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Six programs to see at this year’s Dam Short Film Festival

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Drama: Bring on the Apocalypse (February 10, 6 p.m.) DSFF co-founder and executive director Lee Lanier recommends these four shorts about civilization collapsing “if you’re into end-of-the-world themes (which I love).”

Drama: We’re the Coneheads, We’re From France (February 11, 3:45 p.m.) No, this isn’t a program of Saturday Night Live shorts—it’s a set of five short films from France. DSFF always has a strong international component, and festival director John LaBonney singles out this France-focused block.

Drama: Cutting Their Own Path (February 11, 6:30 p.m.) “These films push the boundaries of traditional storytelling with nontraditional storytelling techniques,” LaBonney says of this program of eight offbeat dramatic shorts.

Documentary: Following Their Passions (February 12, 3:45 p.m.) These five films explore subjects that Lanier says he’s never seen covered elsewhere, including the art of neon, the National Hollerin’ Contest, the knitting of a record-breaking blanket, the daredevil sport of slacklining and Las Vegas’ own Pinball Hall of Fame.

Nevada Filmmakers Showcase (February 12, 8 p.m.) The local program is always a popular festival attraction; this year’s slate includes new shorts from veteran local filmmakers Adam Zielinski and Eric West, plus Naked Vegas’ Drew Marvick and more.

Best of the Fest (February 13, 7:30 p.m.) If you only make it to one festival program, this should be it, with organizers programing as many award-winning shorts as they can fit into 90 minutes.

Dam Short Film Festival February 10-13, times vary, $9 per screening, passes $30-$100. Boulder Theatre, damshortfilm.org.

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