The 7th Annual Dam Short Film Festival began today in Boulder City and to help celebrate the event this is the first of several Q&As with local Nevada Filmmakers. On Friday night, February 11th from 9:00pm – 10:15 their work will be screened as part of a Showcase at the historic Boulder Theatre. First up is Dam Short Film Festival veteran, director Jeremy Helal, who has lived in Las Vegas his entire life. His film “Cowboy” is set in modern times and tells the story of a man who is awkward and unsure of himself. He likes to dress like a cowboy and mimic the bravado of his heros while constantly searching for a place to belong.
Q. Is your movie in any other festivals or going to be?
A. I just finished the final cut of the short a couple weeks ago, so I haven’t had the chance to submit to any other festivals.
Q. As a 3 year veteran of the Dam Short Film Festival what do you like about it?
A. I love the setting, Bouldercityis a picturesque town that isn’t influenced by Las Vegas. Also, the festival brings a good arrange of people that truly enjoy watching short films, unlike other festivals where feature films are the dominant force.
Q. What other shorts have you had in this festival?
A. “The Art of Movement” 2008, “In Dreams” 2009, “Headwound” 2010
Q. Has having your shorts in this festival helped you as a filmmaker and if so how?
A. The feedback I’ve received over the years, and the people I’ve met along the way has made the festival very worthwhile.
Q. How has the festival changed in the 3 years you’ve been a part of it?
A. Actually, the festival hasn’t changed much from my perspective. I’m sorry I don’t have much to add to this.
Q.Is you next project a short or a feature and what’s it going to be about?
A. I just completed a rough draft of my first feature film, some of my close friends are doing a peer review on it right now. While that’s going on, I’m writing another feature that’s lending the first ten pages to another short film. The concept is roughly about a new revolution in science, the next big frontier of technology, and the frustrations and problems that can arise front being on the cusp if progress.
Q. Would you recommend the Dam Short Film Festival to other filmmakers?
A. Absolutely. The people running the festival are incredibly nice, and everybody attending has an upbeat positive attitude toward film.