The third annual Disposable Film Festival begins tonight at the Roxie Theater with two screenings of the festival's Competitive Shorts Program, featuring a uniquely unconventional collection of experimental, animated and photo-motion shorts chosen from more than 1,000 international submissions.
The festivities continue through Sunday, with highlights including Buttons, Vol. 2, an eclectic series of films captured on pocket-sized cameras by New York's Red Bucket collective, and a spotlight on the artwork of European filmmakers Ben Slotover and Peter Waldeck, who dare to imagine what life would be like if Sega's popular Monkey Ball video games were transformed into a real-life, physical phenomenon.
Created in 2007 to celebrate the artistic potential of disposable video, the traveling festival boasts an innovative group of short-length films recorded on non-professional devices including one-time-use video cameras, cell phones, point-and-shoot cameras, webcams, screen-capture software and other video-capture devices. Co-founders Eric Slatkin and Carlton Evans regularly host screenings and competitions to discover the most compelling work within the disposable genre. For showtimes and tickets, click here. The 8 p.m. screening of tonight's Competitive Shorts Program is sold out, but tickets for a recently added 10 p.m. show are currently on sale.