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SOLD OUT screening at LA Shorts Fest

MAGIC FOR BEGINNERS screened to a sold out audience at the L.A. LIVE Regal Cinemas in downtown Los Angeles! (Director) Will Henry and (Editor/Creative Producer) Kerry Vaughn Miller also got a chance to speak at a "Directors meet Actors" filmmaker panel on Friday. No awards came home with us, but we couldn't have asked for a better audience!


MAGIC FOR BEGINNERS joins the lineup of the 2015 Los Angeles International Shorts Fest, a prestigious short film festival accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Films that receive an award at the festival are eligible for Academy nomination. Our film will screen at 1PM on Sunday, September 6th at the fest's fantastic downtown location - L.A. LIVE Regal Cinemas next to the Staples Center.

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Manhattan Film Festival

MAGIC FOR BEGINNERS joins the lineup of the 2015 Manhattan Film Festival! Our film has a prime spot in the opening shorts program at 5PM on Friday, June 12th, at The Players Theatre in Greenwich Village, NYC. Come out and support the "Magic"!

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Coast to Coast!

Magic for Beginners joins the 2015 Palm Springs International ShortFest which takes place June 16th - 22nd. The film will screen as part of the festival's Film Market, where other filmmakers, media, and industry professionals can watch the film and many others in a private viewing location.

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For the kids.

Today we screened MAGIC FOR BEGINNERS at Riverside Elementary School where the film was shot. (Also the elementary alma mater of director, Will Henry.) One hundred fourth and fifth graders got to watch, all of which were ecstatic to see their own school in a movie. A hilarious Q&A ensued after the film!


MAGIC FOR BEGINNERS will screen next Tuesday night at 7:30PM, at Anthology Film Archives alongside JE T'AIME, JEAN, the directorial debut of MFB's Creative Producer Kerry Vaughn Miller. The screening is FREE and open to the public, so bring friends! Please RSVP to as space is limited.

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MAGIC FOR BEGINNERS takes home top awards!

We did it! MAGIC FOR BEGINNERS, a short film by Will Henry, takes home top awards at the 2014 Dusty Film and Animation Festival hosted at the SVA Theatre in Manhattan, NYC. The whole team got to be there!

  • Best Short Film
  • Outstanding Achievement in Directing
  • Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography

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Since 1990, the School of Visual Arts’ Dusty Film & Animation Festival has become one of the world’s foremost events to discover exceptional new talent in film and animation.


MAGIC FOR BEGINNERS will premiere at the 2014 Dusty Film and Animation Festival next month, on Saturday, May 10th, at 7PM. The festival, which spans the 10th - 13th with an awards ceremony on the 14th, will be held at the SVA Theatre, the second largest theatre in New York City, located at 333 West 23rd Street, New York, NY, 10011. The festival is FREE and open to the public, seating limited.

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