Still Going Strong at 23, FirstGlance Film Fest Flourishes.

When the FirstGlance Film Festival launched in Philadelphia this month, the long-running event reached its “Jordan year.” It officially entered year 23, the same jersey number worn by iconic basketball player Michael Jordan. Like that singular athlete, the FirstGlance Film…

Collected Voices Film Festival Comes to the University of Chicago

Seven peacebuilders travel to an African country grappling with a history of genocide. A man sets up a 26-foot, 200-pound chessboard in downtown Chicago, inviting all comers to compete. A stunning piece of cinema verité highlights the raw and heartening…

What’s Up?! Calvin’s Story! Collected Voices

  Homeless Teens? Seriously, this is an issue? Calvin’s story is the story of survival and success of a young man, who is homeless, gay and was rejected by his family. Join us for the itsashort.com online premiere September 11,…

What’s Up!? Midwest Film Festival

Midwest Film Festival gets underway with their 2018 season which begins February 6, 2018! Long awaited given the success of their 2017 BMA’s awards, they open their season with the film Cold War. Its about a couple who on the day they…

What’s Up?! itsashort and Sundance

The 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…

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

David 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’s Up!? Short Film!

Marshall 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…

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

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…

What’s Up!? Short Film: 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…

What’s Up? Black Harvest Film Festival

Black 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,…