Another packed house last night at the Carlton Cinemas, despite some snow and a nasty flu that sidelined at least 5 of our advanced ticket holders. Thanks to everyone who came and I’m so glad you enjoyed yourselves. A very special thanks to filmmakers Aaron Phelan and Andrew Nicholas McCann Smith (Dear Scavengers) and Dane Clark and Linsey Stewart (Long Branch) who charmed our audiences with their films and during the Q&A afterwards. And our ever-popular prize draw returned, for which we must thank film publicist extraordinaire Ingrid Hamilton (GATpr) and Hazlitt magazine. Finally, I have to thank London-based director Luke Snellin, who despite being in the middle of shooting a new film, sent our audience a short greeting. Here he is:
For those who joined us last night, which film was your favourite?
Look for our next screening in April. Check back for more details, or better yet, follow us on Twitter: @shortsnotpants.
P.S. If you want to share a few of our films, or watch them again, Long Branch and the two Luke Snellin shorts (Mixtape and Disco) are available online.
What a great night! I think we might have broken our attendance record last night with a packed house at the Carlton Cinema. Thanks to all who made it out, and to those who missed it, see you in January! We might have to book a larger room by the look of it.
Special thanks to all the filmmakers whose work we enjoyed, and to the staff at the Carlton who made our transition from our old home at the NFB Mediatheque as easy as possible. We’ll be back!
If you were at our screening last night, what was your favourite film from the lineup?
Our next screening will take place sometime in mid-January. Check back for details or better yet, follow us on Twitter.
We held our last screening at the NFB Mediatheque on John Street a few weeks ago. It’s set to close its cinema in September, so we’ve been looking around for a suitable venue for a few months now. I’m delighted to announce that we’ve found a perfect partner for our series. Starting in October, we’ll be showing at the Carlton Cinemas, conveniently located at Yonge and Carlton, just steps from the College subway station.
The Carlton is an arthouse fixture, first opening in 1981. A recent renovation and new owners have made going to the Carlton a new experience. The cinemas are cozy, between 80 and 120 seats, which will be perfect for our growing community of short film lovers. And for the first time, you’ll be able to buy popcorn and other snacks!
It is very important to me that we keep the standards high for Shorts That Are Not Pants. I didn’t want to ask people to come to a dingy, out of the way space. On the other hand, I don’t have bottomless pockets, so some of the nicer spaces were off limits. And I didn’t want to show in an enormous room where people would spread out all over. I’m hopeful we can grow Shorts That Are Not Pants, but I can’t see us using even half of a 500-seat cinema. The Carlton seems like a great fit, and I want to thank general manager Alan Smith for working with me over the past few weeks.
I hope you’ll join us on Thursday October 11th at 7pm for the next great installment of our little short film series. I promise it won’t be “pants.”