Hello ladies and genltemen, Muldoon here with this week's selection of Saturday Shorts and boy is it packed with awesome. Whether you want to see bigfoot going apeshit on campers, a badass masked wrestler with a score to settle, or a heavy vxf visual explosion of quality - it's here. Today's a good mixture of genre fun and while you may or may not dig them all, hopefully you'll get a chance to see a cool short you otherwise wouldn't have seen. One thing's certain with these shorts (and every single short ever on SATURDAY SHORTS for that matter) a lot of blood, sweat, and tears went into each one - quite often the filmmakers lurk in the Talkbacks below - so feel free to share your thoughts or questions. (Just don't be a dick, save that for another thread or better yet... just don't be a dick.)
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:
Up first we have a pretty fun horror shot in by producer Winsor Yuan and director Rob Himebaugh. "Summer, 1971. Three campers defy local legend and desecrate an ancient totem pole in the woods surrounding Camp Eaglewalk, unleashing the fury of a mysterious creature that kills two of them. Ten years later, emotionally damaged and determined to convince himself there's no such thing as monsters, Elliot, the sole survivor of that night, returns along with a handful of counselors to reopen the now-abandoned summer camp. What follows is a 24-hour nightmare of terror!" If you want to reach out to the gang behind the film, email them: firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE INVENTION OF VIDEO GAMES
Here we are with a damn funny short from director Matt MacDonald (email@example.com) that is sure to put a smile of your face. "The Invention of Video Games" tells the tale of hapless inventor Herman A. Tari and his newest creation: the world's very first video game. In the magical, long-ago land of 1981, Herman sets out against countless obstacles in his quest for digital fame. Can Herman change the world with this new "video game"?"
Next up is a home invasion film from director Jordan Kerfeld and co. "Paul is unemployed, his father-in-law hates him, and he goes to bed every night in his wife's childhood bedroom. Desperate to escape his circumstances, he masterminds a home invasion plot to earn his freedom." Jordan's also putting together "an action revenge thriller with knife fights and ice cream trucks" and if you're interested in helping with that: give the film's indigogo a shot HERE.
Up next is a spetacle, a giant nod to the absurd. I dig it. From director Kevin Beauchamp comes this crazy flick.
"MUY MACHO" tells the tale of a put upon, alcoholic gardener named Gustavo Jimenez who finds out he comes from a long line of Luchador masked superheroes in Yuma, Arizona.
Once he ingests a homemade serum, accompanied with copious amounts of alcohol, Gustavo becomes a nine foot tall Luchador masked wall of rippling Mexican crime fighting muscle. With his abrasive grandmother Juanita at his side and armed with misc. landscaping tools, he is sent on a collision course with a flamenco suit wearing, flamethrower toting foe - CALIENTE, who is determined to watch Arizona burn.
DEPART FROM ME
And to wrap up this week is a visual feast from David Matheny, DEPART FROM ME. And as a bonus, a cut of the original footage. The film was shot with a 7D and utilized After Effects CS3.
There we have it ladies and gents, this week's installment of SATURDAY SHORTS. Be sure to come back next week where I'll have more kickass shorts for your viewing pleasures. Check out past SS:
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. The more info you send my way, the more info there is to put with your short.
Please don’t feel the need to submit multiple times.
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