Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here with this week's selection of interesting films I think you might want to check out. In fact, I think so highly of these shorts - I've programmed them into this little weekly film fest we've got here. This week we have a wide range of films from various genres. We've got thrillers, fun animations, and an experimental film. That said, hopefully one of those genres is for you - though I more than implore you to give each film a shot. While they are drastically different from each other, they've all be created by some exceptional filmmakers, folks I think you'll be seeing more and more of in the future. So while some folks are out looking for eggs in their front yards, or celebrating one of a few holidays this weekend, I'm glad to be here with you watching some incredible shorts from all over. I can only hope you enjoy these at least half as much as I do! So let's get this show on the road, let's hit play and relax with a handful of films you might not have seen otherwise!
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 week of with an utterly enjoyable reminder of childhood, an animated film from master animator Aaron Blaise. You might remember my little chat with Aaron roughly a year ago about his feature - I'm just glad he's back in the AICN neighborhood with his elephant character, Cyrano the Elephant. This short is more about funny situations than a standard beginning - middle - end, so heads up. Regardelss, it put a smile on my face.
THE LAST TIME I SAW RICHARD
Writer-Director Nicholas Verso has our next film, an incredibly well acted, shot, and executed story about feeling alone. "In 1995, Jonah is proud to be the loner at the teen mental health clinic. But when a new patient, Richard, is admitted and the boys are forced to share a room, Jonah finds himself forming a connection despite himself. But will their bond be strong enough to protect them from the darklings that hide in the night shadows?" Be sure to head over to Nicholas's website for more info and to see what else he's got up his sleeves!
ONE THOUSAND YARDS
Feeling like checking out a kickass thriller? Good, since that's what director Michael Carolan has in store for us next! "Evan is harboring a dark secret. His world is growing ever more dangerous, and tonight, his fears have followed him home." If you like the film, then be sure to check out its Facebook page and keep up with any news!
Let's switch gears with a comedy that'll leave you slightly horrified. Director Rob Neilson brings us a film written by Angel Luis Colon. "Two detectives investigate the scene of a suicide. Looks like an open and shut case...but looks can be deceiving." If you're curious about what all else Rob has done, then go hit up his website when you have a second, it's full of great content.
TIDES OF CHANGE
I'll be honest with you all - I've never really been interested in experimental films. It just feels like the bulk of them aren't genuine - like they don't have any heart or thought behind them, like they're keyframed for no reason with random music, visuals that aren't consistant... Whatever the case, that is NOT what we have here (at least not to me). We've got a new experimental film from our friend Adam Badlotto. " Change can be sudden, sweeping and at times, disconcerting. But just like how nature changes with the seasons, change is necessary and beautiful. Pieces of fallen flower petals were meticulously arranged by color and vibrancy and then glued to 16mm clear leader. Each frame was photographed using a stills camera equipped with a macro lens. The flower petals also composed part of the optical sound track when fed through a projector. The result is a crescendo of color, texture and sound culminating together." I'm a fan of Adam's and pay attention when he has a new film.
All right ladies and gentlemen, that's it for this week. My apologies for the rather short intros for each film, I've been insanely slammed lately and am actually up here in Seattle as I write this, burning the candle on as many ends as possible. I hope you guys and gals caught some shorts that you wouldn't have otherwise - that's why I'm here each week, to spread films to folks who might appreciate them. I'll see you all next week!
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