About the Program:
Shortcuts® is a Vision Entertainment Inc. presentation and is produced by Larry
Russo was originally inspired to create a televised short film showcase back in 1993, after producing some
short films and realizing the limited distribution venues here in the United
States. He was then invited to a screening of The Asbury Short Film Festival
by its director, Doug LeClaire, where it was revealed how much untapped talent
existed in the realm of the short film.
Russo scouted the film festivals of Toronto, Sundance and Clemont-Ferrand,
the Independent Feature Project Market and the Asbury Short Film Festival for
works to feature in the series. This "best of the festivals" collection
comprises award winning comedies, dramas and animations. The quirky format of
the show includes enlightening interviews with the film makers and
light-hearted introductions & comedy sketches by our host, comedian Louis CK.
About the Producer
Larry Russo graduated from New York University's Film & Business Schools in
1986. He worked at Aaron Russo Entertainment (Producer of Trading Places, The
Rose & Teachers) until 1990 and New Line Cinema Distribution until 1991 when
he met Bob Gosse, Whitney Ransick, Chris Walsh and Larry Meistrich. They, along with other
filmmakers, founded the original Shooting Gallery production studio in
downtown New York.
A note from the producer & info about submitting films.
While at the Shooting Gallery, Larry produced the forerunner of Shortcuts,
called "shortTV", also featuring a collection of short films and their
directors. In 1994 Mr. Russo left the Shooting Gallery and, along with other
projects, worked to bring Shortcuts to
fruition. During this time he also served as a program supervisor at the
Asbury Short Film Festival, a panelist at the Toronto Short Film Festival,
a selection committee member of the Shorts International Film festival (at
Sony Lincoln Center theaters) a judge at NY/Caroline's "Funny Shorts" festival hosted by Jeffrey Ross and Bill Plympton as well as being a judge at the first annual Woodstock Film Festival in upstate New York.
Mr. Russo is currently in production of the documentary "Ladino Looking
Glass" which deals with the vanishing culture of the sephardic communities of
Greece, Yugoslavia & Turkey and is completing post production on his own short film
called "Times Square Transfer".