Hello ladies and gentlemen, your pal Muldoon here with yet another edition of SATURDAY SHORTS, the online weekly film festival for fun and unique films with shorts submitted by fellow AICN readers like you and me. So hey, how about that title, eh? I figured this week's selection is far wittier than any title I could come up with, so hurray for being straightforward! What I do have is five films from across the land, each with their own fresh concoction of humor. "Muldoon, I'm rather picky when it comes to my funnies, so just what am I in for?" Fart jokes, zombie humor, and dramedies aplenty, my friend. The only real thing these all have in common is they will make you laugh. Aside from that, this lineup is a grab bag of randomness. Versus only watching one or two, I implore you to give each of them a shot. Who knows, maybe you'll find your appetite for humor expands at the end. (Unlikely, I know.) So let's rock this fun fest - let the short film festivities begin!
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!
WHEN THE ZOMBIES COME
Brains! So zombies... I don't know about you folks, but damn it they've been the go-to monsters for far too long (a trend, yes - I know). I admit it, when I see a zombie flick I'm a little guarded, like "Okay, the filmmakers picked a genre that's been picked to the bones, I sure hope they have a new angle." While I might sound like a total jerk with that mentality, filmmaker Jon Hurst actually stands head and shoulders above a sea of brainless zombie flicks with this one as it does just that, gives you another angle to work the zombie voodoo. This is a fun film.
Comedian and filmmaker Alec Robbins has our next bit of fun, with his tale of "girl trouble, failures in stand-up comedy, and a barrage of criticism regarding his new facial hair." It's short, sweet, funny, and full of random cameos.
HARRY WHITE AND THE CURSED MEDALLION
Boom! Filmmaker Pierre Puget brings us our next tasty comedy with his take on the serial genre. It's genuinely a whole lot of "What the hell? Where is this taking me? I don't trust it, but I like it." It really is a funny "WTF" of a short and something that feels right at home here. For more info on Pierre, be sure to hit up his website!
Next up we have a well done dramedy from Steven Kilcoyne. In this crazy mixed up world we live in it can be tricky to meet your better half. "Muldoon, that's what the internet is for!" Oh dear friend, no... Kilcoyne asks a pretty honest question with this short: "Is a guy who falls in love with a girl online, but can never go through with actually meeting her in person, really in love?" Welp, you'll just have to watch the short to find out. Lightning Bolt!
THE BOOK OF JOE
And to close us out this week we've got a truly out there kind of chucklefest of randomness from Mario Pena. "The world is ending. Around the globe, biblical prophecies about the ‘End of Days’ are coming true. But everything is not as it seems—the Rapture is just a cover for an alien invasion, and only Joe can see through the ruse." i smell some Alex Jones love in this one.
Hizzah! I hope you fine folks had a laugh or two with these fun flicks. I'll catch you all next week live from St. Louis with a handful of damn fine science fiction films. Have a great week. Keep making awesome 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 capacity, but I'm interested in your work and am always down to see more! (Keep making cool stuff, everyone!)
- Mike McCutchen