Reel Venus Film Festival
July 20-22

Fledgling festival Reel Venus launched in 2003, to showcase film and video shorts by emerging and established female directors. The 2004 festival lineup includes 60 alternative and mainstream shorts from all genres, including regional work by New York City-based filmmakers. All screenings begin 6:30pm.

Highlights include "Downpour Resurfacing," directed by Frances Nkara (the film aired on the Independent Lens series this spring), and "Fasteners."

Directed by Marianne M. Kim, "Fasteners" is an experimental performance-based video inspired by the movement of Japanese Butoh and the writings of Nobel Prize winner Elias Cannetti. The short explores the phenomenon of volatile interdependence between twins.

Cocktail reception: July 19, 7pm
City Center in Studio 5, 130 West 56th Street

[Shown: Detail from "Fasteners". Director: Marianne M. Kim.]

Find it: Symphony Space in the Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater
95th and Broadway, NYC
Get info: (212) 714-8375

Find more film festivals worldwide, in the July 2004 issue of "Arte Six"