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Drone film festival aims to win over skeptical public

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By: CHRIS FRANCESCANI

NEW YORK (NBC) — For most Americans, hobby drones are about as welcome in their neighborhoods as car alarms.

A growing chorus of drone enthusiasts has been fighting an uphill battle for public acceptance for years now, but the victories have been few and far between.

The New York City Drone Film Festival, which held its second annual screening and awards ceremony Saturday night at the Directors Guild Theater in midtown Manhattan, could change that.

The festival showcases the remarkable creative possibilities of aerial cinematography.

"It's a forum to progress the art form," said Randy Scott Slavin, the festival's director.

Part of the event's charm is the wide spectrum of subjects, techniques and perspectives in its 44 short films, each less than five minutes long.

Some of the entries were clever. Others were silly. A few induced vertigo. But many were so breathtaking that they drew gasps from veteran aerial cinematographers in the audience.

True to its millennial spirit, the film festival kicked off with a bang. Jaws dropped across the theater as the lights dimmed and a stuntman on screen dived off a cliff and literally flew across a canyon, a speeding drone hot on his heels.

And that was just a commercial — an ad for an aerial videography company called Reel Steady before the main event.

Read the complete story on NBC News.

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