Film shorts highlight festival on Friday

Award winners to screen at starlite

By Patrick Bracken
Citizen Chronicle Entertainment Writer

SOUTHBRIDGE — Friday is an evening of Shorts at the Arts Center and an evening of Horror at Starlite as the Shawna Shea Film Festival enters its second day in Southbridge.  Here’s what’s showing at the festival:

Screenings at the The Ruth Wells Center for the Arts (111 Main Street, Southbridge)

Shorts Program — 2 p.m.

This first block of shorts highlights films from a variety of genres.  These films include Pluto, about a man who believes that the only way to find happiness is to travel to the titular planet, and Stardust & Moonbeams, in which a photographer and his wife risk their reputations to challenge social mores in 1920s America.

Documentary Shorts — 4:30 p.m.

Six fascinating documentaries explore the beauty and the chaos of our world.  Audiences will travel to Peru in Mama Qota, where the modern world is destroying the sacred Lake Titicaca.  In Creating Creators a young artist makes beautiful prints from wood carvings.  And in How We Roll a group of young people reimagine public transportation in Boston.

SSFF Spring Award Winners — 7 p.m.

For the first time this year, the Shawna Shea Foundation held a mini film festival in the Spring.  The eight short films in this block are the cream of the crop from that festival. This would be an excellent way to get introduced to short film.

Screenings at Starlite (39 Hamilton Street, Southbridge)

Shorts program — 2 p.m.

One of the most entertaining evenings you can have at the Shawna Shea Film Festival is attending the short film screenings.  Here the filmgoer gets a grab-bag of films with different styles, genres, and moods, each lasting between 3 and 30 minutes.  The experience is even better at Starlite, where viewers can get a cold beverage to go along with the films.  This block features 6 shorts, including Bent, in which a police officer gets caught in the middle of an internal affairs investigation.

Hablar Con Los Muertos (Talk to the Dead) — 4:30 p.m.

Veteran low-budget filmmaker Jerry Landi directs this ghost story about a skeptic who must turn to the dead in order to solve a mystery.

The God Inside My Ear — 7 p.m.

This horror outing has received some good buzz and currently has a 7.5 rating on the Internet Movie Database.  It concerns a woman (Linnea Gregg) was begins to have strange and terrifying experiences after her boyfriend suddenly breaks up with her.

For more information about the festival, visit its website at


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