weather icon Clear

Film fest remains virtual for 2022

The 2022 Dam Short Film Festival is following in the footsteps of 2021 and will once again be held virtually.

“We received so much positive feedback on the virtual experience last year and are excited to be able to stay true to our mission of making original, unusual and entertaining short films available to the general public for our 18th annual festival,” said Lee Lanier, Dam Short Film Festival co-founder and director of continuity, in a press release.

The film festival started in 2003 and was founded by Lanier and his wife, Anita. Since then, it has screened more than 2,500 films and given filmmakers from all over the world a chance to showcase their unique and original stories.

Usually held in person at the Boulder Theatre in town, the film festival switched to a virtual format in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual festival gives viewers the opportunity to screen all the films in an on-demand format.

“The virtual aspect allows viewers to watch at their leisure, from anywhere in the U.S. at any time of the day or night,” said Lanier. “We love presenting the festival in person in Boulder City, but the virtual platform allows us to keep everyone safe while the pandemic lingers. We plan to return to the Boulder Theatre in 2023.”

The 2022 festival will take place Feb. 10-14.

In addition to offering access to almost 150 short films, there will be question and answer sessions with the filmmakers and other live stream events for viewers to participate in.

Tickets will be sold as household passes for the entire festival as well as passes to the individual program blocks. The date they will be available has not been set, and a full lineup of all the films will be released soon.

For more information, go to https://damshortfilm.org/.

Contact reporter Celia Shortt Goodyear at cgoodyear@bouldercityreview.com or at 702-586-9401. Follow her on Twitter @csgoodyear.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Time is ripe for pruning

This is the time of year when you can take large amounts of wood from trees, shrubs and many of our flowering and nonflowering plants. Break out your loppers or handsaw and make sure it’s sharp, adjusted and sanitized before you start pruning. Remember, you can remove small amounts from trees and shrubs any time during the year using hand pruners but now is the time for removing stuff using the “big guns.”

Compost often steams in cold weather

Don’t be fooled because when compost is warm, it produces steam. It may look like it’s hot, but during this cold weather steam is very commonly found with warm compost. The temperature of compost when it’s cooling is only about 105 F. In the center of the pile it might be hotter but it’s not hot enough to damage plants.

Some plants more susceptible to freezing temperatures

I went outside very early in the morning to put something in the recycling bins when I noticed frost on the lids. I thought, “We must’ve had a light freeze last night.” I checked my phone weather app for the low temperature. It said the low was 45 F. “No, that can’t be right.” I checked other sources for the low temperature and it varied from upward of 36 F. My trash lids won’t lie. Phone apps are good for predicting a possible freeze and needed protection, but nothing replaces verification that an actual freeze happened.

Boulder City Nuggets: Passionate about pets

A passion for pets and their well-being is what keeps the staff at Professional Pet Room &Groom in Boulder City motivated each day.

Plants classified by water use

Recently, I characterized mesic landscape plants, the types of plants that don’t like to be kept overly dry or overly wet but grow most rapidly and healthier in “moist soils.” Mesic plants run a gamut from those that can handle very wet soils to those that can tolerate somewhat dry soils. But as I mentioned before, mesic plants tolerate lawn irrigations.

Evergreen Reminder

Celia Shortt Goodyear/Boulder City Review

Contest yields colorful entries

Boulder City continues to have some colorful characters — or rather characters who like to color.

Woodcarver spreads holiday cheer with decorated thread spools

For most of his life, Paul Stoutenborough has put the needs of others first. So when the longtime woodcarver and former carpenter ran across some old wooden thread spools at a garage sale, he knew exactly what he wanted to do with them.