditorium, Haywood Community College, 185 Freedlander Drive, Clyde, NC on Saturday evening, March 14, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. The Festival is sponsored locally by the Haywood Community College Film & Video Production Technology program, The Activist Movie Club, and New Meridian Technologies.

Short Circuit is the only program that spotlights short films created by filmmakers living and working in the Southeastern United States. Tickets for Short Circuit are available for $5.00 each at the Haywood County Arts Council, 86 North Main Street, Waynesville. Tickets may be purchased with a credit card by calling 828-452-0593. There is a minimum credit card charge of $10.00. Tickets may also be purchased the day of the festival beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the box office of Beall Auditorium on the campus of Haywood Community College. Tickets are limited.

The Short Circuit Traveling Film Festival is comprised of 12 short films selected for their artistic merit by a panel of esteemed media arts professionals. These engaging selections range from fiction and animation to experimental and documentary. This year, the festival features work by filmmakers from Georgia, Louisiana, and Florida.  Short Circuit will travel from November 2008-May 2009 as a self-contained, three-hour film festival. The films are (follow this link for links to each film's website):

“99 to 1: Ovarian Cancer and Me”

  • Documentary Short
  • Directed by Phoebe Brown
  • Atlanta, Georgia

In the summer of 2005, doctors said they were 99% sure that filmmaker Phoebe Brown did not have ovarian cancer. She turned out to be part of the 1%. “99 to 1” is a quirky, funny self-portrait of a cancer survivor.

“Carnival Picaresque”

  • Experimental/Animation
  • Directed by Dave Greber
  • New Orleans, Louisiana

When a nameless narrator embarks with his companion on an excursion from the Big Apple to the Big Easy, they are met by a small entourage of delusional revelers. Together they embark on a psychotropic tour of post-Katrina Mardi Gras celebrations wrought with danger, dizziness and decadent fun.

“Category 4”

  • Narrative Short
  • Directed by Verena Faden
  • Miami, Florida

This narrative short tells the story of a Cuban-American family in Miami as they weather their stormy relationships and a hurricane.

“Crossin’ All the Boundaries”

  • Documentary Short
  • Directed by Rebecca Parrish and Brooke Bassin
  • Atlanta, Georgia

Through interviews with local residents, this short documentary explores race, class, gender and power in Clarksdale, a small Southern town in the Mississippi River Delta, during the 2008 Mississippi Presidential Primaries.

“February Stars”

  • Narrative Short
  • Directed by Sean Heyboer
  • Winter Park, Florida

A young deaf man is on his way home to take care of his severely ill grandmother when he has a chance encounter with a young woman who may change the course of his life.

“Going to the Beach”

  • Narrative Short
  • Directed by Elizabeth Strickler
  • Atlanta, Georgia

In a future memory, young parents desperate to find their lost son cross paths with a boy who is altogether different in this Ballardesque parable filled with cold tension and stark fear.

“I Always Do My Collars First: A Film About Ironing”

  • Documentary Short
  • Directed by Conni Castille and Allison Bohl
  • Breaux Bridge, Louisiana

This short documentary follows four dynamic Cajun women in Southwestern Louisiana as they go about their daily lives and their ironing routine. An emotional and cultural process, ironing is performed with an aesthetic sensibility that helps define these women and their families.

“Our World”

  • Animation
  • Produced and Created by Larry Lauria
  • Savannah, Georgia

“Our World” is an animation relay, a process where animators develop something they want to express through independent work around a central idea. The animation in “Our World” moves from art to sports, from solving a crisis to home shopping by television, from a post-nuclear holocaust to terrorism. The film intends to evoke a discussion about the state of humanity.

“Swimming to the Moon”

  • Narrative Short
  • Directed by Greg Thompson
  • Atlanta, Georgia

When burned-out rock star Orion Gold puts the moves on successful journalist Dana Long, neither of them knows how to brace for the impact. Could Orion’s unique approach to life bring clarity to Dana’s career-driven existence? Could she be his missing muse? Someone's going to fall… hard.

“The Mess”

  • Narrative Short
  • Directed by Art D’Alessandro
  • Maitland, Florida

A man comes home from a hard day at the office to find his house a mess, even worse than usual. He explodes into a violent rage, calms himself, cleans the house and then lies in wait for his wife to discuss their relationship and her inability to change her messy ways. But she didn’t make this mess all by herself.

“Torn Asunder”

  • Experimental
  • Directed by Bob Barancik
  • St. Petersburg, Florida

This experimental film creatively explores America’s increasingly frayed national psyche.


  • Narrative Short
  • Directed by Joel Rodriguez
  • Miami, Florida

Immigrant parents prepare for their daughter’s Quinceañera, but their plans are abruptly interrupted by the question of the father’s legal status which threatens to pull the family apart.

For a complete festival schedule visit the Short Circuit Traveling Film Festival at

The Short Circuit Traveling Film Festival is a program of the Southern Arts Federation (SAF), a non-profit regional arts organization. Founded in 1975, SAF creates partnerships and collaborations; assists in the development of artists, arts professional and arts organizations; present, promotes and produces Southern arts and cultural programming; and advocates for the arts and arts education. The organization works in partnership with the state arts agencies of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.  For more information on the Southern Arts Federation and its programs visit

The Haywood County Arts Council is funded in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts which believes that a great nation deserves great art. For local information about Short Circuit or other arts programming please visit the Haywood County Arts Council at