Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here with this week's selection of short films, shot in (emailed/submitted/sent in) by the filmmakers themselves for your viewing pleasures. I hope you folks had (are still having?) a great holiday season and got everything you could have asked for, but what's that? - "Muldoon, I just wanted to watch a bunch of badass scifi shorts and didn't get to do that yet!" Hey! Sounds great, that's why I'm here. Seriously, I really dig this week's lineup and hope you do too. Some are a little flashy while others are more of high concept, but all are pretty cool in my book. A few have been sitting in my inbox for a few weeks now, so I'm pretty stoked to get to finally screen them. Get ready to have some fun - Turn the volume up and Full Screen these guys!
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:
Sean Wilson is kicking this week of with a big bright bang. 88:88 feels pretty intimate with dealing with pretty insane situations/experiences. There's an art here and an attention to detail that's got me anxious to see what else Wilson's got up his sleeve. "Val has lost control of her life. Those around her deny the reality of the extraordinary experiences she feels powerless against. Realizing she must stand alone, she has only one remaining option - to find a way to fight back" Be sure to hit up the film's website.http://8888film.com.
Thanks to producer Kyle McIntyre for shooting in his film with director Eric Demeusy. It's a relatively trippy film that shows a beautiful world with its own rules. "An Android named 3113 crash lands on a mysterious planet during a routine rescue mission. 3113 must now push beyond it's mechanical anatomy, bear the harsh elements of space, and at the same time decipher the strange occurrences in which seem to guide the Android on its path. 3113 is a visual film in which explores the ideas of parallel and unexplored universes, survival, and pushing beyond what is imaginable in order to succeed." Be sure to check out their website, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter (@3113movie) if you like what you see.
So this next film is a post apocalyptic short that feels unique to me. Submitted by Cameron McHarg, it's written/directed by Daniel Freedman.
From the talent-filled treasure chest of the London 48 Hour Film Challenge, we have another excellent film, this time from director James Sharpe. "A man wakes to find himself on life support. In this future life support is a symbiotic relationship with an experienced cyborg aid. Can the man accept his new life and can the humanoid control her most awkward patient." Be sure to check out James's website for more info on the guy.
Submitted by writer Steven Stubbs, near future is a rather bizarre film. Steven describes it as "meditative," which quite honestly is the best term for the piece. It's beautifully shot, eloquent, and indeed is... meditative. " In the near future, humans and robots will fall in love. As with all relationships between sentient beings - some will flourish and sustain, whilst others will wither and die. A brave new world of romance awaits us - but the intangible mysteries of love will always remain."
New Year's Bonus Film: WHO'S THERE?
While I'm not 200% sure this next short fits with the scifi madness for this week, this next one could be quite possibly the most topical posting of a short I've had in a good while. From Brian O'Neill comes a film about a conspiracy theorist who comes a tiny "too close to the sun." If you like what you see, hit up the film's Facebook Page.
That's all for this week ladies and gents. I'll see you next week with a healthy serving of kickass shorts. (Still not sure what genre/style - thoughts?). I hope you enjoyed what was screened this week, I sure did. But hey, be sure to check out past SATURDAY SHORTS 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. 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