What’s Up?! Rock the Vote & BMW Short Film!

What’s up, good people?! there’s plenty to dive into in short film so let’s get to it.

Actually, let’s take a step back and talk about something very important: voting. Itsashort.com understands that you can vote for whomever you wish in this year’s election. Justin Timberlake is ahead of the game (click JT’s face to get election info for your state). But make sure you vote so you can feel your face. Watch the video to see what we mean:

 

Itsashort.com appreciates your participation in our viewer-voting contests. Make sure your vote is counted in the 2016 election, too. Vote early (October 24-November 7) or on election Tuesday (November 8). Make it happen, good people.

And now, back to your regularly scheduled programming.

 

Clive Owen

Many a star has risen using short film as their launchpad. Oscar-nominated director Neill Blomkamp earned a name for himself with the short film, “Alive in Joburg”, the impetus for District 9 feature that took the world by storm in 2009. It’s fascinating how 6 minutes and 22 seconds catapulted him to the forefront of the film industry. Blomkamp has come back to short film with Clive Owen, who has also returned, reprising his role as “The Driver” in a BMW short film series that began 15 years ago.

BMW Films has enlisted major directors (or minor folks who later became major), including Guy Ritchie, Ang Lee, John Woo, and Tony Scott. Now, Blomkamp has taken the reins to continue the storyline.

Take a look at the latest installment, “The Escape,” below:

The series of short films has also included big-name actors like Don Cheadle, Ray Liotta, Gary Oldman, and now, Vera Farmiga and Dakota Fanning. To check out other films in the series, click here.

 

This Week’s Short

The Paper Trail Short Film

This Week’s Short has everything to do with relevance. In “The Paper Trail,” a government Document recounts its life and purpose as it waits atop a pile of papers to be shredded. Writer and director, Jonny Lucy, must have foreseen the future of this election year where politicians struggle to stay on important topics that affect society.

“The Paper Trail” may also bring up visions of the past for you, but in the best way. Twenty Bucks follows the life of a twenty dollar bill as it exchanges hands in multiple transactions. But there is one famous document that has lots to say on his higher ambitions, much like in Lucy’s film:

Click the link to see what the lamenting policy document has to say in “The Paper Trail.”

 

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Madre Short Film

Madre – Best of the Fest: Shorts (CIFF short film)

The Chicago International Film Festival wraps up this week (you have until October 27) so if you’re in the midwest, swing on over to AMC River East 21 in downtown Chicago to catch the CIFF shorts programs. One of the short films that you can’t ignore is “Moms On Fire.” Director Joanna Rytel displays her talent in a comedy about the challenges of pregnancy.

The vestige of women both in front of and behind the camera is an important issue in filmmaking. Tribeca Enterprises and Chanel are attacking the problem with their second Women’s Filmmaker Workshop.

Dakota and Rashida

Dakota Fanning and Rashida Jones

The three-day workshop, Through Her Lens, takes place in New York City (October 25-27) covering the essentials, from script development and casting to festival strategy. There’s plenty to learn from the likes of filmmakers like Dakota Fanning, Rashida Jones, Anne Carey, Jenni Konner, Jennifer Westfeldt, Catherine Hardwicke and Rachel Winter, who are all involved this year.

Will you be there next year? Let us know how it goes.

 

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Whats Up?! Miami Short Film Fest & Kevin Hart!

Miami Short Film Festival 2

what’s up, good people?! short films. big names. what more can you ask for?

The Miami short Film Festival (MsFF) is less than a month away and I know you’re wringing your hands in anticipation. This international fest lauds the short film as an essential work of art and adopts the mission of honoring filmmakers who create some of the best art in the world.

Itsashort.com reached out to the festival’s founding executive director, William Vela, to discuss his passion for short films and the direction of the MsFF.

Itsashort.com: How did the Miami short Film Festival come into existence? 

William Vela: The Miami short Film Festival (MsFF) was founded in 2002 with a short film and a big dream. As a veteran television actor and producer, I produced a short film called “360˚” using thirty of my closest friends from the acting community. After six rigorous months of production, I finished my short and organized a “friends and family” screening to premier the film.

I rented a space, a projector, and 50 chairs for what I thought would be an intimate event, but as the word spread around Miami other directors and producers began to show interest in participating with their own shorts. Soon enough a total of 11 movies were collected for the showcase that would ultimately become the first night of the Miami short Film Festival.

Incredibly, 310 guests arrived in celebration of local short cinema, and they were eager for more. Thus MsFF was born, and those 50 chairs have been replaced by multiple theaters all over Miami.

Itsashort.com: How do you see the short film genre evolving and what role do you foresee your festival playing in its evolution?

William Vela: Short films have always played an important role in the film industry–from the beginning with the first ever produced film in the world, an 18-minute short called “A Trip to the Moon” in 1902–and this genre continues to be vital, especially now, with the advancements in technology. Where people are looking for specific content, short films will keep evolving and our festival is here to serve as a platform to those films that we would like to expose to the world.

MsFF Family Matters

MsFF Family Matters Shorts Program

Itsashort.com: What is the long-term goal for the Miami Film Festival?

William Vela: The festival’s goal is to become a gateway for those short films that come from Latin America, Europe, and Asia to the United States. Also, the festival will develop into a convention that will unite filmmakers and people from the film industry.

Itsashort: What should patrons expect for the 2016 festival?

William Vela: As every year, MsFF will offer our audience the best quality and selection of the best short films from all over the world. Our curation process is very thoughtful and we’ve involved the best local professionals from the industry to select the roster.

We truly appreciate William’s participation in providing some insight into the humble beginnings of the festival.

Click here to explore last year’s award-winning filmmakers including Best Narrative Short Film: “Recuiem” by Valentina Carnelutti (Italy).

This Week’s Short

Winter's Hold

 

Halloween is days away which means the cold is a’coming. This week’s short is all about trying not to be consumed by the cold. Ian Voglesong‘s short film, “Winter’s Hold,” is gripping in its solitude.

 

Click here to watch the chilling short.

 

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Kevin Hart

WK/STAR MAX/IPx

Kevin Hart, recently crowned the highest paid comedian (surpassing Jerry Seinfeld) is in the movies. Yes, he’s just released his new concert film, What Now?, but he is also in short films. If you’ve seen the previews, Hart appears as a 007-type character with the lovely Halle Berry in the spoof short film. Once he takes the stage, the little man becomes larger than life.

What makes Kevin Hart such an international sensation? He’s everywhere. Not only does Hart appear in a major release but also “The Road Trip,” a short film presented by H&M  that stars the short man pretending to be David Beckham…sort of.

 

Maybe Hart’s company, Hartbeat Productions, will start having contests and festivals for short film comedies. We’ll have our people call his people.

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What’s Up?! Ghostbusters!

 

what’s up, good people?! it’s mid-October and it’s scary how great the short film landscape looks.

This week was the digital and DVD release of Paul Feig’s 2016 Ghostbusters reboot. Despite the unruly, pre-movie conversations, people weren’t afraid of no ghosts. The famous franchise film landed a top-ten position in domestic gross among summer movie releases.

Feig will be at this year’s Austin Film Festival in several sessions speaking about how an all-woman cast of Ghostbusters became a reality with him at the helm. Click here to see his schedule.

PS–It is this week! October 13-20.

Feig’s success also won him an opportunity to direct a pilot for HBO starring Goldie Hawn.  Wouldn’t it be nice to be associated with HBO? Funny you should ask.

HBO scouts short films for burgeoning talents. The HBO Short Film Contest in the American Black Film Festival accepts submissions beginning in January. There’s still time!

Click here to watch the trailer for last year’s winner.

 

This Week’s Short

Anthony Bradford has his hands in all of the cookie jars with “The Traveler” as producer, writer, and lead actor. When Tristan’s love, Maggie, is kidnapped, he must use his time-traveling ability to save her. “The Traveler” is evidence that with a little time (ha!) and a knack for special effects and design, filmmakers can bring a sci-fi short film to life in a big way.

Click here to watch the movie and see for yourself.

This short film was selected by many shorts programs, including First Glance Film Festival, Los Angeles. And speaking of First Glance…

Itsashort.com is hosting the First Glance Short Online Contest this Fall. The contest begins November 7. For the list of short films, click here. Be sure to register here to watch and vote for your favorite!

Atlanta Horror Film Fest

Pumpkin? Check. Scary skeleton mask? Check. Atlanta Horror Film Festival tickets? Now’s the time.  It starts today!

This film festival is now in its 10th year and has showcased thousands of brilliant short films (and features) and has taken on a death…er…life of its own. If you’re in the Atlanta area, indulge the spirit of All Hallow’s Eve and check out some frightening flicks to raise your heart rate.

 

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Finding Dory

Talking animal movies are usually a hit. The Secret Life of Pets is another top-ten movie from this summer along with Finding Dory which came in at #1. But not all movies need to be on the big screen to make a big impact.

“Dogtor” is a sweet short film from Rhea Dadoo that tackles a series of difficult issues in less than five minutes. (No disrespect to the charming Zootopia now available on Netflix.)

When Lucy questions her life decisions with her friends, they remind her that she should not be afraid to be herself.

Words to live by.

 

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What’s Up?! Alejandro Iñárritu Directs Short Film

Alejandro Iñárritu VR short film

Leonardo DiCaprio/The Revenant

What’s up, good people?! Ready to raise the curtain on short film news this week? let’s do It.

Director Alejandro Iñárritu gets the band back together with cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki for a new  experimental project. The Oscar-winning duo who worked on Birdman and The Revenant, are collaborating with Legendary Entertainment and Lucasfilm to create a new virtual reality short film.

Word on the street is it will be a subversive look into the world of immigration. Considering the big players, this short film is a “must-watch.”

 

Lucasfilm is no stranger to short film, though. In fact, this year they teamed with StarWars.com to host a fan film contest. Above is the director’s cut of “TK-436: A Stormtrooper Story” which was selected as the Filmmaker Select award winner by a jury that included Gareth Edwards, director of Rogue One. The Force was strong with this one!

To watch all of the award winners from each category, click here.

Short of the Week – LIVE!

22 Years

We announced last week the premiere launch event of the highly anticipated short film, 22 Years.” With the multi-talented Dawn Noel at the helm as both lead actor and producer, “22 Years” is proof of what good things may come when skill, creativity, and passion are employed to share diverse perspectives.

Join us for the FREE premiere today followed by a live-streamed interview with the cast Dawn Noel, Luis Jose Lopez, Kearran Giovanni, Alexander E. Garland, and director Fred Thomas. Get your popcorn ready!

The event airs Tuesday, October 4, 8:00pm Central Time, 6:00pm Pacific Time, 9:00pm Eastern.

 

Chicago Int’l Film Festival

9 Rides - CIFF

Now in its 52nd year, it’s clear why CIFF is the longest running film festival of its kind. Arresting films from around the world light the screening rooms with the goal of cultivating diverse cultural conversations through international and independent art.

The festival runs October 13 – 27 and showcase  200 total films. If you’re in Chicago you’re bound to find something you like and discover something you love. Heavy buzz surrounds the Barry Jenkins film, Moonlight, about love and self-identity. Rumblings are also increasing about 9 Rides, a film by writer/director Matthew A. Cherry about a driver who sees himself through the lives of his passengers.

Plus, it was filmed entirely on an iPhone!

Moriom-CIFF Short Film

“Moriom” – CIFF Short Film

The short film slate looks more promising each year. One of the more compelling is “Moriom,” a Swiss film about the lasting effects of trauma. It’s part of the It’s All True shorts, one of 6 short film programs throughout the fest.

For the complete list of short films, from claymation to documentary, click here.

Around the Web…

Luke Cage - Netflix

Luke Cage – Netflix

Soooo… Luke Cage broke Netflix last weekend. The latest Marvel series available for streaming was so popular that the site shut down. Things eventually worked themselves out and the show appears to live up to the hype.

Marvel is taking a certain amount of care with their first black super hero show. There is grit to Mike Colter’s Luke Cage but the story arranges its players like chess pieces. We’ll see if execs will make the move for a second season.

Not familiar with Luke Cage? Check out his story here and let us know what you think.

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