What’s Up?! Bigger Sundance Short Film Program!

"The Diver" short film

Still from  Sundance short film, “The Diver”

what’s up, good people?! it’s awards season and time to pay attention to short film in the major festivals.

The Sundance Institute has announced the complete list of 68, (that’s right, sixty-eight) short film titles for the 2017 showcase. The higher numbers are due in part to the debut programming initiative, The New Climate, featuring short films on environmental issues. Variety seems to think next year will be better than ever. We believe them.

Click the link to see the short film lineup for Sundance, which runs January 19 – 29.

 

This Week’s Short

The BriefThis Week’s Short is the first installment of a four-part webseries–an original, scripted work that was created, written, and produced by an actual ad agency about the goings on of ad agencies. Comedically speaking, of course.

It’s Austin’s first day in the office and he’s shaking in his pants…so to speak. He and his new partner, Scoot, are handed their first assignment and it’s important that they ‘wow’ the client in Matt Sadowski’s “The Brief.”

Click here to check out this one-of-a-kind marketing strategy about one-of-a-kind marketing strategies.

 

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Palm SpringsIf you’re somewhere where the cold of winter is creeping into your bones, you might want to make arrangements to find yourself basking in the sun at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. The schedule runs from January 2 – 16, but important dates start in December, like when tickets are available to the public (December 20). For details on how short films can keep you warm, click here.

Then follow up in the summer months for the Palm Springs International Shortfest. The schedule for the short film fest isn’t available just yet, but mark your calendar for attending some time around June 2017. For a glimpse of what this fest has to offer, check out the 2016 short film award winners.

 

Wayne's WorldFan of Rock & Roll? Yup. Fan of short film? Of course. Well, the two have come together in the best way possible. The song “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen, iconized by the song’s release and again by the famous scene in Wayne’s World (click the image above to revisit), has been transformed into an amazingly thoughtful short film by the folks at Corridor Digital and VideoBlocks. The song lyrics were translated into a script and the rest is beautiful music/movie magic. Watch the cinematic storytelling below.

Exciting stuff, good people.

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What’s Up?! Oscars Bring Good Tidings in Short Film!

"Pear Cider and Cigarettes" Short FilmWhat’s up, good people?! the holidays are here. expect short film news and lots of good cheer.

The season greets us with the gift of Academy Awards updates. According to Good Short Films, the Oscars have whittled their animated short film list down to 10 amazing shorts (from Pixar and the like). 5 finalists will be selected January 24, but click the link to see the current candidates. One selection is the feel-good, VR, 360 Google Spotlight Stories entry, “Pearl.” Watch and explore the interactive video directed by Patrick Osborne below.

This Week’s Short

Entrepreneur Jermaine Lawrence Anderson, founder of I Am A Gentleman Project, is dedicated to developing young men and uplifting communities in need. This Week’s Short highlights “Tis the Season,” an initiative that gives families, such as the White family, a special holiday experience.

Click here for the best example of how to pay it forward.

FirstGlance Short Film Online Contest

Alright, folks. We’re wrapping up this year’s FirstGlance contest. Here are some of the films you can vote for this week:

"Greenish Blues" Short Film“Greenish Blues” is the story of three friends who need a little bit of inspiration. Nicholas Brown directs this motivational heist film.

 

"The Last Abduction" Short Film A man is desperate to prove to his son, and the world, he’s had an extraterrestrial encounter in “The Last Abduction.” Frank Perrotto helms this genuinely spooky work of science fiction.

 

"Ms Beverly Hills Ghost" Short FilmWeb series “Miss Beverly Hills Ghost” begins with a choir nerd’s near-death experience that results in a sixth sense. Wendy Graham directs.

 

"Solitude" Short Film“Solitude” is the story of an elderly woman who receives a thoughtful gift from the staff at her local train station. Michael Raso directs this sweet tale.

 

"Pieces" Short FilmDirector Dan Sunley has a firm grasp on this thriller when a ghost warns of the danger of putting clues together in “Pieces.”

 

"Red Streets" Short FilmIn this cautionary tale of police brutality, two soldiers have a decision to make in director Brandon Wright’s “Red Streets.”

There’s still time to watch and vote for these and the other shorts once a day, everyday from now through December 7.

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Ithaca Fantastik 2016In case you haven’t heard, Ithaca Fantastik Film Festival (now in its 5th year) has announced its 2016 award winners. They’ve even added the Cinema Pur Audience Award. Let’s make sure to give the short film line up some love, too. Check out the short films that were on deck this year and then go ahead and schedule your travel for next year. Ithaca Fantastik is 5 days of films and events, so make sure you have the vacation time.

And traveling is an expensive endeavor, especially if you’re trekking the film festival circuit with the short film you’ve produced. One team has found it difficult to get to the festivals where their short film, “Desperately Seeking Signal,” is in the program. The Tiny Town Media film has been accepted abroad, but filmmakers Tess Marie Garneau, Thom Smalley, and Jenna MacMillan will scrape their pennies together to get to New York for the 21 Islands International Film Festival December 9 – 11. The film is about a 911 operator who develops a kinship with a stranded caller. Get a taste with the clip below.

Click the link to check out the complete lineup for 21 Islands International Film Festival in the Bronx.

Exciting stuff, good people.

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What’s Up?! Wes Anderson’s Gift of Short Film!

Wes Anderson short silm "Come Together"

Still from “Come Together”

what’s up, good people?! the holidays are here and short film is the gift that keeps on giving.

We know travel season has begun, so we hope while you’re sitting in a layover city between flights, you can take some time to check out a great short film or three during your downtime. You can start with The Darjeeling Limited director Wes Anderson’s holiday-themed short film, “Come Together.” The uplifting H&M ad stars actor Adrien Brody as Conductor Ralph on a delayed train, destined to ruin the holiday plans of all of its passengers. But he teams up with his crew to do a little something special for everyone, including one young rider. Click the link to see some short film cheer.

This Week’s Short

Short Film "Gift"

Still from “Gift”

‘Tis the season, and what other way to instill the importance of giving than with director Daniel Yam’s short film, “Gift.” A young boy disappointed with the life his father has built for their family is determined to be “better” than his father. When the boy becomes a young man, he finally learns a valuable lesson about hope, happiness, and, of course, giving.

Click here to watch this quiet, yet touching short film on our platform to get you primed for the holidays.

FirstGlance Short Film Online Contest

Alright, folks. We’re rounding third on this year’s FirstGlance contest. Take a look a some of the films you can vote for:

Or So the Story Goes“Or So the Story Goes” is a webseries with a modern take on Hansel and Gretel. The two are bloggers who are willing to go too far for clicks and views. The series is directed by Theresa Labreglio.

 

Say HelloIn “Say Hello,” two childhood “friends” are reunited as adults when Alexis loses her silver spoon and is forced to bunk with awkward genius, Maggie. The series is produced by Rachel Reyes and directed by Brooke Elliott.

 

Wolf of VengeanceDirector Masakatsu Higuchi presents a wonderfully lit, action-packed take on Red Riding Hood in “Wolf of Vengeance.” The witch has done wrong and heads will roll. Literally.

 

420 Bong BoysDirector Erik Garcia stays with the fairytale theme when two friends must smoke their magic bong at a specific time to get back home from a strange land in “420 Bong Boys.” Yep, it’s exactly what it sounds like: comedy gold (that’s a Rumpelstiltskin joke).

Yo Soy PedroIn “Yo Soy Pedro,” a terrible misunderstanding causes a movie shoot to turn into an accidental alien abduction. Wait. What? Yes. You can thank director Jordan Inconstant.

You can watch and vote for these and the other shorts once a day, everyday on our platform from now through December 7.

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2016 Miami Short Film Festival

You may remember when we spoke  to the Miami Short Film Festival founding executive director, William Vela, to discuss short film and the goals of MsFF. Well, the 2016 festival contest winners are now etched in stone. If you weren’t able to make it to see these award-worthy short films, click here to see who won what and add them to your “must watch” list.

Speaking of “must watch,” there is a lot of conversation around the need for more Asian-American roles in films and television (see Dr. Strange and “Iron Fist). But in reality, there is plenty of talent to choose from. Film School Shorts filmmakers can attest to it. Check out John Cody Kim’s tale of puppy perseverance during a zombie apocalypse in “Steadfast Stanley.”

Click here to see a playlist of 11 student films showcasing great up-and-coming Asian-American talent. There is also an Asian-Pacific-American focused short film competition sponsored by HBO.

Exciting stuff, good people.

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What’s Up?! Native American Heritage in Short Film!

what’s up, good people?! Short film is an expression of how we view the world. seriously!

It goes without saying, but let’s say it anyway. Just to be sure. You voted. It doesn’t even need to be a question because you good people wouldn’t not vote. Because if you didn’t vote, any complaints would fall on deaf ears, so to speak:

Whew! Now that that’s out of the way, on to short film business.

Isabelle's Garden

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, you must watch the Sundance Short Film Challenge film, “Isabelle’s Garden.”  Storytelling is a powerful practice that can literally change how we view and interact in the world. Jeffrey Palmer–an Indigenous, Kiowa filmmaker–presents a documentary that shows us how the medium of short film can captivate us and move us to change the world for the better.

Palmer gives us “an uplifting story of a community coming together in reciprocity through the hopes and dreams of a young Choctaw girl and her garden.” Check out the film below:

“Isabelle’s Garden” is one of 9 films from last year’s Challenge showcasing the talents of filmmakers from around the world and their take on how we can combat poverty and hunger. To watch the rest of the films, click here.

 This Week’s Short

Still from "DNR"

Still from short film “DNR”

This Week’s Short comes at an apt time considering Election Day and Veteran’s Day occur in the same week in November. “D.N.R.” is a psychological thriller that doesn’t shy away from issues including military PTSD and domestic violence. Dean suspects his wife Ester of infidelity, but discovers the plot is much thicker than he originally thought.

David Martyn Conley pulled out all the stops as director, writer, and lead in this short film to bring you a film dense with tension and suspense. You won’t want to miss this.

Click here to watch Conley at work.

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St. Louis Animation

STL Int’l Film Festival

November is also a great month for international film festivals. The St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) has a great line up of short films for their shorts competition, from documentaries to animated short films officially sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In other words, the Oscars. ‘Nuff said.

If you’re in the St. Louis area, get yourself a ticket and let us know which was your favorite short. The festival is currently going and ends November 13.

Yes. Halloween is now over a week behind us, so this will be the final horror related short film news update for a while (at least until the next one). That said, filmgoers who love the Scream franchise will love what Shant Hamassian does with the unconventional horror short film, “Night of the Slasher.” All of the normal tropes are turned on their ear. A talent necessary when covering familiar ground, a la slasher flicks.

But don’t go upstairs to watch this one. Stay on the first floor. With the door open. And a fully-charged phone in hand.

 

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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?! “22 Years,” TIFF Short Film Awards

WHAT’S UP, GOOD PEOPLE?! LEAVES ARE FALLING FROM THE TREES, BUT WE AREN’T FALLING OFF! THERE’S SO MUCH GOING ON IN SHORT FILM. WHERE DO WE BEGIN? HOW ABOUT HERE:

We are proud to announce the PREMIERE LAUNCH EVENT of a ground-breaking film, 22 Years.” Captained by one-two punch talent Dawn Noel as both lead actor and producer, “22 Years” is proof that great films can come together with a talented cast and crew with widely diverse ethnicities, ages, sexual orientations and genders.

“22 Years” is taking film festivals by storm including a nomination for Best Short Film at the IMAGEN AWARDS, and winner of 3 LOS ANGELES MOVIE AWARDS as well as Best Short Film at the VIVA! LATINO FILM FESTIVAL NYC INT’L.

Avi, a woman destined for greatness, struggles with the notion of forgiveness when her father reaches out to her to revive their relationship. Check out the trailer below.

 

The PREMIERE EVENT is scheduled for Tuesday, October 4, 8:00pm Central Time, 6:00pm Pacific Time, 9:00pm Eastern so set your alarms. You won’t want to miss it!

 

AND THE AWARD GOES TO…

tiff official site

As you know, the Toronto International Film Festival has now ended, but let’s congratulate the winners of the Short Cuts Short Film program.

The SHORT CUTS AWARD FOR BEST CANADIAN SHORT FILM goes to Alexandre Dostie’s “Mutants.” Here’s the official description in case you missed it: A teenager just trying to make it through the summer of 1996, Keven begins his baseball season with an accident that leaves him with a truly hideous black eye. This leads to a crash course in sex, sports, and scandal — taught by a hilariously unconventional coach — that does a demolition job on coming-of-age story conventions. Peep the trailer below:

The SHORT CUTS AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM goes to Raymund Ribay Gutierrez’s “Imago.” Here’s the official description, you know, as a refresher: A 54-year-old single mother in Manila heads out for another night at a job that, though rife with risk and desperation, is business as usual for her. Tonight, however, before her task is through, she‘ll have to contend with more than she can bear. Check out the teaser trailer below:

Each award recipient pocketed a $10,000 cash prize. Keep that in mind when you’re creating your next masterpiece. (Don’t forget the little people.)

 

THE HITS KEEP ON COMING

Collected Voices: Chicago's Ethnographic Film Festival (short film and movie news)

Collected Voices: Chicago’s Ethnographic Film Festival/self-submitted

We mean it. The Collected Voices Film Contest was a huge hit! We’d like to thank all of the filmmakers for providing such wonderful cinematic stories and we absolutely must thank you, the voters, for making this contest a success. Remember, the winners of the contest will be announced Saturday, October 28.

But wait, there’s more!

Collected Voices Film Festival has four event dates you need to add to your calendars:

  1. Thursday, September 29 the Listen, Watch, Learn, Repeat shorts program will be showing from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.
  2. Thursday, October 6 the Chicago to the World shorts program is playing from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.
  3. Wednesday, October 12 the LGBT Intersections shorts program is playing from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.
  4. Saturday, October 15 the Changing Neighborhoods shorts program is playing from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

Click here for the complete list of festival locations and film titles.

 

WE’RE BACK WITH OUR SHORT OF THE WEEK!

Blind Date Rules

With the dissolution of Brad and Angelina (their names must be said separately, now), perhaps they will need some tips for when they get back in the dating game.

Directed by Brie Eley, Blind Date Rules is the story of a woman fed up with the nightmare of blind first dates. She decides to lay down some ground rules for anyone trying to set her up.

Will she be able to find the love of her life…as long as she meets them under certain conditions?

Check out the link to register and watch the film here.

 

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What’s Up?! Hamilton Fever, Short Film Rocks!

Screen Shot 2016-09-19 at 11.52.34 AMWhat’s up, good people?! We’re up to our ears and elbows in movie and short film news. It’s crazy.

The 54th New York Film Festival, the next major event on the festival circuit, promises to be every bit as spectacular as the recently-concluded Toronto International Film Festival.

Ava DuVernay (short film and movie news)

Ava DuVernay/Wikimedia Commons

Hamilton’s America, about Lin-Manuel Miranda’s popular Broadway musical, and Ava DuVernay’s The 13th, about the U.S. prison industry, will premiere at the New York Film Fest.

New York will also feature Gimme Danger, about iconic rock group Iggy and the Stooges. All three docs should generate plenty of buzz, but are they Oscar-worthy? Only time will tell.

What’s more, the festival will showcase 23 shorts in five short film programs.

The New York Film Festival runs from Sept. 30 to October 16. For more information on this spectacular event, see this link.

 

Last Week To Vote

Still from the short film, "Speechless" (short film and movie news)

Still from the short film, “Speechless”

The short films that comprise the Collected Voices Online Film Contest run the gamut, from stories about loss and perseverance to documentaries about art and education.

When it comes to matters of the heart, the Collected Voices contest has you covered with these three shorts.

“Speechless” is a delightful little story about a man on the brink of approaching a woman he admires, but it has a twist. You’ll have to watch the film to find out.

"Before I Leave" (short film and movie news)

“Before I Leave” poster/imdb.com

“Before I Leave” is a much darker story about a man on the brink of a fateful decision. The only question is, will his love for his mother interfere.

Red & Purple (short film and movie news)

Red & Purple

And finally, we can all identify with the age-old story of rediscovering a long lost passion. In “Red & Purple” a medical doctor follows an unlikely path back to her youth and rediscovers the pastime that was always at the center of her heart.

All three of these shorts are eloquent, heartfelt and moving. Which is the best?

Well, that’s up to you to decide.

While you still have time, you should watch and vote for any of these three films. You can watch all eight nominated short films and vote for free. Just hit this link to play. No assembly required.

The contest ends this Friday, September 23.

 

From Around the Web…

The Toronto Film Festival (TIFF) just wrapped up and the winners have been announced! To see the full list, hit this link.

From the upcoming film, Barry (short film and movie news)

From the upcoming film, Barry/imdb.com

Netflix purchased the worldwide rights to Barry, the film chronicling a young Barack Obama.

And… 

Rapper and entertainment mogul Shawn Carter ( aka Jay-Z) recently narrated an intriguing short film titled, “The War on Drugs Is an Epic Fail.”

Illustrated by Molly Crabapple, this New York Times short film provides a brief history lesson on the war on drugs — brief but potent. This is a bitter yet satisfying little pill.

And…

We know you hate unsolicited advice, but trust us, you will like this. The Manhattan Short Film Festival, which runs from Sept. 23 to Oct. 1, will have over 100,000 film lovers from 250 cities gather at “cinemas, museums and universities for one purpose”: they will watch and vote for the festival’s short film finalists.

For more information on this awesome program and to locate a viewing venue closest to you, please visit this link.

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What’s Up?! Oscar Buzz, Chicago Short Film Docs

Still from Jackie (short film and movie news)

Still from “Jackie” /imdb.com

What’s up, good people?! The days are getting shorter and the temps are getting cooler. But the short film buzz is sizzling, movies too.

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) just had its first sale. Fox Searchlight bought the U.S. distribution rights to Jackie, the Jacqueline Kennedy biopic starring Natalie Portman as the former First Lady.

Why is this significant?

Fox Searchlight is planning on releasing the film on Dec. 9, smack dab in the middle of awards season.

Ultimately, Fox Searchlight believes this film could ultimately garner some significant hardware. An Oscar? A Golden Globe? A Screen Actors Guild Award?  Perhaps.

We told you about Jackie several weeks ago, but here is more: the biopic is directed by Pablo Larraín and chronicles the immediate aftermath of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

“Pablo Larraín’s Jackie is a daring, one-of-a-kind cinematic portrayal of a beloved icon,” said Searchlight presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley. “Led by an indelible performance from Natalie Portman and supported by a richly talented ensemble of actors and artists, the film is one we are thrilled to bring to audiences later this year.”. 

 

Vote for These Short Film Docs

The Black Kid Table (short film and movie news)

“The Black Kid Table” /http://www.missgraham.com/

An African-American man lands the opportunity of a lifetime, he gets a role in a major movie featuring this huge star.

The day this actor starts working, the huge star notices him. And when that star approaches him, it is to tell a “black” joke, an inappropriate one at that.

This anecdote is from the documentary short film “The Black Kid Table,” one of the entries in the Collected Voices Online Film Contest.  Directed by Stephanie Graham, The Black Kid Table has black subjects from different spheres of society talking about their cringeworthy encounters with racism.

34 Days: Hungry for Justice (short film and movie news)

From “34 Days: Hungry for Justice”

Another intriguing entry in the Collected Voices contest is “34 Days: Hungry for Justice,” a short doc that chronicles a group of Chicago activists who go on a hunger strike to save a community school. The event drew national attention and highlighted the political turmoil around class and education in Chicago.

"Variations" (short film and movie news)

“Variations” poster/Laurie Little

And finally, the inspiring “Variations” chronicles a dancer, a pianist and a visual artist. This short film documentary about these three artists is best summed up in a single line: “Part of what’s breathtaking about us is our variance and flexibility.”

This variance is what’s central to human beauty, states Riva Lehrer, who is featured in this Laurie Little-directed short film.

You can watch and vote for these Collected Voices nominees at this link. You have until September 23 to cast your vote. It’s free and it is fun.

Trust us on this one.

 

Take Us to “La La Land”

Still from "La La Land" (short film and movie news)

Still from “La La Land” /Facebook

The Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone musical La La Land is also getting some of that good Oscar buzz.  It is almost deafening. The film reportedly dazzled audiences and Oscar voters at the Telluride Film Festival. Apparently, it did the same at the recent Venice Film Festival.

Stone won the best actress award at Venice.

Plus, La La Land, which is about a jazz pianist falling for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles, is making the fall festival circuit rounds as well. It could also join Jackie as a potential Oscar nominee.

Here is a clip of the Damien Chazelle-directed musical.

 

The VR Short Film You Want To See

Before we leave you, we have to put you up on “Henry,” an animated short film by Facebook’s Oculus Story Studio. It just won an Emmy. The trailer looks so cool. Check it out for yourself.

 

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What’s Up?! An Oscar Contender, Short Film Contests

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What’s up, good people?! Hope you had a great Labor Day, but we know you miss us. So here’s your weekly roundup of short film and movie news.

The recently concluded Telluride Film Festival debuted a film that is generating considerable buzz and could contend for the major awards this season.

Moonlight is a three-part narrative about a gay African-American male who navigates his sexuality against the backdrop of his brutal Miami neighborhood.

The film, which is directed by Barry Jenkins, is unique in that it features characters seldom seen by mainstream audiences.

Nevertheless, Moonlight has left Telluride audiences and critics spellbound. It is expected to do the same at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival and the New York Film Festival, events that have a reputation for breaking Oscar-nominated pictures.

Thus far, the reviews have been fantastic.

“Jenkins has made a breathtaking film, one with political urgency and a deep, compassionate humanity. Moonlight is timely and timeless, a study in limits that casts its gaze up toward something transcendent,” raves Vanity Fair.

Another facet to Moonlight’s story is Jenkins, a former Florida State film school graduate who used to curate Telluride’s short film program.

“I always hoped this would play at Telluride,” Jenkins told the Los Angeles Times recently. “I haven’t seen a film at Telluride where people talk the way they do in the world of this film.”

Brad Pitt (short film and movie news)

Brad Pitt/Wikimedia Commons

Moonlight is co-produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment Inc. It is set to hit theaters October 21, but the buzz will only build from now to February when the 89th Academy Awards take place.

 

Vote On These Shorts

Last week, we gave you brief synopses of the short film nominees in the Collected Voices Online Film Contest.

This week we highlight two shorts that depict characters grappling with loss. The first is “Nowhere to Be Found,” which is about a mother on a seemingly endless quest to locate her child’s father.

Directed by Rebecca Montalvo and Brian VandenBos, this short film is tinged with emptiness. Yet, you are compelled to watch, if only to see whether the lead character is successful in her quest.

Our second short film entrant is “Through the Trees,” which depicts a widower on the cusp of a fateful decision, that is until he meets a young man on the street. At first, this film is melancholic, but then it morphs into something entirely different. You may leave this Ryan Donovan-directed short with a smile after it ends.

You can watch and vote for these shorts and six others once-a-day, every day for free on our platform until September 23.

To take part, go here.

Pick  a favorite or two or five. It’s your world.

From Around the Web…

Thom Yorke (short film and movie news)

Thom Yorke of Radiohead/ Wikimedia Commons

Speaking of contests, Radiohead recently announced the winners of their short film contest which launched in July.

Fans were asked to submit vignettes using the one-minute version of their song, “Daydreaming.” They announced the six winners via this Instagram post.

To see the winning short film entries, check out this IndieWire link.

And…

Forbes magazine will host a short film contest for filmmakers under 30.

Winning shorts will be screened at a miniature film festival from October 16-18 before a room of 5,000 “young entrepreneurs and game-changers” from media, technology, entertainment and social good industries, among others.

Michelle Obama (short film and movie news)

Not bad.

For more information, please see this link.

And…

What kind of people are we if we can’t show love to Brooklyn. Huh? The Brooklyn Film Festival recently announced the winners of their film event. You can check out the full list here.  

And finally…

We have to show you “Infinitude,” the most amazing short film about the cosmic evolution you will ever see. Special shout-out to director Scott Portingale and the folks over at Gizmodo for letting us know about this one.

Our Mission

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