Hello ladies and gentlemen, your pal Muldoon here with this week's bit of short film fun. In case you couldn't tell from my incredibly witty title, this week we will be checking out some great dramatic shorts. I know, I know "Muldoon - I want some explosions in my shorts!!" First off, rethink that statemtent - secondly, if you're the type who likes action/ninjas/loads of comedy/and big guns - I'm right there with you, but trust me, this week is packed with shorts that might just win you over to the dramatic side. Since SATURDAY SHORTS is my baby here at AICN, I have been incredibly privileged with the opportunity to get sent all different types of shorts from all sorts of different folks with their own unique perspectives. I'm a spoiled dude who gets to share cool films with a bunch of folks... And on that slight tangent, keep sending them in. Haven't seen a short of yours that you sent in that you truly do think kicks ass? Resend it. Have a short you're debating on sending my way? C'mon buddy, toss it at me. Have any pals who have never heard of AICN, but have a sweet short that they'd like to be seen by a decent amount of people? Firstly, what the hell - I'll forgive their lack of internet blogging sites - but yeah, tell them to shoot me a link. I'm always on the lookout for awesome stuff. Enough jibber-jabber, let's watch some badass shorts, eh?
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:
And let's kick this week off with a short from Jamie Sims (@simsjamie). "When James suddenly collapses to the sight of an old toothbrush he soon learns that holding on to the past can be heart breaking." As quite the Casanova myself, it's hard to lock down with one lady as a girlfriend, but hey - we've all been there, all had a break up of some kind - so yeah, this is sure to hit a nerve of some kind with most folks. Jamie's also got a pretty cool horror film that you ought to check out.
And here's a film from Mat Johns that was written, shot, edited and screened within 4 days as part of Filmonik Halloween KinoKabaret 2012. " The film follows Sam, a young man who is on an unpredictable journey traveling around the world. He writes a letter to his mother back home and this forms the narrative/back story of the piece. Sam meets up with a young, outgoing couple and a friendship develops almost immediately. They offer to show him around and even give him a place to stay."
A SENSELESS ACT
Up next is a solid film from director David de Vos. "When a white man's wallet is stolen by a black man, he must leave the comfort of his neighborhood to track down the thief, where he discovers that not all is what it seems. Based on a true story."
THE DAY AFTER THE LAST
Here's David Thorp's first short, which is a pretty nice fresh out of the gate film. "Set the morning after what was supposed to be a cataclysmic event, a group of friends awake to find the end of the world hasnt gone entirely to plan" Hit up the film's Facebook page if you so feel inclined!
THE LAST OF US
To wrap up this week we have a post-apocalyptic bit of from from the gang at Lucky Six. Everything you know and love...has come to an end. Most of mankind has been wiped out. The remaining survivors are divided by between savages and the innocent. The film focuses on a young couple trying to survive in this every day life. When the woman gets hurt and requires medical attention, her man must risk his life in search of supplies throughout ruined towns. Even though the world has ended...mankind is still the biggest threat. Hope dies. Fear survives. This is the way the world ends."
Boosh! That's it for this week my cinematic mates. I'll see you all next week with something a little more out there. But hey, go hit up some past SATURDAY SHORTS (you know... if you you're cool and all...):
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