Hello ladies and gentlemen, your pal Muldoon here with this week's selection of film films created by our fellow AICN readers. Hopefully you're having a kickass weekend, full of movies, hookers, and dog walks in the park; I'm just glad you've chosen to check out this weekly film fest of ours here in the heart of Ain't It Cool. The news of Rowdy Roddy Piper's passing smacked me just as hard anyone here and it reminded me just how it's easy to take people (and things) for granted until they're gone. HELL COMES TO FROGTOWN was absolutely filled to the brim with "What the hell am I watching?!?!" It was Mr. Piper's portrayal of Sam Hell that... well didn't "ground the film," because that's pretty impossible... He just added an extra level of pure badass to the movie and brought a level of enjoyment to something that could have fallen flat on its face. While I've never really followed wrestling, he seemed lovable and charming in his films and someone we needed to see more of. Now we just won't get that chance. So while I clearly hope you enjoy the shorts below, I'd also suggest you stay in tonight or tomorrow and possibly revisit one of Mr. Piper's films, or even better - check out one that you haven't seen.
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 start this week off with the threat of an alien invasion! Writer-Director Marc Lediy brings us a film that should tickle your nostalgia bone, an OUTER LIMITS/TWILIGHT ZONE version of his short of the same name. The voice over is what sealed the deal for me. "With an alien invasion imminent, an inventor and his wife put his experimental panic room to the test." If you're curious what the film with color looks like, then wonder no more - go check it out!
DREAMS OF THE LAST BUTTERFLIES
Let's switch gears to something that I have difficulty describing, a faerie tale with beautiful makeup designs on beautiful ladies with a dash of environmental moral lessons infused. (See? I'm terrible at describing things.) Director Zina Brown has made something rather beautiful and unlike anything I've really seen before. "Dreams of the Last Butterflies is a unique live-action ‘dark faerie tale’ with an urgent environmental message. A tale about the loss of butterflies in our world, and why they are disappearing, as told by the last Butterfly Queens themselves. Each Butterfly Queen represents an endangered butterfly from around the world, and together they enter human dreams hoping to save the last of their kind." For more information on the film, flutter on over to its (rather slick) official website!
GUNSHIP - REVEL IN YOUR TIME
Next up is a music video from Jason Tammegi featuring music by Gunship. As you might know, I don't typically feature music videos - especially when there's no real story to them. This one has a story, it looks incredible, and the music is fun - so I had to share it. "Set in an alternate 2015, the one we imagined as kids in the '80s, Revel In Your Time begins with a couple in a dark cyberpunk city, escaping to the outskirts beneath a cherry tree. But all is not as it seems as their virtual connection is cut and the reality is revealed to be one guy at his computer. But where is she?"
NICOLIFE: EPISODE 3
To wrap us out for the week, we have an episode of a web series. Even more rare than me screening music videos is me screening webseries and damn it, Nicolai Travis and company really have made something enjoyable here. "Nicolife is a comedy web series that explores the misadventures of the inseparable duo Nicolai and Phil. The egocentric twentysomething Nicolai Travis believes that he is meant for great things. In order to document his path to fame and glory, he hires the videographer Phil to record every moment of his life. The first season of Nicolife consists of six episodes and a Christmas special, and it will be released on YouTube throughout 2015." If you'd like to see more episodes or are just curious how they created the show, hit up their website!
Bam! That's it for this week's picks, folks. I'll see you all next week with a handful of films you probably have yet to check out! Have a great weak and remember nothing's stopping you from making your own badass short.
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