With Hollywood hung up on CGI blockbusters and cable television stuck on reality shows, it’s hard for young film makers today to get their work seen by more than just a handful of people. This week in Astoria, New York, Framework Productions will address that problem with their one-night festival “10 Films Under 10 Minutes”. On Wednesday evening, June 23rd, at the Katch Bar & Grill, Framework Productions invites the public to see ten different short films made by up and coming talent.
Queens native Laura Aguinaga is one of the film makers whose work will be shown at the festival. Aguinaga is a model and actress who’s been seen on television in such shows as “Law and Order” and Animal Planet’s “My Extreme Animal Phobia”. Having spent much time in front of cameras, she recently stepped behind the camera to write and direct her first film, Short Steps, a dream-like tale about coping with loss, inspired by the film maker’s own grief at the loss of her grandmother. Short Steps had its debut earlier this year at the Soho International Film Festival and was shown more recently at the 2014 Act Film Festival in Lower Manhattan.
In making Short Steps, Aguinaga was inspired by the creative use of color and sound in such diverse films as The Wizard of Oz, The Artist and Sin City. “Short Steps was intentionally filmed with the idea that we wouldn’t be spoon feeding the audience with dialogue,” Aguinaga says, “but instead engulf them with a play on color, sound, and subliminal messages.”
For her first film, Aguinaga was adamant about hiring and casting New York-based Latino actors and crew. Tired of the stereotypes she and other Latino performers are often pushed into, the writer-director wants to show Latinos in a more realistic, uplifting light. “I strongly believe that Latinos are capable of telling stories that relate not only to us, but people of various nationalities. I’m hoping that with Short Steps, it would open minds and inspire current and future filmmakers – especially Latino filmmakers – to stray away from the usual stories and to challenge themselves in every possible way in order to create fresh new ones.”
On July 23rd, you can see Laura Aguinaga’s Short Steps, and nine other short films, at the Katch Bar & Grill located at 31-19 Newtown Avenue in Astoria, New York. The screenings begin at 8PM, but Katch Bar & Grill suggests you arrive early. There is no admission charge, and drink specials start at 7PM.
You can also follow Laura Aguinaga on her official Facebook page.