Manhattan Short Film Fest

The Manhattan Short Film Festival does more than just screen films; it gives viewers the chance to be part of a worldwide jury. Ten finalists will be screened at each festival site on six continents. Dik, a comedy that examines the paranoid reactions of a father who interprets his son’s innocent drawing as an indication of the boy’s supposed homosexuality, is among the festival’s highlights. (Somehow, bright pink grass and two stick figures of boys playing together cause the dad to have a major meltdown.)

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Other films on the schedule include Incident by Bank, a dark comedy about a robbery, Sexting, in which a mistress meets her man’s wife, and Martyr Friday, a documentary about the 2011 Egyptian uprising. After the screening, the audience votes for their favorites and a winner is announced. It’s sort of like going to the movies with thousands of your closest friends. 7 p.m. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639‑7515 or www.mfah.org/films. $5 to $7.
Fri., Sept. 30, 7 p.m., 2011

 
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