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)

Black Harvest Film Festival poster/Facebook

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)

Purple Rain poster/Facebook

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)

Suicide Squad character Harley Quinn/Facebook

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?! J.Lo Vs JT, The Cannes Short Film Program

Justin Timberlake (short film and movie news)

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What’s up, good people?! We are rolling along through the Spring with the movie and short film news you need.

With the end of Spring approaching, two of the world’s biggest pop stars pulled a sneak attack on us all by dropping videos to new songs destined to dominate your summer.

This past Friday, Jennifer Lopez released the video to her feminist anthem “Aint Your Mama,” which features a soundbite from a famous Hillary Clinton speech from 1995. This danceable number is bound to overtake airwaves and dance floors the world over, from South Beach to South Dakota.

Jennifer Lopez (short film and movie news)

Dancefloors won’t be the same.

The chorus, which doubles as the song title, is chanted repeatedly, making it the “earworm” you won’t soon forget. You will hear this bad boy in your sleep and be compelled to move. It’s that serious.

 

Justin Timberlake released his own song “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” on the same day. And boy, oh boy, this one has “winner” written all over it. According to one publication, people are already dubbing this jam the “Happy of 2016,” in reference to runaway hit by Pharrell Williams from a few years back.

Simply put, this is sonic, sun-drenched goodness.

Itsashort.com can’t wait to be in a club when these two joints come on. It’s about to be lit.

Justin Timberlake (short film and movie news)

Yep.

 

Cannes Film Fest Starts

2016 Cannes Film Festival (short film and movie news)

2016 Cannes Film Festival poster/Instagram

The Cannes Film Festival, the Kentucky Derby of film festivals, is set to launch this Wednesday and continue through May 22nd. The world-renowned event is a kingmaker in the film industry. Movies that win Cannes’ top prize, the Palme d’Or, tend to go on and garner critical acclaim at the box office. Past winners have been certified as movie classics, like Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver and Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction.

Cannes is also where industry insiders get together to formulate financing and distribution deals for projects. Last week, we told you about the short film program, movie premieres and the stars that will be in attendance. Guests include George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Kristen Stewart, Sean Penn and Woody Allen, according to People.

Filmmaker George Miller will serve as president of the 69th annual festival.

You can head here for a full list of events, including the short film program.

 

Get Your FirstGlance While You Can

FirstGlance Short Film Contest

FirstGlance Short Online Contest

We are happy to report that hundreds of people have been actively voting for the top short film in the FirstGlance Film Contest.

We have been hearing nothing but good things about the short film selections as they vie for the top prize: the chance to be screened at the FirstGlance Festival in Philadelphia later this year.

A multitude of votes have been cast for top short film, thus far. But there is still time left: voting ends May 18.

Go here to vote for your favorite short for free. You can do so every day, once-a-day.

Capiche?

Good.

 

How Was Your Mother’s Day?

Mother's Day (short film and movie news)

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Be honest, you either spent Mother’s Day being wined and dined by your children or you took your favorite lady out for sushi and a pedicure.

Or perhaps you took her out to see a movie or visited itsashort.com to watch a short film. We highly recommend you do the latter, by the way.

Whatever the case, we want to know what you did on Mother’s Day. Feel free to leave a comment below to let us know.

 

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