January 13, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE USE
Raleigh, NC – Dagtype Films and the Longleaf Film Festival have partnered to bring Asbury Shorts, New York City’s longest-running short-film exhibition and travel show, to North Carolina for the first time in the film concert's 35-year history. As part of the North Carolina Museum of History's First Fridays series, the film concert will take place at the museum on March 3rd, 7:30 PM. Film producer Steven Neilson will be the guest host. Tickets are $15 and available at LongleafFilmFestival.com.
Asbury Shorts concerts combine award-winning films from the past with new global festival honorees, creating a rare opportunity for audiences to watch world-class short films on the big screen. Academy Award–nominated director Jason Reitman calls Asbury Shorts, “the best short-film show I’ve ever seen.”
The program on March 3rd will feature multiple short films from among the best in comedy, drama, and animation. Among the films to be screened are three that were nominated for Oscars.
"This is truly a unique opportunity for local filmmakers and film lovers to come together to see some of the best short films in a fantastic venue," says host and film producer Steven Neilson.
Neilson and writer-director Jon Lance Bacon founded Dagtype Films in 2005. Their short film "Oh Crappy Day" was filmed in Raleigh and has played at more than 35 film festivals, winning 11 awards along the way. "Oh Crappy Day" will also be featured among the films screening at the Asbury Shorts film concert on March 3rd.
“We are excited to partner with Dagtype Films to host the North Carolina premiere of the Asbury Short film concert,” says Sally Bloom, Longleaf Film Festival organizer. “We believe that our home base, the North Carolina Museum of History, is a terrific place for these stories in film to be shared.”
In addition to the Asbury Shorts at 7:30 PM, the museum's lobby-level exhibits will be open from 5 to 9, and local band Castle Wild will be playing live from 6:30 to 7:30. Craft beer and concessions will be available for purchase throughout the evening.
Neilson is looking forward to a fun event and an engaged crowd. "We're thrilled to be partnering with Longleaf for this exciting event. And we hope we can bring more great programs like Asbury Shorts to Raleigh in the future."
For more information, contact Steven Neilson, Dagtype Films, 919-673-2402; Sally Bloom, Longleaf Film Festival, 919-807-7965; or Doug LeClaire, Asbury Shorts USA, 718-510- 6929.