Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here with this week's selection of interesting films from around the globe. The bulk of today's films were created and sent in by the filmmakers themselves, which is the whole point of this column, to share each other’s work and ultimately appreciate the unique visions and imaginations of folks out there who aren't necessarily "big name directors" just yet. What you'll find today, and each week for that matter, are the results of passionate individuals who set their minds to create something. Whether or not they are professionally trained, had worked on this or that... at the end of the day they all said "I want to make something" and boom, they did just that. At the same time, they didn't just turn a camera on and hit record, as each film reflects quite a bit of planning and ultimately came out to be something I enjoyed. Hopefully you folks agree, or if not - are willing to describe why you didn't care for a given short as healthy criticism is always welcomed here (just save the trolling for other Talkbacks, please). So without further ado, let's toss some coals in this engine and get going!
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!
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
To kick this week off right we've got a film from Mike Postalakis about aliens! (Sort of) "A young man, convinced aliens are communicating with him, journeys out to the desert for a close encounter, but what he finds might hit too close to home." You might remember Mike's last short on SATURDAY SHORTS, STEVE, and in case you're looking to see more from the man - fly over to his Vimeo Page and poke around!
Up next is an incredible animation from Anatola Howard, a quick short created while at school at CalArts that's just a tad disturbing. If you're in the mood to see some wildly cool art, then head on over to Howard's website and soak it all in!
Alrik Bursell has our next short, a film featuring comedian Capone Lee! "Brother is a indie drama/horror/sci-fi short film about an overprotective brother (Capone Lee) who tries to get along with his sister's trashy new boyfriend." For more info on the film, check out its Facebook Page or Bursell's website.
BURY TOMORROW - "LAST LIGHT"
Next up is a music video from Oliver Jones, a filmmaker I've featured numerous times here on SATURDAY SHORTS. He's got an incredible eye and an imagination that seems to always surprise. The song accompanying the video isn't for everyone, but Oliver's visuals are (in my opinion). He's currently raising funds on IndieGoGo for his own project, SUPERZEROES, so if you're curious about what that project entails - head over to the IndieGoGo page and look around! To see more from Jones, be sure to cruise over to his website and see what else he's accomplished.
To wrap us out for the week, we've got an X-MEN fan film from Zane Rutledge and Jeff Stolhand. "Influenced by the more dystopian stories of the X-Men franchise as well as the seminal comic LifeDeath by Chris Claremont and Barry Windsor-Smith, this original story takes a broken mutant hero “Rain” from the lowest depths of despair into the darker recesses of her own shattered memory. If she is to survive, she must discover a new identity and somehow rediscover her lost power." To get more info on the film - check out its Facebook Page!
Ta-da! That's it for this week's selection, ladies and gents. I hope you had fun. Have an incredible rest of your weekend - I'll see you all next week with another handful of short films that I find fascinating. In the mean time, feel free to visit past articles to see more shorts and remember, if you've got an idea for a short - go do it! (Just send it my way when you're ready!)
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