Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here with a fun selection of lovely films created and submitted by fellow AICN readers like you and me. Now first and foremost, you might be thinking "Yo! Muldoon... It's SATURDAY shorts, so what's up with today being SUNDAY?" and well the truth is I was driving all over the state of Louisiana yesterday before driving to Houston and then eventually home to Austin - so while as lame as that is, when work calls - you've got to take care of it. Now bam! - back to the super fun fantastic time that awaits us here with these fine films! We've got some incredible pieces below, both in "whoa, those are some nice VFX" and "whoa, that was actually kind of touching." I always hope to provide a little bit of everything and that's what I think we've got lined up for today. So let's get this party rockin' and strap on in for a good time.
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:
BAM! Kicking things off right, we've got a slick flick from Matt Litwiller and Collin Davis! "The year is 2183. Earth is dead. With all evidence of organic life lost, a cosmic archaeologist travels faster than light into deep space to capture images of the once vibrant planet. When his vessel is damaged he must take matters into his own hands, risking his life to witness humanity’s lost home." If you dig the soundtrack, go here an nab it for yourself!
Freaky! Andre Kirkman managed to craft something damn fine within the span of a 48 hour film competition with MATERNO AMORE. Oh... Satan. Something felt very eighties about this one, in a good way. Perfect sound design and a nice cast - hard to believe it was cranked out with such little prep. Keep 'em coming, I definitely want to see what you and your team can create given more time and a bigger budget!
Time to switch gears, time to slow down and smell a flower or two, or just chill out and appreciate a few things that you might overlook. Drama with a dash of Sci-Fi? Yes, please. Writer/Director Casimir Nozkowski has created something beautifully cool, a film that will leave you feeling good, like a warm hug from a family member. (And kudos for shooting a rather lengthy table scene in an interesting way) "A dying woman comes up with a plan to find her grandson in the next life. Or the one after that."
STAY CALM STAN
And up next we've got a TWILIGHT ZONE vibed film from director N.T. Bullock about Stan, who must stay calm (bazinga!). I think one thing that's universal is being put on hold when you've got issues with a product/service and how it can absolutely drive you insane. There's nothing quite like repeating your issue and getting tossed around a phone line (Time Warner. Dell. Walmart... I'm looking at you.) Bullock's beautifully displayed that element of frustration in a seven minute flick that's anyhting but frustrating. Have no fear, this thing's ANYTHING BUT boring and takes a few unexpected turns that feel straight out of BEETLEJUICE. There's a hell of a lot of talent in this film, cast, crew, and obvious props to Bullock's script.
DREAM OF DANCE
Last, but not least, we've got something I doubt most of you folks would think I'd be into. It's not your typical Muldoon loving genre, blood splat, gore fest of action at all - it's more of a shot of cinematic wheat grass that'll leave you feeling pretty damn good though. From Saturday Shorts veteran Irina Varina, "A young woman's dream involving her mother, the ocean and some deep yearnings."
And there we have it folks, this week's selection of fine shorts. Again, my obvious apologies about timing - not at all a case of not caring (clearly), sometimes boulders just land right in your path and you've got to drop everything to get it out of the way - that's been my last few days. I'll catch all of you guys and gals next year with more shorts!! Have a great New Years, be safe - don't drink/drive/be stupid!
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