The Ava Gardner Museum and The Clayton Center Partner to Bring the Short Circuit Traveling Film Festival to Clayton for the Third Year

An Afternoon of Film.

Clayton, NC, January 12, 2010 --( The Southern Arts Federation’s third annual Short Circuit Traveling Film Festival will screen at The Clayton Center on Saturday, Feb. 6, beginning at 1 p.m.

The festival spotlights short films created by filmmakers living and working in the Southeast and presents a dozen short films selected for their artistic merit by a panel of media arts professionals. The 2009-10 selections range from fiction and animation to experimental and documentary by filmmakers from Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Tennessee.

The Clayton Center and the Ava Gardner Museum in Smithfield are collaborating to present the Short Circuit Film Festival.

Heidi Stump, Executive Director of The Clayton Center said, “We are excited to be co-hosting the Short Circuit Traveling Film Festival for the third time. The festival was well received in the past, and we hope to reach an even wider base of film lovers this year.”

Jessica Meadows Hammett, Executive Director of the Ava Gardner Museum stated, “This cross-county partnership demonstrates the benefit of collaborative efforts between organizations and the Ava Gardner Museum is eager to help present these entertaining films to Johnston County residents.”

The three-hour film festival has been traveling the region since November. Tickets for The Clayton Center screening are $2.50, plus service fee. Tickets may be purchased at The Clayton Center Box Office located at 111 E. Second Street in downtown Clayton, by calling 919-553-1737, ext. 2, or online at

Southern Arts Federation (SAF) is a non-profit regional arts organization founded in 1975. SAF creates partnerships and collaborations; assists in the development of artists, arts professionals and arts organizations; presents, promotes and produces Southern arts and cultural programming; and advocates for the arts and arts education. The organization works in partnership with the state arts agencies of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. For more information on the Southern Arts Federation and its programs visit

For a complete list of films and the festival schedule visit the Short Circuit Traveling Film Festival at

Ava Gardner Museum
Jessica Meadows Hammett