Usually, when the words “High Point” and “global” are used in the same sentence, the word “furniture” is in there somewhere as well.

However, here’s a true sentence that goes against that maxim: This week, the High Point Theater is hosting a global film festival.

The 25th annual Manhattan Short Film Festival will be held on Thursday, Sept. 22 and Friday, Sept. 23.

On the heels of that festival – on Saturday, Sept. 24 – the theater will host, “Smokey & Me,” starring Tony-nominated performer Charl Brown.  The show celebrates the life, and music of Detroit singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson, who was the frontman for the group The Miracles.

With regard to the film festival, the High Point Theater will be one of many participating worldwide.  The festival includes about 100,000 film lovers who come to 300 cinemas and other venues across six continents to view and vote on ten short films.

So, what counts as a short film? Films have to be 18 minutes and under to qualify.

The ten in the festival are finalists in the annual event and attendees will vote for a Best Film award and a Best Actor award at each participating venue. Every short film selected will automatically become qualified for the 2023 Oscars.

The final ten Manhattan Short Film Festival finalists are films from Scotland, Czech & Slovakia, Spain, Australia, Finland and Lebanon, as well as two films each from France and America.

The High Point Theater is excited to close out the busy weekend with the musical tribute to Smokey Robinson.  Act one of the production celebrates Robinson’s story and many of his biggest hits over his four-decade career. Act two explores the story, Broadway history and the hits of the actor who portrayed Smokey nightly.