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Roger Smith Shorts ’09 (Festival Workshop) Winner: Dmitry Povolotsky

Dmitry on Set

Congratulations to Dmitry Povolotsky, who was presented the Roger Smith Shorts ’09 (Festival Workshop) Bronze Sculpted Creativity Award for his film “Clean the Room” on Saturday, August 22nd. The Judges Panel, which included James Knowles (President, Roger Smith Hotel), Ben Famiglietti (The Weinstein Company), Neil Alumkal (5WPR), Adam Neuhaus (Original Media) and Tommy Popps (Independent Producer) based their decision on 3 criteria: vision, craft and execution.

After deliberation, the judges decided on “Clean the Room” for it’s simple but concise execution; as with all the films, this modern day Cinderella story takes place all within the hotel, in which a dream comes true while a maid cleans the room, all under 6 minutes.

About the Director

Dmitry Povolotsky is a writer, director, and choreographer living in Brooklyn. At the age of ten, he was selected to attend the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow to study classical ballet. After graduating from the academy nine years later, Dmitry was awarded a full scholarship to Juilliard in New York City where he received a BFA in modern dance and choreography.

Dmitry remained in New York City to perform with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet for eight seasons and to teach ballet and choreograph for inner city youth at the Harlem School of the Arts.

After making his first short film in 2003, Dmitry left the dance world to study film at Columbia University Film Division. PAL/SECAM, his thesis film, has played at 40 film festivals all over the world, has won several prestigious film awards and was sold to 6 territories so far.

Dmitry and Susan

“Clean the Room”
Written and Directed by Dmitry Povolotsky
Story Idea by Bilge Ebiri

Executive Producers
Brendan Crane
John Knowles

Maid – Susan Brady
Bobby – Michael Mason
Superstar – Sarah Lilley

Director of Photography – Christina Voros
Art Direction – Julia Cairo
Assistant Director – Rebecca Conroy
Sound – Marin Conroy
Editor – Julia Kots

Wardrobe Provided by CMarchuska and The Green Room NYC
Special Thanks to the Roger Smith Hotel

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Special Thanks

For more information on the film, the director or the program, please email:

Jacob Mendel – ’09 Workshop Director

Jacob Mendel has been dedicated to independent filmmaking since freshman year of high school and is particularly interested in cinematography. His short films have been featured at festivals in several states and in Europe, and have won first-place awards at contests in Ann Arbor and Chicago. Jacob is currently studying film at the University of Michigan and will be studying abroad at the FAMU Film School in Prague during the Fall. His filmmaking and photography can be found online on his website.

Sherng-Lee Huang – ’09 Workshop Director

With his comedy group Quiet Library, Sherng-Lee Huang has directed sketch videos that have garnered more than 20 million online views.  Sherng-Lee has also produced and edited online series for some of the biggest names in new media, including Next New Networks, Talking Points Memo, and Rocketboom.

Eco-fashion, meet Sexy.

cmarchuska joins Roger Smith Shorts ’09 (Festival Workshop), providing  wardrobe for the actors in this years workshop.  Don’t know this Eco-friendly fashion designer?  I don’t think you’ll forget the line after watching their short film by Daniel Brothers and John Michael Zervoulei.

cmarchuska, a new eco-friendly clothing line started by Christine Marchuska, offers chic sustainable clothing for today’s sophisticated socially conscious woman.  Each piece is made domestically in New York City’s Garment District out of sustainable fabric blends, recycled, and organic materials (read more).

Learn a little more about Christine Marchuska and her company, and stay tuned…more to come on this front…

Couch – April 10th, 2009

Directed by: Daniel Brothers
Director of Photography: John Michael Zervoulei
Steady-Cam Operator: Mitchell Frye

Another from Chris Milk….

This time its a collaboration with Gnarls Barkley. It will rip your heart out.

Last Day Dream [HD] by Chris Milk

If you haven’t checked this out yet, it is worth a peak. It brings you (or at least me) through many lives and memories. It was also shot entirely on Lensbaby Lenses and a Canon 5D Mark II SLR Camera.

And who wouldn’t buy the Baby Mop?

“Love Hurts”…indeed it does…

“Love Hurts”…indeed it does…

Directed by Shariff Nasr, starring Medi Broekman, Nasrdin Dchar, Déna Massque and Sergec Geworkan.

Executive Producer: Arno van Rossum / Producers: Floor Schroeijers & Robbert Bruijs. DOP: Bas Andries. Gaffer: Martin Roozeboom. Sound design: Michaël Sauvage

The Job (a short film)

Illegal businessmen and women get picked up by a Mexican employer.

Written & Directed by: Jonathan Browning
Executive Producer: Amanda Veith
Director of Photography: David Jones
Produced by: Leslie McManus and Sean Buck
Producer/Assistant Director: Shaun Greenspan

Bob Dylan – Beyond Here Lie Nothing (short film)

Who doesn’t love a little Bob Dylan?  Although, this might be a tough act to follow…

Directed by Nash Edgerton featuring Joel Stoffer & Amanda Aardsma – and a very brief appearance by Dylan himself.

Sex, drugs and the boy next door (a short film)

A kid . His mum and dad. The sex and drugs. And the boy next door who watched the whole thing unravel.

Short film written and directed by David Michôd.  Cast: Cy Standen, Lisa Chappell & Joel Edgerton

Marion Cotillard goes viral with Dior

In “The Lady Noir Affair,” Olivier Dahan directs an exquisitely dressed Marrion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”) in a femme fatale Lady Dior ad campaign.

This 6 minute thriller is certainly worth checking out.  If not for Cotillard or Dior (ahem, ladies), Dahan creates a superb short film.

The early bird catches the worms

Call for entries now open – make the early bird deadline and submit your short before May 29th!


A little advice from Claus Drexel to rising filmmakers

Director Claus Drexel gives a little advice to filmmakers at Cinemonde’s NY Premier of Family Values at the Tribeca Grand Hotel.

Hal and Claud Drexel

Lloyd Kaufman meets Roger Smith Shorts (Halleluyah’s Head on Interview)

Marlo and Halleluyah caught up with director Lloyd Kaufman, innovator and indie-film pioneer at last week’s Cinemonde NY Premier of Family Values for an instant classic interview.  Now…if you don’t know of Kaufman, and you are in the film business or even trying to be, shame on you.  Husband of the New York State Film Commissioner Patricia Kaufman, this filmmaker has a long list of credits including the Toxic Avenger franchise that you will just have to view on IMDb, because there is no way they are all fitting on this page.

His latest venture is The Toxic Avenger Musical which is now playing at New World Stages.  You can also check out his bio on Fearnet.

“His (Lloyd Kaufman) string of low-budget, lowbrow horror comedies stretching back to the ’80s has been cited as influence by Peter Jackson, the Farrelly Brothers, Quentin Tarantino, Takashi Miike, and Guillermo Del Toro, just to cite a few prominent examples.”

- Lou Lumenick, chief critic – New York Post

“The impact of Troma can be seen in nearly every independent filmmaker who cut his teeth in the video era, from Peter Jackson and Quentin Tarantino to South Park’s Trey Parker (who’s debut, Cannibal! The Musical was a Troma production), and the Troma universe has a devoted worldwide fan base to rival that of any comic book.”
- The A.V. Club – The Onion

Need a little Jim Jarmusch in your life?

The Limits of Control is the story of a mysterious loner (played by Mr. De Bankole), a stranger, whose activities remain meticulously outside the law. He is in the process of completing a job, yet he trusts no one, and his objectives are not initially divulged. His journey, paradoxically both intently focused and dreamlike, takes him not only across Spain but also through his own consciousness.

Check it out in theaters now.

NY Magazine on Jim Jarmisch’s The Limits of Control.

Catchup with a little Coffee and Cigarettes

RSS’09 and IMDb

Submitting a short to Roger Smith Shorts ’09 or becoming part of the Workshop?  Your film is automatically eligible for its own title page on IMDb – your name and your movie on the worlds biggest movie database.


TFF 2009 Heineken Audience Award Winner: City Island

Raymond De Felitta’s family comedy takes us on a trip to a sleepy harborside New York that you’ve never seen before, with Andy Garcia and Julianna Margulies as the heads of a troubled household with secrets that are about to burst. Alan Arkin and Emily Mortimer round out the cast of this crowd-pleasing winner.

Official Announcement from the Tribeca Film Festival

Phillips Carousel – a short film by Adam Berg

Phillips may be trying to sell their latest groundbreaking Cinema 21:9 LCD, but either way, these 3-D bank robbing clowns are spectacular.

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Eclectic Method – The Tarantino Mixtape

Tarantino movies in Eclectic Method’s blender.

I Love Sarah Jane

Short film written by Spencer Susser & David Michôd. Directed by Spencer Susser.

Cast: Brad Ashby, Mia Wasikowska, Vladimir Matrovic, Beau South, Peter Yacoub, Richard Mueck, Anton Enus.

Ah, young love. The air seems clearer. The sun seems brighter. There’s a spring in the step. Too bad about the zombie apocalypse.