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Spend the week laughing at the Houston Comedy Film Festival this November

Beginning Tuesday, November 1 and running through Saturday, November 5, we’ll host five days of screenings curated by the Houston Comedy Film Festival. This third annual event will screen 40 indie short films and two feature films. All films were handpicked from over 400 submissions from all around the world. The shorts being shown throughout the week come from all over the place — including Los Angeles, Madrid, Brazil and Australia. Of course, there will also be a wide selection of Houston filmmakers on display too!

Spend the week laughing at the Houston Comedy Film Festival this November

 

Show me a person who doesn’t like to laugh and I’ll show you a robot disguised as a human — sent through time to kill John Conner and ensure a future where robotic exoskeletons are free to smash human skulls underfoot. In fact, it’s imperative to our Skynet-free future that we laugh as much as possible — if only to ferret out Terminators in disguise. That’s why the Alamo Drafthouse is so happy to be teaming up again with the Houston Comedy Film Festival for a week of non-stop laughter at our West Oaks location.

Beginning Tuesday, November 1 and running through Saturday, November 5, we’ll host five days of screenings curated by the Houston Comedy Film Festival. This third annual event will screen 40 indie short films and two feature films. All films were handpicked from over 400 submissions from all around the world. The shorts being shown throughout the week come from all over the place — including Los Angeles, Madrid, Brazil and Australia. Of course, there will also be a wide selection of Houston filmmakers on display too!

Tickets are now on sale for all the events and more information about the films and the festival can be found at houstoncomedyfilmfestival.tumblr.com.

Here’s the full line-up with commentary from the festival programmers:

7:15 PM - Tuesday, November 1, 2011 (120 Minutes Total)

Opening night of Houston Comedy Film Festival ‘11 features a selection of comedy short films from directors all across the United States — including five films from Texas filmmakers. “Seriously?” directed by Allison Czach and “Roger the Chicken” directed by Matthew-Lee Erlbach are world premieres on the festival circuit and will be screening for the first time ever at the HCFF ‘11. Both directors will be in attendance and available for a Q&A on Tuesday night. Director Luke Matheny's first film, “God of Love,” which won the HCFF 2010 Best Picture award and then went on to win the 2010 Academy Award for a short film, will also screen on this night. You don't want to miss it.

  • “Air Sick Love” - Directed by Roderick Fenske (Los Angeles, California)
  • “April” - Directed by Mike Piccirillo (Encino, California)
  • “Chrysalis” - Directed by Zachary Mattson (Omaha, Nebraska)
  • “Deadbeat TV Vol. 2” (Selects) - Directed by Steven Katz (Houston, Texas)
  • “How to Be a Good Listener” - Directed by Michael Ofenheim (Beaumont, Texas)
  • “Lost in Transition” - Directed by William Leonardo Molina (Houston, Texas)
  • “Roger, the Chicken” - Directed by Matthew-Lee Erlbach (New York, New York) - World Premiere
  • “Seriously?” - Directed by Allison Czach (Houston, Texas) - World Premiere
  • “Tomboys” - Directed by Gretchen Almoughraby (Houston, Texas)
  • “God of Love” - Directed by Luke Matheney (Brooklyn, New York) 2010 Academy Award Winner, 2010 HCFF Best Picture Award Winner

 

7:15 PM - Wednesday, November 2, 2011 (120 Minutes Total)

“International Flavor” is the best way to the describe the second night of HCFF ‘11 — featuring 14 comedy short films from directors from around the world. Australians, Italians, Spaniards, French and Canadians all have a different definition of comedy, but as long as it makes you laugh the message is truly universal.

  • “Bip, Bip” - Directed by Phillipe Gregoire (Montreal, Canada)
  • “Connected” - Directed by Chris Connatty (London, England)
  • “Deadbeat TV Vol. 2” - Directed by Steven Katz (Houston, Texas)
  • “Deadline” - Directed by Sarah Zandieh (Paris, France)
  • “Flatmates” - Directed by Francesco Marisei (Italy)
  • “Friday Night Tights” - Directed by Joonki Park (El Segundo, California)
  • “GoldenBox” - Directed by Matt MacDonald (Encino, California)
  • “Hard Rubbish” - Directedd by Steve Mitchell
  • “Inside Out” - Directed by Taylor Rummell (Yorba Linda, California)
  • “Oh My God” - Directed by Federico Calabuig (Bilbao, Spain)
  • “Los Gritones” - Directed by Roberto Perez Toledo (Spain)
  • “Squeeze” - Directed by Will Goodfellow (Glebe, Australia)  
  • “The Oblique Sector” - Directed by Jason M. Reulet (Boston, Massachussets)
  • “Wanting Alex” - Directed by Chris Akers (Santa Monica, California)

 

7:15 PM - Thursday, November 3, 2011 (120 Minutes Total)

Sometimes, it's fun to poke fun at popular television and films in order to generate a good laugh. If you've ever seen “Black Swan” then you are going to love “Brown Duck.” And if you've a fan of “True Blood,” you're going to really laugh at director Brenton Stumpf's “Vampire Vampire Vampire.” If you've ever posted an ad on Craigslist for a roommate and a zombie shows up, then “What's Life Got To Do With

It'' will be a film that you can really relate to. “Hair Rules” is a 45-minute mini-feature that will definitely keep you laughing. Texas directors Trish Needom, Steven

Katz and Don Worley will also show off their latest comedy offerings.

  • “Behave” - Directed by Don Worley (Houston, Texas)
  • “Brown Duck” - Directed by Ryan Becken (Apple Valley, Minnesota)
  • “Deadbeat TV Vol. 2” - Directed by Steven Katz (Houston, Texas)
  • “Earthbound” - Directed by Jose Asuncion (Los Angeles, California)
  • “Hair Rules” - Directed by Ryan Becken (Apple Valley, Minnesota)
  • “Vampire Vampire Vampire Vampire” - Directed by Brenton Stumpf (Santa Monica, California)
  • “Whatever it Takes” Directed by Trish Needom (Houston, Texas)
  • “What’s Life Got To Do with It?” - Directed by Noah Weisberg (New York, New York)

 

7:15 PM - Friday, November 4, 2011 (120 Minutes Total)

We have a saying at the Houston Comedy Film Festival, “On Fridays, the films get gradually more offensive as the night goes on.” This year is no exception, so be ready for a little blood, sexual content, profanity and other edgy comedy content that is not intended for the network television audience. If you are easily offended, then you probably shouldn't attend. For those of us that like to get loose on a Friday night, you've come to the right place.

  • “127 Seconds” - Directed by Chris Buongiorno (Los Angeles, California)
  • “Abduct Me!” - Directed by Lucien Knotter (Hollywood, California)
  • “Appy Ever After” - Directed by Rupert Le Poer Trench (Surry Hills, Australia)
  • “Chrysalis” - Directed by Zachary Mattson (Omaha, Nebraska)
  • “Delivery Boy” - Directed by Konstantinos Mousoulis (Hollywood, California)
  • “Face 2 Face” - Directed by Blake Van De Graaf (Toronto, Canada)
  • “Fantasy Night” - Directed by John Bessolo (Los Angeles, California)
  • “Half Hearted” - Directed by Max McGill (London, England)
  • “Lost in Transition” - Directed by William Molina (Houston, Texas)
  • “The Elastic” - Directed by Eleanor Hutchins, Caleb Scott (Los Angeles, California)
  • “The Goose” - Directed by Craig Knowles (Cleveland, Ohio)

3:00 PM - Saturday, November 5, 2011

The Houston Comedy Film Festival will present two feature films on Saturday.

“Swooped” directed by Shaun Paul Costello and Joe Gariffo is a funny film about two best friends that struggle with the ancient philosophical concept known today as “Bro's before Ho's.”

"The Truth About Average Guys” directed by Ken Gayton is about a guy that tries to get the attention of his dream girl, who has a mentally challenged sister, by having his friend pretend to be mentally challenged as well and go on a double date.

“HCFF 2011 Awards” - Director Mikel Fair will give out the HCFF 2011 Awards for the best and funniest films of the year.  View the nominations here.

  • 3:00 PM - “Swooped” - Directed by Shaun Paul Costello (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  • 5:00 PM - “The Truth About Average Guys” - Directed by Ken Gayton (Northfield, Illinois)
  • 6:30 PM - “The 2011 HCFF Awards”

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