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…

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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)

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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.

 Our Mission

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What’s Up?! Fall Movies, CV Short Film Contest

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (short film and movie news)

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children movie poster/Facebook

What’s up, good people?! We have the goods on the latest movie and short film news of the week.

Now that the summer is just about over, it’s all about fall, football, and more films, 37 of them that the Hollywood Reporter is declaring their most anticipated movies of the season.

It’s a tantalizing platter indeed. From Star Wars and Harry Potter spinoffs to a film about the 2010 BP Oil Spill and a biopic on eccentric entrepreneur Howard Hughes. What would any movie season be without a comic book character movie? Thanks to Marvel, there’s one of those on deck as well.

Emily Blunt (short film and movie news)

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These fall films will feature the industry’s biggest stars: Tom Hanks, Hellen Mirren, Denzel Washington, Emily Blunt, Warren Beatty and Benedict Cumberbatch, among many others.

We already mentioned Snowden with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the The Magnificent Seven with Washington. We’d be remiss if we didn’t cite Renee Zellweger’s return to the big screen with Bridget Jones’s Baby and Tim Burton’s enchanting new adventure Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

 

Oh and a movie where Amy Adams and Forrest Whitaker confront aliens?

We’re here for that too.

As we enter that pivotal stretch where Hollywood ramps up for awards season, these films will either live up to the hype or fall flat. Most will be resurrected for their eventual basic cable runs 15 months from now.

Still, fall is a pivotal period for unique and important movies.

Vote In the Collective Voices Short Film Contest!

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

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

We have an impressive slate of short film entries of our own. For instance, a guy likes a girl but doesn’t know how to approach her. Chicago activists go on a hunger strike to save a neighborhood high school. A widower who is contemplating suicide encounters a young homeless man.

Then there are these: A musician, an artist and a dancer share their art and influences. Black people discuss what it’s like being the only one in the room. A medical doctor pursues her dream of becoming a dancer. A young mother ventures out in search of her child’s father, and an emotionally damaged man fulfills one last item on his to-do list before he leaves.

These are the storylines of the eight short films included in our inaugural Collected Voices Online Film Contest, which showcases works that explore the intersection of race, age, class, gender and sexuality.

You can vote on these films for free over on our platform at itsashort.com. To vote, go to this link, watch as much as you want and vote for your favorite short film.

Spread the word and tell a friend.

 

From Around the Web…

We are in the business of highlighting quality short films. We discovered this little gem at designtaxi.com: an award-winning, animated short about lovers that complement each other called “Jinxy Jenkins, Lucky Lou.”

The short film, created by Michael Bidinger and Michelle Kwon,and produced at Ringling College of Art and Design, is top shelf.

See for yourselves.

And…

One of the year’s most stunning projects was Beyonce’s visual album Lemonade. Her video for “Formation” just won the MTV Video Music Awards’ Video of the Year award.

Music videos fall within the short film genre, and Formation is as cinematic and arresting as it gets.

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What’s Up?! Eddie Murphy Returns, Short Film Contest

Eddie Murphy (short film and movie news)

What’s up, good people?! The summer is almost done, but the short film and movie news You Need is heating up.

The most prolific yet enigmatic actor of our generation has returned. Eddie Murphy, Saturday Night Live’s most famous alum, is coming back to the big screen after a five-year absence. No, he’s not playing a bumbling dad is some mediocre kid’s movie. The 55-year-old comedic actor is returning in a dramatic role that critics are already deeming Oscar worthy. Seriously.

Murphy will play the title role in Mr. Church, a film about a black man who helps to raise a white child whose mother suffers from cancer.

The Hollywood Reporter, which recently interviewed Murphy, stated that Mr. Church is his “best shot at winning the Academy’s attention since The Nutty Professor…”

Said Murphy about the role, which is based on a true story,

I never did anything like this. It was something I could do where there was no pressure at all because there was no expectation because this isn’t a funny thing. The engine of this thing isn’t my sense of humor or what I do or my performance.”

Murphy was nominated but lost out on a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in the 2006 film Dreamgirls.

Mr. Church is set to hit theaters September 16. From the looks of it, this will be an Eddie Murphy we have not quite seen before. And that, my friends, is a good thing.

 

Short of the Week

The Art of Human Salvage (short film and movie news)

The Art of Human Salvage poster/Facebook

Our short film selection of the week is a Sci-Fi entry about a 10-year-old boy who faces execution. The question is who will save him.

 

“The Art of Human Salvage” is a riveting short set in a netherworld and inspired by classic films like Blade Runner and Children of Men.

Directed by Dempsey Tillman, this short film stars Oscar-nominated actor Edward James Olmos. In fact, “The Art of Human Salvage” was so popular that the trailer alone garnered over 257K views on Vimeo.

And with good reason: This is a brisk, high energy short film that hits like a shot of expresso.

That’s our way of saying we think you’ll like it.

To see “The Art of Human Salvage,” hit this link.

 

 

Vote For Your Favorite Short Film

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

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Big things are happening around here, folks.

As we announced last week, itsashort.com and Collected Voices have partnered up to introduce the Collected Voices Online Film Contest.

Here’s how it works: Visit our site to watch and vote among eight unique short films that have been nominated for entry. These short film nominees either focus on history, culture or  real life experiences. You can watch all eight films for free and cast your vote, once a day. Winners will be announced on October 29.

Again, you can vote and even encourage your friends to participate by visiting this page on our website.

There are no “hanging chads” here, just cool short film entries for your voting and viewing pleasure.

 

From Around the Web

Riz Ahmed in HBO's "The Night Of" (short film and movie news)

Riz Ahmed in HBO’s “The Night Of”/Courtesy of HBO and IMDb.com

Variety, one of Hollywood’s leading publications, just announced its “Actors to Watch” list for 2016.

The list includes Oscar award-winning singer-songwriter John Legend, “House of Cards” actors Mahershala Ali and Rachel Brosnahan and the lead actor from HBO’s “The Night Of,” Riz Ahmed.

Rachel Brosnahan (short film and movie news)

Rachel Brosnahan/giphy

What’s great about the list is that its showcases diverse and rising talents in the industry. To see the list for yourself, go here.

And…

Don’t forget! The Toronto International Film Festival is  just two weeks away. The film lineup is staggering, loads of premieres are happening. You can get “the deets” on the feature and short film entries by going here.

One more thing…

The San Diego International Film Festival is over a month away. It will run from September 28 to October 2. For more information on this important event, go to this link.

 

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What’s Up?! TIFF News, Short Film & Usain Bolt

Natalie Portman (movie and short film news)

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What’s up, good people?! We’re back in effect like we never left with this week’s short film and movie news.

We told you about the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) earlier this month. Now that it’s only three weeks away, more details are being revealed. By all indications, it looks like TIFF is going to be epic.

Why?

The Toronto fest will premiere some quality features. Not to mention the fact that TIFF has a history of minting future Oscar award winners.

Leonardo DiCaprio will world premiere a new documentary about climate change, The Turning Point, and audiences will see the sequel to the ever-popular 1999 horror flick, The Blair Witch Project.

And if that isn’t enough to make you buy roundtrip tickets to Toronto, then this might do it: The premiere of the film Jackie, starring Natalie Portman in the lead role, which chronicles former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in the aftermath of her husband’s assassination.

Whew.

In more TIFF-related news, festival coordinators recently launched the inaugural TIFF x Instagram Shorts Festival, which showcases eight 60-second short films from all over the world that were made using Instagram.

According to IndieWire, TIFF has screened three short films a day on its Instagram account. It will continue to do so until August 18th, when the winning film and audience favorite is announced.

For more information about TIFF, which runs September 8 -18, visit this link.

Want more info about the TIFF x Instagram Shorts Fest? You can go here for more details.

“Short of the Week”

Animator vs. Animation IV (short film and movie news)

Animator vs. Animation IV poster/Facebook

“Animator vs. Animation IV” is one of the more innovative shorts on our platform. This short film is about a stick figure that battles its creator, with the former wreaking havoc on the latter till the very end.

Yet, words fail to describe the sheer creativity of this compelling 14-minute short. In 2014, “Animator vs. Animation IV” went viral and collected over 5 million views in a month.

And the film, created and directed by Alan Becker, still remains a phenomenon.

Do yourself a favor and peep this short film for yourself.  Just visit this link and register to watch.

You won’t look at stick figures or your computer the same way ever again.

 

Breaking News: A Brand New Film Contest!

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

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Itsashort.com is proud to announce a new partnership with Collected Voices, a unique film festival that highlights diverse works about culture, history and real life experiences.

Starting August 21, Itsashort will host an online short film contest that will feature 10 Collected Voices Film Festival nominees from the past two years. Five entries will be selected from the 2016 Collected Voices festival, which launched August 11. The other five will be from last year’s festival.

The contest will run until September 23 and winners will be announced at the Collected Voices Fest of the Fest gala on October 29.

For more information about the Collected Voices Film Festival, visit this link.

 

From Around the Web…

Usain Bolt (short film and movie news)

Usain Bolt/Facebook

Usain Bolt has been tearing up the track at the Rio Olympics and minting hilarious memes in the process. It’s only right that the fastest man on the planet gets his own film documenting his exploits. Gatorade, one of the companies Bolt endorses, released a cool animated short film about the Jamaican sprinter that is worth checking out.

Now, all we need are films about Michael Phelps, Simone Biles, Katie Ledecky, Simone Manuel, Wayde van Niekerk and Michelle Carter. Please and thank you.

 

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What’s Up?! Francis Ford Coppola Supports Short Film

Francis Ford Coppola (short film and movie news)

Francis Ford Coppola/FICG.mx, Flickr

What’s up, good people?! Our gold-medal worthy movie and short film news blog is here, but we’ll accept your cheers.

Legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola recently relaunched his virtual studio Zoetrope.com. Coppola founded the site way back in 1997 as a global creative community for writers, filmmakers and other creatives.

With this new relaunch, Zoetrope will showcase the short film genre. The shorts showcase will offer screenwriters, directors and producers peer feedback. Membership is free. This is how it works. For every story a member submits, they are required to review five submissions by other participants. Think of it as a virtual creative writing workshop.

For Coppola, who has directed some of the most influential films in history, Zoetrope is all about providing access.

“…that’s what I was trying to do with this site – let everyone have access to a movie studio or set a new context of creative community for people interested in cinema, music, acting, art, graphics, photography, songwriting, and so on.”

Again, for the low, low price of “Free.99,” you can take part in this amazing opportunity by going to Zoetrope.com.

Short of the Week

"Mirror" (short film and movie news)

“Mirror” poster/Facebook

“Mirror” is about a man, haunted by his reflection in the mirror, who seeks help for his visions. When he gets that help, he plunges further into his nightmare.

This short film, directed by Dustin Biren and Thomas Ouziel, is kind of a big deal. It was screened at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, and was also nominee in the First Glance Short Online Contest.

If you’re into dark, psychological thrillers, then this short film is right for you.

So grab some popcorn and root beer (or real beer), and check out this harrowing 10-minute short film.

Hit this link to watch “Mirror” and buckle up!

 

Black Harvest

Black Harvest Film Festival (short film and movie news)

Black Harvest Film Festival poster/Facebook

The venerable Black Harvest Film Festival has launched at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, and will screen some game-changing films all month. Already in its 22nd year, the festival highlights films that chronicle the black experience, both nationally and internationally.

Black Harvest, which runs until September 1, will screen 56 features and shorts in all. Amid that veritable gumbo are old classics like Prince’s Purple Rain and Charles Burnett’s To Sleep With Anger. In fact, the festival opened with a screening of that classic Prince film (Sigh, we still can’t believe he’s gone, either.)

Purple Rain (short film and movie news)

Purple Rain poster/Facebook

The short film programs are highlight trenchant and relevant experiences, which have long been the hallmark of Black Harvest. For example,  short film programs will highlight filmmakers from Chicago and abroad. Other curated programs will showcase shorts on family and love.

For more information on Black Harvest, please visit this site.

 

From Around the Web…

Suicide Squad character  Harley Quinn (short film and movie news)

Suicide Squad character Harley Quinn/Facebook

Everybody is talking about Suicide Squad, the summer blockbuster with subpar reviews.

The film about comic supervillians has taken some serious shots.

Take Joe Morgenstern of the Wall Street Journal: “Suicide Squad” amounts to an all-out attack on the whole idea of entertainment. (The opening lines of his review is even worse.)

And this zinger from Christopher Orr of The Atlantic: If I have not yet convinced you of the movie’s astonishingly slipshod quality, I’m unlikely ever to do so.

Ugh.

Still, Suicide Squad managed to break records as this weekend’s top-grossing film both here and at the foreign box office.

The question remains, how did this poorly-reviewed film rake in so much money? The New York Times provided a little “inside baseball” on how Warner Bros. was able to make Suicide Squad penetrate the American consciousness. The jury is still out on the film’s overall profitability, but it makes for an intriguing case study on how marketing can overcome critical reception.

Check out the piece for yourself. It is well worth the read.

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What’s Up?! PBS Short Film Contest, TV Stars Dish

What’s up, good people?! We can’t offer you SHADE for this blazing summer, but we do have the latest short film and movie news you need.

What a time to be alive for people who appreciate short films. The short film genre has become all the rage thanks to a bevy of celebrities and organizations that have utilized the medium to tell important stories.

The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is helping to promote our beloved medium even more with its online film festival, which runs until July 29.

2016 PBS Online Film Festival (short film and movie news)

2016 PBS Online Film Festival poster/Facebook

The best part is the spectacular array of short films you get to see. There are 25 of them in all and you get the opportunity to vote. What’s even better is you get to see these works for free.

Tatyana Ali (short film and movie news)

Tatyana Ali (“Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”) stars in a short film featured in the PBS Online Film Contest/Wikimedia Commons

You can stream all 25 shorts and vote here. Winners will be announced August 1.

Happy viewing!

 

“Short of the Week”

"All that I Am" (short film and movie news)

“All that I Am” movie poster

With regard to what has been going on in the world, it has been a rough few weeks. We figured you could use a short film that is inspiring.

Enter “All that I Am,” a short about professional motorcross racer Aaron Baker who suffered a horrific, life-altering accident.

How Baker bounces back is what makes this five-minute short so inspiring. As the kids say, this short film will give you all the feels.

You can watch the “All that I Am” short film by hitting this link.

We figured you could use a little light amid all this doom and gloom.

 

TV’s Top Funny Men Sound Off

2016 THR Comedy Actor Roundtable (short film and movie news)

2016 THR Comedy Actor Roundtable/YouTube

This one time TV’s top funnymen sat down at a table and let it rip.

Thanks to The Hollywood Reporter, this goodness was all captured on camera. The publication’s critically-acclaimed roundtable series just released its latest installment featuring Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”), Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”), Rob Lowe (“Parks and Recreation”),  Aziz Ansari (“Master of None”), Tony Hale (“Arrested Development”), Keegan-Michael Key (“Key and Peele”) and Jerrod Carmichael (“The Carmichael Show”) — seven of the top comic actors on television at this very moment.

The conversation is candid, coarse (there are some F-bombs in there) and funny. They dish on embarrassing moments, the folks they look up to and how they got to where they are.

You heard the term “must-see TV.” Well, this is a must-see about the TV industry.

Check it out here:

We would be remiss if we didn’t include the awesome 2016 Comedy Actress Roundtable, featuring six of the top comic actresses on TV — Allison Janney (“Mom”), Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”), Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”), Rachel Bloom (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”), Niecy Nash (“Getting On”) and Ilana Glazer (“Broad City”).

Pretty tremendous stuff:

 

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What’s Up?! A Scary Short Film, Oscar Diversity

Accidents, Blunders and Calamities (short film and movie news)

Accidents, Blunders and Calamities movie poster/imdb.com

What’s up good people?! We hope your Holiday weekend was splendid and that you are ready for Some short film AND MOVIE news!

Is it possible for a film to be both scary and adorable? Apparently it is, if this report about a short film from New Zealand is to be believed.

“Accidents, Blunders, and Calamities,” a film created by the Media Design School of New Zealand, is garnering a boatload of accolades. The animated short, directed by James Cunnigham, chronicles the biggest threat to animal kind the world over, human absent-mindedness. A Father Possum reads off an entire litany of casualties that animal kind have suffered at the hands of humans. Here is the five-minute short film in its entirety.

According to Nerdist, 44 students created over 30 CGI creatures that were featured in “Accidents, Blunders, and Calamities.”

At any rate, this short film, will likely make you come to a few conclusions:

One, human beings are terrible.

Two, this makes my skin crawl. 

And three, it is absolutely lovely to watch. 

If a short film can elicit those responses, chances are you’ve got a winner.

Itsashort.com’s “Short of the Week”

The Pradys (2014) (Short Film and Movie News)

The Pradys movie poster

Family secrets, sibling rivalry and a dog?! “The Pradys,” our short film of the week, has all this and apparently more.  The short is about a guy who, upon admitting he dropped out of law school, gets a reaction from his parents that he didn’t quite expect.

Explained writer Jessica Hendrickson, “The Pradys is a comedic short film I wrote a couple years ago about the hilarious consequences that ensue as a result of the little lies families keep from each other.” 

At any rate, the consequences are quite hilarious. The Pradys has been accepted at a number of prestigious indie film festivals such as the LA Indie Film Festival and the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, among others.

Bop on over to this link at itsashort.com and prepare to giggle.

 

Oscars: Latest Diversity Push Barely Moves The Needle

Idris Elba, 2014 (short film and movie news)

Idris Elba/Wikimedia Commons

After February’s Oscar debacle, organizers are pushing for more diversity. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently invited 683 filmmakers, actors and industry types to join its body, the most ethnic and gender diverse class ever.

Forty-one percent of the new class is comprised of people of color, bumping the overall academy from 8% to 11% people of color, according to the Los Angeles Times. Currently, the Academy is comprised of more than 6,000 members.

Should these new invitees assent to inclusion, the impact would still be slight. The same is true on the gender side.

Male membership would slip from 75% to 73% – white membership from 92% to 89%, reports BBC News.

Rachel McAdams (short film and movie news)

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The invitees list still manages to be impressive. It’s a who’s who of established actors like Rachel McAdams, Idris Elba, Anika Noni RoseBrie Larson and Jacob Vargos.

Even the dude from Star Wars: The Force Awakens is on the list:

This latest push for inclusion comes months after the 88th Annual Academy Awards controversy. The apparent lack of diversity among Oscar nominees sparked a massive outcry and birthed the Twitter hashtag #OscarsSoWhite.

As for the push for inclusion, Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacssaid the plan is to “keep that pedal to the metal.”

“The industry is evolving,” she said, “and the more inclusion the better…We absolutely want to change the demographics of the Academy, but what is of the utmost importance is recognizing the challenge that is there. Production companies, studios, different organizations can create more opportunities, and I think we’ll see more diversity as the years go on.”

We at itsashort.com look forward to seeing the results of this latest initiative.

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What’s Up?! MJ Comes To TV & Alicia Keys’s New Short Film

Michael Jackson (short film and movie news)

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What’s up good people?! Summer is here and we have the movie and short film news you can use.

The final months of Michael Jackson’s life is coming to the small screen thanks to filmmaker J.J. Abrams and author and talk show host Tavis Smiley.

Abrams is planning to turn Smiley’s new book “Before You Judge Me: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson’s Last Days” into a TV miniseries.

This is the second time Smiley and Abrams are teaming up on a project.

Smiley and Abrams will serve as executive producers. Their production companies, Smiley TV and Bad Robot, announced in April they are also developing a television series about Smiley’s 2014 book, “Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Final Year.”

The Michael Jackson project, which is described as a novelistic take on The King of Pop’s final months, follows a growing television trend where real life events are serialized for TV. FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” enjoyed enormous success earlier this year. Though the Michael Jackson project is in the developmental phase, it is expected to draw huge interest.

Abrams’ involvement is a mild surprise, if only because it’s such a huge departure from his other recent work…it’s hard to imagine a more compelling subject, and it’s being built from a solid base in Smiley’s book, says The Verge.

It may be awhile before this project becomes a reality. Still, legions will be waiting with bated breath for this development. Believe that.

 

Itsashort.com’s “Short of the Week”

TAPE by Sierra Parr (short film and movie news)

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Our short film of the week transports us to a place not often seen. The psychological thriller “TAPE” takes place in purgatory and explores the critical issue of mental illness. The main character finds himself in this netherworld where he meets five suicide victims who have a secret they cannot share.

Bone-chilling is how most would describe this short. We think this film will keep you riveted while rewiring your insides, simultaneously. In other words, TAPE is compelling with a capital “C.”

Hit this link to watch the full film.

But please, do us a favor and buckle up — shoulders, waist and feet.

 

Alicia Keys’s New Short Film

Alicia Keys (short film and movie news)

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Alicia Keys recently made a short film to tackle an important issue and showcase her music. Unlike Lemonade, Beyoncé’s sprawling and wonderful filmic album, Keys takes a different approach. Her short film “Let Me In” shines a light on the global refugee crisis. Plus, it is an actual film instead of a music video.

Alicia Keys's Short Film, "Let Me In"

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The 11-minute short, directed by Jonathan Olinger, depicts what happens when a young girl and her family suddenly become refugees.

“Creating this film really allowed us to imagine, what if we were the refugees? What if we were the ones torn from the arms of our families and loved ones? How would it feel if this were happening to us?” said Keys in a statement.

In addition, her new song “Hallelujah” serves the film’s centerpiece.

See this powerful short film for yourself below:

And kudos to those artists who are using the short film genre to tell important stories. Here’s hoping that more musicians follow suit.

 

Film Festing

Michael Moore (short film and movie news)

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The Palm Springs International ShortFest, which launched this week, is regarded as the largest festival of its kind.

The Huffington Post recently hailed the short film festival as brilliant and innovative:

The opening night selection boasts major award winners from the world’s top film festivals and focuses on the most talented emerging international directors. Elsewhere, there are plenty of other standouts—Romania’s “237 Years,” Berlin’s In Pursuit,” and featured programs such as “Sibling Stories” and the Monty Python-inspired “And Now For Something Completely Different” should generate applause.

Another film festival of note that launches this summer is the Traverse City Film Festival (TCFF), which was founded by Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore.  For more information about TCFF, hit this link.

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What’s Up?! This Teenager’s Must-See Short Film, Bill Murray

Khaldiya Jibawi (short film and movie news)

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What’s up good people?! Welcome to your weekly ITSASHORT.COM movie and short film roundup.

A 19-year-old Syrian refugee is getting worldwide attention for her short film which was made on a handheld camera.

Khaldiya Jibawi’s “Another Kind of Girl” chronicles her family’s life at the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan, which is home to about 80,000 refugees. With her nine-minute short film, she depicts many aspects of camp life, from the sobering to the mundane.

She helps her siblings with homework, listens to music on her bed and walks around the camp with her friends. But there are also moments of frustration and melancholy: A shot of her hand tracing dirt on a window pane, a dusty tarp flapping in the wind, a door slamming. 

Jibawi’s short film was created with the help of a media workshop funded by the nonprofit WomenOne, in collaboration with Save the Children International. The workshop encourages young women to tell their stories.

Viewers and critics alike have welcomed Jibawi’s story. Her short film has appeared at Sundance, SXSW, Cannes and the recently concluded LA Film Festival. Is Oscar consideration next? We’ll see.

Said Jibawi in a recent interview with NPR,

This small camera can make so many beautiful moments. I get surprised by what I can capture. After I would film, I would sit down and look at the shots. I couldn’t believe these would be the shots I took, and this little camera made it happen.

That may be true, Ms. Jibawi. However, you and your short film are making it happen as well.

 

Bill Murray Gets Prestigious Honor

Bill Murray (short film and movie news)

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Beloved actor Bill Murray will be the recipient of the Mark Twain Prize, which is given to individuals who have made a great contribution to American humor.  Murray will be the 19th recipient of the prestigious honor, joining the likes of Steve Martin, Whoopi Goldberg, Carol Burnett and Eddie Murphy, to name a few.

We couldn’t think of a better candidate. Murray’s career spans 40 years. The “Saturday Night Live” alum has starred in a litany of critically-acclaimed films such as Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, Rushmore and Lost in Translation. He has even appeared in a short film or three (“Scout’s Honor,” “FCU: Fact Checkers Unit,” “Pass the Buck: Expo ’74”)

When the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced that it would honor Mr. Murray, the comedian  quipped:

“I’m honored by this award and by its timing. I believe Mark Twain has rolled over in his grave so much for so long, that this news won’t disturb his peace.”

Don’t ever change, Bill. Don’t ever change.

 

Itsashort.com’s “Short of the Week”

"Orphan is the New Orange" (short film and movie news)

“Orphan is the New Orange” poster

Our “Short Film of the Week” is a unique kind of experience that parodies two popular shows.

You’ve heard of “Orange is the New Black” and BBC America’s “Orphan Black.”

Well, “Orphan is the New Orange” riffs on both shows and depicts a young woman who runs afoul of the law and winds up in prison.  That’s when the hijinks ensue.

Orphan is the New Orange is a mind-bending trip that will undoubtedly leave you chuckling. Grab some popcorn and hit this link to watch the full film.

You’ll thank us later.

 

Nothing Small About This ShortFest

Palm Springs International ShortFest (short film and movie news)

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In one week, the Palm Springs International ShortFest commences as one of the only film festivals of its kind. What’s so special about this extravaganza?

The shorts: over 300 short films from 50 countries will be screened at the fest, which runs June 21-27.

And these are not your run-of-the-mill, made with daddy’s ‘handcam’ kind of shorts. Some big names are appearing in some of these works.

Kristen Wiig (short film and movie news)

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James Franco, Guy Pearce, Kristen Wiig, Jennifer Hudson, Tyrese Gibson, Steve Buscemi and Oscar Isaac will appear in some of the featured shorts.

Are you impressed yet?

For more information about the fabulous Palm Springs Shortfest, visit this link.

And if you go, drink lots of water. It’s blazing in Palm Springs this time of year. Make sure you take pics, too.

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