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This Week's SATURDAY SHORTS Has Some Dramatic Bite to it!

Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here with this week's crop of quality shorts for your viewing pleasures sent in by some insanely talented AICN readers. Each week we get to dip our toes into fantastic worlds, funny situations, or terrifying splatterfests of horror. This week we'll be checking out some rather dramatic shorts that, while they might lack the visual punch/stab to the gut, are sure to satisfy. 

Sure, I tend to focus more on horror and comedy it might seem, but as I've mentioned before - I don't get drama submissions as often as you might think and I've been craving some. I'm actually on vacation out in Vegas right now, (In fact, I'm writing this from inside the Excalibur) and I'm staring at so much time, energy, and money spent on dazzling everyone on a surface level - fancy exteriors that all house the same thing - it's the time spent on those shells that make it seem like they're not all the same. I think this week's shorts will settle that, films with substance minus bright lights, just stripped down legit filmmaking.

So go grab yourself some popcorn, lock your kids in a closet, kill the lights, relax and check out this weekly film fest we've got ourselves here:


TRT: 13:08

Up first is a boxing short from Leigh Richards that's is sure to knock you around a bit. Finn works as a stand over man for greedy property developer Lenny Gold, but dreams of success as a boxer. When one of Lenny's "errands" sees Finn cross paths with stubborn ex-fighter Sonny, Finn must decide who's side he's really on...

BLEEDERS (SHORT FILM) from Leigh Richards on Vimeo.


TRT: 10:52

Next up is a slice of life, an excellently paced and beautifully shot short from writer-director Kevin Slate. An elderly Brooklyn native struggles with his daily routine as an umbrella street salesman during a summer drought.

The Drought from Kevin Slack on Vimeo.


TRT: 13:47

Up next we get to see Michael Dormin in a film by SATURDAY SHORTS alum Luke Mayze. The Weight Of Sunken Treasure is a thriller about about a lonely man who devotes his life to the search for closure after the mysterious and terrible disappearance of Mary Somerset forty years earlier.

THE WEIGHT OF SUNKEN TREASURE from lukemayze on Vimeo.


TRT: 24:47

To wrap up this week's selection we have Kevin Jacques hauntingly bizarre short that feels incredibly intimate and definitely worth the full 25 minutes. If you knew something before it happened, could you prevent it from happening? Would you? Monster is the character study thriller of a woman who journeys to the sea to stalk the killer of a teenage girl before it happens.

MONSTER from Kevin Jacques on Vimeo.


And that's it for this week. If you're in or around Vegas and feel like hanging out with your pal Muldoon - email me up!  I'll see you all next week, but hey check out some of the past SATURDAY SHORTS if you're jonesing for quality shorts sent in by many talented filmmakers:


Genre Explosions

Mixed Genre Bag

Mixed Bag



Mixed Bag


Genre Mix

Mixed Bag



Mixed Bag





Mixed Genre Bag






Supernatural Goodness


SciFi Explosions With Aliens


Mixed Bag

Science Fiction

Creature Features

If you have a short and think it belongs here or are on the fence about whether to send it in, please do send it in - I'd love to see what you've put together. I've already seen hundreds of fresh new filmmakers' shorts and like any good addict, I need more!

Shoot me an email at ""

In the subject line include:

“SHORTS” + “Your film’s name” + “The film’s genre”

Then, in the body of the email, please include a synopsis of the film and any contact information you might think I need or would want published.

Please don’t feel the need to submit multiple times.  I swear to each of you I truly check every email I get, and sending the same short a few times just makes it a bit messier.

Remember, the filmmakers might still be in the audience, so feel free to share your thoughts in Talkbacks below. (JUST DON'T BE AN ASSHOLE). I picked them, so you know I think highly of all of these, but how about you fine folks? How'd you like 'em?



- Mike McCutchen


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  • Aug. 18, 2012, 12:29 p.m. CST

    People who say First

    by Seph_J

    ....are cool.

  • Aug. 18, 2012, 12:53 p.m. CST


    by Autodidact

    to call the guy above me who said "First" a douche!

  • Aug. 18, 2012, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Third Post Bitches!

    by i_created_this_to_do_a_first_post_bitches

    I'm soooooo lame.

  • Aug. 18, 2012, 1:07 p.m. CST


    by megapuppy

    A great shorts selection this week. Loved "Bleeders" - really well made and a gripping story. Thought it was going to go all "Drive" at the end with the cricket bat! "The Drought" was rather beautiful too.

  • Aug. 18, 2012, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Only Sci-Fi from now on please

    by wintocha67

    It's the only thing that cuts through the actual dystopia.

  • Aug. 18, 2012, 6:08 p.m. CST

    Suggestion for Theme

    by konkrete590

    Love this weekly post! Every year at Fantastic Fest, there are great shorts that I miss seeing. You should do a Fantastic Fest Shorts one Saturday so we can see some of the really good ones that have been shown over the years!

  • Aug. 18, 2012, 6:25 p.m. CST


    by smackmybishop

    "Elizabeth Connor" and the main character has Linda Hamilton T2 thing going on. Coincidence? I think not :)

  • Aug. 18, 2012, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Note to director of Monster

    by smackmybishop

    Mind your continuity and your reflection in shny surfaces. As she is getting out of the car around 11:30. You are all too visible in the cars reflection and the side view mirror. Takes the viewer right out of the movie. Also as the main character is walking down the street tailing Elizabeth she is looking at the cars. Her POV shows a maroon looking car with a car next to it. On the next cut looking back at the main character, the same maroon car is there but the car next to it is gone.

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 2:05 a.m. CST

    SATURDAY SHORTS — aka — Footlights!

    by justmyluck

    Have to run through these quickly this week. All had strong background scores. @Muldoon: THE DROUGHT was directed by Kevin Slack, not Kevin Slate. BLEEDERS Well put together, especially in the editorial sense, and matched by on-point cinematography. Subject matter very Australian in the machismo dept. Casting = A. OMNI Magazine! THE DROUGHT Evocative character portrait. Art direction, costumes and props also tell the tale. Has a typical Spielberg flaw in depicting the aged with *an epiphany moment*, otherwise enjoyed the light touch. THE WEIGHT OF SUNKEN TREASURE Yet more evidence of vibrant Australian indie film funding. Reminded me of that U2 song, *Stuck in a moment you can't get out of*. Frequently visually poetic, but stretches itself in vain for melodramatic notes. MONSTER Winding, overdone narration during driving, stalking and meandering montages actually does little to describe plot or character motivation. Pervasive use of Steadicam frequently wobbly. Killing of 'monster' a distracting chroma key job. Okay tone poem on a telepathic (?) assassin. Overall this week = Plus vitesse!

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 3:40 a.m. CST

    i am currently making a short film..

    by Balkin Flabgurter

    (stitching together 1000+ stolen 2-6 second movie snips from youtube to make a barbarian invasion epic starring kate beckinsale in four different films all to the lord of the rings soundtrack to be uploaded exclusively to my youtube channel) will release my middle east war drama sometime in the next year using recycled syrian war footage starring bruce willis and arnold schwarzenegger..

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Enjoyed this prima selection

    by I am the colesLAW

    Bleeders: Nice camera work and pretty darn good acting I though, nice little film. Drought: This played out nicely and I think the director had a deft touch with the way they put the whole design aspect as a character as well. Thought the actors were all quite believable and casting was good. Weight of Sunken Treasure. My pick of the bunch although I have to say it was tight this selection. Monster: The voice over was nicely done and really helped move the story along. The steady cam shots really helped pull you in as an audience member. Overall nice effects too and would like to see more form this creative team.