This Sunday, I will be hitting up the Alibi Lounge to check out the Second Annual Hakker Short Film Festival. There will be a great deal of movie goodness, including the World Debut of New York Post, my directorial/acting debut, starring Nick Mahoney and shot by Greg McMahon. I was able to catch up with Howard Krulewitz, founder of the Hakker Film Fest for some sweet, sweet Q&A.
Dig in, there will be plenty leftover for seconds.
The Hakker Short Film Festival… what is it?
Hakker Short Film Festival was created to encourage people to do what they love. Life is short. If you love making films, make one. If you love flying kites, go fly a kite. Whatever it is that you love – do it!
We’ll screen several short films, all made by friends, have a few drinks, and even more laughs. It’s all for fun and charity and in the end, one film will be awarded Best Film.
Who the hell is Howard Krulewitz, and why is he running a film festival?
I love the creative process, I love getting friends and family together, and I love doing it all for a good cause.
I understand half of the proceeds go to charity, can you tell us more about the charity?
What’s better than having a great time and raising money for charity? Half of all ticket sales [$10 each] go to the winning filmmaker and the other half goes to cancer research. My Dad lost his battle with cancer 3 years ago and cancer has touched nearly every American family. My brother, sister, and I created a fund in my Dad’s memory that directs all funds to The V Foundation for Cancer Research. It’s called the Jack Krulewitz Ice Cream In My Moustache Memorial Fund.
The inaugural Hakker Short Film Festival raised over $1,600 for this charity.
The First Annual Hakker Film Fest was a huge success, do you think this year will be even better?
No doubt! Free candy this year!
Hard on Ice was a big winner last year, how does the competition look so far this year?
With more films this year, the competition will be even tougher than last year when Hard-On Ice won Best Film and I wouldn’t be surprised if there was some controversy surrounding the winning film. This year’s films include:
- Final Victiory
- Live Love Laugh
- Monopoly Economy
- New York Post
- Vermont Has Crashed
Can the crowd anticipate any outrageous moments at this years festival?
If you consider seeing me in a tuxedo outrageous, then yes. Last year, there were several outrageous surprises and I have a feeling this year will out-outrageous last year.
One sentence: why should people drop ten bills to catch the Hakker Film Fest?
One Question: Why shouldn’t people spend $10 to have some laughs, meet some great people, and raise money for a great cause?
Ten years from now, Howard Krulewitz is doing what?
Hopefully, doing a Q&A for the 12th Annual Hakker Short Film Festival!
Please tell us about the time, date, venue and information for the festival…
Hakker Short Film Festival is this Sunday, September 26th at 2:00pm at Alibi Lounge in NYC. Alibi Lounge is located at 116 MacDougal Street between Bleecker & West 3rd. Tickets are $10, payable at the door. To reserve a spot on the guest list, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Anything else you want to add?
B. Thank you for an excellent interview, and see you Saturday at The Hakker Film Short Film Festival!