Short films have an ironically long tradition of lacking their own distribution outlet. According to Brent Hoff, co-founder of the DVD Magazine Wholphin and editor at McSweeney’s publishing house, short films are “too short to show on TV, and they don’t play in theaters because they’d rather show some great trivia about Adam Sandler.” All theaters, that is, with the exception of us here at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.
Before Dave Eggers and Brent Hoff co-founded Wholphin in late 2005, a DVD magazine dedicated exclusively to showcasing unbelievable and award-winning short films, the level of exposure for short films was essentially limited to film festivals. Eggers and Hoff have since expanded the overall reach and in so doing cultivated an at-home audience for the short film format. A combination of exquisite taste in film selection and an eclectic, if delightfully unserious, presentation makes Wholphin (named for the rare hybrid offspring of a bottlenose dolphin and a false killer whale) a world leader in short film distribution.
Tomorrow, August 23rd, the Austin Film Society and Brent Hoff will co-host an evening of short films at our South Lamar location. If you are not yet familiar with Wholphin, or even if you are, the evening’s show will feature 100 jam-packed minutes of the best, weirdest, most lovable short films ever to be included in the famous quarterly publication. Trust us, you will definitely want a subscription by the end of the evening.
The Austin Film Society presents Best of Wholphin begins at 9:30 PM at our South Lamar location! Tickets are $10 for the general public and current Austin Film Society members are eligible for $8 tickets on-site. Be sure to show your AFS membership card at the box office to purchase discounted tickets. (Sam Prime)