What’s Up?: ‘Shorts’ Win big at the Oscars


The Oscars had some amazing moments: Jared Leto, Lupita N’yong’o and Matthew Mcconaughey’s speeches were powerful, moving and poignant. They were filler, though for the announcement of the winners in the ‘shorts’ category and we were not disappointed! #itsashort

Mr. Hublot, winner for Best Animation.

A fabulous story about a robot, Mr. Hublot, who is , yep, mechanical in all things but it all changes when he finds a robot dog! Heartwarming! Would you ever think mechanical can also be emotional? Kinda works…like the movie ‘Her’.

Helium, Winner Live Action Short

Nothing is more heartbreaking than to see a child suffer for any reason, but a debilitating illness is the worst. Creating magical drama to encourage  and inspire this child was so moving…telling stories about a magical place called Helium…reminds us of and that Life is Beautiful.

The Lady in Number 6, winner best Documentary

And, the third winning short, ultimately a tribute in memoriam. The Lady in Number 6′ an inspiring documentary about the longest surviving holocaust survivor who died two weeks before the Oscars at the age of 110. Its about her love of music and life. Music was the reason for her survival at Auschwitz, she and several others were spared by the Nazi’s because of their ability to play beautiful music and throughout her life, she proclaimed music to be life. Others in this short film talked about her music and it’s importance over the course of her entire life.


These shorts while Oscar winners are examples of winning magnificently in life. To see other great short film, short video and webisode series, go to itsashort.com

What’s Up: The Northwest Film Festival?

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Asian gangs in Vancouver, BC? Seems like an odd idea, but what do we know about Vancouver, BC? Lewis Bennet, a Canadian ‘shorts’ filmmaker and featured artist this year at the Northwest Film Festival, made a documentary about his personal experience at age 10. He was involved in his first ever actual fist fight.

Okay…And then what…

After a full and complete accounting of the ‘incident’, for lack of a better word, his mother was left with a ‘harrowing’ thought: if Lewis’ behavior did not change he could become a member of an Asian Gang! Seriously? What was that? A threat, a warning, or preposterous. Below is the trailer for his short and also a link to the actual short film.

Strange idea since Lewis is not actually Asian…no one is sure how to even understand the idea…but the documentary ends with the story of someone who really was a member of an Asian gang and explains how that experience changed his life. Today, that same person has dedicated his professional life to saving kids from this kind of choice. Check out the short at: asiangangs.ca

Asian Gangs:

Lewis has a current short in the Northwest Film festival and we expect will be one of the select artists for the itsashort.com launch. So, register on the itsashort.com to see the work of amazing media artists; ‘like’ the FB page to get updates on our launch, profiles of media artists and the buzz on everything else.

Woman’s Independent Filmmaker Project

Woman’s Independent Filmmaker Project

A Maasai Woman’s Journey from the Village to an Urban Center

Alison Duke is an amazing filmmaker based in Toronto, Canada. She has had an unabiding interest in learning more about African women and particularly the Maasai Women. This piece, a documentary in development, explores the journey of one Maasai woman from her village in Kenya to Toronto.

What makes this woman’s independent film project so great?

For Alison, this is a deeply personal story of determination, drive, courage and ultimately personal victory. Beautifully filmed in the true colors of the village, the trailer shares with the viewers the extraordinary brilliance of the village. There is some dialogue mainly from this young woman who tells her story through the eyes and sense of promise of the village elders.

No woman has ever left the village to go to ‘university’ She navigates the university and the city, using public transportation, and finds her way to a very different and new life. She studies, she marries and she prepares for her graduation. Her parents will come for the graduation, a trip supported by the entire village.

Woman’s Independent Filmmaker Project Purpose

Allison Duke, as the filmmaker, seeks to share key ideas like the interest  to enroll in ‘university’ a concept so foreign to the members of her village, not as an unknown idea, but as a dream that seems so far away from the daily existence of the village families. Allison shares a key idea and the celebration of the independence, drive and courage of women and this Maasai woman.

Also, the idea that life in the city is very different from life in the village: shopping, transportation and the ultimate photo shoot where her dress combines the traditional dress of the village and the dress required living in the ‘dead of winter’ in Toronto. Alison beautifully contrast the daily living experiences of women in the village and women in the city. Truth, women can adapt to any environment when creating new future pathways designed to ensure opportunity for other women from the village.

Watch the trailer below and look for the announcement of the kickstarter campaign to fund the completion of the documentary.

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To watch more short film like this piece, go to www.indiefilmz.com