Since Woody Allen created Manhattan in 1979, the idea of that whimsical world — in which homeless lunatics roam unsupervised and rent for a squalid one-bedroom apartment can easily cost more than a semester’s tuition at a mid-level graduate school — has captured the American imagination. The region has since seen regrettable violence at the hands of Hollywood — it was tragically “taken” in the 1980s by both Jason Voorhees and the Muppets — but San Antonians will have the opportunity to contribute to the healing this weekend by viewing and voting on the top 12 finalists in the 2008 Manhattan Short Film Festival at Urban-15 Studios (2500 S. Presa, urban15.org). Screenings will begin at 8 p.m. on both Friday September 26 and Saturday September 27; tickets are $8 and will be sold at the door and online at urban-15-group.ticketleap.com.
And fans of our own kick-ass town can now log on to visitsanantonio.com to view “Deep. In the Heart,” a zealously punctuated tourism commercial highlighting just why our town kicks so much ass (Spoiler: Tacos. Also there’s a river you might be familiar with.), or head to sacurrent.com/blog for a full-length review of this three-minute masterpiece.