Short Cuts films at Darien Arts Center

The Darien Arts Center will host the one-night Short Cuts Film Festival, a collection of award-winning short narrative and documentary films curated from the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.

— an announcement from Darien Arts Center

Screenings will take place at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 2 in the DAC Weatherstone Studio, followed by a live, in-person conversation between Jacob Krupnick, director of one of the featured films, and Nancy Diamond, producer and host of Short Cuts.

Jacob Krupnick

Jacob Krupnick, director of “Then Comes the Body” will discuss the film at DAC’s Short Cuts film event on Feb. 2.

Krupnick, an award-winning filmmaker based in New York, focuses on creating stories from unexpected points of view, using dance and movement to expand the idea of what an adventure, a love story or a social commentary looks like.

His featured film, Then Comes the Body, follows what happens when a video of kids dancing in the rain goes viral. The video brings global attention to an unlikely ballet school outside Lagos, Nigeria, resulting in them now preparing for the world stage.

The three other short documentary films to be shown include:

—Team Dream follows friends and competitive swimmers Ann and Madeline on their journey to the National Senior Games, where nothing — not age, race or history — will stand in their way. Winner of TIDE Film Festival Best Documentary Award (Martha’s Vineyard) ; directed by Luchina Fisher.

—Deciding Vote.  Fifty years ago, Assemblyman George Michaels cast a single vote on New York’s abortion bill that changed the course of American history but destroyed his political career in the process. Winner Best Short Doc, Woodstock Film Festival; Indy Shorts Social Impact Award; Best Short Doc, Woods Hole Film Festival; Best Short Doc, Sidewalk Film Festival, by Jeremy Workman and Robert J. Lyons.

—In Her Element, by Idil Ibrahim, follows the journey of Daisha McBride, an up-and-coming hip hop artist in Nashville, as she gets the chance of a lifetime to break boundaries in the global epicenter of country music.

JIB Productions, a Westport-based not-for-profit arts organization, produces Short Cuts, its annual film series and the lunchtime theater series, Play With Your Food

If You’re Going …

The DAC Weatherstone Studio is located at 2 Renshaw Road , behind Town Hall.

Tickets for the Short Cuts Film Festival screening — $25 for adults and $15 for students — are available here at the Darien Arts Center website. For questions, call (203) 655-8683.

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