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Get ready for Cherry Street Tavern’s inaugural 5-Minute Film Festival

Become a friendly film critic and support local filmmakers at this downtown bar’s first-ever film festival, showcasing shorts that span genres.

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Envision a dinner date atmosphere during Cherry Street Tavern’s first film night.

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Local bar Cherry Street Tavern will soon host its first-ever 5-Minute Film Festival on Saturday, Nov. 25.

Folks will be able to see works from local and regional artists that span genres (think: horror, comedy, music videos, and surreal). At the end of the night, one filmmaker will win a $500 prize for best short.

Co-owner Marty Bohannon said the inspiration for this film-centered night was his brother Matt, who has been making independent music videos and hopes to inspire more creativity. Bonus: You’ll be able to see Matt Bohannon’s works throughout the night.

“We figured this would be a pretty accessible way for people to express themselves in the medium,” he said.

NOOGAtoday | A movie still of two men sitting in the backseat of a car.

Get a chance to see this crime + comedy film submission by Logan Nipper entitled “CRAPSHOOT,” following three amateur criminals.

Movie still by Riley Smith via Logan Nipper

The submission pool (that currently is around 50 films) will be trimmed down by external judges — then the judging will be left to the audience. Here are some need-to-knows for audience members:

  • You need to be 18+, and there’s a $5 cover fee
  • Receive a card upon entry to vote for your favorite
  • Pro tip: Aim to get a seat around 6-7 p.m., the films start after sundown
  • Screening time will be around three hours with chances to hear from the filmmakers
  • End the night with tunes spun from DJ Neena Wang + the winner announcement

You can also expect to see the bar transformed into a mini theater with a projector screen, rows of seats replacing the bar stools, and theater-style concessions from Final Girl Vegan Food.

NOOGAtoday | A movie still of a woman in a black long sleeved shirt holding a glass of wine at a dinner table

See local films featuring local actors such as this submission entitled “Brass Tracks” — a drama short film by Trevor Whalen with actor Johanna Frederickson.

Movie still by Riley Smith via Logan Nipper

“We’re centered in music, but there’s a lot of moving parts when it comes to what we do here,” Bohannon said. “I think I speak for my brother and the other owner, George MacEwan, we all have a background in hospitality and just want to see people have a good time.”

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