Hello ladies and gentlemen, your pal Muldoon here with this week's selection of short films and as the title suggests, it's full of drama. Comedy, horror, and sci-fi seem to fall more in line with what I will go out of my way to see, so I'm quite the lucky guy getting sent shorts with genres all over the map - I get presented with shorts I never would have set my sights on, yet it's films like the ones you'll see today that remind me to constantly keep my eyes open. That's what I hope you will do - if you typically skip out on the drama, go ahead and give today's selection a shot. Hopefully you'll dig what you see. So let's hop on into the dramatic world of today's SATURDAY SHORTS.
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:
Let's start this thing off with a rather far out short, a stylistic headscratcher that feels pretty original. "Victor and Simon are two computer programmers sent by their company to fix office systems around the country. Forced to work out of hours, tensions rise as the pair struggle to find a solution to the computer system’s failure. The differences between their lifestyle and work ethics bring events to a head that will change their fractious relationship forever." This was shot in by Luther Bhogal-Jones of Faster Productions.
A LETTER FROM HOME
Next up we have a period short from Brenden Fleming. "During the bitter winter of the Battle of the Bulge, an American GI receives a descriptive, heartfelt letter from his wife. Meanwhile, a German sniper creeps up on him and has him in his sights. Inspired by filmmaker Mark Kirkland's late step father, 1st Lt Omer Dwight "Whit" Whitwell, who served as a combat rifle platoon leader during WWII. "
And in staying with the WWII vibe, we have next up director/writer Paul Brady's tale of a "young girl who during World War II rationed Ireland was sent out by her desperate mother to beg on the harsh cold winter streets of Dublin." If you like what you see, be sure to visit Paul's site HERE or shoot him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From director Andy Dodd, we have our next film, a rather dark - stick with you - kind of short. "Amanda's tragic fairytale doesn't end with a 'happy ever after'. A dark tale of loss, that moves along with a cutting pace to reach it's dramatic ending."
Here we have our last film of the day with directors Jake Ross and Jake Dolgy of Pocket Jakes. "An unprecedented window into the world of contemporary online social interaction, showing for the first time the monumental shift in social reality as we disconnect from the real world and live our lives online."
And that's all, folks. I'll see you all next week with something a little more light hearted! 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