Asbury Shorts to Bring SHORT FILM CONCERT to Bijour Theatre, 9/12

Asbury Shorts, New York City's longest running short film exhibition, presents its acclaimed touring "Short Film Concert" at The Bijou Theatre in Bridgeport, Connecticut on Friday night, September 12th. Tickets cost $15 general admission. Doors open at 6:00pm with the film show beginning at 7:00pm.

Asbury Shorts "Concerts" feature the best in live action comedy, drama and outstanding animation, without promoting competition. Academy Award nominated director Jason Reitman ("Juno," "Up in the Air") calls Asbury Shorts: "The Best Short Film Show I've ever seen!") Combining classic shorts with new international festival selections, ASNY provides a rare opportunity for the public to see world-class films on the big screen, instead of an iPad or computer. Highlights of the 2-hour presentation include:

"A Poet Long Ago" - from acclaimed director Bob Giraldi and written by famed novelist Pete Hamill. Steve Schirripa (HBO"s "The Sopranos") and Boris McGiver (Netflix "House of Cards," HBO's "The Wire,") star as two former grammar school classmates who meet by chance and reminisce about those younger days back in Brooklyn... opening up old wounds.

"Globe Trot" is the latest short film from renowned independent filmmaker Mitchell Rose. Mr. Rose created this incredible international crowd-sourced dance film with choreographer Bebe Miller. The film recently won "Audience Award" at World Fest in Houston.

"Local Commercial"- John Ratzenberger ("Cliff the Mailman" on the NBC TV series "Cheers") stars as the owner of a law firm who hires a veteran movie director to create a new television commercial for his company. "Local Commercial" was directed by Richard Dobbs who has helmed episodes of the NBC TV series "Law & Order," and "Law and Order: SVU." Mr. Dobbs won "Best Director" for this film at The Boston Film Festival.

Asbury Shorts NY has presented short film concerts at: The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Royal Festival Hall, London, The Lake Shore Theater, Chicago, Director's Guild Theater in Manhattan, SUMMER STAGE in Central Park, the AERO Theatre in Santa Monica and the Leminske Theater in Berlin to name a few of the prestigious venues where audiences have enjoyed world-renowned independently-produced short films.

One of the last historic movie theaters left in Bridgeport, the Bijou Theatre originally intended as an opera house, opened in 1909 as a movie theatre. In 1929, it was renamed The Rivoli Theatre, and in later years became the Studio Cinema, and the Downtown Family Cinema, which closed in 1996. Dormant for years, new owners purchased the theater in 2005, and eventually renovation work began. The Bijou Theatre re-opened July 7, 2011. It now operates as a multi-functional venue with 202 seats (94 stadium, 108 cabaret). The dominant focus will be on independent films and cultural art performances, with additional attractions of live music, comedy and theatrical productions.

For all show info, go to or email: For tickets call: 203-332-3228. The Bijou is located at 275 Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport, CT.

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