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Shorts under the stars

Collection of films screening at Lost Lake Park for Whistler Music and Arts Festival

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What: Shorts in the Park

Where: Lost Lake Park

When: Friday, July 22, 8 p.m.

Tickets: $5

The Whistler Film Festival presents Shorts In The Park, a collection of short films screening outdoors at Lost Lake Park this Friday evening as part of the second annual Whistler Music and Arts Festival.

The film lineup includes the 2005 Academy Award-winning animated short film Ryan , a National Film Board production directed by Chris Landreth about former NFB animator Ryan Larkin.

Also screening is Man Feel Pain , winner of the Best Canadian Short Film at the Toronto International Film Festival and co-winner of the Best Short Film Award at the 2004 Whistler Film Festival.

The event will have local flavour with screenings of works by Whistler filmmakers Robjn Taylor and Xandra Grayson, both members of the newly formed Whistler Independent Filmmakers Society.

Taylor’s wacky film I Have Mitosing Cells, the bulk of which has Taylor suspended upside-down, is well-known around these parts as the winner of the 72 Hour Filmmaker Showdown at the 2005 Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival. Grayson’s elegiac film The Poet was one of eight finalists in the contest.

The outdoor event takes place on the grassy shores of Lost Lake with films showing at dusk (approximately 10 p.m.) on the festival’s large inflatable screen. Audience members are required to bring their own seating.

The event kicks off at 8 p.m. with live roots music by The Rutherford Creek Trio and barbecue picnic food available for purchase.

Tickets are $5 with kids under 12 admitted free. Shuttles from the Whistler Village Gondola transit exchange will be available to and from Lost Lake Park starting at 8 p.m. for 50 cents each way.

In event of rain, the films will screen at Millennium Place starting at 8 p.m.

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