• Manny the Movie Guy’s SHORTFEST Picks

    The 29th Palm Springs International Shortfest is in full swing.  Out of thousands of entries, only 300 films made the cut to join the competitive award-qualifying festival.  That still can be quite daunting when you’re trying to choose which film to see. 

  • Shortfest 2023: “Gianna”

    Filipino-American actress Rivkah Reyes wrote and starred in the short film “Gianna” blending horror and cult film genres.  Reyes plays the dual role of Gina and her inner demon Gianna.  I spent some time with Reyes to talk about the making of the film, its horror roots, and its LGBTQ+ tone. 

  • Shortfest 2023: “Puffling”

    “Puffling” is a documentary about two teenage girls Birta and Selma who rescue pufflings (young puffins) at night on a remote island off the coast of Iceland.  I spoke to filmmaker Jessica Bishopp about the making of her short film.

  • Jim Gaffigan Talks About His Dramatic Role in “Linoleum”

    Funnyman Jim Gaffigan is transitioning to dramatic roles.  Beginning with last year’s “Collide,” the standup comic has been proving that he possesses dramatic prowess needed for heftier roles.  This year, he’s starting off with the fantastic sci-fi dramedy “Linoleum” about a children’s science TV show host who decides to build his own rocket.  But what he discovers is far more deeper – the nature of reality and the discovery of happiness. 

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