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)

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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?! 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)

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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?! Beyoncé’s Lemonade and Cannes Short Film Competition

Lemonade by Beyonce (short film and movie news)

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What’s up good people?! Itsashort.com is back in effect with the short film and movie news you need.

This week, we have our minds on Lemonade. No, not the beverage, rather Beyoncé’s tour de force of a visual album. Last week, HBO premiered the film Lemonade, which accompanies the singer’s 12-track album, which was released last week. The riveting feature is a collection of vignettes, where each chapter corresponds to a song off the album.

Our black heroine traverses emotional, sonic and visual territories that are diverse, wondrous and compelling. There are moments in the film that stings your eyes, especially the scene featuring the mothers of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner holding photographs of their deceased sons.

The spoken word poetry that serves as narration, birthed by the Somali-British poet Warsan Shire, is beautiful, barbed and poignant as well.

Beyoncé (short film and movie news)

An ode to black woman.

Beyoncé sings about anger, infidelity, injustice, and forgiveness. Lemonade is about the resiliency of black womanhood, making lemonade out of lemons, as it were.

Beyoncé (short film and music news)

This is Bey’s world and there’s nothing you can do about it.

In any event, the work is a critical and commercial success that propels the singer into an entirely different stratosphere, apart from other pop stars. What’s more, HBO is submitting Lemonade for Emmy consideration, reports Variety.

Like Pink Floyd, The Who and Prince, Beyoncé successfully employed film to fully render her musical vision, which is grand in its own right.

Yes, we are sipping this Lemonade all day.

 

Yes We Cannes

Festival de Cannes 2016 poster (short film and movie news)

Festival de Cannes 2016 poster/Facebook

The launch of the most prestigious film festival in the world is almost upon us.

The Festival de Cannes 2016 (Cannes Film Festival) is set to run May 11-22 and features its usual lineup of big-time films and well-regarded shorts. The Short Film competition highlights 10 shorts that were culled from 5,008 submissions.

Cannes will premier films by Woody Allen and Steven Spielberg, along with a buddy-comedy starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, among many others.

We will post the Cannes short film contest winners in a few weeks. Stay tuned.

Two Weeks Left For FirstGlance

FirstGlance Short Film Contest

FirstGlance Short Online Contest

Speaking of short film competitions, we have one of our own going on at itsashort.com: the FirstGlance Film Contest. A total of 16 shorts are vying for the top prize: the chance to be screened at the FirstGlance Film Fest in Philadelphia (how’s that for alliteration?).

Anyhow, the short film entrants run the gamut, from crime dramas to comedic parodies. Go here to vote for your favorite short for free. You can do so every day, once-a-day.

The contest ends on May 17. Get in on the fun before it’s gone.

We Salute These Shorts

Tribeca Film Festival (short film and movie news)

Tribeca Film Festival poster/Facebook

We would be remiss if we didn’t give props to the Short Film Competition winners at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Best Narrative Short – Hold On (Houvast), directed by Charlotte Scott-Wilson (Netherlands).

Best Documentary Short – Extremis directed by Dan Krauss (USA).

Student Visionary Award – Ping Pong Coach (乒乓), directed by Yi Liu. (Taiwan R.O.C., USA)

Congrats to all these winners as well.

 

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