Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here with this week's lovely selection of shorts for your viewing pleasures. I've had quite the bizarre Saturday myself (waking up in Galveston and now touching this up in Austin), so like you - I'm feeling like some fun shorts are in order. Fortunately, that's exactly what I've got planned, an assortment of unique and enjoyable films made by folks like you and me. Feeling like something animated? Bam! How about some horror? Double Bam! But hey, everything's mixed up here, so give each film a shot and leave your expectations at the door. Come along and ride the filmic pony of cinema: sit back, relax, and just go with the flow. (Luckily however, your computer screen is your screening room of the night, so if something really doesn't seem to work for you, you're in control and you can always tap out. But seriously, you're going to find something that rocks your world here today.) So enough jibber jabber semantics, let's get down to watching some quality 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:
Right out the gate with a musical masterpiece, we've got a fresh film that's quickly gaining speed across the interweb, from the ever so talented Mark Szumski and Gina Niespodziani we have SLEEP WALK. The film's a trippy lullaby of somberness (I know... I know... Makes no sense - or does it?). It's elequently illustrated and paced to perfection. At just a few seconds short of 3 minutes long, this film absolutely will leave you wanting more. It's seriously a wonderful film to kick off this week with. If you like what you see, then be sure to hit up heybeautifuljerk.com for more info and upcoming projects from that talented team.
"Hurray for alcohol!" Oh... shoot, wait that's a horrible, horrible message, alas that's one of the many things I walked away with from our next short, a hilariously (and down right impressive) film written by some lovable drunkards, Chris R Wilson and Zach Persson. "Star Drunk is an experiment in writing a short film while drunk; several writers from Portland got together one night to write the script. We promised each other that whatever we wrote that night, we'd produce as a short film. We ended up creating a Star Trek-Star Wars-Battlestar Galactica'esque parody with laser gun fights and space battles. Taking the concept a step further, we asked our cast to be drunk on the night of filming." So by now it's safe to say you shuld know exactly what you're in for. Let's have at it!
OBSOLESCENCE IN LOVE
And continuing on our quest of "simple fun" for this week, we've got a rather simple (in story/not technical creation), yet enjoyable film from a Saturday Shorts Alum, Jon Dunleavy (Click here for context!). Jon's got a very interesting point of view, one where he makes the mundane rather insane. Seriously, I have no idea where he gets his ideas, but it's obvious the guy's got quite the imagination. The key is, he's also got the technical know-how to give us all a little glimpse into it. Jon, I'm a fan - keep making fun shorts and sending them my way. - Muldoon
Okay, so as I was arranging this week's selection, I noticed an unintentional theme and... well, I decided to embrace it. Here's another "out there" film from Olivier Bonenfant, a filmmaker who's work I've showcased numerous times (and will continue if this is the level of quality the guy dishes out). It's more bizarre than it is a knee slapper, so heads up. "After missing his bus, Jerome chooses to walk to work. Between depressors and stimulants that fail to balance his mood, his trip will be intense."
*BONUS: DON'T HUG ME, I'M SCARED
Okay, ladies and gents - here's a rarity, an interesting video that caught my eye a few weeks back (Clearly I'm a little behind the curve on internet viral videos, "I'm more than half human" after all). Chances are you've seen this one. "Muldoon! That's a Repost!!" I know, I know, but... if you haven't been fortunate enough to take a visual bite out of this casserole of crazy already, then prepare yourself for an interesting trip into "wtf?" Becky Sloan and Joseph Pelling have a history of creating unique films, so go hit up their website if you're in the mood for more!
I hope you got a kick out of this week's selection. If not, my genuine apologies. Either way, I'll see you fine folks next week with more shorts:
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?
BY THE WAY: If you've had a short featured here, that means that I personally am a fan of your work, so feel free to shoot me any kind of news on new projects/films/whatever. I can't say I'll be able to help or in what capactiy, but I'm interested in your work and am always down to see more! (Keep making cool stuff, everyone!)
- Mike McCutchen