Being in the middle of the Tribeca Film Festival season in the spring of 2016, we at Theo were wondering why we couldn't have a film festival of our own.
So then we did.
By way of Amuse Wine in the Lower East Side, we hosted our first Mobile Micro showcasing two short films. First was Pas de Deux--a film about a woman's dance of freedom and celebration--by filmmaker and photographer Adrian Miles. Second was The Open Seat--a documentary short telling the story of a day in the life of Date While You Wait creator, Thomas Knox--by filmmaker and Theo cofounder Michael Rowley.
The films were shown, the filmmakers spoke and afterwards an excited new community was formed all around the celebration of independent short films.
Here's what attendees had to say about the night:
"The film fest night was such an encouraging evening... Gathering together with thinkers, inspirers, and dreamers over good wine on a Thursday night was like a breath of fresh air. Taking in two shorts that prompted reflection was rich.... I am thrilled with what the future holds for Theo and hope to be apart of it."- Mitch Zientz (Audience Member)
"Mobile Micro was a celebration of our community's creative spirit."- Ibrahim Ouchikh (Filmmaker and Audience Member)
"It was incredible. It was great to be in a film in the festival and to be apart of the festival and to see all the hard work that made such a great night a reality. And afterwards I got to connect with the crowd and interact face to face and make real connections. That was invaluable and I couldn’t be more grateful."- Thomas Knox (Subject of the film 'The Open Seat')
"Mobile Micro was one of my first film screening experiences and I hope any I attend would be modeled the same. The location and crowd were amazing. It was as if everyone was hand picked and placed there that night. From my understanding, this was the first of many to come, and it seemed like the Theo team have been doing this for years. Everything from start to finish was seamless. It was everything a film screening and/or festival should be. Beautiful films, beautiful people, great vibes."- Adrian Miles (Filmmaker of 'Pas De Deux')