FilmOneFest: Back in 60 Seconds

Who’s got Short Shorts? THE INQUISITIVE SNAIL by Canadian claymationer Sara Schmidt is one of the succinct slices of cinema vying for honors at the third annual FilmOneFest event, going on Saturday, July 16 in Atlantic Highlands. 

It’s the cultural high point of the year, there in the bucolic bayfront borough that’s been branded “The Jewel of the Bayshore.” A pleasantly perfect matchup of (outdoor) setting and (way-out) subject matter, unlike anything offered elsewhere around the Upper Wet Side. And, given the amount of hard work that goes into getting it together, it all seems to be over in the blink of an eye.

That’s just the nature of the “Short-Short” film — a format that filmmaking pro and video artist Robert O’Connor characterizes as “the future…they capture the essence of an artist’s vision in just 60 seconds, and allow creative filmmakers to share their talents with simple and inexpensive equipment.”

This Saturday, July 16 and for the third consecutive year, O’Connor and event co-producer Julie Gartenberg are devoting countless hours of their lives to the precious minutes of FilmOneFest, an open-air free festival showcasing the work of a diverse lot of people with cameras and computers —  both seasoned pros and weekend warriors, hailing everywhere from the Bayshore to the Balkans. More than simply an hour of succinct cinema on an inflatable screen, the Fest is the centerpiece to an afternoon and evening that offers up live entertainment, food, vendors and family-friendly activities, amid the gently bobbing boats and singing seagulls of the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Marina on Sandy Hook Bay. Throw in free popcorn and bev, plus a complimentary sunset in there somewheres, and you’ve got yourself a small-town hoedown, with just enough of an edge to keep it within sight of the winking lights of Manhattan.

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