What’s Up!!? Short Film at Sundance!

sundance-film-festival-2018Sundance Film festival Kicks off this week! Who is going to Park City? itsashort.com will be there! The shorts programs will be amazing. There are nine separate tracks: tickets are tough to get.

Two of the top ten features that look interesting: Don’t Worry He Won’t Get That Far On Foot and Beirut.

The second festival opening January 31, 2018 is the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The festival run is January 31-February 10, 2018. Huge awards are already announced; Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird, will be recognized February 4, 2018 with the Santa Barbara Award.

Sam Rockwell will receive the American Riviera Honor for best supporting actor for his work in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri.

Nathaniel Czarnecki

Our featured filmmaker is Nathaniel Czarnecki, a very talented filmmaker from Poland! His father was an award winning photojournalist who worked throughout the world and served as an inspiration for Nathaniel. In 2018, he’s spending time with his father’s colleagues across the US as part of the documentary he is producing and directing about his father’s life. Raised in Poland, he went to undergraduate school at The New School in NYC. He was convinced of it’s efficacy by academic friends of his father and chose The New School over well known schools in NYC and LA.

His award winning short film can be seen here on the itsashort.com platform and is titled a Short Story About Luck. It’s a great representation of his point of view which is very dark humor. Watch the short film to really appreciate his work! Currently he’s working on two short films, again from the dark humor perspective: one about a young women searching for the father she never spent time with but only knew through his letters; and the second, a short film about a soldier sequestered in a foxhole during a war trying to understand whether he is still alive. Both shorts, in addition to the ‘dark humor’ perspective are also based on true stories shared.

Shoutout to our sister blog Tinsel and Tine which is a must read here.

Finally, #metoo and TimesUP…itsashort.com stands for zero tolerance. There will be a lot more fallout before there is movement and change…#staywoke.

 

 

What’s Up?! Golden Globes and PSIFF!

happy-new-year-2018-hd-wallpaperHappy New Year everyone! This weekend is the Golden Globes and the beginning of awards season. Golden Globes don’t yet recognize short film. We will fix that! Sunday we learn the winners! itsashort will live tweet during the show…starting of course with the red carpet. We hope everyone had a richly experienced moment to ‘bring in the New Year’ including all expressions of gratitude! 2018 is going to be amazing for artists, film fans and festivals.

To begin, let’s talk about the Palm Springs Film Festival that opened on January 2 in Palm Springs. We write about the festival because they will have a wonderful event with Gary Oldman, the actor from The Darkest Hour as one of the signature events of this festival.

The Darkest Hour

Its interesting that Winston Churchill has enjoyed such a reemergence these last few years…there was a time when he was not as visible or as highly regarded but fortunately history always records and re-records. While we love this festival, our favorite Palm springs event is of course Shorts Fest! That’s in June of 2018. They are open for submissions via the usual Film Freeway and Without a Box. They’ve created a chance to see some of the shorts from last year, below is the link to 1 short film we really liked.

La Madre Buena (The Good Mother) Film from Sarah Clift on Vimeo.

Political commentary and cultural expression are the story but told in a wonderful, simple way which makes a great short film. The short film will seem simple but the simple elegance of this short film tells the right set of stories.

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Jared Crowelle is the director of the short film Bro on the itsashort.com platform. The short film is featured in the lounge of the itsashort.com platform and is the story of two brothers: one recently released from prison and the relationship and sense of responsibility he has and feels for his younger brother. No surprise…and the younger brother…classic, basically always competing with his older Brother…tries to be his own ‘man’ with insane consequences…what was he really up against…is the question the movie asks. Poignant and ‘real’, its a rich 18 minutes that inspires all of us to think and rethink the question: What’s Going On?

Time Up Now

Times Up Now Just as we are going to print, the women of Hollywood have announced a newly formed non-profit that includes a Legal Defense Fund and an organization to combat sexual harassment and other ‘isms’. To quote Reese Witherspoon: when we stand together, we can accomplish a great deal. We along with our sister blog: Tinsel and Tine fully and warmly support this amazing effort and stand ready to do whatever we can.

 

 

What’s Up!? Star Wars and Short Film

Star Wars The Last JediStar Wars The Last Jedi opens this week. Spoiler Alert…maybe, it is afterall the movies…but Luke Skywalker bids checks out in a fitting tribute to the power of ‘the force’. But how can we forget that this time last year the real time drama and ultimate death of Carrie Fisher was unfolding. The sequence in the movie, almost dream like, where she was blown out of the Resistance vessel and used the force to revive and get herself to the help she needed, was prescient of her real life experience but without the benefit of ‘the force’ Carrie Fisher…Princess Leia left us. Her presence in the film looming large and fighting to the very end to save the Resistance seems metaphorically a tribute, as a reflection of her actual life. Thank you Carrie Fisher for your sense of originality and devil may care attitude toward life.

Star WArs The Last Jedi

Mark Bellusci

Mark Bellusci is an award winning filmmaker hosted on the itsashort.com platform. His short films are dramatic, dark and comedic at the same time. There’s always a twist in the story you don’t expect to see or experience. To quote Mark: From advertising to PR, video to new media, I’ve developed a wide range of campaigns and video productions for such companies as American Express, Dannon, IBM, Pfizer, IKEA and others. Along the way, I’ve won a One Club Gold Pencil, several ADDY’s, a Marketing Icon and other awards, he’s an amazing story teller.

He has several of his shorts on the itsashort.com platform, show him some love and support by watching, sharing and commenting on his work. His work has won a ton of awards and he is frequently featured in film festivals. Our festival partner, The Miami Shorts Film Festival, is a huge fan of his work and has recognized Mark Bellusci as one of their award winning artists.

Miami Shorts Film Festival.

The Miami short Film Festival is dedicated to promoting the short film genre, showcasing films from 1-20 minutes long. The Festival is international in scope, bringing exposure to the world’s best independent up-and-coming filmmakers.

MIAMIsFF’s goal year after year is focused on motivating directors, screenwriters, actors, and producers to make films and share them with fellow film makers and industry professionals. The ultimate goal is to bring exposure to independent up-and-coming filmmakers.

MIAMIsFF is an avid supporter of local and international film makers representing cinematic productions that embody the true spirit of the art.  From original scripts to new cinematography and film techniques, each and every piece is the result of true emotion and expression.

The Festival presents a unique opportunity for our local community, tourists, and the next generation of talented filmmakers from around the world to experience the true spirit of the creative film-making process.

The MIAMI short FILM FESTIVAL has become a powerful cultural voice to South Florida and has created a positive influence on the arts through film.

Today’s short films lead to tomorrow’s world-renowned filmmakers.

Tinsel and Tine

Check out the latest blog post from Tinsel and Tine which offers a wonderful tribute to 2017 and a healthy and happy set of wishes for 2018! Special Shout out!!

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Here at itsashort.com we look forward to continuing to profile our amazing artists, our festival partners and our favorite short film and some features! We share the commitment of our festival partners to profile amazing and award winning short film and the artists who create these great stories!!

What’s Up?! itsashort and Sundance

sundance blog post 12-7-17The long awaited list of Shorts for the Sundance Film Festival is released!There are 66 shorts this year and they fall into four distinct categories: US Narrative, International Narrative, Animation and Documentary. The US shorts seem to all deal with some variation of a heartbreaking moment which is the tension point for the drama of the short…there are others that truly capture real life moments or true stories, but again kind of sad. itsashort.com will be at Sundance tracking these artists to learn more about their work, their inspiration and their experiences.

SHORT STORY ABOUT LUCK

This weeks featured Short Film on the itsashort.com platform is Short Story About Luck. We love this short film, it was part of the First Glance Online Short Film Contest this fall. It totally changes the way you think about Luck!

Short Story About Luck TRAILER from Nathaniel Czarnecki on Vimeo. Nathaniel Czarnecki is an amazing artist from Krakow Poland. Short film and commercial work for major brands have been his primary focus.

Panamanian International Film Festival just finished its festival run December 4, 2017 in Los Angeles.  Check out the festival in its third year…the industry panels look spot on! We are huge fans of Angela McCrae and the other amazing panelists!

As we gear up for the 2018 festival season, we have to be thankful for a great 2017. We met many new artists and went to many festivals this year. We continue to partner with new festivals every week and look forward to introducing everyone to new artists. There were so many new shorts and features and a trend we love which is that short film are more often premiering in large theaters ahead of a major feature film.

Tinsel and Tine published a post about an amazing environmental film festival in Philadelphia. Our favorite was a film titled A Plastic Ocean, available on Vimeo. Seems like the strategy for using the ocean as a site for refuse has serious consequences! Ocean trash has become a major issue…thanks to the documentary filmmakers for this thoughtful piece.

A Plastic Ocean

A Plastic Ocean from Brainstorm Media on Vimeo.

At itsashort.com the work of the artists is what we celebrate and finding ways to share their work with our audiences….well that’s what we do!

What’s Up?! Got The Love, the Short Film

Got the love image FDavid Weathersby is a renowned videographer and cinematographer, based in Chicago. The underground music scene, the ‘raw art’ work of artists performing in Chicago from around the world has always been the center piece of his work. Soul and the question, What is Soul as a music genre, is the subject of his latest short film/documentary, Got The Love.

What is Soul? Soul music, depending on who you ask means different ideas, includes different artists, different music expression depending on the decade, again, depends on who you ask. But everyone has an answer and the root of Soul music is always in how it feels to the artists and to the listener but mainly to the artists.

Alternative Soul music…hmmm…one example suggested is Afro punk…but other artists question whether there is a need to identify the musical expression at all. What’s the point, its music and it’s soul music…why does there need to be another label, is the discussion shared by many artists.

Indie music…its indie but its mainstream because its soul music…yet the success of this genre is tough to recognize. In fact, for many of these artists, success is elusive, often tied to resources or lack thereof. Why is that? The documentary asks and answers the question by raising the question. Many say the answer is that we need to show the love for the music, talk about it, be about it, know about it. Got the Love is a documentary that begins that dialogue by raising questions, showcasing the work of artists and introducing people to music and artists they have yet to know. It’s won wide praise and awards from film festivals, show your love and support by watching and sharing this amazing documentary! itsashort.com is featuring the documentary in our lounge, here. Check it out!

Festival Updates!

Denver Film Festival, CIMMfest, Chicago Comedy Film Festival and a ton of other festivals are literally getting underway this week!

Denver had its largest opening in its 40 year history, maybe because they included 96 amazing shorts! Denvers’ support of short film has historically been amazing and this year is no exception. Ranging from animation to documentaries to fantasy in everyway imaginable, these artists take ordinary stories and find the unique magic that connects all of us.

CIMMfest:

CIMMfest is the Chicago International Movie and Music Festival. Short film is embedded in the program throughout and has mainly a music focus…we love it! itsashort will catch up with Director Penelope Spheeris to talk more about this incredible documentary, The Decline of Western Civilization, the premiere documentary of the festival. Its not a short but a very different look at the music scene…Ozzie and Sharon Osbourne, defined the era…right?

Chicago Comedy Film Festival features 4 shorts programs with distinct themes, Treasured Friends and Beloved Darlings has good feels! We can’t wait. The festival opening night was a Shorts program! Brilliant! Here at itsashort.com. we are huge fans of this festival…because their opening night is a night of short film!

itsashort.com: this week’s update includes a shout out to FirstGlance film festival for an incredible online short film contest, hosted by itsashort.com. The shorts were amazing and winners will be announced shortly.

Tinsel and Tine, our amazing blog partner, writes about the Philadelphia Asian Film Festival that also opened this week! We love the theme of the industry conference held in partnership with the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania, art as activism!

What’s Up!? Short Film!

Night ShiftMarshall Tyler’s short film, Night Shift, a Sundance official entry, won Best of Fest for the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival! Produced by JuVee Productions, the production company owned by Viola Davis and her husband Julius Tennon. Random, or maybe not, Marshall Tyler met Viola and Julius at a 4th of July party. They were fans of another script and loved the idea that became Night Shift. Everyone has an idea about the night shift, would d bathroom attendants would be on that list?

There’s a phenomena, a universe of….bathroom attendants in LA…where else…not sure. Marshall Tyler was fascinated by their experiences and stories. He actually met and interviewed several bathroom attendants and their stories all influenced the amazing short film: Night Shift. The trailer is below, and, this is a tough story.

Night Shift Trailer

Meet Marshall Tyler..

Austin Film Festival

The Austin Film Festival announced their short film winners; today is the closing day of the festival. Cleaner Daze won the jury award for best Scripted Digital Series.  It is a series shot inside a rehab center for juveniles. Tess Sweet is the creator/writer/director and a recovering heroin addict. So there is a gritty, rawness that she works very hard to embed in every aspect of the series. Many of the ‘actors’ are real people in recovery who tell their stories while telling their stories.

Addiction is rough stuff, to really get in touch with the experience, the series has embedded in each episode  a VR option to create a sense of ‘being there’ in the episode…

Check out Tess Sweets talk…

Cleaner Daze

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This is the last week of the FirstGlance Short Film online contest hosted by itsashort.com. The shorts are amazing. Click here to watch and vote.

Special shout out to our sister blog Tinsel and Tine and their amazing reviews from the Philadelphia Film Festival and the FirstGlance Film Festival.

 

What’s Up?! Short Film and George Clooney

MV5BMGI0NGIxNzEtMWFjYS00NThmLTllZjEtNzIzMjY5NGRlZGU3XkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNzg2ODI2OTU@._V1_UY100_CR70,0,100,100_AL_Suburbicon….a true story, and a new movie that is in wide release, October 26, 2017. Don’t miss it! George Clooney, Julianne Moore and Matt Damon tell a true story about Levittown, Pennsylvania. We’ve had experience recently in Levittown, their way of life may continue. Levittown was designed to be a town that excluded people of color, specifically African Americans. Remarkably,  the Meyer family, an African American family, bought a house and moved there in 1957. The movie tells the story of a significant period in their life living in Levittown.

Marshall

itsashort.com caught up with Reggie Hudlin, the director and several members of the cast who talked about making the movie, it’s another true story, and its significance as it relates to the events of today is surprisingly relevant.Christine Boulware and Reggie Hudlin

 

Reggie Hudlin worked to tell a true story, worked to share actual historical context and offered insight and details about a lawsuit in 1941 in Connecticut. There are lots of surprises throughout the movie and very moving tributes. Maybe not the most significant for us, the most personally moving was a tribute to Trayvon Martin. In the closing scene, The central figure, Thurgood Marshall, is called to a new case in the south and when he finally arrives by train, he’s greeted by the  local officials of the community. They are portrayed by the living parents of Trayvon Martin. Its those kinds of details throughout the movie that sharpen the focus, punch the points and allow each viewer a more profound historic glimpse.

The Shorts!

George Clooney is also committed to short film! Here’s the trailer for a short film he made, The Big Empty, in 2005!

ITSASHORT.COM, we are hosting FirstGlance online short film contest. Please check it out here. The contest and the short films included are fascinating, heart breaking, scary and very funny!

Harvey Weinstein:  well…what can be said, its a piece of the culture whose time has finally ended. Yes, ended.. this kind of behavior, intimidation, threats and other forms of bullying of women for being women, that is over. Hopefully, those women who have been silenced will continue to find their voice and tell their stories, as truth telling is our pathway to prosperity. Thank you to the women for standing and telling their truth and thank you to the men who stand for truth.

Finally, we want to welcome and thank our sister blog: Tinsel and Tine! Its a wonderful blog about film…including short film and food! Delicious!

 

What’s Up?! The Short Film Life with a touch of Feature

Chadwick-Boseman

Chadwick Boseman, aka Thurgood Marshall for the next several weeks is a remarkably versatile actor. We know him in ‘42′, he was also one of my favorite characters in the movie Draft Day. It’s not a movie about the infamous Brown v Board litigation but in fact begins in 1941 with a very controversial case where the then young Thurgood Marshall was not allowed to argue the case in the courtroom.

Reggie Hudlin, the gifted director whose first movie was House Party, has delivered a unique and thoughtful film. The cast is amazing and includes Kate Hudson, Josh Gad and Sterling K Brown. It opens Friday, October 13th! Look for it!

Chicago International Film Festival

The festival opens today! And, it’s opening feature is the movie Marshall. This years festival, it’s 53rd year will be chock full of feature films from around the world, industry days for the ‘working filmmaker, film enthusiast crowd’ and a rich roster of short film. itsashort.com is there for the shorts…but we are not going to miss the amazing moments of opening night which include Chdwick Boseman and Reggie Hudlin in attendance.

Festivals This Week!

Festivals opening this week around the country too many to count. There are 3 in Chicago and hundreds around the country. Check your local listings…and support these artists. Two favorites this time of year are Heartland Film Festival and Mill Valley Film Festival. We are excited about the Austin Film festival and a hidden gem Hells Half Mile Film Fest which ran September 28- October 1, 2017.

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There’s lots going on! The FirstGlance online short film contest launched this week, check it out the shorts are amazing. Watch and vote for your favorite everyday! We would like to introduce you to one of our blogging partners. She is interested in supporting crowdfunding efforts for short film and feature length film. The blog is Tinsel and Tine and here’s the story and the offer:

This summer, a Crowd Funding Campaign for a short film by a Philly filmmaker came to my attention and I decided to reach out and help to promote her Indiegogo Campaign via T&T’s social media platforms and site. Here’s the link – http://www.tinseltine.com/2017/09/crowdfunding-campaign-highlight-for.html  I’d like to think my efforts helped to drive some donating traffic; at any rate, she made her goal.  I’ve decided I’d like this to be an ongoing feature, to choose an upcoming Crowd Funding Campaign and help promote it.  I need at least a 2 week lead time before the campaign is set to begin. 

If interested, email me: tinseltinepromotions@gmail.com
As always, short film gives us life!

 

 

What’s Up!? Short Film: Must Kill Karl

Must Kill Karl Must Kill Karl makes its Canadian premiere at the Edmonton Film Festival this Friday, October 6, 2017. The festival opened September 28, but clearly one of the best of the short film is yet to be seen. Three key figures who serve as writer, director and actor, happen to be best friends and two of the three are coupled!

The short film is about the one friend we all love to hate and in this movie, ultimately decide must be killed? The three people involved in the creation are: Karen Moore, Mike Lobel and Joe Kicak. Karen and Joe are the writer producer team and Mike, their real life high school ‘bud’ is the principal actor. Below is the ‘press note’ about Karen, Mike and Joe.

‘Karen Moore is a Toronto-based writer and producer of narrative TV and films. Karen’s currently a writer/co-producer on the hit comedy series Workin’ Moms (CBC). Her TV writing/story editing credits include What Would Sal Do? (Crave) and Rookie Blue (ABC/Shaw). Karen is in development with CBC Kids on a Digital Original series. Karen wrote/produced the 2012 BravoFACT drama, Your Place or Mine, and the award-winning drama, Frozen Marbles.

Mike Lobel as Karl is best known for his roles as Jay Hogart on CTV’s “Degrassi: The Next Generation” and DJ on the Family Channel sitcom “Really Me”.  A trained musician, Mike has been a member of the indie-pop band Future Peers. Co-starring an ensemble cast, Must Kill Karl takes an unexpected turn that will take you by surprise.

Award-winning filmmaker Joe Kicak is a writer/director/producer keeping busy with his other award wining short ‘Frigid’ on the festival circuit. Joe is currently in development with CBC Kids with a Digital Original series. His previous directing credits include the award-winning short film Distilled Love, which received the National Screen Institute’s Drama Prize. His feature film, Two Days Till Tomorrow, screened at festivals across North America and won a limited Canadian theatrical release with AMC theatres.’

Must Kill Karl Trailer

Must Kill Karl makes its US debut this year at the Austin Film Festival and Karen, Mike and Joe will be there!

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In the itsashort universe, we are preparing to launch the FirstGlance online short film contest October 9, 2017. The shorts are amazing. Participating in the contest is beyond easy! Just click here starting Monday October 9, at noon central.

Puerto Rico, the CariBbean and Mexico City

Many of our fans, subscribers and friends of itsashort.com have been affected by either the awful events in Las Vegas, the devastating effects of the hurricane throughout the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico where enormous numbers of people have been affected and Mexico City which is still reeling from the devastating affects of the earthquake. The losses will be incalculable in human and even material costs but the opportunity to somehow help is being embraced in astonishing ways throughout the world. Our instincts to care for others is exampled everywhere. We know that everyone who can help is helping…and so are we here at itsashort.com. We will post something every week that shares the work of everyday people helping others.

 

What’s Up? Black Harvest Film Festival

bhff-logo-16x9Black Harvest Film Festival  completed its 23rd festival and announced the Best Short Film winner, The Suit. The features, shorts, industry moments and the most recent addition, the expo were great. There is always a nod to the local artists, many of whom premiered their work. Special note goes to David Weathersby and Shahari Moore.  The shorts programs were amazing; this year there were seven short film program tracks:  Women of Color, Made in Chicago 1, Black history – Lost and Found, International, Family Matters, A Black Harvest Feast, Love African American Style and Made in Chicago 2.  But meeting filmmakers and fans, networking and learning the background stories and challenges of the artists were real highlights of the festival. amazing to hear.  Floyd Norman, a Disney legend who offered a master class in animation was a reminder of the number of true filmmaker pioneers.

The brilliance of opening the festival with a series of award winning short films and the close with the iconic Love Jones, as a celebration of its 20th year cannot be overstated…next year will be amazing. Its the month of August, every year!

Black Harvest Film Festival Audience Favorite

The Suit

The Suit is a short film by Jarryd Coetsee from South Africa. It’s a Fifties-set drama based on a short story by once banned South African writer Can Themba. The story is about a husband who devises a cruel and unusual punishment for his unfaithful wife. It has been admitted to two Oscar Qualifying Festivals and has won Best Short Film Prize at the prestigious South African Film and Television Awards.

The story is that a husband catches his wife with another man in their home, yeah…in the bedroom. Her punishment, this is set in the fifties, was that she was required to carry The Suit of her lover everywhere she went! Gotta love South African story telling….the ending is tragic, beyond sad but mirrors the harsh conditions of South Africa at the time…somehow there is a kind of odd parallell.

The short film is beautifully ‘shot’ and a definite must see.

 

As we prepare for the FirstGlance online short film contest which starts October 9, 2017 on the itsashort.com platform. Checkout the trailer for the Spring winning short film Chocolate:

 

This is the ‘teaser’ for the short film Chocolate by Thiago DaDalt a Brazilian filmmaker about the unbelievable experience of someone who is dealing with Alzheimers, or some form of brain deterioration. It has garnered more than 9 Short Film Festival awards. It’s focus is the ‘real life’ story of woman, Nancy Paulikas, who has been missing for over a year. Partnering with the Alzheimers Association, the search continues, the commitment to raising awareness of this debilitating disease is unrelenting.

Finally, please checkout our online platform: itsashort.com. In addition to amazing short film, we are launching the FirstGlance online short film contest October 9, 2017. Many have participated, this contest will be ‘lit’!