If you want a positive sense of the state's film scene, check out the annual screening of the Wexner Center's Ohio Short Film/Video Showcase. Not only do curators choose the best films under 20 minutes produced in Ohio, the show always attracts a large, enthusiastic crowd.

If you want a positive sense of the state's film scene, check out the annual screening of the Wexner Center's Ohio Short Film/Video Showcase. Not only do curators choose the best films under 20 minutes produced in Ohio, the show always attracts a large, enthusiastic crowd.

A dozen films made the cut for 2009's adult program (a separate youth program screens at 4:30 p.m. Saturday). These include several by returning filmmakers, such as The Fixer director John Whitney. He's back with Measured Sacrifice, a somber vision of the future in which our government comes up with a remarkably dicey way around the draft.

Another is Matt Meindl, who follows up last year's contribution of Digital Underpants with T-Shirt of Me, a five-minute rumination on personalized tees as a potential snake pit. Corey Aumiller, first seen in the showcase in the youth division, contributes Winter, a one-minute dose of seasonal hatred.

There's also at least one intriguing newcomer in the lineup: Times New Viking's Beth Murphy. With co-director Rebecca Loar, she offers the scandalous lamella, described as "an apartment musical about interior decorating and a tooth-decay-related board game."