Nov 22

Dollar Baby Film Festival: Short Films Based on Short Works by Stephen King

Date: Friday, November 22, 2019

Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Location: Bulmer Telecommunications Center, Auditorium

Contact: Cultural Affairs | (518) 629-8071

2019-11-22 19:0:00 2019-11-22 20:30:00 America/New_York Dollar Baby Film Festival: Short Films Based on Short Works by Stephen King Bulmer Telecommunications Center, Auditorium Cultural Affairs


Black and white photo of Stephen King
Stephen King

This is a rare opportunity to view four short films inspired by the work of the legendary author Stephen King, including a Capital Region premier. Local author and filmmaker Bryan Higby’s “Here There Be Tygers” (2019, 11 min.) is a liberating tale from the viewpoint of a child who sees tigers in the school restroom.

The evening also features Jay Holben’s renowned “Paranoid” (2000, 8 min.), a favorite of King himself; Rodney Altman’s “Umney’s Last Case,” (2006, 18 min.), about a 1930s private detective whose life bizarrely and swiftly falls apart, and Shawn S. Lealos’s “I Know What You Need” (2005, 33 min.), in which a young woman has strong suspicions about the true identity of her roommate’s “too good to be true” new boyfriend.

A Q&A with Higby will follow the films.

What is a Dollar Baby?

“Usually interesting and sometimes quite brilliant” is how Stephen King sums up the work of fledgling filmmakers who pay $1 for the opportunity to create a film based on one of the horror master’s short works. The caveat: these Dollar Baby films cannot be released to the public or on the internet, thus festival viewing usually is the only way to see them. The Dollar Baby was born in 1977 as King’s growing popularity fueled a desire to help filmmakers seeking permission to make films of his work.

Several novice directors gained wide recognition and fame with their $1 investment. For example, Frank Darabont was the first person granted permission to make a Dollar Baby film, according to Shawn S. Lealos, who wrote “Dollar Deal,” a 2015 book about Dollar Babies. “King loved Darabont’s movie (‘The Woman in the Room’) so much, he gave the director a $1 option to make ‘Shawshank Redemption,’ one of the greatest movies ever made,” Lealos writes.