Hello ladies and gentlemen, your pal Muldoon here writing in the lobby of The Mirage in Vegas for this week's SATURDAY SHORTS, and boy do I think I've lucked out and struck gold with a few of these. Regardless of what mood you're in, there's definitely something here for you as we've got musicals, comedies, and film's with a little bit more darker of an edge. So if you're down to check out some fun films created by fellow AICN folks, you're in the right place - now let's rock it and start this puppy up! If you've got a short you're sitting on and think it might be up the AICN alley, what are you waiting for? Shoot that sucker my way: firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm truly always on the look out for fun and unique films, regardless of genre or budget. Now let's get this show underway!
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:
Let's kick this thing off right with an exceptionally well built look at mortality, from the mouths of babes of course. This film's made a few waves while it was on the festival circuit, so I'm glad they've finally put it online so I can share it with you fine folks. "#PostModem by Mayer\Leyva: "A comedic satirical sci-fi pop-musical based on the theories of Ray Kurzweil and other futurists. It’s the story of two Miami girls and how they deal with the technological singularity, as told through as series of cinematic tweets." Be sure to hit up The Borscht Corp's site or Mayer/Leyva's for info on the creators!
Next up is a fun little film from Caleb Quinn. "Two dimwits get a gruesome surprise. This was shot in three hours with a sound class at CCSF. The assignment was to pick an interesting sound environment and give characters a chance to listen to it. Conceived as a group, we voted on a script and geared up." I'll be 100% honest with you folks, I'm sent quite a bit of college class projects (and by no means am complaining! Keep sending them in!), but the bulk all seem to have similar themes/styles. This one's got some genuine charm to it, and for that - Kudos to Quinn. Keep rocking it, Caleb!
THE HOBBIT GAMES
Hurray for taking two popular things and shoving them together for comedy! (Seriously) Last week I showed a fun mash up of HOUSE OF CARDS and GAME OF THRONES. This week we've got a fun HUNGER GAMES meets THE HOBBIT/LOTR action going on, courtesy of filmmakers Will Phillips and Brendan Rogers of Flashback Films.
Musicals! It's no secret I prefer me some gruesome horror filcks to comedy/drama/everything, so very often musicals that are shot my way just seem to fall flat (just my personal taste), and what we have here is a fun film from Isabelle Sieb that smacked me in both ears then grabbed me by the shoulders and ultimately impressed the tar out of me. It's a fun and incredibly well made film that's just a few seconds shy of six minutes. Even if you don't typically dig on musicals, give it a shot. Sieb's the real deal. "Gorgeous college student Penny is dying to find romance. But there is one problem - whenever something goes wrong for her she bawls like a little child. Unfortunately for her this tends to happen whenever a handsome boy is coming her way, which seems to make it impossible for her to fulfill her dream of finding true love."
Last film with LOST VOICE. Here's the most recent film from SATURDAY SHORTS alumni Ross Birks with Pictures & Noise. It's short, fun, and worth a watch!
Blam! I hope you found a short or two (or five) that rocked your world. If not, there's always next week where I hope to once more provide you with a few movies you might not have seen otherwise!
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