What’s Up?! Wes Anderson’s Gift of Short Film!

Wes Anderson short silm "Come Together"

Still from “Come Together”

what’s up, good people?! the holidays are here and short film is the gift that keeps on giving.

We know travel season has begun, so we hope while you’re sitting in a layover city between flights, you can take some time to check out a great short film or three during your downtime. You can start with The Darjeeling Limited director Wes Anderson’s holiday-themed short film, “Come Together.” The uplifting H&M ad stars actor Adrien Brody as Conductor Ralph on a delayed train, destined to ruin the holiday plans of all of its passengers. But he teams up with his crew to do a little something special for everyone, including one young rider. Click the link to see some short film cheer.

This Week’s Short

Short Film "Gift"

Still from “Gift”

‘Tis the season, and what other way to instill the importance of giving than with director Daniel Yam’s short film, “Gift.” A young boy disappointed with the life his father has built for their family is determined to be “better” than his father. When the boy becomes a young man, he finally learns a valuable lesson about hope, happiness, and, of course, giving.

Click here to watch this quiet, yet touching short film on our platform to get you primed for the holidays.

FirstGlance Short Film Online Contest

Alright, folks. We’re rounding third on this year’s FirstGlance contest. Take a look a some of the films you can vote for:

Or So the Story Goes“Or So the Story Goes” is a webseries with a modern take on Hansel and Gretel. The two are bloggers who are willing to go too far for clicks and views. The series is directed by Theresa Labreglio.

 

Say HelloIn “Say Hello,” two childhood “friends” are reunited as adults when Alexis loses her silver spoon and is forced to bunk with awkward genius, Maggie. The series is produced by Rachel Reyes and directed by Brooke Elliott.

 

Wolf of VengeanceDirector Masakatsu Higuchi presents a wonderfully lit, action-packed take on Red Riding Hood in “Wolf of Vengeance.” The witch has done wrong and heads will roll. Literally.

 

420 Bong BoysDirector Erik Garcia stays with the fairytale theme when two friends must smoke their magic bong at a specific time to get back home from a strange land in “420 Bong Boys.” Yep, it’s exactly what it sounds like: comedy gold (that’s a Rumpelstiltskin joke).

Yo Soy PedroIn “Yo Soy Pedro,” a terrible misunderstanding causes a movie shoot to turn into an accidental alien abduction. Wait. What? Yes. You can thank director Jordan Inconstant.

You can watch and vote for these and the other shorts once a day, everyday on our platform from now through December 7.

Around the Web…

2016 Miami Short Film Festival

You may remember when we spoke  to the Miami Short Film Festival founding executive director, William Vela, to discuss short film and the goals of MsFF. Well, the 2016 festival contest winners are now etched in stone. If you weren’t able to make it to see these award-worthy short films, click here to see who won what and add them to your “must watch” list.

Speaking of “must watch,” there is a lot of conversation around the need for more Asian-American roles in films and television (see Dr. Strange and “Iron Fist). But in reality, there is plenty of talent to choose from. Film School Shorts filmmakers can attest to it. Check out John Cody Kim’s tale of puppy perseverance during a zombie apocalypse in “Steadfast Stanley.”

Click here to see a playlist of 11 student films showcasing great up-and-coming Asian-American talent. There is also an Asian-Pacific-American focused short film competition sponsored by HBO.

Exciting stuff, good people.

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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?! Eddie Murphy Returns, Short Film Contest

Eddie Murphy (short film and movie news)

What’s up, good people?! The summer is almost done, but the short film and movie news You Need is heating up.

The most prolific yet enigmatic actor of our generation has returned. Eddie Murphy, Saturday Night Live’s most famous alum, is coming back to the big screen after a five-year absence. No, he’s not playing a bumbling dad is some mediocre kid’s movie. The 55-year-old comedic actor is returning in a dramatic role that critics are already deeming Oscar worthy. Seriously.

Murphy will play the title role in Mr. Church, a film about a black man who helps to raise a white child whose mother suffers from cancer.

The Hollywood Reporter, which recently interviewed Murphy, stated that Mr. Church is his “best shot at winning the Academy’s attention since The Nutty Professor…”

Said Murphy about the role, which is based on a true story,

I never did anything like this. It was something I could do where there was no pressure at all because there was no expectation because this isn’t a funny thing. The engine of this thing isn’t my sense of humor or what I do or my performance.”

Murphy was nominated but lost out on a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in the 2006 film Dreamgirls.

Mr. Church is set to hit theaters September 16. From the looks of it, this will be an Eddie Murphy we have not quite seen before. And that, my friends, is a good thing.

 

Short of the Week

The Art of Human Salvage (short film and movie news)

The Art of Human Salvage poster/Facebook

Our short film selection of the week is a Sci-Fi entry about a 10-year-old boy who faces execution. The question is who will save him.

 

“The Art of Human Salvage” is a riveting short set in a netherworld and inspired by classic films like Blade Runner and Children of Men.

Directed by Dempsey Tillman, this short film stars Oscar-nominated actor Edward James Olmos. In fact, “The Art of Human Salvage” was so popular that the trailer alone garnered over 257K views on Vimeo.

And with good reason: This is a brisk, high energy short film that hits like a shot of expresso.

That’s our way of saying we think you’ll like it.

To see “The Art of Human Salvage,” hit this link.

 

 

Vote For Your Favorite Short Film

Collected Voices: Chicago's Ethnographic Film Festival (short film and movie news)

Collected Voices: Chicago’s Ethnographic Film Festival/http://www.collectedvoicesfilmfest.com/

Big things are happening around here, folks.

As we announced last week, itsashort.com and Collected Voices have partnered up to introduce the Collected Voices Online Film Contest.

Here’s how it works: Visit our site to watch and vote among eight unique short films that have been nominated for entry. These short film nominees either focus on history, culture or  real life experiences. You can watch all eight films for free and cast your vote, once a day. Winners will be announced on October 29.

Again, you can vote and even encourage your friends to participate by visiting this page on our website.

There are no “hanging chads” here, just cool short film entries for your voting and viewing pleasure.

 

From Around the Web

Riz Ahmed in HBO's "The Night Of" (short film and movie news)

Riz Ahmed in HBO’s “The Night Of”/Courtesy of HBO and IMDb.com

Variety, one of Hollywood’s leading publications, just announced its “Actors to Watch” list for 2016.

The list includes Oscar award-winning singer-songwriter John Legend, “House of Cards” actors Mahershala Ali and Rachel Brosnahan and the lead actor from HBO’s “The Night Of,” Riz Ahmed.

Rachel Brosnahan (short film and movie news)

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What’s great about the list is that its showcases diverse and rising talents in the industry. To see the list for yourself, go here.

And…

Don’t forget! The Toronto International Film Festival is  just two weeks away. The film lineup is staggering, loads of premieres are happening. You can get “the deets” on the feature and short film entries by going here.

One more thing…

The San Diego International Film Festival is over a month away. It will run from September 28 to October 2. For more information on this important event, go to this link.

 

Our Mission

Itsashort.com is a platform for filmmakers and creators the world over. We love the short film genre. Plus, we at itsashort.com want to introduce audiences to award-winning and award-nominated artists who create movies, web series and videos. Check out itsashort.com and subscribe for $2 a month to see the wonderful work of these creatives.

 

What’s Up?! Taylor Swift, “Hardcore Henry” and Short Film News

Taylor Swift (short film and movie news)

Taylor Swift/youtube

What’s up good people?! ITSASHORT.COM is back with your weekly short film and movie roundup.

Before we get into some movie news, we have to give a shoutout to Taylor Swift. In case you haven’t noticed, it’s Taylor’s world and we are all just living in it. This notion was evident at Sunday’s iHeartRadio Music Awards where the reigning pop music queen won three trophies, including “Album of the Year” and “Female Artist of the Year.

And by the way, sitting with Ms. Swift is like being at the cool kids’ table. Her boyfriend Calvin Harris won a iHeartRadio award for “Dance Artist of the Year,” and her BFF Selena Gomez was named “Biggest Triple Threat.”

It’s good to be Ms. Swift these days. Being associated with her isn’t bad either.

Taylor Swift (short film and movie news)

Taylor Swift at iHeartRadio Awards

But game recognize game (as they say), so itsashort.com had to show Taylor some love.

 

A New Kind Of Hardcore

"Hardcore Henry" (movie and short film news)

“Hardcore Henry”/Facebook

A new kind of film is set to debut in theaters this week. “Hardcore Henry” is entirely shot from the first-person perspective of the central character, some dude named Henry. The movie was shot almost entirely with wide-angle, body-mounted Go-Pro cameras.

Have you ever played those video games where you’re holding the gun and the action is from your perspective? That’s what this film is, according to the Guardian.

…the film is rife with familiar video game staples – not just the way we see Henry’s arms flailing about, but the way he throws things, the way he shoots guns and the fact that he’s accompanied by supporting characters constantly shouting exposition and instruction at him.

What’s interesting about the film is that it evolved from a viral music video, a short film of sorts. It got made into a full-length feature after Russian movie mogul Timur Bekmambetov viewed it.

The movie is just days away from opening. Yet, the reviews have been largely positive. As of this writing, “Hardcore Henry” has an 81 rating over at Rotten Tomatoes.

Hardcore Henry (short film and movie news)

Hardcore Henry/Instagram

And if “Hardcore Henry” becomes a hit, expect more movies like it to be made: films that make you feel like you’re in a video game.

“If Hardcore Henry does well then people are gonna be more open to it. And if it makes money, I guess people will jump on that bandwagon,” director Ilya Naishuller told the Guardian recently.

 

Big Bubbles

Andre Royo (short film and movie news)

Andre Royo/Wikimedia Commons

Starring in a critically-acclaimed television series doesn’t necessarily guarantee you more work. Just ask Andre Royo, who played Bubbles in the award-winning HBO series “The Wire,” a show widely regarded as a milestone in television history.

Unfortunately, Royo hasn’t gotten much work since the show ended in 2008.

“The Wire” is one of the best things ever done and it certainly changed me. But I wasn’t getting offers after “The Wire,” said Royo in a recent IndieWire report.

But it looks like Royo found his flow.

He is the lead actor in “Hunter Gatherer,” a film that premiered at the SXSW Film Festival. In fact, Royo received the festival’s top acting award, SXSW’s Special Jury Recognition for Best Actor.

“When I heard I won the acting prize at SXSW, I was just kind of overwhelmed with appreciation and a little bit of awe. You’re always scared that maybe you’re a little crazy, maybe people aren’t gonna get it,” he said.

People certainly seem to get it now. And it’s good to see more actors from “The Wire,” a favorite of itsashort.com, get their due. More short film roles for Wire actors would be great as well.

SXSW Short Film Winners

The SXSW Film Festival wrapped a few weeks ago, but we wanted to present you the list of the short film winners. Itsashort.com also wants to remind you that submissions for the 2017 film festival will start this summer. To receive reminders about the upcoming SXSW Film Festival submission period, go to this site.

Our Mission

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What’s Up?! Oscar Diversity and the SXSW Short Film that Broke Big

Taraji P. Henson speaks out at the NAACP Image Awards which celebrate film and television. (Television, Movies and Short Film)

Taraji P. Henson/Wikimedia Commons

What’s up, good people?! WE HAVE THAT LIT SHORT FILM AND MOVIE NEWS AT ITSASHORT.COM. HERE’S YOUR weekly roundup:

The Super Bowl is here, but there’s one battle that is expected to rage on all month: that’s the Oscar diversity controversy.

The latest chapter occurred Friday night during the 47th Annual NAACP Image Awards. One of the biggest Oscar snubs won big. The movie “Creed” took home Image awards for best actor (Michael B. Jordan), Best Director (Ryan Coogler), Best Supporting Actress (Phylicia Rashad) and Best Writing.

Creed lead actor Jordan won in every major category he was nominated for except one. Though Jordan won big there, he was not nominated for an Oscar. His co-star Sylvester Stallone was.

Image Awards host Anthony Anderson made sure to point this out:

“Listen, y’all, I don’t mean to sound cocky, but the movie’s called Creed, not Rocky,” he rapped at one point during his opening monologue.

Yet, the most powerful statement from that evening may have come from actress Taraji P. Henson of Empire, winner of the Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series. This was her response to the overwhelming lack of diversity among this year’s Oscar nominees:

Again, this is what she said: “We don’t need to ask for acceptance from anyone. We are enough, we’ve been enough and we always will be enough.”

Can you say, “mic drop?”

This Oscar controversy is far from over. The 88th Academy Awards will air February 28, and comedian Chris Rock will be the host. Stay tuned…

SAG Swag

Laura Prepon of "Orange Is The New Black" (Television, Movies and Short Film)

Laura Prepon/Wikimedia Commons

The Screen Actors Guild Awards came and went last week, but diversity prevailed there as well. Idris Elba won the best supporting actor award for his role in the Netflix film, “Beasts of No Nation.”

He also won a SAG Award for male actor in a television movie or miniseries for the BBC America Crime Drama “Luther.”

Queen Latifah won for her lead role in the HBO Film “Bessie.” Viola Davis took home a SAG for “How to Get Away With Murder,” and Uzo Aduba also won for her role in the Netflix hit “Orange Is The New Black.”

The most poignant statement during the SAG Awards came from “Orange Is The New Black” star Laura Prepon.

Check her out:

 

The SXSW Short Film Turned TV Hit

UnReal, the TV show inspired by a SXSW short film.

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Itsashort.com will be in attendance for the SXSW Film Festival, which will take place March 11-19. We’re psyched, yet patiently waiting for the announcement of the 2016 Short Film Program. In the 21-year history of the SXSW film festival, some cool short films have gone on to do great things.

Before the wildly popular TV series “UnREAL” came to be, co-creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro directed this short that helped to inspire the hit show. The short film was called “Sequin Raze,” and it premiered at SXSW in 2013 where it won the Narrative Short Honorable Mention.

Obviously, premiering at SXSW was life-changing for Shapiro. Imagine what a SXSW selection could mean for your film. Submissions may be closed for 2016, but the 2017 period will be opening back up in a few short months. We’ll keep you posted when that happens. You can also, submit your work to us at itsashort.com, where we will help spread the word about your film.

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We love the short film genre. Plus, we at itsashort.com want to introduce audiences to award-winning and award-nominated artists who create movies, web series and videos. Check out itsashort.com and register to see the wonderful work of these creatives here.