Now in its 22nd year, Aurora Picture Show's lively, annual Extremely Shorts Film Festival features adventurous, short films (under 3 minutes long) of all kinds from around the world. This year's guest juror, New York-based writer, curator, and film programmer Dessane Lopez Cassell, has selected 32 mini-masterpieces from nearly 200 submissions. The program includes short films from the USA, Canada, England, Cyprus, New Zealand, China, Singapore, and Iran. There will be two screenings of the festival program. Cassell and some of the participating filmmakers will be in attendance for Saturday’s special screening and awards reception, at which Audience and Juror Award-winners will be announced. 

Friday, May 17 (7:30PM)
$10 / Free for Aurora members

Saturday, May 18 (7:30PM)
$10 / Free for Aurora members

Dessane Lopez Cassell is a writer, curator, and film programmer based in New York. She has held curatorial positions at the Studio Museum in Harlem, The Museum of Modern Art, and the Allen Memorial Art Museum. A former US Fulbright fellow, Cassell has organized curatorial projects and screenings for Flaherty NYC, Brooklyn Academy of Music, MoMA Film, and the Allen. Her writing has been published and is forthcoming in catalogs issued by the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Studio Museum, MoMA, and Experiments in Cinema. Cassell has produced podcast and radio projects for Bay FM and Creative X (both South Africa), and Roskilde Festival (Denmark), and she is a 2019 Advisory Committee member at UnionDocs. Her core research interests include black experimental film, contemporary practices that draw upon the archival, and investigations of labor and representation.

Saturday's evening's Extremely Shorts Awards Reception is generously supported by Saint Arnold Brewery, Double Trouble, and