Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here with a handful of interesting films that I think are pretty damn nifty. As you know, SATURDAY SHORTS is a column that runs based on the content AICN readers produce. With the exception of about 3%, most everyhting you've seen here was submitted by a fellow AICN reader like you and me, and this week is no different. I've got some horror that I like, as well as a bit of quirkiness that I found charming, and a bit of experiemtal jazz jammed into this week, so I'm holding off on any dramas that were created for any inner-discovery and leaning more towards "Whoa, this is pretty cool." At any rate, I hope you folks have had a great week and are excited to check out some new shorts! Let's kick this party up a notch.
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:
Boo! Let's kick this week off with a fun, simple concept that's perfectly executed. From filmmaker Carston Kurpanek, we get our first little bit of "creep" for the week. "Go back to sleep. It was probably nothing... A woman wakes up in the middle of the night to a sound in her bedroom. Is she paranoid? Maybe. Is she afraid? Definitely. Should she go back to sleep? Absolutely not." Keep them coming, Carston!
Ah yes, the ol' bad guys with creepy masks, done right! Next up we've got a twisted tale from writer, producer, editor, director Erik Lehmann. "After humiliating his date, a man awakes the next day to find himself locked up in his barricaded apartment. He has no chance of escaping. And he is not alone. What do the four masked Strangers want from him?" If you like what you see, then be sure to check out Erik's website or the film's website for more info!
YOU ONLY DIE ONCE
(Horror / Comedy)
Here we've got a quirky comedy with zombies! This one comes to us from Andrew Neill of Two Jackets Productions. "After accidentally transforming his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend into a zombie, a young hack scientist seizes the opportunity to reignite their relationship." There's a definite Edgar Wright love going on here, but I found the film pretty enjoyable and think you folks just might as well.
SUNRISE WITH EARTH
And here we have our last short of the day, a new experimental film from our resident experimental filmmaker, Adam Badlotto. "Sunset with Earth is a psychedelic progression residing somewhere between foreign galaxies clashing in the cosmos and microscopic organisms dancing in a Petri dish. Dozens of layers of footage were blended together to create intricate patterns of diverse color and texture. Although it may appear so, none of the imagery was created using CGI. This project was a collaboration between director Adam Badlotto, composer Chris Fulford-Brown and singer / lyricist Rob Crow (of the band Pinback)." If you're interested in more work from Adam, then head over to his website and poke around!
That's it for this week, folks! I'll see you all next week. In the mean time, go make something cool!
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