All movie makers have to start somewhere, and we may even find the next Steven Spielberg or James Cameron as a participant in this year’s Smogdance Society’s Short Film and Video Festival. An organization that seeks to “promote the visual arts,” Smogdance acts as a gateway for aspiring filmmakers to get their material out to the public. The festival will feature scores of filmmakers of all ages (even high school and college students can participate) and from all walks of life showcasing their 15-minute short flicks, as well as several expert judges to scrutinize. Now don’t be mistaken; this isn’t a show for teenage hooligans with camcorders (leave that to YouTube). The participating filmmakers will have their artisanship cut out for them, as judges like Stacy Davies (full disclosure: she’s the Weekly’s arts & culture editor) and Andi Campognone, founder of Andi Campognone Projects and a nationally esteemed curator and arts educator, will be on hand. No Paula Abduls here. These judges have credibility!
Smogdance Film Society’s Short Film and Video Festival at The Fox Theater Pomona, HYPERLINK "http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=303+S.+Garey+Ave,+Pomona,+CA+91766&sll=34.060713,-117.750328&sspn=0.011324,0.018432&ie=UTF8&view=map" \t "_parent" 303 S. Garey Ave., Pomona, (909) 865-3802. Sun, Feb. 13. Noon. Tickets $5.