Shorts people

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Multipurpose arts space MadLab turns to film this Saturday with a juried show of narrative and experimental short works by 15 local and national filmmakers. Locals will also represent in person, introducing films and taking questions after the presentation.

Included in that list of directors are some better known for other mediums. MadLab co-founder and playwright Eric Myers contributes a short, as does Dan Gerdeman, whose cartoony paintings are becoming a fixture at galleries and events like last weekend's JunctionView party Por Vida.

Gerdeman offers Building a Castle, a study of what happens when you try to protect a castle made of bread in an area heavy with geese, inspired by a trip with his kids to the Scioto River that soon resembled "a redneck version of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds."

Other names have already been seen on the big screen around town, like Corey Aumiller, co-creator of the feature On the Lam, which premiered at Studio 35 in May. Matt Meindl, subject of an Alive feature this spring for Digital Underpants, his collaged contribution to the Wexner Center's annual shorts fest, will re-screen it here.

The versatile John Whitney, featured recently at the Cowtown Film Festival, who's moved from the wonderfully low-key comedy of The Fixer to the dystopian sci-fi drama Measured Sacrifice, his contribution to the MadLab program.

MadLab Gallery's Video Film Fest

8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8