Jury at work to pick finalists for Shelburne Film Expo

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Expo opens Friday

All the evidence has been submitted and now the jury is deliberating. The latest criminal trial? Hardly.

This jury is a three person panel who have agreed to judge the finalists in the Shelburne Film Expo's “Get Your Shorts On” competition. The festival judges include Ed Sherin and Cheryl Graul, from Lockeport, and Rick Davis from Shelburne.

Sherin, who splits his time between Lockeport and New York City, is a veteran director and producer of hit TV shows like “Law and Order,” and its many offshoots.

Photographer and musician, Cheryl Graul, of Lockeport also counts filmmaking in her background. In addition to a BFA (magna cum laude) from Concordia University, Graul received a Canada Council Grant to study music in Los Angeles and living there allowed her to augment her university film education by interning with several renowned photographers and filmmakers. Since her return to Canada, Graul has had several exhibits at The Coastline Gallery and has mentored a sizeable community of photographers in the area through her Photography courses in Shelburne.

Rick Davis, Deputy Mayor in Shelburne, has had a long entrepreneurial career during which he developed and patented several innovative wireless technologies. He has also worked as camera operator/editor with Halifax Cable 10 and as Key Grip for Michael Clattenburg (of Trailer Park Boy's fame), CBC Land and Sea, and a number of commercial and Industrial productions.

 The Shelburne Film Expo opens Friday, Sept. 5, at 7:30 p.m. with a presentation of the finalists from the summer-long “Get Your Shorts On” Competition. The show features local Nova Scotian short films on the big screen at Shelburne Regional High School, where they will compete for the newly minted “Shelbie” Award.

“The jurors have their work cut out for them,” said Marta Stork, a co-founder of the event. “There are documentaries, dramas, and even a claymation short. It's going to be a tough decision.”

On Saturday, Sept. 6, the venue shifts to the Osprey Arts Centre, where Friday's “Shelbie” winner will be screened alongside a showcase of international, award-winning short films, beginning at 8pm. The international shorts are part of the Asbury Short Film Concert, NYC's longest running short film showcase.

Both shows will be approximately 2 hours with an intermission. Friday's admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students. Saturday's $12 for adults, $7 for students. A multi-night discount is available. Those who bring theirFriday night ticket to Saturday's event will pay $8 for adults and $5 for students

Organizations: Concordia University, Canada Council Grant, The Coastline Gallery Halifax Cable 10 Shelburne Regional High School Osprey Arts Centre

Geographic location: Lockeport, Shelburne, New York City Los Angeles Canada

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