Hello ladies and genltemen, Muldoon here with this week's selection of fun films I think you might get a kick out of. Each film below has been created by an AICN reader like you and me. They're rather quite different from one another, so I'm especially excited to see what all you folks think. I'm sure the bulk you guys and gals have had your fill of SXSW news, so here's a little breather - a relaxing time where you're in control of what you want to see. You hit play, pause, or nothing at all - the ball is totally in your court. I believe each one of these shorts has something unique about it that's worth checking out, so you know where I stand on them. I do hope you're able to full screen each one, crank up the volume, and give yourself a little break from the hustle and bustle of the real world. Let's watch some shorts.
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:
MOONWATCH: THE MOST UNPOPULAR LIFEGUARD SHOW OF THE 90'S
Ah, a look back to an alternative 90's, a 90's in which we had something as awesomely bizarre as BAYWATCH in space. Written and directed by Greg Stees, starring Rachel Laforest and Clint Keepin - we have this quirky "what if" of an science fiction comedy. "Hot lifeguards Bonnie and Hatch must protect Lunar Beach from danger in this collection of TV promos from the most unpopular lifeguard show of the 90's."
You folks ready for something special? Bam! Chris Hanratty has our next film, a single shot thriller featuring Alex House from TODD AND THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL (Awesome show!). "Bobby’s in trouble. It’s big this time. It’s New Year’s Eve and he’s being chased by a group of thugs. Unsure where to turn he instinctively runs to his sister’s house, bringing the angry mob with him. Thrown into a situation she doesn't fully comprehend, his sister must decide if she should help her little brother once again."
Next up is a drama from Nathan Deming. Personally I'm one of the least spiritual guys out there (My only spiritual rule), but I'm always interested in learning about new things - and in this exact situation - it's "tongues." "TONGUES is the dramedy of Daniel, a guy hopelessly in search of hope: in a London megachurch, in a pastor, in the pastor's daughter, and in the mysterious spiritual practice of "tongues.""
NO MORE TOMORROWS
Writer/Exec. Producer Mark Renshaw has our next film, a twisted fantasy drama. "This is a tale about a self centered young woman on a family road trip who encounters two strangers who are far more dangerous than they appear. As fate intervenes to give her a second chance, she has to find the courage to learn to live for today if her family have any chance to see another tomorrow."
Let's end this week's picks with a totally wacked out giallo horror film that's just not safe for work. SATURDAY SHORTS alumnus Colin Clarke is back with a beautifully comic booked horror flick that's not afraid of going strong on visuals. "SLIT is a sexy short horror film in which passion and murder are in store for two party girls whose steamy sexual encounter turns bloody when a black-gloved killer follows them home." If you like what you see and want to see even more, then head over to Colin's website and poke around!
Bam! Okay, folks - that's all I've got for you for this week. I'll see you ladies and gents next week with a handful of fun and interesting films you might not see otherwise. In the mean time, check out some of the past columns if you're in the mood for more shots. I'll you all later - now go out and make some kickass 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