Reel 13 & Rooftop Films: Online Shorts Outdoors

July 22nd, 2009

The animated short film, “Juxtaposed” by Alex Wager, opens with this dedication:

“For those I’ve lost,
for those I’ve found,
and for those I hope to rediscover.”

As the general public, we don’t get exposed to short films from our typical media consumption sources…TV, movie theaters, Hulu, Netflix, DVDs…If you want to watch a short you have to seek it out – at a festival or online. This dedication from Alex reminds me of that search. I often find myself browsing the web looking for sites I know I’ve seen but can’t remember, those I’ve found by accident and those I hope will inspire me.

Reel13 online is one destination you can browse for short films that will inspire you, whether it’s the extraordinary talent of a gifted animator or the way a story can ring so true to your own life.

This week we’re kicking off a partnership with Rooftop Films – one of New York’s most popular and venerable summer event series. For four weeks, Rooftop will curate Reel13’s online shorts competition. The shorts will screen at a Rooftop live event and then stream online at where you can vote for the winner. And as always, each winner will be broadcast on THIRTEEN on Saturday night and win a cash prize.

This coming week you’ll get to see Alex Wager’s film, “Juxtaposed,” the story of a light bulb searching for his real mother; “Replacement Dog” directed by Garrett K – in the absence of love, we get a dog only to realize that in getting too comfortable with a dog’s love, we stop looking for the love of a partner (ahem, the animated version of some of my friend’s lives); and Matt Hammill’s “Hazed” – an animated allegory of how pollution is killing our environment.

We’ll be giving away 10 pairs of tickets to each Rooftop Films event we’ll be at. Meet us there and say hi. You can find updated event information, sign up for our Reel13 newsletter, vote on shorts and enter to win tickets here:

If you’re a filmmaker, submit your own work – we’re always looking for inspiration.