Taos Shortz Film Festival, USA, 1st – 4th March

If you’ve ever seen Rooster Cogburn and the Lady, John Wayne’s thrilling follow up to True Grit, you’re bound to remember the part of Wolf. Well Rick Romancito, the Taos and Zuni Pueblo actor who played that part can today be found on the board of judges at the Taos Shortz Film Festival in New Mexico. With a mission statement promise to unite filmmakers with the community under the belief that film can change lives, and even a “vision statement” with a stated commitment to “compelling and thought-provoking subject matter”, Taos Shortz is clearly a festival with purpose. Running concurrently with its own “Filmapolooza” 48-hour film-making challenge, the festival screens more than seventy films from around the world, including fiction, documentary and animation – but crucially never exceeding thirty minutes in length. ÉCU will be represented by the thrilling WWII dogfight-gone-bad animation, Paths of Hate, plus Stanley Pickle, April Chill, and Broken Clouds.

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