This Week's SATURDAY SHORTS Are All Over The Map: Genre Explosion!
Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here with this week's crop of interesting shorts selected for your viewing pleasures. This week I'm simply putting up things I think are cool, not necessarily films that fall into one genre or that even tell a story at all - if I saw it and said to myself "This is badass, but I have no clue where to put it" then that's what you're getting this week. With so many awesome submissions to our little screening room here, there's bound to be quite a few that are just hard to categorize/put into a block with others, so today I'm hoping to get some eyes on those guys. So get excited, as each one of these films does something to push the medium/something that tries to expand a genre/push a style to the edge and then hops over it. You might not think they all stick the landing, but I'm certain if you give each a fair shot, you'll pleasantly surprised. I'll be back next week with some more grounded flicks, but have fun watching something you might not have otherwise (The whole point of 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 kick this week off with a bang from a short directed from Paul Greer. It's a car chase that kicks the hell out of reality and sucks you into the world of toy cars.
A FELLOW OF ENTERPRISE
This next one is a bit experimental, a drama about memory from director Adrien Hedgecock. " She was wonderful, perfect in every way. She listened to him, didn’t judge him…. loved him. So what went wrong? As Clive searches back through his recent past he filters his memories from his fantasies and re-lives a love easily found… and just as easily lost."
A STARVED MAN
Here we have an animated and slightly gnarl film from Dustin Eastes about "a man's hunger and the extremes he goes through to satisfy it."
This next short has a style that's pretty much right up my alley. It's a little rough around the edges, but absolutely whets your appetite to see what else the guy has up his sleeve. From John Keefer at 51 Deep, here's another slightly experimental short that pushes boundaries.
And to wrap up this week, we have Chris Perillo's WHITEHEAD, a mockumentary about a guy with a horrible condition: looking like a clown from birth.
And that's it for this week. Thanks for reading/watching. Hopefully, like me, you dug this week's selection. Next week should be fun, I'm thinking either horror or sci/fi (the two things I have the most of and personally just happen to like the most). Feel like checking out past SATURDAY SHORTS? Be my guest, click any of the links below:
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
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Nov. 24, 2012, 10:35 a.m. CST
Nov. 24, 2012, 10:43 a.m. CST
New Hobbit production video!
Nov. 24, 2012, 10:49 a.m. CST
Wasn't pretty, but you should have seen the boundaris!
Nov. 24, 2012, 11:04 a.m. CST
Nov. 24, 2012, 11:09 a.m. CST
by mick vance
had a dream i was licking a stripper's ass clean...
Nov. 24, 2012, 11:27 a.m. CST
I look forward to Saturdays because of this column. Great platform, Muldoon. Thanks for supporting us starving artists out there. This exposure is greatly appreciated.
Nov. 24, 2012, 11:48 a.m. CST
that the correct usage of the phrase should be *whets your appetite*. No disrespect, just an FYI.
Nov. 24, 2012, 11:51 a.m. CST
NITRO WARRIORS comes along and proves how thrilling and fun they ca be. Shot selection and editing was spot on. Great job.
Nov. 24, 2012, 11:53 a.m. CST
Thanks for doing this every week. One of the best columns on this site.
Nov. 24, 2012, 12:17 p.m. CST
Gracias! Yeah, I knew something felt off there... like "peaked my interest"-wise.
Nov. 24, 2012, 5:40 p.m. CST
by Fart Magnus
Why does it take two fucking days for the site to even ACKNOWLEDGE a celebrity passing?!? No wonder people are saying this fucking site is a joke - it's actually deader than some of the people they have neglected to mention have died!!!
Nov. 24, 2012, 6:23 p.m. CST
Nov. 24, 2012, 6:30 p.m. CST
I got banned for giving Bug shit over it taking DAYS to acknowledge Joe Kubert dying- he was being pissy with everyone who was complaining about him (and everyone here, for that matter) letting it take so long to utter even a word about the man's passing, and deleting our critical comments. They'll get around to Larry Hagman when, you know, they feel like it. Everyone's so BUSY, dontcha know.
Nov. 24, 2012, 9:06 p.m. CST
An ICON of American tv dies over 24 hours ago and still no mention? I know you fat bastards are probably still in a food coma but come on already.
Nov. 24, 2012, 10:25 p.m. CST
It's baffling. Larry Hagman, for whom the word icon could have been invented, dies at the peak of a late life creative renascence, and nobody says anything. HOWEVER, just wait until the next guy who did special effects on three movies in the 1960s goes. God forbid somebody who scored two of Harry's favorite movies dies. It might break the internet.
Nov. 24, 2012, 11:02 p.m. CST
NITRO WARRIORS High-octane camera angles, editing and sound make the most of limited means. Impressed more by this than any of Michael Bay's car chases. Nice tip-of-the-hat to Harryhausen with the billboard. A FELLOW OF ENTERPRISE There are some things you cannot change, which eventually spells l-a-m-e-n-t. 16mm reversal blown-out/grainy look suits post-breakup blues and long-term retrospect. BG score of plunky, quivering strings adds to the melancholic, even poetic, narration. A STARVED MAN Bare-bones animation style for study of man keeping hungry until taste for the flesh. Conjured thoughts of Goya's *Saturn Devouring His Son* and the Dead Kennedy's *Give me convenience or give me death*; so it can't be that bad. PANIC ATTACK Whip-crack editing merges three events of a botched assassination into an arresting hyper-narrative, with hints of the surreal. WHITEHEAD Defensive mime kicks off faux-doc proceedings, a flip on THE MAN WHO NEVER CRIED (posted here in March). Parable of outcast issues being only skin deep undercut by college humor, yet still retains the warmth and indie vibe of early film-work. Overall this week = Checkered flag!
Nov. 25, 2012, 12:39 a.m. CST
Nov. 25, 2012, 8:33 a.m. CST
by Fart Magnus
Haven't we? I think as a fitting tribute to Harry when he eventually dies, news outlets should wait a week before they announce it.
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