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World's Best Short Films Return To The Algonquin: Asbury Shorts New York Celebrates 35 Years With An Amazing Lineup of Award-Winning Films

February 29, 2016

MANASQUAN, N.J. (Feb. 29, 2016) Asbury Shorts, New York's longest running short film exhibition, returns to the Algonquin on Saturday, March 12 with their nationally touring exhibition: "The 35th Anniversary Short Film Concert."

To celebrate this milestone, producer Doug LeClaire will present a "Best of Asbury Shorts" line up featuring audience favorites from past years. The first film hits the screen at 8 p.m.

Sea Girt resident Diane Raver, founder of the Garden State Film Festival, will serve as the evening's guest host.

The event is sponsored by Linda P. Hejduk & Peter A. Flihan of Mantoloking.

Combining classic short films with current global festival winners, Asbury Shorts provides a rare opportunity for audiences to view international honorees on a real cinema screen as opposed to You Tube, computers or smart phones.

Oscar nominated director Jason Reitman ("JUNO," "Up in the Air," "Thank You for Smoking" "Young Adult") calls Asbury Shorts: "The best short film show I've ever seen."

Tickets cost $13 (including all per-ticket fees) and are available online at algonquinarts.org, by calling 732-528-9211 or at the Algonquin Box Office at 173 Main Street in Manasquan. Hours are weekdays 12-6 p.m. and Saturdays from 12-4. Tickets will also be available at the door when the Box Office opens at 7 p.m. on March 12.

The short film concert is recommended for audiences ages 16 & above.

Highlights of the March 12 show include:

"RUST"

This short documentary follows an artist in Nova Scotia, Canada who creates pieces from found metal around his property. Allowing the metal to rust he utilizes nature as his "co artist." Director Ben Proudfoot from Halifax won "Best Short Film" at the Shelburne International Film Expo this past September in Canada.

"FAIT D'HIVER"

A classic dark comedy short from Belgium director Dirk Belien. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film in 2003.

"LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT"

Two people in their '70's discover it's never too late for love at first sight. The short stars film and theater actors John Hurt and Phylida Law. Nominated for a British Academy Award for Best Short Film.

Asbury Shorts "concerts" have been presented at: The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Lake Shore Theatre in Chicago, The Bijou in Bridgeport, Ct., Summer Stage in Central Park, Director's Guild Theater in Manhattan, The AERO Theatre in Santa Monica, CA, Royal Festival Hall in London, U.K., The Leminske Theater in Berlin, Germany and for five consecutive years at Algonquin Arts Theatre!

About Algonquin Arts Theatre

Algonquin Arts Theatre (AAT) is a 501c(3) non-profit center for performing arts, providing cultural enrichment and arts education for residents and visitors of Central New Jersey and the Jersey Shore through high quality performances and programs in theatre, music, dance and film.

Located in Manasquan, N.J., AAT is an integral part of the Shore Region, offering broad access to arts experiences across multiple disciplines. Deeply committed to education, AAT serves students of all ages not only through art and music instruction, but also through the unique communal conversation that exists between audience member and performer. The theatre provides a platform for local and regional performers to showcase their work and offers audiences the opportunity to engage very directly and personally in the arts, fostering gr eater participation and providing an engaging means for exploring personal and societal issues through the world of the stage.

Algonquin Arts Theatre's programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts / Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding is also provided by Manasquan Bank, the Paul F. Zito, M.D. Educational Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Freed Foundation, the PNC Foundation, the Horizon Foundation of New Jersey, the OceanFirst Foundation, the Investors Bank Foundation, the Provident Bank Foundation and the generosity of our patrons.