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

Got the love image FDavid 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 is Soul as a music genre, is the subject of his latest short film/documentary, Got The Love.

What is Soul? Soul music, depending on who you ask means different ideas, includes different artists, different music expression depending on the decade, again, depends on who you ask. But everyone has an answer and the root of Soul music is always in how it feels to the artists and to the listener but mainly to the artists.

Alternative Soul music…hmmm…one example suggested is Afro punk…but other artists question whether there is a need to identify the musical expression at all. What’s the point, its music and it’s soul music…why does there need to be another label, is the discussion shared by many artists.

Indie music…its indie but its mainstream because its soul music…yet the success of this genre is tough to recognize. In fact, for many of these artists, success is elusive, often tied to resources or lack thereof. Why is that? The documentary asks and answers the question by raising the question. Many say the answer is that we need to show the love for the music, talk about it, be about it, know about it. Got the Love is a documentary that begins that dialogue by raising questions, showcasing the work of artists and introducing people to music and artists they have yet to know. It’s won wide praise and awards from film festivals, show your love and support by watching and sharing this amazing documentary! itsashort.com is featuring the documentary in our lounge, here. Check it out!

Festival Updates!

Denver Film Festival, CIMMfest, Chicago Comedy Film Festival and a ton of other festivals are literally getting underway this week!

Denver had its largest opening in its 40 year history, maybe because they included 96 amazing shorts! Denvers’ support of short film has historically been amazing and this year is no exception. Ranging from animation to documentaries to fantasy in everyway imaginable, these artists take ordinary stories and find the unique magic that connects all of us.

CIMMfest:

CIMMfest is the Chicago International Movie and Music Festival. Short film is embedded in the program throughout and has mainly a music focus…we love it! itsashort will catch up with Director Penelope Spheeris to talk more about this incredible documentary, The Decline of Western Civilization, the premiere documentary of the festival. Its not a short but a very different look at the music scene…Ozzie and Sharon Osbourne, defined the era…right?

Chicago Comedy Film Festival features 4 shorts programs with distinct themes, Treasured Friends and Beloved Darlings has good feels! We can’t wait. The festival opening night was a Shorts program! Brilliant! Here at itsashort.com. we are huge fans of this festival…because their opening night is a night of short film!

itsashort.com: this week’s update includes a shout out to FirstGlance film festival for an incredible online short film contest, hosted by itsashort.com. The shorts were amazing and winners will be announced shortly.

Tinsel and Tine, our amazing blog partner, writes about the Philadelphia Asian Film Festival that also opened this week! We love the theme of the industry conference held in partnership with the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania, art as activism!

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)

Will Smith/Wikimedia Commons

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)

Chicago CIMMfest poster/cimmfest.org

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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