The small apple

Tara Thorne has news in two places at once!

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We know you’ve been looking for ways to make September exciting, what with the dearth of culture available to you throughout the month. And while we fully support attending as much of the Atlantic Film Festival as possible, we also encourage you to check out another cinematic event.

The Manhattan Short Film Festival will makes its inaugural appearance in Halifax this week. Now on its tenth go-round, the festival began as a guerilla event with shorts screened on the side of a truck in New York City. It has since grown to include over a dozen countries and, this year, 72 venues all over the world.

“I’m not sure if it’s the largest short film festival in the world, but it is certainly the broadest short film festival in the world,” says festival director Nicholas Mason. “With films from Cuba, Ireland, United Kingdom, Spain, Australia, Israel, Poland, Germany and the United States making up the 12 finalists, I’m sure this two-hour event will not only entertain a global audience, but also give them a better appreciation of life in various parts of the world.”

The MSFF screens at 8pm on September 21 and 22 at NSCAD. Visit MSfilmfest.com for more info on the finalists and their films.

Hitting the books

Former Coast cover subject Seth, best known for his book Wimbledon Green, returns to Halifax on September 24 for an appearance at Word on the Street. On Sunday, September 17, the Canadian artist’s serial cartoon will begin a six-month run in The New York Times Magazine. That’s a spicy meatball!

In other booky news—and no worries, we’ll talk more about WOTS next week—beloved Atlantic Canadian literary icon David Adams Richards will appear at the Spring Garden Road Library on Thursday, September 14. He will read from his newest effort, The Friends of Meager Fortune, about love and class in New Brunswick in the 1930s. The reading is free and begins at 7pm.

You can draw with your mouse

A pair of workshops with mad limited enrollment begin this Saturday. Visual Arts Nova Scotia (VANS) presents Digital Imaging for all of you computer noodlers who want to do more with your in-machine graphics program.

Hit David Brown’s workshop either this Saturday or next for tips on utilizing your digital imaging tools, including colour management, archiving your work and digital formatting. Attendees for the second workshop should have some Photoshop background; for the first one, no more than PC Paint is necessary, and even that’s too much.

Workshops take place from 10:20am to 4pm at Alderney Gate Library in Alderney Landing, Dartmouth. To register or read up on VANS’ upcoming, more analogue workshops, call 423-4694 or visit vans.ednet.ns.ca.

Arty types, start proposing

Since the collapse of the Nova Scotia Arts Council a few years back, local artists have had a tough go of things funding-wise. 4Cs Foundation is hoping to change that. The Foundation is looking for letters of interest outlining—but not fully proposing—proposals for community arts projects from artists, art educators and arts and community organizations. There is no deadline but you know what they say about the squeaky wheel. Letters should be no more than two pages and should have an organization attached as the foundation does not fund individuals. 4Cs is looking for “strong proposals that demonstrate an understanding of community development, working in the community to address a need or issue, and the creation of permanent community art work(s).”

Send letters of interest to Terri Whetstone, executive director 4Cs Foundation, Suite 204, 5663 Cornwallis, Halifax, B3K 1B6.

Another, more immediate call for submissions has gone out from the Centre for Art Tapes. With CFAT’s Media Masquerade set to drop on October 28, the org is looking for media works that use masquerade as a theme—“Masks, costumes in contemporary society, yet during a Masquerade one is freed of certain social, marital and feminine expectations.”

Send a resume, statement and one-page description of your proposal, along with materials (VHS, DVD, CDR, Slides, MiniDV) by September 29 to 5600 Sackville, Suite 207, Halifax, B3J 1L2. Call 420-4002 for more info.

Send me more info by email: tarat@thecoast.ca

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