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

Francis Ford Coppola (short film and movie news)

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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)

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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)

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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?! #ChewbaccaMom, Top Cannes Movie And Short Film

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Internet Sensation ##Chewbaccamom (aka Candace Payne)/Twitter

What’s up good people?! Memorial Day is near and WE’RE HERE with the movie and short film news of the week.

The power of short film was on full display as a 4-minute Facebook video turned Texas mother Candace Payne into an internet sensation.

If you were orbiting Saturn last Thursday and missed Payne’s video, have a look-see.

 

Payne walked into a Kohl’s store looking for some Yoga pants and discovered an electronic Star Wars Chewbacca mask for $20. She bought the mask, filmed the video and the rest, as they say, is ‘herstory’. As of Tuesday, Payne’s video scored a whopping 142 million views on Facebook.

It also landed her interviews on Good Morning America, NPR and the BBC. It also earned her a drive with Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams and CBS The Late Late Show’s James Corden.

 

It was also the perfect marketing moment. Since Payne’s video, the Chewbacca mask has sold out at major retailers and went for as much as $500 on eBay.  Kohl’s delivered Star Wars merchandise to the Payne family and $2500 worth of gift cards, according to the New York Times.

Just as cool was the fact that Payne’s uproarious rendition of the famed Star Wars character earned approval from the actor that played the Wookiee.

 

 

Critics Say This Was The Best Cannes Film

Toni Erdmann (movie and short film)

Toni Erdmann poster/Facebook

The Cannes Film Festival wrapped on Monday, and a modest German comedy ended up being its most beloved movie.

The film “Toni Erdmann” got shut out from the top prize at Cannes. The coveted Palme d’Or award went to the film “I, Daniel Blake” by socialist filmmaker Ken Loach. Loach’s win was stunning because it was not recognized as Cannes top film. According to critics, Toni Erdmann earned that distinction.

It was Toni Erdmann that lifted the mood of the festival and had critics chuckling, says the New York Times. While it lost out to I, Daniel Blake, the film’s popularity has raised the profile of 39-year-old director Maren Ade.

The rave reviews of Ade’s third feature earned her 30 hours of interviews with 60 journalists from more than 15 countries.

And despite being shut out, Toni Erdmann ended up garnering some cool consolation prizes: international rights deals out the wazoo. Sony Pictures Classics bought the rights to distribute Toni Erdmann in North America.

So expect this Cannes crowdpleaser to debut at a theater near you.

 

Top Short At Cannes

Timecode Director Juanjo Giménez (short film and movies)

Timecode Director Juanjo Giménez/Facebook

The top short film at Cannes was about the lives of two security guards.

Timecode, by Spanish director Juanjo Giménez, won the short film Palme d’Or. Timecode is about the relationship between two security guards on duty. In filming this short, Giménez utilized parking lot cameras in order to deliver the short film.

According to one publication, Giménez prefers the short film genre to longer movies because they allow him to bring out the best in cinematic language in a way that provides more freedom than that of long motion pictures.

For a list of all the Cannes 2016 winners, click this amazing link.

 

We Looove LA — The FilmFest, That Is

LA Film Festival Poster (short film and movie news)

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As we announced last week, the next stop on the film festival circuit is the vaunted LA Film Festival, which runs June 1-9 in the City of Angels. This fest is all about independent filmmakers. And this year, it will also be about EDM music. Zedd, one of the world’s most popular Electronic Dance Music (EDM) artists, will have his feature-length documentary “Zedd True Colors” premiere at the LA Film Festival.

Zedd and Ariana Grande (short film and movie news)

Zedd and Ariana Grande be jammin.

The LA Film Festival is also a destination event for short filmmakers. A short film selected to the LA Film Festival automatically qualifies for consideration by the Academy Awards in the Narrative, Animated and Documentary Short Film categories.

For more information about this fest, check out this link.

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What’s Up?! Scandal, The ‘Cannes Queen’ And Short Film Fests

Scandal Photo (movie and short film news)

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What’s up good people?! It’s a new week and we have the scoop on the entertainment and short film news you need.

Much to the dismay of Gladiators worldwide, there will be no Scandal this Fall. But it’s for a really wonderful reason. The top-rated drama will be pushed back to the midseason to accommodate Kerry Washington’s second pregnancy.

This isn’t the first time the show made accommodations for Washington. Season three was cut by four episodes due to her first pregnancy.

It’s a tremendously powerful and gracious gesture on the part of ABC execs to accommodate Mrs. Washington, one of TV’s biggest stars. Plus, that’s one awesome baby. Can you imagine the bragging rights he’ll have because of this?

My birth put the brakes to television’s biggest show. 

Meanwhile, we’ll all have to be patient for the new season while imbibing on some much-needed libations to cope. Right Ms. Pope?

Kerry Washington (short film and movie news)

One day at a time, Gladiators.

Shonda’s New Show

Shonda Rhimes (short film and movie news)

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Shonda Rhimes’ new show Still Star-Crossed is a period drama that doubles as a sequel to the classic Romeo and Juliet story.

Take a gander at the show’s intriguing first look, which is set to premiere next year during the TV midseason.

Wonder if Shonda will make a foray into short film. The genre would certainly benefit from her presence.

Kristen Stewart Takes Over Cannes

Kristen Stewart (short film and movie news)

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Actress Kristen Stewart is owning the Cannes Film Festival right now. The Twilight actress was booed for her film Personal Shopper, which debuted at Cannes this week. Yet, her performance is drawing rave reviews.

Stewart is a terrific actress, her brittle exterior barely masking whatever tempest she or her characters are battling underneath, and here, the unpredictability of what she may do next is heightened by the fact that there are no rules for what can happen, says Variety of her role in Personal Shopper.

Critics are also showing love to Stewart’s performance in her other Cannes film, Woody Allen’s Cafe Society.

If you haven’t heard, home girl has been slaying the Cannes red carpets.

With each role, Stewart distances herself from those hokey vampire films. What we’re witnessing is the metamorphosis of a fine actress. And this year’s Cannes festival has been her stomping ground.

 

SoCal Summer Film Fests

LA Film Festival Poster (short film and movie news)

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Palm Springs Shortfest (short film and movie news)

Palm Springs International Shortfest poster/Facebook

Some prominent film festivals are set to launch this summer in Southern California, starting with the LA Film Festival which takes place June 1-9. The venerable fest is packed with screenings, premieres and discussions with industry insiders. For more information on the LA Film Festival, please visit this website.

 

The Palm Springs International ShortFest, which takes place about 100 miles southeast of Los Angeles, runs June 21-27 and is one of the largest events of its kind. For more information on the Palm Springs ShortFest, please see this link.

FirstGlance Takes A Final Bow

FirstGlance Short Film Contest

FirstGlance Short Online Contest

Hundreds of you voted in the FirstGlance Short Film Contest and we thank you. All 16 nominees were worthy, but only one short film will emerge as the winner. That announcement is coming soon.

That winning film will be screened at the FirstGlance Film Festival in Philadelphia.

 

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What’s Up?! J.Lo Vs JT, The Cannes Short Film Program

Justin Timberlake (short film and movie news)

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What’s up, good people?! We are rolling along through the Spring with the movie and short film news you need.

With the end of Spring approaching, two of the world’s biggest pop stars pulled a sneak attack on us all by dropping videos to new songs destined to dominate your summer.

This past Friday, Jennifer Lopez released the video to her feminist anthem “Aint Your Mama,” which features a soundbite from a famous Hillary Clinton speech from 1995. This danceable number is bound to overtake airwaves and dance floors the world over, from South Beach to South Dakota.

Jennifer Lopez (short film and movie news)

Dancefloors won’t be the same.

The chorus, which doubles as the song title, is chanted repeatedly, making it the “earworm” you won’t soon forget. You will hear this bad boy in your sleep and be compelled to move. It’s that serious.

 

Justin Timberlake released his own song “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” on the same day. And boy, oh boy, this one has “winner” written all over it. According to one publication, people are already dubbing this jam the “Happy of 2016,” in reference to runaway hit by Pharrell Williams from a few years back.

Simply put, this is sonic, sun-drenched goodness.

Itsashort.com can’t wait to be in a club when these two joints come on. It’s about to be lit.

Justin Timberlake (short film and movie news)

Yep.

 

Cannes Film Fest Starts

2016 Cannes Film Festival (short film and movie news)

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The Cannes Film Festival, the Kentucky Derby of film festivals, is set to launch this Wednesday and continue through May 22nd. The world-renowned event is a kingmaker in the film industry. Movies that win Cannes’ top prize, the Palme d’Or, tend to go on and garner critical acclaim at the box office. Past winners have been certified as movie classics, like Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver and Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction.

Cannes is also where industry insiders get together to formulate financing and distribution deals for projects. Last week, we told you about the short film program, movie premieres and the stars that will be in attendance. Guests include George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Kristen Stewart, Sean Penn and Woody Allen, according to People.

Filmmaker George Miller will serve as president of the 69th annual festival.

You can head here for a full list of events, including the short film program.

 

Get Your FirstGlance While You Can

FirstGlance Short Film Contest

FirstGlance Short Online Contest

We are happy to report that hundreds of people have been actively voting for the top short film in the FirstGlance Film Contest.

We have been hearing nothing but good things about the short film selections as they vie for the top prize: the chance to be screened at the FirstGlance Festival in Philadelphia later this year.

A multitude of votes have been cast for top short film, thus far. But there is still time left: voting ends May 18.

Go here to vote for your favorite short for free. You can do so every day, once-a-day.

Capiche?

Good.

 

How Was Your Mother’s Day?

Mother's Day (short film and movie news)

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Be honest, you either spent Mother’s Day being wined and dined by your children or you took your favorite lady out for sushi and a pedicure.

Or perhaps you took her out to see a movie or visited itsashort.com to watch a short film. We highly recommend you do the latter, by the way.

Whatever the case, we want to know what you did on Mother’s Day. Feel free to leave a comment below to let us know.

 

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