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Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Big Dam road show

Quincy brings its short film festival to Springfield

Untitled Document The emergent Young Springfield Professionals Network takes a cue from the Young Professionals of Quincy: a short film festival highlighting 18 movies from around the country. The best entries from Quincy’s Big Dam Film Festival, each clocking in at less than 20 minutes, unspool this weekend in Springfield.
A few YSPN members traveled west to attend the Big Dam Film Festival’s second installment. They liked what they saw, so much so that they wanted to host a festival in the capital city with help from their sister organization. They called the event’s coordinator, Clint Begley, and asked whether YPQ would bring the popular festival to a new audience. “They sent their disc of films; we screened all the films and selected the titles,” says Megan Derrig-Green, a member of the networking committee for YSPN.
The festival features independent shorts from coast to coast, with a few regional selections. Shelby Crow, YPQ’s coordinator, says that the Quincy festival received 75 submissions this year. The organization showed 11 selections at this year’s fest, including some Quincy-area filmmakers’ work. Begley will introduce the 18 films chosen for Springfield, among them “A Ninja Pays Half My Rent,” the story of a ninja roommate; and this year’s Audience Award winner, “Nevel Is the Devil.” The unique shorts helped sell out Quincy’s fest for two years, and Derrig-Green says she hopes that the films — which, she says, range from hilarious to creepy — capture similar interest in Springfield. Derrig-Green considers this fest a demonstration to gauge interest for future film events.
The Best of the Big Dam Independent Short Film Festival begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the Hoogland Center for the Arts (420 S. Sixth St.) Tickets cost $10 for YSPN members and $15 for nonmembers; a cash bar and snacks will be available. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at
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