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

Michael Moore (short film and movie news)

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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)

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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)

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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?! Scandal, The ‘Cannes Queen’ And Short Film Fests

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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

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Palm Springs Shortfest (short film and movie news)

Palm Springs International Shortfest poster/Facebook

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?! 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)

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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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