What’s Up?! Eddie Murphy Returns, Short Film Contest

Eddie Murphy (short film and movie news)

What’s up, good people?! The summer is almost done, but the short film and movie news You Need is heating up.

The most prolific yet enigmatic actor of our generation has returned. Eddie Murphy, Saturday Night Live’s most famous alum, is coming back to the big screen after a five-year absence. No, he’s not playing a bumbling dad is some mediocre kid’s movie. The 55-year-old comedic actor is returning in a dramatic role that critics are already deeming Oscar worthy. Seriously.

Murphy will play the title role in Mr. Church, a film about a black man who helps to raise a white child whose mother suffers from cancer.

The Hollywood Reporter, which recently interviewed Murphy, stated that Mr. Church is his “best shot at winning the Academy’s attention since The Nutty Professor…”

Said Murphy about the role, which is based on a true story,

I never did anything like this. It was something I could do where there was no pressure at all because there was no expectation because this isn’t a funny thing. The engine of this thing isn’t my sense of humor or what I do or my performance.”

Murphy was nominated but lost out on a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in the 2006 film Dreamgirls.

Mr. Church is set to hit theaters September 16. From the looks of it, this will be an Eddie Murphy we have not quite seen before. And that, my friends, is a good thing.

 

Short of the Week

The Art of Human Salvage (short film and movie news)

The Art of Human Salvage poster/Facebook

Our short film selection of the week is a Sci-Fi entry about a 10-year-old boy who faces execution. The question is who will save him.

 

“The Art of Human Salvage” is a riveting short set in a netherworld and inspired by classic films like Blade Runner and Children of Men.

Directed by Dempsey Tillman, this short film stars Oscar-nominated actor Edward James Olmos. In fact, “The Art of Human Salvage” was so popular that the trailer alone garnered over 257K views on Vimeo.

And with good reason: This is a brisk, high energy short film that hits like a shot of expresso.

That’s our way of saying we think you’ll like it.

To see “The Art of Human Salvage,” hit this link.

 

 

Vote For Your Favorite Short Film

Collected Voices: Chicago's Ethnographic Film Festival (short film and movie news)

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Big things are happening around here, folks.

As we announced last week, itsashort.com and Collected Voices have partnered up to introduce the Collected Voices Online Film Contest.

Here’s how it works: Visit our site to watch and vote among eight unique short films that have been nominated for entry. These short film nominees either focus on history, culture or  real life experiences. You can watch all eight films for free and cast your vote, once a day. Winners will be announced on October 29.

Again, you can vote and even encourage your friends to participate by visiting this page on our website.

There are no “hanging chads” here, just cool short film entries for your voting and viewing pleasure.

 

From Around the Web

Riz Ahmed in HBO's "The Night Of" (short film and movie news)

Riz Ahmed in HBO’s “The Night Of”/Courtesy of HBO and IMDb.com

Variety, one of Hollywood’s leading publications, just announced its “Actors to Watch” list for 2016.

The list includes Oscar award-winning singer-songwriter John Legend, “House of Cards” actors Mahershala Ali and Rachel Brosnahan and the lead actor from HBO’s “The Night Of,” Riz Ahmed.

Rachel Brosnahan (short film and movie news)

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What’s great about the list is that its showcases diverse and rising talents in the industry. To see the list for yourself, go here.

And…

Don’t forget! The Toronto International Film Festival is  just two weeks away. The film lineup is staggering, loads of premieres are happening. You can get “the deets” on the feature and short film entries by going here.

One more thing…

The San Diego International Film Festival is over a month away. It will run from September 28 to October 2. For more information on this important event, go to this link.

 

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What’s Up?! Muhammad Ali Films, GIFF Short Film Program

Muhammad Ali (short film and movie news)

Muhammad Ali/Wikimedia Commons

What’s up, good people. Before we get into the movie and short film news of the week, ITSASHORT.COM would like to acknowledge the passing of boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

Ali towered over his sport, but his influence was so vast that he impacted politics and entertainment.

Ali’s presence was most readily felt in film. The most famous of which is his biopic, Ali (2001), which featured Will Smith in the titular role.

Ali was also the subject of several highly-regarded documentaries. The sensational When We Were Kings (1997), which chronicled Ali’s 1974 championship bout against George Foreman, won the Academy Award for best documentary.

In the realm of short film, Ali’s impact was also felt. There was a short made about him in 2012 called “ALI SPEAKS.”

It is also believed that Ali was the inspiration behind a well-known character from the Rocky movies: Apollo Creed. In fact, Ali even said as much when he watched Rocky II with noted film critic Roger Ebert back in 1979.

At any rate, Ali’s colossal contributions won’t soon be forgotten. The abundance of films about him ensures that his legacy will continue in perpetuity.

 

Sequels: Who Needs ‘Em

 X-Men: Apocalypse Film Poster (short film and movie news)

X-Men: Apocalypse Film Poster/Facebook

A Variety report recently decried what many insiders have suspected for years: Hollywood has a sequel problem.

This argument was (again) brought up in light of the dismal reviews for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, the sequel to the 2014 reboot.

However, movie sequels are important. Sequels are an effective vehicle for telling critical stories, and they can generate substantial revenue. They can also extend a franchise’s brand globally while exporting U.S. culture.

For short filmmakers, sequels can be an effective storytelling device as well. What do you guys think?!

 

GIFF: A Powerfully Important Film Festival

GI Film Festival (short film and movie news)

GI Film Festival Poster/Facebook

The GI Film Festival (GIFF) is a unique film showcase that celebrates the film contributions of military service members.

About 68 short film, features and documentary films were screened at the nine-day festival, which commenced May 21-29. In fact, a few shorts made some powerful impressions, according to Examiner.com.

The short films explored the trauma experienced by a returning Marine (“Almost Home”), a paralyzed veteran fighting to live a fruitful life (“First Person Shooter”) and two retired Marines recalling their time at Iwo Jima (“Return to Iwo Jima”), among many others.

You can check out a report on these and other shorts at this link.

The importance of the GI Film Festival is perhaps exemplified in a quote once uttered by actor William Shatner:

“The basic quality that any great story must have is a story that illustrates the human condition.”

GIFF has that in spades.

For more information on GIFF, please visit this site.

 

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