Filmmaking is like painting, except that instead of a canvas you use a camera, and instead of paint you use explosions. Blow up your cinematic conceptions with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get two opening-night tickets to the 2011 Disposable Film Festival on Thursday, March 24, at 8 p.m. at The Castro Theater, plus a T-shirt and tote bag (a $50 total value). All tickets are for general admission, so arrive early to snag preferable seating.
Hailed as one of America’s “coolest film festivals” by MovieMaker Magazine, the Disposable Film Festival celebrates and showcases the world’s best no-budget filmmaking. The festival culls its selections from short films shot on inexpensive equipment such as cell phones, still cameras, and webcams, giving audience to a new brood of cinematic mavericks unfettered by major studios, movie stars, or caterers who never bring enough bagels. Grab a fellow cineaste and eyeball the work of shoestring Scorceses and Bergmanesque Skypers as the 2011 festival kicks off with the competitive shorts program at the grand, lavish Castro Theater. A panel of experts appraises each film, and one diminutive flick is selected by the masses to receive an Audience Choice Award, giving laypeople a taste of the judgmental fun that movie critics, mothers-in-law, and sanctimonious squirrels enjoy every day. A festival T-shirt and tote bag help opening-night attendees reminisce about the evening's miniature masterpieces, and an online gallery of past competitors provides a glimpse of the sort of artistry audiences can expect. After the show enjoy complimentary appetizers and wine from Four Vines Naked Chardonnay, Mark West Pinot Noir, and Avalon Cabernet Sauvignon at the Lookout.
The Disposable Film Festival has an extensive press page. L'Uomo Vogue, the New York Times City Room blog, and Wired magazine's Underwire blog have all featured the festival. The Disposable Film Festival has more than 1,300 Facebook fans.
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