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Explore the Art of Short Films

Rated 4.81 out of 5 from 32 reviews.Philadelphia, United States

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Experience hosted by Nicole

2.5 hours
Includes drinks
Up to 4 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

We will explore my collection of behind-the-scenes film festival memorabilia chronicling five non-traditional cinema screenings in four Philadelphia neighborhoods. Along the way, you will gain insight on how locals respond to the best short films from several countries around the world. We will wrap up this experience with a private screening of shorts for you to vote on and then join me in deciding the official selections for a traveling short film showcase.

PREVIOUS SPECIAL ENGAGEMENTS
We united with 100,000 filmgoers in a global festival showing simultaneously across six continents, where we viewed and voted on an extraordinary range of short films that are being considered for an Academy Award nomination. Genres included intimate dramas, spine-tingling suspense, and hilarious comedies, as well as a pair of science fiction short films and one that focuses on tennis. Participants became instant film critics as they received a ballot upon entry that allowed each person to vote for the Best Film and Best Actor.
We will explore my collection of behind-the-scenes film festival memorabilia chronicling five non-traditional cinema screenings in four Philadelphia neighborhoods. Along the way, you will gain insight on how locals respond to the best short films from several countries around the world. We will wrap up this experience with a private screening of shorts for you to vote on and then join me in deciding the official selections for a traveling short f…

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What's included

  • Drinks
    Water
From $35
/ person
Sun, Sep 27
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
$35 per person
$35 per person
Sat, Oct 17
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
$35 per person
$35 per person
Sun, Oct 18
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
$35 per person
$35 per person

Meet your host, Nicole

Host on Airbnb since 2009
  • 32 Reviews
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I am a Philadelphia native, freelance writer and traveler who has made Award-winning short films from around the world accessible to local communities for 7 years. My previous studies include illustration, graphic design, screenwriting and video production. As one of the exclusive U.S. managers of an international film festival 20mins from the Art Museum steps and La Colombe Coffee Roasters, I love discovering cool places to watch extraordinary short films with people who enjoy learning about a diverse range of stories, cultures, experiences and ideas.
I am a Philadelphia native, freelance writer and traveler who has made Award-winning short films from around the world accessible to local communities for 7 years. My previous studies include illustration, graphic design, screenwriting and video production. As one of the exclusive U.S. managers of an international film festival 20mins from the Art Museum steps and La Colombe Coffee Roasters, I love discovering cool places to watch extraordinary short films with people who enjoy learning about a…
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Where you'll be

We will be in my studio workspace at a historic Art Deco building made in the 1930s, near East Passyunk Avenue and Geno's Steaks. It operates as a production and exhibition hub for fostering community engagement and an exchange of cultures through our shared discovery of remarkable work by shorts filmmakers from across the globe. Previous visitors include a local radio show contributor, a film festival programmer and an Emmy-nominated artist.

Rated 4.81 out of 5 from 32 reviews.

Raphe
August 2019
This was awesome! If you are interested in cinematography in anyway, you will learn and enjoy this! Nicole is super knowledgeable in short films and is super sweet!
Tena
July 2019
Nicole is a warm and engaging host. You’ll learn a lot about the art of short film-making, along with viewing a curated group of good ones!
Jimmy
July 2019
I felt enlightened from viewing the 10-15 short films on that evening's program. Nicole (who was most patient with my tardiness during an unsufferable heatwave) selected them based on what she surmised I would enjoy; She chose with great skill & insight!! (especially the European films). She is an accomplished filmmaker herself, but she wanted to give voice to other obscure artists who deserve to be viewed & enjoyed. Artists I would not have found out about otherwise. The facility in S Philly impressed me as a beehive of creative types & alternative offerings. The "Canstruction" installation was a Gas! I didn't get the chance to take in the neighborhood, which seems less gentrified than other better known neighborhoods. Nicole, who is kind & connecting, & I had a lot to talk about; so I wish I could have stayed longer to see more of the neighborhood & her own films & more offerings at that alternative facility. So if you choose this highly worthy experience, you could ask Nicole to show her own work. And support her other film projects & happenings. Even thru cickstarter I hope......
I felt enlightened from viewing the 10-15 short films on that evening's program. Nicole (who was most patient with my tardiness during an unsufferable heatwave) selected them based…
John
April 2019
Really enjoyed meeting Nicole, she had picked out some really great shorts which I definitely enjoyed. She was very knowledgeable and shared a lot of information on short film circuit of festivals and award eligibility. I found it all very interesting. We did hold off on starting with the shorts right away to give another guest time to arrive which unfortunately she didn’t make it and I had to leave before it was completed. But I would certainly recommend it and I intend to be back the next time I’m in Philly.
Really enjoyed meeting Nicole, she had picked out some really great shorts which I definitely enjoyed. She was very knowledgeable and shared a lot of information on short film cir…
Søren
April 2019
My daughter and I had a very nice visit at Nicole. She was very friendly and passionate. She was very inspiring to listen to.
Lisa
April 2019
My daughter and I were fortunate to take Nicole's "Exploring the Art of Short Films". Nicole went out of her way to accommodate a time to enjoy this experience outside of her normal schedule which was hugely appreciated. She is very knowledgeable on film of all types but really explained short films extensively and my daughter, who has an interest in film and acting, really learned a lot. For me, she introduced a whole genre of films I did not know about and the world of short films, I am excited to seek them out for viewing. Nicole had us view several short films, all of which were interesting. I am looking forward to Nicole expanding her knowledge into other workshops and hope to learn from her again in the future. This experience would be interesting to all!
My daughter and I were fortunate to take Nicole's "Exploring the Art of Short Films". Nicole went out of her way to accommodate a time to enjoy this experience outside of her nor…

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 4 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

More tips

On street parking is very limited. If you can, please use a different form of transportation to and from the studio. Public transportation is nearby including a few bus routes and subway station.

What to bring

You will need to provide your own transportation.