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Hudson Valley to host Independent Digital Film Series Event on Saturday, Nov. 15 to feature five short films

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071 or (518) 629-8085
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, November 6, 2003

Hudson Valley Community College will host the Independent Digital Film Series, a showcase of short digital films independently produced in and around the Capital Region, on Saturday, Nov. 15, in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium.

The two-hour event begins at 2 p.m.; admission is $5. Hudson Valley is hosting the event in association with Upstate Independents, a network of over 150 Capital Region independent filmmakers, screenwriters, actors, and media artists.

"This series is a continued effort to introduce people to local independent filmmaking and to showcase the original and compelling work area filmmakers have to offer," said Jeff Burns, the organizer of the event.

Question and answer sessions with the filmmakers will follow each screening. The following films will be featured:

  • "Loverboy," by Eric Dvorsky. A young college student pretends to be Jewish in order to impress a girl and her family (12 minutes).
  • "Gothic Nightmare," by Al Halstead. A young woman finds a mysterious object that has washed up on a beach. The object inspires her to proceed to an eerie, uninhabited mansion wherein she discovers objects that are clues to her past and the answer to what she has been searching for (8 minutes).
  • "Lawrence of Zombania," by Brian Muth and Andrew Laputka. Two outlaws and a bum go on a mission to find gold and chicken. The only thing stopping them? What else? Zombies! (18 minutes).
  • "Fragments," by Shawn Schaffer. A young woman, who is at the end of her rope, retreats to a quiet place to be left with her thoughts. At the point of a breakdown, however, her thoughts are the last things she should be left alone with (9 minutes).
  • "Danny Boy," by Colin Bannon. The story of a young boy who has nightmares that he can\'t explain. He has had these dreams for as long as he can remember. In his dreams, he encounters an angel, who comforts him and calms him after the horrible images pass. One day, Danny wakes up and realizes that in order to keep maintain his sanity, he must do something about his dreams (23 minutes).

More information about this or other cultural events at Hudson Valley Community College is available online at or by calling 629-4TIX.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 11,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has graduated more than 55,000 students.

Upstate Independents meets the first Tuesday of every month from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at The Arts Center of the Capital Region, 265 River St., Troy. For more information about Upstate Independents or the Independent Digital Film Series, contact Jeff Burns at (518) 366-1538 or visit