See the best in short films at Madison Theatre event

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Asbury Shorts USA will presents its nationally recognized touring exhibition, “The 38th Short Film Concert,” at the Madison Theatre at Molloy College on Friday, April 5, with the first film screening at 7:30 p.m.

Asbury’s short film concerts feature the best in comedy, drama and animation without promoting competition. Screening classic shorts from the past combined with new international festival winners, Asbury Shorts USA provides a rare opportunity for the public to see world-class films on a real cinema screen as opposed to on YouTube or smartphones. The show has received critical acclaim, with Academy Award-nominated director Jason Reitman (“Juno,” “Up in the Air,” “Thank You for Smoking”) calling Asbury Shorts, “The best short film show I’ve ever seen.”

Highlights of the April 5th lineup include director Amy Nicholson’s documentary “Pickle.” The film examines the complicated relationships humans have with their pets in a film of unexpected warmth and mirth.

Also showing is “Alternative Math” from Dallas-based director David Maddox, winner of three Best of Show domestic film festival awards. The film focuses on a dedicated public grammar school teacher who has a tough time with new attitudes in education.  Her stubbornness to defend her subjects leads to a riot and national debate.

Sure to delight audiences is “The Caption,” the humorous and surprising tale of a frustrated cartoon caption writer whose work is almost always rejected, a situation that starts to affect his marriage.

This showcase of major award winning short films is recommended everyone ages 16 and over. Tickets are $18 for general admission.

What began in a church basement in Westbury in 1980 has grown to become a nationally touring presentation of the world’s best independent short films. Asbury Shorts Concerts have been presented at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Royal Festival Hall in London, Lakeshore Theater in Chicago, the Osprey Art Centre in Nova Scotia, Alamo Drafthouse in Dallas, the Directors Guild Theater in Manhattan, the Vero Beach Museum of Art in Florida, the AERO Theatre in Los Angeles, Summer Stage in Central Park and the Leminske Theater in Berlin, among others.

For more information about Asbury Shorts, go to www.asburyshortsconcerts.com or call 718-510-6929.

The Madison Theatre at Molloy College is located at 1000 Hempstead Ave. in Rockville Centre. For reservations and show information go to: www.madisontheatreny.org or call 516-323-4444.

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