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)

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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?! Tribeca, Will Smith And Dope Short Film Programs

Tom Hanks (short film and movie news)

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What’s up good people?! Welcome to your weekly itsashort.com roundup of movie and short film news.

The Tribeca Film Festival is an extravaganza of coolness. The prestigious fest is set to take New York by storm starting April 13.

Let’s just say this: the list of events is enough to make your freaking head spin.

Why?

Oprah Winfrey will be at Tribeca to premier a new television series called “Greenleaf,” which is set to air on her OWN network.

Want another reason?

Chris Rock will be interviewing J.J. Abrams on Friday for its Tribeca Talks series. Plus, the film “A Hologram for the King,” starring Tom Hanks, is set to premier at the festival as well.

Per usual, the short film program looks pretty amazing. The documentary short “A.C. Green: Iron Virgin,” profiles an NBA player who was a professed virgin that saved himself for marriage.

Another fascinating entry is FiveThirtyEight & ESPN Films’ 8-minute short “A More Perfect Union,” about the discovery of Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s sermons and their impact on the 2008 democratic primary between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

That’s only a fraction of what Tribeca has to offer. For a full list of events, visit this site for more details.

 

Will Power

Will Smith (short film and movie news)

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People tend to overlook Will Smith’s amazing career.  Thankfully, the good folks at MTV gave the man his proper due. The MTV Movie Awards bestowed Smith its highest honor for career achievement in film on Saturday. He was the recipient of The Generation Award for his extraordinary movie career, which nearly spans 25 years (!!!!).

That’s right, Smith has been in the movie game for a while now.  Yet, we tend to forget that he was already a successful Hip-hop artist and small screen star before transitioning to feature films.

Will Smith (movie and short film news)

Will Smith, you are amazing.

This Fresh Prince may not be in Bel-Air anymore, but you can find him in the lead role for just about every film he is cast.

Will Smith (movie and short film news)

No neuralyzer needed. Smith’s career has been unforgettable.

Stars like Kevin Hart and Halle Berry showed him plenty of love at the MTV Movie Awards, Saturday night.

Said Berry of the 47-year-old Smith, “Will is a champion for diversity in Hollywood blazing the path for actors by showing someone of any color, can play any role, can open any movie and can win every award; and be the biggest freaking movie star in the whole world. I love you Will Smith.”

Indeed Will, itsashort.com loves you, as well.

 

These Oscar Snubs Got Some Love

Daisy Ridley and John Boyega of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (short film and movie news)

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The MTV Movie Awards gave these films the full embrace, as expected.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, by Itsashort.com favorite J.J. Abrams, won the “Movie of The Year” award and Straight Outta Compton took home the True Story award. The Oscars largely ignored both.

The top individual acting awards went to Charlize Theron for Mad Max: Fury Road and Chris Pratt for Jurassic World. Personally, we feel Ryan Reynolds should have won for Deadpool, but congratulations to Pratt. Reynolds did win for “Best Comedic Performance,” which isn’t a bad consolation prize. Actress Daisy Ridley won the “Breakthrough Performance” award for her role in the Force Awakens as well.

MTV might want to consider some awards for the short film genre in the future. We’re just saying.

Chicago’s Very Own

Chicago CIMMfest (short film and movie news)

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Cannes, Sundance, SXSW and Tribeca are your top-tier film festivals: the proverbial cool kids at the cool table.

Then you have those festivals trying to nudge their way in for a seat at that table or find one close to it.

Chicago’s CIMMfest is an emerging music and international film festival that launches April 13. The music lineup is pretty cool, but CIMMfest has some dope film offerings. “Cracked actor,” a rare BBC documentary on the departed, pop music icon David Bowie is a gem. Another is the fictive short film “Bail,” about “life on the down-low in 1926 Harlem.”

CIMMfest boasts a formidable short film program to boot. Itsashort.com will be in the building for this dandy and you should too. For a full rundown of CIMMfest events, visit this site.

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What’s Up?! Kerry Washington at SXSW, The Short Film Program

Kerry Washington, keynote at SXSW (movies, short film, interactive)
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Kerry Washington, keynote at SXSW  (movies, short film, interactive)

Kerry Washington/Wikimedia Commons

What’s up good people?! ITSASHORT.COM is back with the short film and movie news you need. It’s a special week for the gang because we’re out at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin!

This spectacular event is only a few days old, but the itsashort.com crew has been making the rounds and spreading the word about our mission. Boys and girls, it has been a grand old time and we do not want it to end.

But it’s not all “work-work-work.” We are out here making connections and checking out cool discussions. One of our favorite events so far was a talk featuring Scandal actress Kerry Washington. That’s right, Olivia Pope was in the building with a roomful of gladiators.

Washington spoke about the power of social media and how it has impacted her life and career.

“That kind of ability that social media has to give a voice to the voiceless is very important,” she said in her discussion with InStyle Editorial Director Ariel Foxman.

Here’s one important aside: Ms. Washington said that her tweets are her own and that she likes to partake in “live tweeting” from time to time. But Twitter as a vehicle for amplifying awareness and social change? She’s all in on that.

The diversity of interests in my tweets, I think that’s just a sign of being a curious person,” Washington said. “I really do care, I won’t say as much, but I am as interested in what just walked at Paris Fashion Week as I am with Hillary (Clinton). I just have a lot of interests.

 Among celebrities, Ms. Washington is an early adopter of Twitter, having joined the social media platform in 2010. The first episode of Scandal aired in 2012. She credits Twitter, Facebook and others for fueling the show’s runaway success.

“To this day, I know we would not have had a second season if it were not for social media,” she said.

All in all, the discussion touched on social media as a pathway to establishing an audience while engaging in meaningful conversations with them, something all filmmakers and creators need to hear.

In other words, get your content out there, learn what people are saying about the key issues/themes you want to utilize in your work and engage them.

After hearing Ms. Washington speak, our minds were blown too. Imagine what we could accomplish as creators if we properly utilized all that social media has to offer. Something to think about.

 

Boban Stojanov at SXSW Film Festival (films, short film program, interactive)

itsashort.com’s Boban Stojanov/Boban Stojanov

Words From The Prez & ‘Don’t Think Twice’

Itsashort.com got to check out a feature film “Don’t Think Twice,” about the cut-throat world of improv – yes, you read that right. The gang also dropped in on a Q&A with director Mike Birbiglia and cast members. Check out a clip of the discussion here.

But that was just one event, there were many others and this festival isn’t even four days old.

The crew got to check out talks on digital marketing and mobile engagement in today’s world, key issues involving short film and video creators.

The crew also got to see the main headliner at SXSW, and in American life in general: President Barack Obama.

And thanks to the SXSW channel on YouTube, you too can check out the President’s full keynote address below:

We are eagerly anticipating the short film program and a host of other interesting and diverse programming. To get updates on itsashort.com at SXSW, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

 

itsashort.com at SXSW (features, short film, interactive)

itsashort.com at SXSW/Boban Stojanov

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What’s Up?! Barack, Michelle at SXSW and the Short Films Movement

Barack and Michelle Obama at SXSW (short films, movies, music, interactive)

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama/Wikimedia Commons

What’s up good people?! Welcome to your weekly itsashort.com roundup where we talk short films, festivals and movies.

The biggest news of the week has to be SXSW. Oh, you didn’t hear? Barack and Michelle Obama will be keynote speakers at the music and interactive festivals. You read that right: The President and The First Lady.

No they will not take part in the SXSW Film Festival, but the fact they are coming to Austin is still significant.

It will mark the first time in SXSW’s 30-year history that a sitting President and the First Lady will participate in the event, according to the SXSW site.

On Friday, March 11, President Obama will sit down with Evan Smith, CEO / Editor in Chief of The Texas Tribune, for a conversation about civic engagement in the 21st Century before an audience of creators, early adopters and entrepreneurs who are defining the future of our connected lives.

 First Lady Michelle Obama comes to SXSW Music on Wednesday March 16 “to discuss the “Let Girls Learn” initiative, which aims to break barriers for the 62 million girls around the world who are not in school today, more than half of whom are adolescent.”

Said SXSW Co-founder Roland Swenson, “I can’t imagine a better way to celebrate our event’s 30th year than to welcome both the President and First Lady to SXSW.”

Whatever the case, itsashort.com will be in the building and we cannot wait.

Details regarding location, time, streaming, and access to these events will be announced on the SXSW website soon. Check back here.

 

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The Short Film Revolution And Us

Do you know the story of itsashort.com and how it came to be?

Founder Chris Boulware wanted to give life to the films of independent artists because many don’t have a platform to showcase their works.

“If you don’t get into festivals, you don’t get seen,” said Boulware, recently. “We wanted to create a platform where people can see curated short content.”

Short films are a passion of Boulware’s and they are becoming more popular than ever.

Some of the most creative and engaging stories are being told through short films, states a recent article in The Atlantic. Even though the genre remains marginalized to a degree, there is hope:

…the Internet has allowed people outside the studio system to create and distribute their own work, and has helped filmmakers reach viewers around the world with unprecedented ease. As a result, short film is again becoming a vibrant and original medium in a blockbuster-driven, reboot-riddled industry.

Itsashort.com is proud to be at the forefront of this movement. In two years, nearly 400 filmmakers have uploaded content to our site. To be a part of this burgeoning movement, feel free to register at itsashort.com to view our repository of award-winning short films and upload your own content.

One more thing: get your popcorn ready. That is all.

Our Mission  

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