Notes from DSFF

I just returned from the 11th annual Dam Short Film Festival where “Hypothetically” was an official selection. The film screened on Friday night as part of the “Comedy: Outrageous Situations” block. Another film “Hypothetically” had been programmed with, “The Gunfighter,” was also among the films in the section.

IMG_2223The festival is held in Boulder City, NV, about 20 miles away from Las Vegas. The Hoover Dam and Lake Mead are just a few miles away on the other side of Boulder City. The weather was in the 70’s (a far cry from 30 degrees back in New York). The town of Boulder City was small, beautiful, and welcoming. My sister and I did some sight-seeing while in the area, visiting the Dam and walking the quiet streets of Boulder City.


My sister and I were treated like family by the festival participants and volunteers. Festival Director, John LaBonney put his personal number, along with “The Buck Stops Here,” in the correspondence and on the program so people could offer feedback or address issues without red tape. This is one of those festivals where you can tell the programmers and volunteers really want to be there and truly enjoy films. They were also very appreciative of the crop of tourists in town for the festival – blowing in a much different atmosphere for the 4-day event.


The photo above is Festival John LaBonney and me posing for a selfie in front of the crowd for the Comedy shorts block which included “Hypothetically.” Below, is a photo of the other filmmakers who were present for the Comedy block.


I had a great time at the fest and hope to make it back in future years.


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