Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here with this week's serving of excellent shorts and today I present you with films from all genres (or at least a lovely dose of the biggies). I thought felt pretty good about last week's selections and I quite honestly feel the same about this one's. Whether you're looking for something creepy, something to laugh with, or just want to see a well-made good story, look no further. Each of the shorts below had something special, something unique that seemed to grab me and while I know my tastes might not fall in line with yours, if you see one single short below that you dig and would not have seen otherwise, I'm okay with that. Be sure to give your thoughts in the TalkBacks below!
Go grab yourself some popcorn, lock your kids in a closet, kill the lights, relax and check out this little weekly film fest we've got ourselves here:
"Definitely Dead" is a short western telling the tale of Lex, a young woman making her weary way through life as a saloon whore in the small town of Dead's End. One morning though, she wakes up next to an elderly costumer who has passed away during the night leaving her a heap of trouble.
Thanks to the film's cinematographer, Nicolas Russell Bennetzen for shooting in this English language, Danish produced film.
"Rebels lay siege to the tyrannical city of H'ta, home to the Risto people and their engineered slaves known as Copia. Despite the rebels' onslaught, the walls of the city stand firm. In a desperate move, a spy is sent into the city on a mission that will bring an end to the conflict. But the spy is discovered and hunted by the Risto forces. Alone and afraid in a city he does not understand, the spy turns to a Copian woman no one would trust ... Rahab.' "
Here we find director Rob McLellan's incredibly imaginative reinterpretaion of the Battle of Jericho, which is nothing short of impressive. If you dig the short, be sure to hit up his website HERE or his blog HERE.
"Prep Rules tells the story of bullying in an Australian all boys private boarding school."
Here's yet another short from Saturday Shorts veteran Luke Mayze. It's incredibly well put together and worth a viewing.
"A young couple's date to the beach takes a strange turn when they visit an abandoned lifeguard shack."
This next one comes to us from Andrew Schwarz, and will be screening month as part of the Another Hole in the Head horror/sci-fi festival in San Francisco. If you like what you see, then be sure to hit up Andrew's website HERE.
"A Victorian man composes a letter to the woman he loves. But as he unburdens his heart, darker secrets spill out."
Elvis Deane has built quite a creepy solid story that keeps you watching just to see what's next, his film manages to, in one setting, keep you on the edge of your seat. If you did the film, go check out his site HERE.
"Set in the year 2071, where technology has brought mankind to the brink of colonization on a planet named Gaia, one astronaut takes on an isolated mission and discovers unearthly horrors that could bring an end to human life on this planet."
Up next we have a rather impressive film from director and vfx wizard Tyson Wade Johnston. Be sure to check out Johnston's website HERE for a few other incredibly well put together films. Special thanks to Paul R. for shooting this in.
That wraps out this week's SATURDAY SHORTS. I'll be back same time, same place next week with more films to blow your mind. If you're new to SATURDAY SHORTS or just feel like revisiting past posts, hit any link below to be transported back in time:
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 "Mike@aintitcool.com"
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