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Locally produced short films and videos highlight this monthly screening series

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The monthly series for local and independent artists is highlighted by “Connection Lost (The Tinder Opera).” The clever romantic comedy features original music sung by actual opera singers, including tenor Scott Joiner as a young man trying (and failing) to date via social media. Credited to Joiner and Pittsburgh native Adam Taylor, and shot in Taylor’s current hometown of New York City, the 11-minute piece delivers its tuneful score with smart lyrics and visual whimsy. Also screening are five new shorts by experimental filmmaker tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE, including documents of two of his own performance-art pieces; an offbeat tribute to the organ; “Bemusement Park,” a unique take on Kennywood; and “Wild Horses Couldn’t …,” a wordless, impressionistic and sometimes beautiful document of two trips to Assateague Island, with its famed wild horses. Other shorts on the hour-long Dec. 13 program, curated by Matthew R. Day, are: Bill Moore’s “Vector Security,” a satirical comedy about a low-rent security firm; Kevin Hejna’s dark thriller “Power Play”; and Andy Keleman’s “Tastefully Done,” a gothic comedy that opens with a fatal car accident.

8 p.m. Tue., Dec. 13 (7 p.m. reception). Melwood Screening Room, 477 Melwood Ave., Oakland. $5. www.pfpca.org

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