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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

Premiers Handout Insert

Special Thanks

For more information on the film, the director or the program, please email: rogersmithshorts@gmail.com


Sherng-Lee Huang – ’09 Workshop Director

With his comedy group Quiet Library, SherngLee Huang has directed sketch videos that have garnered more than 20 million online views.  SherngLee 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.

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

The early bird catches the worms

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


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

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

Alive in Joburg

This short by Neill Blomkamp depicts a fictional world where extraterrestrials have become refugees in South Africa. Producers: Neill Blomkamp, Simon Hansen, Sharlto Copley, Shannon Worley.