Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here with this week's selection of interesting films I think you might want to check out. Each one was created and submitted by a fellow AICN reader like you and me, and let me tell you - there are truly some bizarre minds who read this site. This week is more of a "mixmash" with films from all over. I mean I've got a few beautifully shot pieces paired up with down and dirty "screw it, let's keep it real" films and yet they all share something: they're entertaining (on different levels mind you). So hey, if you like seriously twisted shorts, cool - you're in luck. If you're a fan of fart jokes, then hey buddy, you'll be in flactulance bliss. (And what feels more and more like a trend here at SS, there's a puppet film for you folks). So while we navigate today's films, fair warning: we will be shifting gears and making more twists and turns than you can imagine, so buckle up and keep in mind if you're not into one film, that's A-Okay, just hang on and the next one might be right up your alley. So let's do this. Let's get it on.
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:
Now let's kick this party off right with a horror comedy love-child. Director Patrick Rea just had this short play the New York City Horror Film Festival a few weeks back and thought it was a good time to toss it up on the world wide web for folks like you and me to check out. It's slow and creepy, but has a hell of a lovely feel and design, as well as slick title sequences/credits.
Up next we have a dry comedy about a penguin who's simply looking for love. The film, directred by Jack Gregson, is chuckle funny and full of awkwardness, so it's just my kind of thing. "In this homage to Woody Allen and The Muppets, Sam (Doctor Who's Arthur Darvill) is a penguin living in London and looking for love. After being rejected by his longtime gal pal, he goes on a downward spiral of self loathing/self discovery." If you like what you see, then be sure to follow Jack on twitter (@JFGInDigital3D) or the film (@PenguinMovie).
Our next short was emailed to me with the subject line: "a REALLY fucked up short film for you" and while my initial reaction was "Damn it! I have a system, son." *(SHORTS - Film Title - Genre)* I clicked it, becuase hell... that's a tall order, an "Oh yeah? I'll be the judge of that, sir!" Well, director Ray Sullivan was spot on. He's created something truly "What, what??" We all need to lick a battery every now and then, so prep yourself for something kind of shocking. (No, it's no SERBIAN FILM/HUMAN CENTIPEDE/Octpus Porn). It's dark, and twistedly full of humor. If you like what you see and want to see more videos from Ray, then head over to his Vimeo page and poke around! "Bereaved parents find a monstrous substitute for their dead son."
LOVES OF A CYCLOPS
Up next is a film from Nathan Punwar. "[It's] the story of a modern-day one-eyed man with a vision from another dimension that gives him nothing but trouble in the confines of our own dimensional world. He is aided in his journey by an experimental scientist with nothing to lose and a former child-prodigy narrator of books on tape. It takes place in a multiverse not unlike our own, and freely ricochets across it." While I found the film enjoyable, it feels like a product of New York quirk, a tad bit of hipster fun, and a dash of shock value. Nathan's built a fun little multiverse of alternate stories/interactitve website that you might want to check out!
LOUD AND DEEP
And to send us off, we've got a blast of a film from Adam Kargman. While the short before this might have had a bit of "shock" for "shock's sake," what's next is 16 minutes of pure shock jock style humor, a 16 minute fart joke that is sure to make you chuckle. While I think there are some pretty funny moments in the film (my inner 8 year old giggling like a tickled piglet), I think I would have liked it even more if were just a tad shorter, like say - cut down to ten minutes, just becuase the same basic joke keeps getting repeated. The short is funny and I do recommend it to you ladies and gents, just a fair warning of what you're getting into. After the short, once the air clears, be sure to check out Adam's website to see what else he's got going on!
Okay, ladies and gents - I'll catch you fine folks next weekend with more films for you to check out! Until then, I'll be in San Francisco kicking ass and taking names (So if you know of any cool places/things to do - let me know!). Have a great week and keep making fun 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