What’s Up?! New Short Film News for the New Year!

Jessica Sanderswhat’s up, good people?! 2017 means resolutions and reinvention. just make sure you stay true to yourself and we’ll do the same. Now let’s get to some short film news.

We here at itsashort.com support the equal and equitable representation of voices not often heard in the film industry. Media outlets such as Film Independent are good at drawing attention to programs that work to pump up the volume to make sure those voices are heard.

One such program is Fox Global Directors Initiative (FDI), dedicated to shining a spotlight on the careers of underrepresented filmmakers. Jessica Sanders was one of 20 women directors in FDI’s first cohort and created a short film to express her feelings about what programs like FDI can do to make Hollywood more inclusive, particularly for women. She’s since shared some thoughts and even made a short film about her experience. Check out her mini documentary below.

 

 

This Week’s Short

"The Smiling Man" short film

AJ Briones has a beautifully shot short film in “The Smiling Man,” the story of a little girl facing a purely evil being. This creepy, horror story turns some dark corners, but manages to look wonderfully cinematic while doing it in such a brief span of time. You should not watch with children. In fact, you may need to watch with several adults.

Seriously, people. Silence is used quite well in this piece. Click the link to scare your New Year’s socks off.

 

 

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Ann Arbor Film Fest

Mark March 21-26 off on your calendar as a “you must be here” moment for the much-anticipated Ann Arbor Film Festival. This program contains a myriad of voices from all over the world in both film as well as other presentations of art. From “Video Bureau: Works from an Archive of Chinese Video Art,” programmed by Ellen Zweig to a screening of works by African-American women artists—these folks understand what ‘inclusive’ means.

The 2017 schedule is soon coming, but in the meantime, you can absolutely check out the films from the previous festivals. In other words, you can support the short film and feature filmmakers by purchasing a DVD with last year’s films along with additional highlights from the festival at large. Click here for more details on how you get your hands on some of the most ground-breaking, experimental short film of the year.

 

"Star-Wars-Main-Poster" short film

There seems to be a disturbance in the Force. As in, there’s another take on the highly popular universe that provides an alternate perspective on the franchise. This short film garnered a little bit of steam in Los Angeles and Atlanta screenings last year. Follow the link to watch and let us know what you think. Does it rank among your favorite fan films?

Exciting stuff, good people.

 

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What’s Up?! Short Film, Wally Lamb!

“Yours Sincerely, Lois Weber” short film

Elizabeth Banks and Svetlana Cvetko

what’s up, good people?! despite the presidential election and veterans day, short film news hasn’t slowed one bit.

Now that everyone is coming up for air after the election, there’s plenty of short film stuff to sink your teeth into.

Best-selling author Wally Lamb‘s digital novel, I’ll Take You There, will be released November 20 as an exclusive app for iPhone and iPad devices. Why does this matter to itsashort.com readers? Svetlana Cvetko is directing “Yours Sincerely, Lois Weber,” a short film that focuses on the silent film pioneer, who is also a pivotal character of Lamb’s novel. Elizabeth Banks will executive produce and star in the short film, proving that folks are stepping behind the camera and using short film as an expansion of their art.

Turning books into short films isn’t new, though. Take a look at these 6 children books turned into short films. IFC even came up with a list of book-to-film adaptations they’d like to see. Which of your favorite books would you like to see turned into a short film?

This Week’s Short

The Audition

They say laughter is the best medicine. “The Audition” is an easy pill to swallow from director Philece Sampler and producer/actor Rachel Reyes. These two film pharmacists use the comedic imagery of an acting audition to show a young woman, Rachel McMannus, work through her self-doubt as she chases her dreams.

What this short film brings to the (casting) table is a character who isn’t concerned with other candidates as much as her own existence. The enemy lies within. Take a look to see if she Rachel conquers her acting demons. Click here to watch.

FirstGlance Short Online Contest

It’s that time again. Time to choose the best short film submission from the 2016 FirstGlance Short Online Contest.

Aster and Sidney

Still from “Aster and Sidney”

Zombie Apocalypse notwithstanding, “Aster and Sidney” captures the fear of two women surviving the collapse of modern civilization. Director Sean Temple has tensions running high between these two women and their relationship to their situation.

The writer/director team Kyle James Marr and Dean Tatulli concoct a story of four friends who go out for a few drinks, but the bar may not be visible on a normal GPS map. The black and white color scheme makes the plot more eerie.

Midnight at Luci's

You can watch and vote for these shorts and 10 others once a day, everyday on our platform from now through December 7.

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Buried Alive

Are you in the Atlanta, Georgia region? Do you have a healthy appetite for horror, despite Halloween’s distant image in your rearview? Welp, looky here…The Buried Alive Film Festival is right around the corner.

Take advantage of one more chance to see some thrills and some gore from November 16-20. Take a look at the shorts programs and let us know which were the best. Click the link to view the schedule.

UFO Diary

And finally, in honor of the men and women who currently and previously served in the United States military, we’d like to acknowledge Veteran’s Day with a short film–“UFO Diary.” This sci-fi, action-comedy follows two World War II Army women as they navigate one of the most curious incidents in history. Take a look at director Jason Apuzzo’s complete short film here.

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What’s Up?! Native American Heritage in Short Film!

what’s up, good people?! Short film is an expression of how we view the world. seriously!

It goes without saying, but let’s say it anyway. Just to be sure. You voted. It doesn’t even need to be a question because you good people wouldn’t not vote. Because if you didn’t vote, any complaints would fall on deaf ears, so to speak:

Whew! Now that that’s out of the way, on to short film business.

Isabelle's Garden

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, you must watch the Sundance Short Film Challenge film, “Isabelle’s Garden.”  Storytelling is a powerful practice that can literally change how we view and interact in the world. Jeffrey Palmer–an Indigenous, Kiowa filmmaker–presents a documentary that shows us how the medium of short film can captivate us and move us to change the world for the better.

Palmer gives us “an uplifting story of a community coming together in reciprocity through the hopes and dreams of a young Choctaw girl and her garden.” Check out the film below:

“Isabelle’s Garden” is one of 9 films from last year’s Challenge showcasing the talents of filmmakers from around the world and their take on how we can combat poverty and hunger. To watch the rest of the films, click here.

 This Week’s Short

Still from "DNR"

Still from short film “DNR”

This Week’s Short comes at an apt time considering Election Day and Veteran’s Day occur in the same week in November. “D.N.R.” is a psychological thriller that doesn’t shy away from issues including military PTSD and domestic violence. Dean suspects his wife Ester of infidelity, but discovers the plot is much thicker than he originally thought.

David Martyn Conley pulled out all the stops as director, writer, and lead in this short film to bring you a film dense with tension and suspense. You won’t want to miss this.

Click here to watch Conley at work.

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St. Louis Animation

STL Int’l Film Festival

November is also a great month for international film festivals. The St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) has a great line up of short films for their shorts competition, from documentaries to animated short films officially sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In other words, the Oscars. ‘Nuff said.

If you’re in the St. Louis area, get yourself a ticket and let us know which was your favorite short. The festival is currently going and ends November 13.

Yes. Halloween is now over a week behind us, so this will be the final horror related short film news update for a while (at least until the next one). That said, filmgoers who love the Scream franchise will love what Shant Hamassian does with the unconventional horror short film, “Night of the Slasher.” All of the normal tropes are turned on their ear. A talent necessary when covering familiar ground, a la slasher flicks.

But don’t go upstairs to watch this one. Stay on the first floor. With the door open. And a fully-charged phone in hand.

 

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What’s Up?! From Short Film to Spielberg!

Emily Carmichael

Emily Carmichael

What’s up, good people?! Let us give thanks for a cornucopia of short film news!

A short film can be your “business card.” These days, filmmakers are reaping major benefits from having impressive short film work on their resume. Take Emily Carmichael—you may not know who she is now, but you will. Carmichael has had success with her web series, “The Adventures of Ledo and Ix,” but her future is growing brighter.

Now, she’s bypassing everyone else in the game. Her short film “Stryka” is the stepping stone to her next two major projects: penning Pacific Rim: Maelstrom, starring John Boyega, and directing Powerhouse, the new property from Steven Spielberg.

Click here to check out the short film that launched Carmichael into the spotlight.

 

This Week’s Short

Still from short film "Thanksgiving Dinner"

Still from “Thanksgiving Dinner”

Director Brian W. Seibert and writer Colette Mazunik collaborate to cook up something special for the well-crafted short film, “Thanksgiving Dinner.” It may even put you in mind of Clerks if Kevin Smith had made a completely different movie. Like, completely different:

Abbie has had enough of being the outcast in her family. After a particularly brutal Thanksgiving dinner with her family, she offers an unassuming stranger, James, the proposal of a lifetime.

Turkey Day is a few weeks away, but why wait? Get in the holiday mood for tradition and dysfunction; cranberry sauce and kids’ tables. Click here to watch and let us know if this short film reminds you of the holidays at your place. Oh, and could you please pass the anxiety? Thanks.

 

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Michelle Williams - LIFF

Michelle Williams – Certain Women

If you’re in or around the UK, the Leeds International Film Festival begins this Thursday in The Headrow, Leeds and there is so much good filmmaking it’ll make your head spin. Certain Women is gaining a lot of attention for stars Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams, and Laura Dern. Perhaps more importantly, there are several short film programs you simply cannot miss.

Still from short film "Death Metal"

Still from “Death Metal”

One such short program is the Dead Shorts competition, a series of humor and horror films, for those of you weening off of Halloween or still recovering from the Walking Dead season premiere (#nospoilers). Dead Shorts is one of 6 competitive short film programs throughout the week.

Check out the complete list of films and events so you can make your own decision.

Still from short film "A Feeling Like Chaos"

Still from “A Feeling Like Chaos”

Octavia Butler (1947-2006) has been influencing science fiction in literature for some time, but now films are greatly benefiting from her work as well. Later this month, REDCAT presents “Let It Be Known: Short Films Inspired by Octavia E. Butler,” a short film series curated by Erin Christovale in Los Angeles.

Take a look at Butler in an interview speaking about how she views her own work. You may want to compare her literature with the short films and see how they relate.

 

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