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World's best short films to 'reel' in at Eastman Center Oct. 19 [Sun Journal (Lewiston, ME)]

September 10, 2013


FRYEBURG -- The 32 running short film exhibition and touring show will return to The Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, for an amazing night of films.

This acclaimed touring program of international award-winning short films is presented by Asbury Shorts New York. The Asbury Short Film "Concert" combines classic, world-renowned short films with new international festival honorees, creating a rare opportunity for audiences to see world-class short films in a theater. Academy Award- nominated director Jason Reitman called Asbury Shorts: "The best short film show I've ever seen."

The fast-paced, highly entertaining evening features the best in live action, comedy, drama and outstanding animation. Highlights of the films include:

ASAD - This remarkable coming-of-age story is about a young Somali boy living precariously day-to-day in his war-torn country. ASAD was nominated for a 2013 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film and is a five-time festival winner, including Best Narrative Short Film at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival and the Audience Awarded Best Short Film at the 2012 The Los Angeles Film Festival, among many other international film festival honors.

CatCam - 2012 Winner: Best Documentary Short Film at the extremely prestigious South By Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, among other national film festival honors. Filmmaker Seth Keal reveals the amazing, never before seen world of Mr. Lee, a stray cat that takes over the lives of a young married couple from Germany who have recently moved to the U.S. Mr. Lee becomes the first-ever feline steadi-cam operator in the world.

Time Freak - This fast-paced comedy is the tale of a man who invents a time machine for which the sole purpose is to correct a communication problem at his local laundry. The story behind the making of the film is as wonderful as is that of the short itself. Newly married Andrew Bowler, director, and Gigi Causey, producer, used their $25,000 nest egg to complete the production. After initial rejection by Sundance and many other major festivals, it received a 2012 Oscar nomination from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The theater is at 745 Main Street, Fryeburg Academy. Tickets are $10 general admission/ $7 for students. For more information, call 207-935-9232 or email

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