Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here with an oddity - a SATURDAY SHORTS dedicated to a contest. No, I'm not getting paid fat stacks of cash (or even a nickel’s worth of coinage) from the folks behind ABCs OF DEATH 2, nor have I even run this by them. This completely free reminder of that film's existence is just something I had to do. I've had my inbox flooded with "M is for..." things and I wanted to give them all equal footing. So here I am with some of my favorites. I've seen "M" stand for practically everything (except... well words that don't start with that letter of course.) and am genuinely a fan of the ABCs OF DEATH's plan. "Muldoon, just what the hell are you talking about?" As 99% of you are already aware, back in 2012 Drafthouse Films and Magnet Releasing put out a film, an experiment of varying degrees of success. Each letter of the alphabet is a short wherein there's death. ("Wait? Just like the title implies?" Yes.) And it was such a hit, that the powers that be thought to go back and do another one. This time we've got a twist, they've brilliantly left the letter "M" out and built a contest around it. Folks from all over were/are invited to submit a short, with one lucky film landing in the movie. Genius marketing concept: Free advertisement and free content all rolled into one. I like it, because it's managed to motivate folks to go out and make something unique. I'm all about supporting people out there, at whatever skill level, saying "Screw just talking about making stuff - I'm grabbing a camera and I'm going to rock this shit." That's exactly what the folks below have done. Sure, you might not dig them all, but they would not exist if it weren't for a contest. That just blows my mind... Hopefully one of these blows yours.
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:
M IS FOR MARIO
From Josh Emanuel, we get this week's first M short! Vote for it HERE.
M IS FOR MISANDRY
Up next we've got Mando Lopez & Kevin Beauchamp's entry. Vote for it HERE.
M IS FOR MATRYOSHKA
Boom! Here's Wayne Lin's awesome entry. Vote for it HERE.
M IS FOR MIME
Next up is Martin Vrede Nielsen's swing at the M-madness. Vote for it HERE.
M IS FOR MOURNING
Saturday Shorts vet, Brian Lonano rocks it with his entry. Vote for it HERE.
M IS FOR MAGGOTS
And here we've got Michael LaGatutta & Nick Mancuso's fun worm of a film. Vote for it HERE.
And that's it, folks. I'll see you all next week with a slightly less heavy handed heaping of fun shorts. But in the mean time, click on any of the links below to have your mind blown!
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 capacity, but I'm interested in your work and am always down to see more! (Keep making cool stuff, everyone!)
- Mike McCutchen