What’s Up?! Ghostbusters!

 

what’s up, good people?! it’s mid-October and it’s scary how great the short film landscape looks.

This week was the digital and DVD release of Paul Feig’s 2016 Ghostbusters reboot. Despite the unruly, pre-movie conversations, people weren’t afraid of no ghosts. The famous franchise film landed a top-ten position in domestic gross among summer movie releases.

Feig will be at this year’s Austin Film Festival in several sessions speaking about how an all-woman cast of Ghostbusters became a reality with him at the helm. Click here to see his schedule.

PS–It is this week! October 13-20.

Feig’s success also won him an opportunity to direct a pilot for HBO starring Goldie Hawn.  Wouldn’t it be nice to be associated with HBO? Funny you should ask.

HBO scouts short films for burgeoning talents. The HBO Short Film Contest in the American Black Film Festival accepts submissions beginning in January. There’s still time!

Click here to watch the trailer for last year’s winner.

 

This Week’s Short

Anthony Bradford has his hands in all of the cookie jars with “The Traveler” as producer, writer, and lead actor. When Tristan’s love, Maggie, is kidnapped, he must use his time-traveling ability to save her. “The Traveler” is evidence that with a little time (ha!) and a knack for special effects and design, filmmakers can bring a sci-fi short film to life in a big way.

Click here to watch the movie and see for yourself.

This short film was selected by many shorts programs, including First Glance Film Festival, Los Angeles. And speaking of First Glance…

Itsashort.com is hosting the First Glance Short Online Contest this Fall. The contest begins November 7. For the list of short films, click here. Be sure to register here to watch and vote for your favorite!

Atlanta Horror Film Fest

Pumpkin? Check. Scary skeleton mask? Check. Atlanta Horror Film Festival tickets? Now’s the time.  It starts today!

This film festival is now in its 10th year and has showcased thousands of brilliant short films (and features) and has taken on a death…er…life of its own. If you’re in the Atlanta area, indulge the spirit of All Hallow’s Eve and check out some frightening flicks to raise your heart rate.

 

Around the Web…

Finding Dory

Talking animal movies are usually a hit. The Secret Life of Pets is another top-ten movie from this summer along with Finding Dory which came in at #1. But not all movies need to be on the big screen to make a big impact.

“Dogtor” is a sweet short film from Rhea Dadoo that tackles a series of difficult issues in less than five minutes. (No disrespect to the charming Zootopia now available on Netflix.)

When Lucy questions her life decisions with her friends, they remind her that she should not be afraid to be herself.

Words to live by.

 

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What’s Up?! Women Filmmakers Rule, Best Short Film

Michael Moore (short film and movie news)

Michael Moore, TCFF Founder and President/Wikimedia Commons

What’s up, good people?! The short film and entertainment news never stops, so we don’t either.

One of the more progressive film festivals is set to begin this week, Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival (TCFF), which runs July 26-31. What’s distinctive about the TCFF is that every officially selected film at this year’s festival – 32 of them – are directed by women.

Will there be films directed by men screened at TCFF? Yes, said Moore to IndieWire recently, but as a sidebar.

“Every film in our Official Selection (US), fiction and nonfiction, is directed or co-directed by a woman,” Moore said. “And they’re all incredible movies. As an expression of tokenism usually reserved for women, I am bringing five films by American men in a sidebar called, ‘Men Make Movies —The Struggle Continues.’”

TCFF’s programming takes direct aim at the perceived inequalities of the mainstream movie industry, which largely restricts filmmaking access to women and people of color.

Moore  in the TCFF welcome letter said this:

“…And this rigged system continues uninterrupted when those of us who benefit from our “white male privilege” do not acknowledge it openly, do not rock the boat that has served us so well, do not rail against the obvious and thus remain complicit through our obedient silence. This tidy little arrangement keeps women—and people of color—in their place: on the outside looking in, with only a rare token seat for them at the table…”

Traverse City Film Festival (short film and movie news)

Traverse City Film Festival /Twitter

Notable selections include a documentary about legendary television writer/producer Norman Lear, entitled Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You, directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady; Maggie’s Plan, directed by Rebecca Miller, starring Julianne Moore, Ethan Hawke and Maya Rudolph and Certain Women, directed by Kelly Reichardt and starring Kristen Stewart.

And in case you’re wondering, TCFF has a diverse and compelling short film program as well. Props to Michael Moore for doing his part to help level the playing field for women filmmakers. We like the cut of his jib.

 

“Short Film of the Week”

Star Wars Episode 4-A Toy Story (short film and movie news)

Star Wars Episode 4-A Toy Story poster/Facebook

One of the more imaginative films on our platform pays homage to two influential movies, Star Wars and Toy Story.  “Star Wars: Episode IV – A Toy Story,” a well-executed fan film, is our “Short Film of the Week.”

Written and directed by Raymond Montemayor, the short is about a Star Wars fanatic who is persuaded to sell his collection of action figures by an overbearing girlfriend. When he attempts to do just that, he goes on one memorable adventure.

The special effects alone are entertaining. Yet, it is easy to see why this short film scored an 8.9 out of 10 rating on IMDB.com.

To see “Star Wars: Episode IV – A Toy Story,” use the force and hit this link.

 

From Around The Web…

Leslie Jones (short film and movie news)

Leslie Jones/Facebook

What is the best short film ever made? Several film critics shared their opinions with IndieWire. You can check out the story and those short films at this link.

Star Trek Beyond, the film from the revered franchise, is a certified hit, rocking the box office this weekend.

Finally, the inimitable Leslie Jones, of “Saturday Night Live” and Ghostbusters fame, was the subject of a fascinating profile in The New Yorker earlier this year. Given her recent rise to prominence, the article is worth revisiting. The language in this piece is coarser than old sandpaper, but it is well worth your time.  

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What’s Up?! This Teenager’s Must-See Short Film, Bill Murray

Khaldiya Jibawi (short film and movie news)

Khaldiya Jibawi/http://anotherkindofgirl.com/

What’s up good people?! Welcome to your weekly ITSASHORT.COM movie and short film roundup.

A 19-year-old Syrian refugee is getting worldwide attention for her short film which was made on a handheld camera.

Khaldiya Jibawi’s “Another Kind of Girl” chronicles her family’s life at the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan, which is home to about 80,000 refugees. With her nine-minute short film, she depicts many aspects of camp life, from the sobering to the mundane.

She helps her siblings with homework, listens to music on her bed and walks around the camp with her friends. But there are also moments of frustration and melancholy: A shot of her hand tracing dirt on a window pane, a dusty tarp flapping in the wind, a door slamming. 

Jibawi’s short film was created with the help of a media workshop funded by the nonprofit WomenOne, in collaboration with Save the Children International. The workshop encourages young women to tell their stories.

Viewers and critics alike have welcomed Jibawi’s story. Her short film has appeared at Sundance, SXSW, Cannes and the recently concluded LA Film Festival. Is Oscar consideration next? We’ll see.

Said Jibawi in a recent interview with NPR,

This small camera can make so many beautiful moments. I get surprised by what I can capture. After I would film, I would sit down and look at the shots. I couldn’t believe these would be the shots I took, and this little camera made it happen.

That may be true, Ms. Jibawi. However, you and your short film are making it happen as well.

 

Bill Murray Gets Prestigious Honor

Bill Murray (short film and movie news)

Bill Murray by David Shankbone/Wikimedia Commons

Beloved actor Bill Murray will be the recipient of the Mark Twain Prize, which is given to individuals who have made a great contribution to American humor.  Murray will be the 19th recipient of the prestigious honor, joining the likes of Steve Martin, Whoopi Goldberg, Carol Burnett and Eddie Murphy, to name a few.

We couldn’t think of a better candidate. Murray’s career spans 40 years. The “Saturday Night Live” alum has starred in a litany of critically-acclaimed films such as Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, Rushmore and Lost in Translation. He has even appeared in a short film or three (“Scout’s Honor,” “FCU: Fact Checkers Unit,” “Pass the Buck: Expo ’74”)

When the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced that it would honor Mr. Murray, the comedian  quipped:

“I’m honored by this award and by its timing. I believe Mark Twain has rolled over in his grave so much for so long, that this news won’t disturb his peace.”

Don’t ever change, Bill. Don’t ever change.

 

Itsashort.com’s “Short of the Week”

"Orphan is the New Orange" (short film and movie news)

“Orphan is the New Orange” poster

Our “Short Film of the Week” is a unique kind of experience that parodies two popular shows.

You’ve heard of “Orange is the New Black” and BBC America’s “Orphan Black.”

Well, “Orphan is the New Orange” riffs on both shows and depicts a young woman who runs afoul of the law and winds up in prison.  That’s when the hijinks ensue.

Orphan is the New Orange is a mind-bending trip that will undoubtedly leave you chuckling. Grab some popcorn and hit this link to watch the full film.

You’ll thank us later.

 

Nothing Small About This ShortFest

Palm Springs International ShortFest (short film and movie news)

Palm Springs International ShortFest/Instagram

In one week, the Palm Springs International ShortFest commences as one of the only film festivals of its kind. What’s so special about this extravaganza?

The shorts: over 300 short films from 50 countries will be screened at the fest, which runs June 21-27.

And these are not your run-of-the-mill, made with daddy’s ‘handcam’ kind of shorts. Some big names are appearing in some of these works.

Kristen Wiig (short film and movie news)

Kristen Wiig/Wikimedia Commons

James Franco, Guy Pearce, Kristen Wiig, Jennifer Hudson, Tyrese Gibson, Steve Buscemi and Oscar Isaac will appear in some of the featured shorts.

Are you impressed yet?

For more information about the fabulous Palm Springs Shortfest, visit this link.

And if you go, drink lots of water. It’s blazing in Palm Springs this time of year. Make sure you take pics, too.

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What’s Up?! New Ghostbusters; FirstGlance Short Film Winner

The New Ghostbusters (short film and movie news)

The New “Ghostbusters”/www.ghostbusters.com (official site)

What’s up, good people?! We’re back from the Memorial Day Holiday with the movie and short film news you need.

We’re smack dab in the Summer Blockbuster Season! That means action films with car chases and explosions, a plethora of super hero franchises and of course, reboots of classic movies will dominate.

One of the most polarizing blockbusters is Ghostbusters, the remake of the 1984 classic that originally starred Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson.

The Original Ghostbusters cast (movies and short film)

The Original Ghostbusters cast/Facebook

The 2016 remake has a new cast that reads like a who’s who of comedic actresses: the always entertaining Melissa McCarthy, the brilliantly daft Kristen Wiig, master impressionist Kate McKinnon and the completely outrageous Leslie Jones.

Word is, the remake might be funnier and scarier than the original, according to this original old-timer.

Even that kind of endorsement can’t stem the tide of criticism of the film, which is set to hit theaters July 15. The first trailer holds the distinction of being the most disliked trailer ever on YouTube (over 854K dislikes on YouTube as of May 31).

Another bone of contention with fans is the casting of the original surviving Ghostbusters members, who will make cameos in the new film instead of appearing as their original selves.

It remains to be seen how the film will fare with audiences. What we know is this: box office success and critical acclaim can be mutually exclusive. Bad summer blockbusters can and do make a boatload of money despite critical disapproval.

Plus, Ghostbusters already has a leg up on the 2016 blockbusters that have apparently tanked already. “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” we are looking at you.

Ghostbusters' Bill Murray (short film and movie news)

Will the new Ghostbusters get ‘slimed’? We’ll shall see.

 

We Have A Winner

Thank you for the hundreds of voters who participated in the FirstGlance Short Film Contest. The film that will win the right to a free screening at the FirstGlance Film Festival is — drumroll, please — “The Accusation.”

The controversial film was the talk of the FirstGlance contest. Nevertheless, director Enrica Brunilde Amici‘s crime drama about the troubled relationship of a young American artist will earn a major opportunity via FirstGlance.

To see the short for yourself, visit this link.

A hearty congratulations goes to Enrica Brunilde Amici for her award-winning short film.

Shia LaBeouf (short film and movie news)

Shia approves.

 

How Her Short Film Got Her A Job With Steven Spielberg

Emily Carmichael (short film and movie news)

Emily Carmichael/http://kidcandrive.com/ (Official website)

Emily Carmichael, whose short films have been screened at SXSW, Tribeca Film Festival and Sundance, will have her first feature-length film (“Powerhouse”) produced by the great Stephen Spielberg and director Colin Trevorrow.

Steven Spielberg (short film and movie news)

Steven Spielberg says “Thank You.”

At 34-years-old, Carmichael has already won a bevy of awards for her work in the short film genre. Her critically-acclaimed short, “The Hunter and the Swan Discuss Their Meeting,” premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and garnered her the Grand Jury Prize at the 2012 Science Fiction Fantasy Short Film Festival — that is a mouthful.

Her animated short film RPG OKC was nominated for best narrative short at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. Plus, her works have had commercial theatrical runs at venues like the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the IFC Center, among others.

Carmichael’s chance of a lifetime came when Trevorrow saw “The Hunter and the Swan…,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.

“Emily Carmichael is the next great writer-director of the kind of movies I love,” said Trevorrow. “Her ability to find warmth and humanity in genre storytelling is a superpower in itself.”

Carmichael is just the latest example of a short film creator successfully transitioning to feature films. We at itsashort.com are already rooting for her.

 

LA Film Festival Blasts Off – Finally

LAFF Poster (movie and short film news)

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For weeks we have been telling you about the LA Film Festival, which launches this week and runs from June 1-9. The festival, which showcases the works of established and emerging filmmakers, will feature 56 feature films (42 of which are world premieres), 58 short films and 13 short episodic works from 28 countries, according to MovieMaker.

The LA Film Fest’s short film program covers an eclectic array of topics and themes, from the plight of a transgender character to a filmmaker’s decision to swim with dolphins. The Shorts Program looks to be well worth the ticket.

For more information on the LA Film Festival Shorts Program, visit this link.

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