What’s Up?! Oscar Buzz, Chicago Short Film Docs

Still from Jackie (short film and movie news)

Still from “Jackie” /imdb.com

What’s up, good people?! The days are getting shorter and the temps are getting cooler. But the short film buzz is sizzling, movies too.

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) just had its first sale. Fox Searchlight bought the U.S. distribution rights to Jackie, the Jacqueline Kennedy biopic starring Natalie Portman as the former First Lady.

Why is this significant?

Fox Searchlight is planning on releasing the film on Dec. 9, smack dab in the middle of awards season.

Ultimately, Fox Searchlight believes this film could ultimately garner some significant hardware. An Oscar? A Golden Globe? A Screen Actors Guild Award?  Perhaps.

We told you about Jackie several weeks ago, but here is more: the biopic is directed by Pablo Larraín and chronicles the immediate aftermath of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

“Pablo Larraín’s Jackie is a daring, one-of-a-kind cinematic portrayal of a beloved icon,” said Searchlight presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley. “Led by an indelible performance from Natalie Portman and supported by a richly talented ensemble of actors and artists, the film is one we are thrilled to bring to audiences later this year.”. 

 

Vote for These Short Film Docs

The Black Kid Table (short film and movie news)

“The Black Kid Table” /http://www.missgraham.com/

An African-American man lands the opportunity of a lifetime, he gets a role in a major movie featuring this huge star.

The day this actor starts working, the huge star notices him. And when that star approaches him, it is to tell a “black” joke, an inappropriate one at that.

This anecdote is from the documentary short film “The Black Kid Table,” one of the entries in the Collected Voices Online Film Contest.  Directed by Stephanie Graham, The Black Kid Table has black subjects from different spheres of society talking about their cringeworthy encounters with racism.

34 Days: Hungry for Justice (short film and movie news)

From “34 Days: Hungry for Justice”

Another intriguing entry in the Collected Voices contest is “34 Days: Hungry for Justice,” a short doc that chronicles a group of Chicago activists who go on a hunger strike to save a community school. The event drew national attention and highlighted the political turmoil around class and education in Chicago.

"Variations" (short film and movie news)

“Variations” poster/Laurie Little

And finally, the inspiring “Variations” chronicles a dancer, a pianist and a visual artist. This short film documentary about these three artists is best summed up in a single line: “Part of what’s breathtaking about us is our variance and flexibility.”

This variance is what’s central to human beauty, states Riva Lehrer, who is featured in this Laurie Little-directed short film.

You can watch and vote for these Collected Voices nominees at this link. You have until September 23 to cast your vote. It’s free and it is fun.

Trust us on this one.

 

Take Us to “La La Land”

Still from "La La Land" (short film and movie news)

Still from “La La Land” /Facebook

The Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone musical La La Land is also getting some of that good Oscar buzz.  It is almost deafening. The film reportedly dazzled audiences and Oscar voters at the Telluride Film Festival. Apparently, it did the same at the recent Venice Film Festival.

Stone won the best actress award at Venice.

Plus, La La Land, which is about a jazz pianist falling for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles, is making the fall festival circuit rounds as well. It could also join Jackie as a potential Oscar nominee.

Here is a clip of the Damien Chazelle-directed musical.

 

The VR Short Film You Want To See

Before we leave you, we have to put you up on “Henry,” an animated short film by Facebook’s Oculus Story Studio. It just won an Emmy. The trailer looks so cool. Check it out for yourself.

 

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What’s Up?! Beyoncé’s Lemonade and Cannes Short Film Competition

Lemonade by Beyonce (short film and movie news)

Lemonade Album Cover/Facebook

What’s up good people?! Itsashort.com is back in effect with the short film and movie news you need.

This week, we have our minds on Lemonade. No, not the beverage, rather Beyoncé’s tour de force of a visual album. Last week, HBO premiered the film Lemonade, which accompanies the singer’s 12-track album, which was released last week. The riveting feature is a collection of vignettes, where each chapter corresponds to a song off the album.

Our black heroine traverses emotional, sonic and visual territories that are diverse, wondrous and compelling. There are moments in the film that stings your eyes, especially the scene featuring the mothers of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner holding photographs of their deceased sons.

The spoken word poetry that serves as narration, birthed by the Somali-British poet Warsan Shire, is beautiful, barbed and poignant as well.

Beyoncé (short film and movie news)

An ode to black woman.

Beyoncé sings about anger, infidelity, injustice, and forgiveness. Lemonade is about the resiliency of black womanhood, making lemonade out of lemons, as it were.

Beyoncé (short film and music news)

This is Bey’s world and there’s nothing you can do about it.

In any event, the work is a critical and commercial success that propels the singer into an entirely different stratosphere, apart from other pop stars. What’s more, HBO is submitting Lemonade for Emmy consideration, reports Variety.

Like Pink Floyd, The Who and Prince, Beyoncé successfully employed film to fully render her musical vision, which is grand in its own right.

Yes, we are sipping this Lemonade all day.

 

Yes We Cannes

Festival de Cannes 2016 poster (short film and movie news)

Festival de Cannes 2016 poster/Facebook

The launch of the most prestigious film festival in the world is almost upon us.

The Festival de Cannes 2016 (Cannes Film Festival) is set to run May 11-22 and features its usual lineup of big-time films and well-regarded shorts. The Short Film competition highlights 10 shorts that were culled from 5,008 submissions.

Cannes will premier films by Woody Allen and Steven Spielberg, along with a buddy-comedy starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, among many others.

We will post the Cannes short film contest winners in a few weeks. Stay tuned.

Two Weeks Left For FirstGlance

FirstGlance Short Film Contest

FirstGlance Short Online Contest

Speaking of short film competitions, we have one of our own going on at itsashort.com: the FirstGlance Film Contest. A total of 16 shorts are vying for the top prize: the chance to be screened at the FirstGlance Film Fest in Philadelphia (how’s that for alliteration?).

Anyhow, the short film entrants run the gamut, from crime dramas to comedic parodies. Go here to vote for your favorite short for free. You can do so every day, once-a-day.

The contest ends on May 17. Get in on the fun before it’s gone.

We Salute These Shorts

Tribeca Film Festival (short film and movie news)

Tribeca Film Festival poster/Facebook

We would be remiss if we didn’t give props to the Short Film Competition winners at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Best Narrative Short – Hold On (Houvast), directed by Charlotte Scott-Wilson (Netherlands).

Best Documentary Short – Extremis directed by Dan Krauss (USA).

Student Visionary Award – Ping Pong Coach (乒乓), directed by Yi Liu. (Taiwan R.O.C., USA)

Congrats to all these winners as well.

 

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 register to see the wonderful work of these creatives here.