Venice director Natasha Maidoff’s 12-minute short film “The Orange Orange” will be screened at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2 at Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice.

Drawing from her background in vaudeville and mime, Maidoff sets modern fables in motion with her cinematic shorts, a Beyond Baroque spokesperson said. Maidoff’s other films, “Is There A Cure For My Friend?” and her most recent, “The Stone Thieves,” will also be screened during the event.

“The Orange Orange,” shot in Venice, tells the whimsical story of a young woman who gets locked out of her craftsman cottage wearing only a kimono and fluffy slippers. While outside, she gets hit over the head with an orange, which she chases after through the streets of Venice in hopes of finding out who she is and where she needs to go.

Maidoff invites audiences to identify with the heroine’s plight, pushing them to their intellectual limits while simultaneously holding their hand and assuring them, the spokesperson said.

A vanguard artist and thinker, Maidoff’s storytelling is keenly influenced by the early filmmaker George Melies and avant-garde film artist Maya Deren.

Maidoff’s work is currently held in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and in the online archive at the Brooklyn Museum, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.

“The Orange Orange” and “Is There A Cure For My Friend?” have toured internationally and have been screened at prominent museums such as the Guggenheim.

For more information about the screening,www.laughtears.com/7dudleycinema.html.

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