What’s Up?! From Short Film to Spielberg!

Emily Carmichael

Emily Carmichael

What’s up, good people?! Let us give thanks for a cornucopia of short film news!

A short film can be your “business card.” These days, filmmakers are reaping major benefits from having impressive short film work on their resume. Take Emily Carmichael—you may not know who she is now, but you will. Carmichael has had success with her web series, “The Adventures of Ledo and Ix,” but her future is growing brighter.

Now, she’s bypassing everyone else in the game. Her short film “Stryka” is the stepping stone to her next two major projects: penning Pacific Rim: Maelstrom, starring John Boyega, and directing Powerhouse, the new property from Steven Spielberg.

Click here to check out the short film that launched Carmichael into the spotlight.

 

This Week’s Short

Still from short film "Thanksgiving Dinner"

Still from “Thanksgiving Dinner”

Director Brian W. Seibert and writer Colette Mazunik collaborate to cook up something special for the well-crafted short film, “Thanksgiving Dinner.” It may even put you in mind of Clerks if Kevin Smith had made a completely different movie. Like, completely different:

Abbie has had enough of being the outcast in her family. After a particularly brutal Thanksgiving dinner with her family, she offers an unassuming stranger, James, the proposal of a lifetime.

Turkey Day is a few weeks away, but why wait? Get in the holiday mood for tradition and dysfunction; cranberry sauce and kids’ tables. Click here to watch and let us know if this short film reminds you of the holidays at your place. Oh, and could you please pass the anxiety? Thanks.

 

Around the Web…

Michelle Williams - LIFF

Michelle Williams – Certain Women

If you’re in or around the UK, the Leeds International Film Festival begins this Thursday in The Headrow, Leeds and there is so much good filmmaking it’ll make your head spin. Certain Women is gaining a lot of attention for stars Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams, and Laura Dern. Perhaps more importantly, there are several short film programs you simply cannot miss.

Still from short film "Death Metal"

Still from “Death Metal”

One such short program is the Dead Shorts competition, a series of humor and horror films, for those of you weening off of Halloween or still recovering from the Walking Dead season premiere (#nospoilers). Dead Shorts is one of 6 competitive short film programs throughout the week.

Check out the complete list of films and events so you can make your own decision.

Still from short film "A Feeling Like Chaos"

Still from “A Feeling Like Chaos”

Octavia Butler (1947-2006) has been influencing science fiction in literature for some time, but now films are greatly benefiting from her work as well. Later this month, REDCAT presents “Let It Be Known: Short Films Inspired by Octavia E. Butler,” a short film series curated by Erin Christovale in Los Angeles.

Take a look at Butler in an interview speaking about how she views her own work. You may want to compare her literature with the short films and see how they relate.

 

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What’s Up?! Women Filmmakers Rule, Best Short Film

Michael Moore (short film and movie news)

Michael Moore, TCFF Founder and President/Wikimedia Commons

What’s up, good people?! The short film and entertainment news never stops, so we don’t either.

One of the more progressive film festivals is set to begin this week, Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival (TCFF), which runs July 26-31. What’s distinctive about the TCFF is that every officially selected film at this year’s festival – 32 of them – are directed by women.

Will there be films directed by men screened at TCFF? Yes, said Moore to IndieWire recently, but as a sidebar.

“Every film in our Official Selection (US), fiction and nonfiction, is directed or co-directed by a woman,” Moore said. “And they’re all incredible movies. As an expression of tokenism usually reserved for women, I am bringing five films by American men in a sidebar called, ‘Men Make Movies —The Struggle Continues.’”

TCFF’s programming takes direct aim at the perceived inequalities of the mainstream movie industry, which largely restricts filmmaking access to women and people of color.

Moore  in the TCFF welcome letter said this:

“…And this rigged system continues uninterrupted when those of us who benefit from our “white male privilege” do not acknowledge it openly, do not rock the boat that has served us so well, do not rail against the obvious and thus remain complicit through our obedient silence. This tidy little arrangement keeps women—and people of color—in their place: on the outside looking in, with only a rare token seat for them at the table…”

Traverse City Film Festival (short film and movie news)

Traverse City Film Festival /Twitter

Notable selections include a documentary about legendary television writer/producer Norman Lear, entitled Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You, directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady; Maggie’s Plan, directed by Rebecca Miller, starring Julianne Moore, Ethan Hawke and Maya Rudolph and Certain Women, directed by Kelly Reichardt and starring Kristen Stewart.

And in case you’re wondering, TCFF has a diverse and compelling short film program as well. Props to Michael Moore for doing his part to help level the playing field for women filmmakers. We like the cut of his jib.

 

“Short Film of the Week”

Star Wars Episode 4-A Toy Story (short film and movie news)

Star Wars Episode 4-A Toy Story poster/Facebook

One of the more imaginative films on our platform pays homage to two influential movies, Star Wars and Toy Story.  “Star Wars: Episode IV – A Toy Story,” a well-executed fan film, is our “Short Film of the Week.”

Written and directed by Raymond Montemayor, the short is about a Star Wars fanatic who is persuaded to sell his collection of action figures by an overbearing girlfriend. When he attempts to do just that, he goes on one memorable adventure.

The special effects alone are entertaining. Yet, it is easy to see why this short film scored an 8.9 out of 10 rating on IMDB.com.

To see “Star Wars: Episode IV – A Toy Story,” use the force and hit this link.

 

From Around The Web…

Leslie Jones (short film and movie news)

Leslie Jones/Facebook

What is the best short film ever made? Several film critics shared their opinions with IndieWire. You can check out the story and those short films at this link.

Star Trek Beyond, the film from the revered franchise, is a certified hit, rocking the box office this weekend.

Finally, the inimitable Leslie Jones, of “Saturday Night Live” and Ghostbusters fame, was the subject of a fascinating profile in The New Yorker earlier this year. Given her recent rise to prominence, the article is worth revisiting. The language in this piece is coarser than old sandpaper, but it is well worth your time.  

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