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The festival, which runs from Wednesday, April 2nd, until Tuesday, April 8th, will play host to a everything from the experimental 16mm short collage 4 Films in 5 Minutes to the hour long feature The Golden Age of Fish (which will be having its New York premiere) and the much-publicized documentary Heavy Metal in Baghdad, the latter of which focuses on the Iraqi band Acrassicauda, its members forced by the American-led war to flee their native country and live as refugees, first in Syria and now Turkey.
As for the minds behind the lenses, dozens of directors will be represented at the 15th and final NYUFF, from prolific experimental filmmaker James Fotopoulos to independent Serbian feature director Zelimir Zilnik to the group behind the live-action comedy/film project Found Footage Festival.
While the official closing night of the festival is Sunday, April 6th, there will be re-runs of selected films on April 7th and 8th. To boot, there will be a series of special events running throughout the festival, including "Tube Time," a battle of web-video connoisseurs -- that comes with the warning: "this competition is not for the faint of heart, seriously, shit is like American Gladiators. Definitely NSFW." -- and "NYUFF is Enough," a three-night retrospective of highlights from each of the festival's 15 years. And for those of you lamenting the end of NYUFF (more on that here), take solace in the fact that many of the festival's primary architects have moved on to form Migrating Forms, a new festival in the making that hopes to "addresses the present condition of film and video arts-filmmakers [who] are exploring new technologies while re-inventing and re-contextualizing traditional practices." SEE ALSO: www.nyuff.com
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Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.
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