What’s Up?! Tribeca, Will Smith And Dope Short Film Programs

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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?! The Next Blockbuster And Diverse Oscar Short Films

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What’s up, good people?! Happy Valentine’s Day from itsashort.com (It’s The Day After, And We’re Still Celebrating)! Love is STRONG, and so is our affection for short films.

Speaking of love, audiences have been showing a lot of it to “Deadpool,” starring Ryan Reynolds. The film made a whopping $135 million this weekend.

But there is another monster blockbuster on the horizon, and it’s expected to drop in less than six weeks. “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is projected to be the next major crowd pleaser. The film’s final trailer is phenomenal, and the early word is that Ben Affleck, who plays Batman, and Jesse Eisenberg, who plays villain Lex Luthor, are absolutely remarkable. See for youself:

According to Cinema Blend, this will be a critical film in laying the groundwork for future DC Comics-themed movies:

In addition to pitting the world’s most popular superheroes against each other, Batman v Superman also introduces Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) to the DC Extended Universe, and lays the groundwork for future Justice League movies.

 The film hits theaters March 25, and itsashort.com cannot wait to be in attendance.

 

A True Valentine’s Day Delight

The Color of Her Dress, a short film by James Poirier

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But enough of that, what really has you inspired is all this talk about love. At itsashort.com, we have our Valentine’s Day faves like “Titanic,” “Casablanca,” “The Notebook” and “Love Jones.”

But what about romantic short films?

Folks, they do exist. One such work is “The Color of Her Dress,” a tantalizing piece that highlights the courtship of strangers.

Was it the color of her dress, the look in her eye, a stolen glance…can he conquer his fear and live his dream?

The film evokes all those sickly, sweet feelings of infatuation and desire. It’s a five -minute whirl of warmth, possibility and wanting. To get a taste of what we’re talking about, check out the trailer below:

 

Thanks to award-winning director James Poirier, you will want to repeatedly encounter this dizzying, five-minute dance. It is the perfect little ditty for Valentine’s Day in our estimation. You can register at itsashort.com and watch it in its entirety right here.

You can thank us later.

There Will Be Diversity At The Oscars

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Itsashort.com believes you’re looking in the wrong place.

While folks remain fixated on the lack of diverse Oscar nominees in the acting and feature film categories, they have overlooked one particular subgenre: short films.

That’s right, the 15 Oscar-nominated short films in the live action, documentary and animated categories are some of the most diverse and wide-ranging offerings of the program. And according to a recent report in USA Today,

Roughly 30% of the nominated shorts are by female filmmakers, and more than a dozen countries are represented, including Chile (Bear Story), Russia (We Can’t Live Without Cosmos) and Pakistan (A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness).

We previewed one of the nominees here, the Disney Pixar-animated short “Sanjay’s Super Team,” about a young Indian boy contending with the modern world and his family’s Hindu traditions. The film is reportedly the frontrunner to garner the Oscar for the Short Film (Animated) category.

The frontrunner for the Short Film (Live Action) award is “Ava Maria,” by British-Palestinian director Basil Khalil. Believe it or not, it is a comedy involving nuns, five Palestinian nuns to be exact. They are forced to break their rituals when an Israeli family’s vehicle breaks down outside their convent. Check out the trailer below:

Another Oscar favorite in the Short Film (Documentary) category is Body Team 12, a harrowing work about Ebola in the African Nation of Liberia. Humanitarian David Darg, who shot the film, embedded himself with a team that collected and cremated the bodies of Ebola virus victims.

The trailer itself is heart-rending:

The fact that these Oscar short films truly reflect the diversity of our world is encouraging. You can also watch all of these shorts at a theater near you. Stay tuned for the 88th Annual Academy Awards with host Chris Rock, who will certainly have his joke pistol locked and loaded. Itsashort.com hopes he can save some of that ammo to highlight these awesome and wonderfully diverse short films.

Don’t you agree?

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