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.”. 

 

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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?! 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)

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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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