The following films were presented at The Carnegie Institution (16th and P St, NW, DC) on Saturday, November 22nd at 7pm and 9pm:

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Tickets are no longer available online, but
those already bought in advance online
will be held for
you at the check-in table.


Life or Liberty
Director: Konrad Aderer
USA, 2002, 8:22 minutes

A documentary about the state
of civil liberties post-9/11.

Konrad Aderer made his directorial debut with "Harlem Fight Song," which won a Cinevue Jury Award For Exceptional Short Subject Fictional Film. He is now continuing the "Life or Liberty" project as a feature documentary produced by Off Ramp Films.
For more information, visit or email Konrad at:


A Fall from the Clouds
Director: Craig Herron
USA, 2003, 6:28 minutes

A mini-epic about a young

French girl and a British pilot
whose romance is imperiled by
the maelstrom of WWI.


— Winner, Silver Telly Award 2003
— Winner, Best Animation, Red Bull Independents Film Festival 2003
"...mix of animation and live action that is beautifully achieved and highly artistic."
                                                                                         — Film Threat
Craig runs Herron Designs, a firm involved in creating hand-painted murals and faux finish, set and display design and construction, and computer graphics and design for web, CD-rom, print and video. Craig began making films and building models when he was in high school in Santa Clara, California. Winner 2003 Silver Telly Award, "A Fall From the Clouds" is the culmination of a WWI airplane project that Craig began in the early 1960s at the age of fourteen.
For more information, visit or email Craig at:

Intelligent Life
Director: Jeff Spoonhower
USA, 2002, 6:20 minutes

Does intelligent life exist? A
clumsy robot, a ship full of micro
aliens, and a troupe of showbiz
clams have the answer.

— Best Animated Short, South by Southwest Film Festival 2003
— Nominee, Student Academy Awards 2003
Jeff received a BA in Film, Television, and Theater at Notre Dame in 1999 and an MFA in Computer Animation at Rochester Institute of Technology in 2002. He is currently working at a gaming studio, Electronic Arts - Tiburon (EA Sports), as a 3D Character Animator.
For more information, email Jeff at:

Red Vines
Director: Evan Mather
USA, 2001, 3:50

Hand drawn and computer
generated imagery is coupled
with the music of Aimee Mann
to tell a simple story of love
on the sidelines. "Red Vines" is
a standout track from Aimee's
recent album Bachelor No.2.

— Winner, Best Music, Festival du Film d'Internet 2002
"... Mather displays both ingenuity and discretion in his manipulation of the specific elements of this created world ...",                                                                                                                        — Animation World Magazine
Evan Mather is an independent filmmaker in Los Angeles who makes films on a Macintosh, and has distributed them via the Internet since October 1995.
For more information, visit or email Evan at:


Tom Hits His Head
Director: Tom Putnam
USA, 2003, 10:15 minutes

Ever since Tom hit his head, he's
been getting dizzy spells, indulging
in eBay, and having conversations
with the devil.

— Winner, Grand Jury Prize, Best Comedy, Aspen Shortsfest 2003
— Winner, Spirit of Slamdance Award, Slamdance Internat'l Film Festival 2003

"Funnier than a barrel of anxiety-ridden middle class men inventing insane fantasies to cope with their normality." — Arion Berger, Washington City Paper
Tom is a graduate of the prestigious and very expensive University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television. USC made tom take a course in
pre-revolutionary Russian silent cinema. Tom wanted to make kung-fu movies. It was not a good match. Tom hopes to have his student loans paid off by 2009.
For more information, visit Tom's production company, Seven Guns Entertainment, or email him at:

Dear XXX
Director: Daniel Cavey
USA, 2001, 9:00 minutes

One man alone in his house with
his record collection. In an attempt
to get closer to himself and his obsessions,
he has not left in over
a year.

— Selection, Microcinema's Independent Exposure Series 2003
Daniel relocated from Los Angeles to San Francisco in December of 1997 after graduating from Loyola Marymount University with a BA in Film Production. He has been working professionally in film and video since January 1995.
For more information, visit Daniel's production company, Anchored or email him at:

Director: Ari Gold
USA, 2001, 22 minutes

In the aftermath of a helicopter
a young man tries to
remember his mother's face. An autobiographical tale of love,
rock 'n' roll, and loss.

— Gold Medal Winner, Student Academy Awards
— Grand Prix du Jury, Aix-en-Provence Short Film Festival
"The film has been making and uncommon stir ... and with good reason."
                                                                                        — L.A. Weekly
Ari Gold, an actor-writer-director (and ukulele player, but that's another story) was born in San Francisco, and currently lives in New York. He was named one of Filmmaker Magazine's "25 Faces to Watch" in independent film. Ari won a Student Academy Award (Oscar) Gold Medal and a dozen other international best-short-film prizes for "Helicopter". As an actor, Ari beat out Billy Crudup and Marlon Wayans to win "Stoner of the Year" from High Times Magazine for his performance in the Sony Classics release "Groove".
For more information, visit or email Ari at:

Director: Brett Bell
Canada, 2002, 13:00 minutes

A dark comedy-drama with a
pinch of absurdism, "Blueberry"
is the story of a woman and the
effect one man has had on her
life, set in an out-of-time world.

— Best Drama, Sea to Sky Film Festival 2003
— Best Narrative Short, Great Plains Film Festival 2003

"... a highly artful creation with a touch of the surreal, or magic realism."
                                                                                           — Bermuda Sun

Brett Bell is a creator of award-winning independent and alternative dramas, comedies and documentaries. He has worked as a writer, director, composer, editor and supervising sound editor on various film and television projects. Filmmaking credits include Strike Me Silly, Blueberry and Tears of a Clown: The Maredrew Tragedy, which was awarded Best Director and Best Drama at the Saskatchewan Film and Video Showcase in 1990.
For more information, visit or email Brett at: