What’s Up?! The Next Blockbuster And Diverse Oscar Short Films

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What’s up, good people?! Happy Valentine’s Day from itsashort.com (It’s The Day After, And We’re Still Celebrating)! Love is STRONG, and so is our affection for short films.

Speaking of love, audiences have been showing a lot of it to “Deadpool,” starring Ryan Reynolds. The film made a whopping $135 million this weekend.

But there is another monster blockbuster on the horizon, and it’s expected to drop in less than six weeks. “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is projected to be the next major crowd pleaser. The film’s final trailer is phenomenal, and the early word is that Ben Affleck, who plays Batman, and Jesse Eisenberg, who plays villain Lex Luthor, are absolutely remarkable. See for youself:

According to Cinema Blend, this will be a critical film in laying the groundwork for future DC Comics-themed movies:

In addition to pitting the world’s most popular superheroes against each other, Batman v Superman also introduces Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) to the DC Extended Universe, and lays the groundwork for future Justice League movies.

 The film hits theaters March 25, and itsashort.com cannot wait to be in attendance.

 

A True Valentine’s Day Delight

The Color of Her Dress, a short film by James Poirier

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But enough of that, what really has you inspired is all this talk about love. At itsashort.com, we have our Valentine’s Day faves like “Titanic,” “Casablanca,” “The Notebook” and “Love Jones.”

But what about romantic short films?

Folks, they do exist. One such work is “The Color of Her Dress,” a tantalizing piece that highlights the courtship of strangers.

Was it the color of her dress, the look in her eye, a stolen glance…can he conquer his fear and live his dream?

The film evokes all those sickly, sweet feelings of infatuation and desire. It’s a five -minute whirl of warmth, possibility and wanting. To get a taste of what we’re talking about, check out the trailer below:

 

Thanks to award-winning director James Poirier, you will want to repeatedly encounter this dizzying, five-minute dance. It is the perfect little ditty for Valentine’s Day in our estimation. You can register at itsashort.com and watch it in its entirety right here.

You can thank us later.

There Will Be Diversity At The Oscars

Chris Rock (movies and short films)

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Itsashort.com believes you’re looking in the wrong place.

While folks remain fixated on the lack of diverse Oscar nominees in the acting and feature film categories, they have overlooked one particular subgenre: short films.

That’s right, the 15 Oscar-nominated short films in the live action, documentary and animated categories are some of the most diverse and wide-ranging offerings of the program. And according to a recent report in USA Today,

Roughly 30% of the nominated shorts are by female filmmakers, and more than a dozen countries are represented, including Chile (Bear Story), Russia (We Can’t Live Without Cosmos) and Pakistan (A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness).

We previewed one of the nominees here, the Disney Pixar-animated short “Sanjay’s Super Team,” about a young Indian boy contending with the modern world and his family’s Hindu traditions. The film is reportedly the frontrunner to garner the Oscar for the Short Film (Animated) category.

The frontrunner for the Short Film (Live Action) award is “Ava Maria,” by British-Palestinian director Basil Khalil. Believe it or not, it is a comedy involving nuns, five Palestinian nuns to be exact. They are forced to break their rituals when an Israeli family’s vehicle breaks down outside their convent. Check out the trailer below:

Another Oscar favorite in the Short Film (Documentary) category is Body Team 12, a harrowing work about Ebola in the African Nation of Liberia. Humanitarian David Darg, who shot the film, embedded himself with a team that collected and cremated the bodies of Ebola virus victims.

The trailer itself is heart-rending:

The fact that these Oscar short films truly reflect the diversity of our world is encouraging. You can also watch all of these shorts at a theater near you. Stay tuned for the 88th Annual Academy Awards with host Chris Rock, who will certainly have his joke pistol locked and loaded. Itsashort.com hopes he can save some of that ammo to highlight these awesome and wonderfully diverse short films.

Don’t you agree?

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What’s Up?! Sundance And Oscar-Nominated Short Films

The Mary G. Steiner Egyptian Theatre, home base for Sundance features and short films.

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What’s up, good people? The 32nd Sundance Film Festival launches in less than four days, and itsashort.com will be in the building for all those wonderful short films.

If you can’t make it, that’s okay. We have all the info you need to be a Sundance pro, whether you’re in Park City or not. Info on the short films, features, panels and the works will be made available to stream right where you are. There will even be round-the-clock updates via Twitter and Instagram.

You can stream Live@Sundance events at Sundance.org/festival and at its official YouTube page.

Lena Dunham, featured guest at Sundance Film Festival.

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A host of festival highlights are on deck, including a conversation with Lena Dunham, the actress, writer, producer and director best known for HBO’s “Girls” and Norman Lear, the writer/producer whose classic television shows “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons,” “Maude” and others redefined the sitcom genre. That event takes place Friday, January 22, 1:30 PM EST, which you can stream here.

We may be getting ahead of ourselves, but itsashort.com can’t wait to attend the “Power of Story: The Art of Film” conversation, which features acclaimed filmmakers Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight series, Interstellar) and Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World). The panel takes place at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 28. The good news is that you will be able to stream this too.

The full slate of streamable Live@Sundance events is available here.

Got it? Great.

 

George Lucas, Pixar And These Oscar-Nominated Short Films

Filmmaker George Lucas championed one the year's best short films.

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The feature film stuff is fine, but itsashort.com is more interested in the 15 short films recently nominated for Oscars. Here’s the skinny: they represent three categories (animated, documentary and live-action) and span six to 40 minutes in length.

There are several notable inclusions this year, like the vastly popular “Sanjay’s Super Team,” the directorial debut by Pixar animator Sanjay Patel. According to Bustle, Sanjay’s Super Team is “partly biographical, and is based upon Patel’s experiences growing up in California with Indian immigrant parents.”

A clip of the animated short film has already garnered more than 1.8 million views, which you can see below:

And speaking of cool stories, there’s this one about the gripping short, “Day One,” its creator Henry Hughes and Star Wars creator George Lucas.

After serving two combat tours in Afghanistan, Hughes became a student at the American Film Institute. While there, according to Entertainment Weekly, Lucas became his mentor. The legendary filmmaker would champion Hughes’ “Day One,” which is about an Afghan-American woman’s first day as a translator with the U.S. Military in Afghanistan. The film is based on Hughes’ own experiences working alongside a female translator when he was an infantry soldier and paratrooper in the 173rd Airborne, according to EW.

Here is the trailer for “Day One”:

In the Entertainment Weekly feature, Hughes mentions how Lucas came to be his mentor:

…there is a veterans’ organization called American Corporate Partners. And they find a veteran in search of a mentor, and this mentor is in a profession or industry that the veteran is pursuing. I happened to get George Lucas…And so [Lucas] saw some of my earlier work, and I guess he agreed that it was okay enough to mentor me.

The guidance Lucas gave him on filmmaking:

He asked me who I made films for, if I made films for filmmakers, or I made films for an audience. He said it’s an important question you had to ask…

And finally, his plans for “Day One,” which he plans to develop into a longer feature:

“Yes, I’m currently developing a feature based on the interpreter character. I just think that she has an inspiring story that needs to be told.”

“Sanjay’s Super Team” and “Day One” will compete in the Short Film (Animated) and Short Film (Live Action) categories, respectively. Itsashort.com is looking forward to February 28, the night the 88th Academy Awards will take place.

Below are the list of nominees in each short film category:

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)

Body Team 12

Chau, beyond the Lines

Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah

A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness

Last Day of Freedom

SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

Bear Story

Prologue

Sanjay’s Super Team

We Can’t Live without Cosmos

World of Tomorrow

SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)

Ave Maria

Day One

Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)

Shok

Stutterer

 

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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 the wonderful work of these creatives here.