Gay Shorts, Summer Fun :: Palm Springs ShortFest 2012
More than 400 filmmakers from around the world will converge on the desert cities of the Coachella Valley for the 2013 Palm Springs International ShortFest. A landmark artistic gathering that has gained a reputation as an important industry marker.
Palm Springs International Film Society Executive Director Darryl MacDonald explains some of the key factors that make ShortFest so successful: "Inevitably the 25,000 attendees who go to ShortFest - 60 percent from Palm Springs and 40 percent from other cities all over the U.S. - say they’re fans of the Palm Springs International Film Festival, our big January gig, but that their favorite event is June’s Palm Springs ShortFest."
ShortFest is for real film aficionados MacDonald continues. "The sense of discovery that ShortFest engenders and the sheer sense of joy, passion and love for the art form of film emanating from so many young filmmakers attending the festival, creates an atmosphere that is truly celebratory in every sense of the word."
He added a warning that there’s a risk of catching the short, independent film bug, courtesy of the event’s upbeat mood. "It’s incredibly infectious and it defines why ShortFest is so special and so different from most other film festivals."
Does the festival’s director have any favorite, must-sees for members of the gay community? As he puts it, there are "a ton of them." In the LGBT category, MacDonald recommends "A Family Like Mine," "Gorilla," "Hazel," "Headlong," "I’m not gay," "On Suffocation," "Standup," "Stay," "The Swimming Trunks," "Toeing the Line," "Wannabe," and "A World for Raul," which he points out, just won a student academy award nomination.
The Rage Monthly was lucky enough to have the opportunity to ask a few questions of ShortFest’s Film Entrant and Director Nick Corporon. His film is called "Barbie Boy" and it’s 13 minutes of masterful transitions and visual poignancy - the film does what a good pop song should do: It leaves you wanting more from its creator.
What is it about film that draws you as a medium?
Film is everything to me; breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s the best of the art forms rolled into one, acting, photography, music - which draws out its finest quality - collaboration. What other art form is able to cull the strengths and flourishes of dozens of artists?
Why did you make this particular film?
I know we’re not supposed to use "coming of age" when describing things, but I wanted to make a different kind of coming-of-age movie, one that dealt with shame and the feeling that you’re different.