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When I presented a set at the Jerome Indie Film & Music Festival in 2014, the programming was clear. I'd programmed sets for six previous events and the various sci-fi shorts I'd selected from Arizona constituted 82 minutes. Easy!
Well, returning to this festival a year later to host a new set, I found it wasn't quite so easy to follow suit. I'd programmed sets for six events since Jerome 2014, which included thirteen short Arizona films, but the festival and I promptly ruled seven of them out, leaving only six viable for a new set that wouldn't be long enough to work.
Here's why I dropped those seven titles. Three were films I'd screened the previous year but then reused at other events to new audiences and I didn't want to repeat at Jerome. I'd also screened a fourth in 2014, Closed Quarters, because the festival had asked me to, but it would otherwise have shifted to my 2015 set because I'd independently obtained permission to screen it at FANtasm. Two others had already played Jerome in regular programming, so those were out too to avoid repetition. The last was a film which had been independently submitted to the festival in 2015 and accepted for a couple of other sets, including the setpiece Verde Valley train ride, so it was out for mine.
The other difference was that I'd only selected sci-fi films for my 2014 set in Jerome, because the majority of events I'd programmed were for sci-fi cons and so I'd predominantly programmed sci-fi films. The only Arizona film I excluded from my 2014 Jerome set was Helsing, as it would have been the only horror short in a sci-fi set. However, as I've been expanding since then to cons that feature other genres, my list of six Arizona films constituted three horror shorts, two sci-fi shorts and one steampunk music video. So, clearly, my Jerome set wasn't just going to be sci-fi this time out!
I looked around for some other Arizona titles worthy of inclusion and found three that would break up the various tones of the set nicely and make it flow well: one horror short, one sci-fi short and one that really has to be defined as both. I call it a horror/sci-fi set.
My choice to include Arizona shorts in my mini-film festivals was partly aimed to showcase local cinema but mostly to allow filmmakers to attend and do Q&As, as Jim Politano, writer and producer of The Class Analysis kindly did in Jerome in 2015. Thanks, Jim! However, with 2016 promising to send me to a few different cities and states to host events, I'm not sure how well this will scale geographically and I may need to reevaluate the concept behind this set if I'm asked to return to Jerome for a third year.
|1||Hellytubby||2012||2m||Matt Iseminger||Conquistador Cats||USA||YouTube|
|2||Timeline Two||2015||5m||Adolpho Navarro||N'Raged Media||USA||IMDb|
|3||Where Terror Sleeps||2014||10m||Jake Roberts||Mr Beagle Productions||USA||Vimeo|
|4||Ouroboros||2014||15m||Alexander Broderick||University of Advancing Technology||USA||AL||IMDb|
|5||The Class Analysis||2014||15m||Webb Pickersgill||Dreamlook Productions||USA||AL||IMDb|
|6||The Babooshka Beast||2014||8m||Adolpho Navarro||N'Raged Media||USA||YouTube|
|7||Vault of Souls: The Pact||2006||5m||Kevin R Phipps||Intellectual Machine
|8||Helsing||2013||21m||Ryan Johnston||Art of War Pictures||USA||AL||IMDb|
|9||Caravan||2014||6m||Katherine Stewart||Jeff Hunt Band||USA||YouTube|
Last update: 14th February, 2018