The 2011 Dam Short Film Festival was held in Boulder City, Nevada, and this was the seventh annual event. Dedicated to short films, the festival also introduced local filmmakers and had four days of screenings. The variety of genres included horror, drama, comedy, animation and documentary. Although most of the films only lasted about 6 minutes, they were grouped into 60 to 90 minute programs.
The Dam Short Film Festival was started by Lee and Anita Lanier. They are still heavily involved in the planning of each festival. The name refers to the Hoover Dam located near Boulder City. The historic Boulder Theatre was the main venue for the screenings at the Dam Short Film Festival. This theater was originally built in 1931 and has been restored by the new owners Amy and Desi Arnaz Jr. The Boulder Theatre had 400 seats and was large enough to accommodate the crowds at the event.
Several people shared their thoughts at the 2011 Dam Short Film Festival. Tanika Hall said, “It’s cheap and fun. Tickets are only $6 for an entire program. Plus, they’re the only place I know that just shows shorts.” Bennie Barnes mentioned, “They organize the films really well at the Dam Short Film Festival. Everything that gets grouped together makes sense. You know exactly what to expect. They show things I would never get to see in a regular movie theater. A lot of these shorts are made by locals, and I like supporting them.”
The Dam Short Film Festival had a total of 24 programs with more than 100 short films. Each program had grouped similar films together. They were identified by their genre. The “Drama A: A Unique View” program presented several fascinating shorts. “Motel” was directed by William Peters and shot entirely in New Hampshire on a tiny budget. It provided a strange look at the struggles of two travelers trying to get a motel room for the night. This film was frustrating, funny and eerie. “Black Ops Arabesque” was directed by Jared Drake and showed a secret agent’s desire to be a dancer. This movie was an interesting examination of the power of dance.
Short films were the focus of the 2011 Dam Short Film Festival. Each program at the Boulder City festival was carefully put together and showed the organizers devotion to the genres. Everyone seemed to enjoy the selections at this year’s Dam Short Film Festival.