New York's definintely not short on film events, but Katra Film Series deserves a special mention because it serves as a showcase specifically for carefully curated short films by emerging artists from all over the world.
Katra, a Mediteranean themed lounge in the heart of L.E.S. Manhattan, started hosting a monthly short film series in 2012. Geoffrey Guerrero, the founder of the Katra Film Series and a fellow filmmaker, simply wanted to give other emerging filmmakers a chance to screen their shorts in a live audience setting. Over the years, he saw quality submissions growing and coming not only from the New York area and the US, but countries like Cuba and Iran.
On Saturday, May 14th, the 2016 Katra Film series May Edition features 2 powerful documentaries that shed a spotlight on a historical moment in Cuba and unearths dark secrets of corporate abuse in Liberia: A selection of revelatory shorts in honor of Asian-American Heritage month: and a diverse program of NYC-based films, starring Armen Garo from HBO's Vinyl, Caitlin Fitzgerald from Showtime's Masters of Sex, Catherine Curtin from Orange is the New Black and Peter Mark Kendall from The Americans.
Please visit Katra Film Series website for more information.