With a plethora of writers nights, writers rounds and showcases of all sorts, Nashville offers a wealth of opportunities for music business hopefuls to show off their talents in public. But filmmakers, especially those who make short films, have a much harder time getting in front of a live audience. Jason Gigax has been working to change that with Salute Your Shorts, a monthly screening series of local short-subject work, which has offered 68 films, 26 music videos, 18 trailers and three commercials in its first year, with contributions from 85 different presenters.
Tonight, SYS celebrates its one-year anniversary with a red-carpet gala, complete with awards for past presenters in the form of golden film cans. Best Display of Dad Humor goes to sponsor Oskar Blues Brewery, which suggested the title for the ceremony — Can(nes) Awards, a-hyuck — and which will debut a line of canned brews. There will also be plenty of new shorts, including Dan Perry’s “Possum,” a dark comedy following a particularly bad day in the life of a used-car salesman, and a music video from the long-awaited album forthcoming from synth-poppers How I Became the Bomb.
Ryan Davidson of Leather Nightmare/Deluxin’/Stone Fox door-guy fame will close out the night with a DJ set. The evening is free and starts at 9 p.m. Above: a past entry from local filmmakers Jason K. Allen and Scott Pessoni.