From Wednesday through Sunday, the Fringe Wilmington Festival 2012 will feature a mixed bag of more than 200 artists (from throughout the state and country) presenting works rooted in the performance art, visual art and cinema, held at 12 different venues downtown.
Founded by Wilmington-natives and indie filmmakers Gordon DelGiorno and his brother, Greg, the festival offers global films, which range from comedies to dramas, as well as movies marinated in an offbeat flavor.
Opening night will feature live, jazzy tunes performed in the theater by Wilmington-based band the Joe Trainor Trio.
Gordon — who co-founded the Film Brothers Movie Co-op located on North Market Street — said the performance will mark the first time a live band will be introduced at the Festival of Shorts, and it's something he'd like to continue with in the future "unless I flop and fall on my face," he quipped.
Short and sweet
The first movie that'll kickoff each night will be Keegan Wilcox's riveting drama "The Porcelain Unicorn". The American film is set in the hostile Nazi era where a group of German boys look for Jews and discover a young girl hiding with her favorite toys.
While creating a film which highlights the Nazi era is always a bit tricky, due to the atrocities Nazi's carried out against on the Jews, Gordon said Wilcox managed to craft a smart and effective picture thanks to his engaging characters.
Two other films of note in the Festival of Shorts are the local movies "20 Minutes" and "Insidious Insomniac".
"20 Minutes" is the reigning champ from last year's festival and was filmed by G. Lloyd Morris, of Wilmington. The film tells the story of a convict who has received a second lease on life. He's fresh out of prison and his brother made him an offer to live with him until he gets back on his feet.
During the 20 minutes that it should take for the ex-con to travel to his brother's home, he runs into villainous people and bad things from his past like "drug dealers," not to mention "the easy money is trying to grab him," said Gordon, 44.
With his brother expecting him to show up at his home any minute now, the ex-con knows he can't afford to screw up his new beginning by falling back into the sea of temptation that awaits him in the streets.
Then there's the zombie apocalypse film "Insidious Insomniac," shot by Delcastle Technical High School students.
The picture is about a pill-popping teenager who wakes up to find a zombie apocalypse two years later.
Despite the plethora of zombies films that have been released the last couple of years, Gordon — who graduated from Delcastle Technical — said "Insidious Insomniac" is "not your typical zombie movie."
So what makes it unique?
Being careful to not give away the entire film, Gordon added: "It has a message."