Hello ladies and gentlemen, your pal Muldoon here with an exciting array of unique films from all over the world, all of which were submitted by the filmmakers themselves. Hopefully you've had a great week since last Saturday's line up, filled with making money, taking kids to school, and doing whatever it is that you do. Whatever your makes up your week - it's Saturday, so time to tap out of your Monday through Friday headspace and get a variety of stories flashed in front of your eyes in the span of roughly 45 minutes. This week features films that will make you laugh, films that will remind you to look over your (digital and real) shoulder, films that give off that "ice cubes getting dropped down the back of your shirt" feeling, and more! So whatever kind of films you're into, fingers crossed you find one or two here. In fact, I just hope you enjoy each of them and give them all a chance, even if you think going in "Nah, this one won't be for me..." You never truly know unless you give the film a shot. Be sure to go big with the shorts below, as in "full screen and volume up." There's quite a bit of talents in the embeds below, and I have a suspicion the filmmakers might be lurking in the audience, so if you've got a question/critique/kudos or anything else really about a certain film - be sure to mash those keys in the Talkbacks and perhaps the filmmakers themselves will chime in with a response.
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:
Alright, alright, alright - first up the latest work from Kate Herron. Kate was last featured on SATURDAY SHORTS with her film VALENTINE. "REST STOP is a comedy short which follows Meredith, a young backpacker desperate to find meaning in her life, when she meets a mysterious stranger in a dingy British service station...claiming to know her." Kate and her writing partner, Monica Heisey, are currently working on a feature version of this story, which I can't wait to see! Check out more of Kate's work here!
Writer/Director/Editor James Arden has our next film. "Inspired by voyeuristic cinema such as One Hour Photo and Blue Velvet, The Technician follows a prying I.T. technician who steals private files from his clients' computers and uncovers something best left hidden." Creepiness galore here with a lovely reminder that if you plan on being a Peeping Tom, you might peep more than you bargained for... If you'd like to see more of James's work, then be sure to hit up his website and dig a little deeper into how this film came to be.
With the tragic passing of Joanie Laurer ("Chyna") this last week, our next short, from Writer/Direcrot Adam Pollina, is a fun reminder of the various projects she was associated with in her career. Ms. Laurer was filled with passion for unique projects and ROMP is a great example of work she did that might not initially come to mind. Pollina's ROMP film is based on his own comicbook of the same name. The film was produced by Justin Lubin and Gary M. Bettman almost a decade ago. "Romp is a shy, delusional, teenage boy who has convinced himself that he is the ultimate street-fighting superhero, in spite of the small fact that he has a certain handicap. He teams up with his trainer Chi Chi Gigante, a one-eyed, former Pro-Wrestling Midget Champion. This disfunctional duo set out to reclaim their 'Hood.....one block at a time. Today is his first streetfight. The Challenger? Merely a 6ft. 4in., 315 lb. local bully named Lu Lu Lewbrowski. If he loses? But if he wins.... a world of Fame and Glory awaits him...but his delusional fantasy continues on."
Up next is a healthy serving of creepypasta from Joe Russo, producer of MONSTERS and TAKE-OUT. "A recreation of true events, Kurt is startled awake in the middle of the night. Is it his imagination playing tricks on him or is there someone in the house with him?" At just under five minutes, the short delivers a true to life scenario that is sure to have you double... triple... quadruple checking that your doors are locked this evening as you go to bed!
IF JOKER & HARLEY QUINN WERE A NORMAL COUPLE
Our last short of the day is more of a sketch than a short film (in my opinion), but it's funny and a unique take on some characters I think we're all familiar with, a perfect send off for us this week. Written and directed by Sam Martin and Patrick De Nicola, this fun "what if" is part of XVP Comedy's "Date Smash," which takes larger than life characters and shoves them into awkward situations.
Ta Da! That's it for this week, ladies and gents. I hope you caught something you dug and simply wouldn't have seen otherwise. I'll see you fine folks a week from now with another selection of shorts that I think are pretty cool. In the mean time, if you're hoping to see more shorts and think you dig the same types of films I do - click on any of the links below to travel back in time to past articles, filled with incredible stories!
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