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

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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

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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

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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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What’s Up?! Tribeca, Will Smith And Dope Short Film Programs

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What’s up good people?! Welcome to your weekly itsashort.com roundup of movie and short film news.

The Tribeca Film Festival is an extravaganza of coolness. The prestigious fest is set to take New York by storm starting April 13.

Let’s just say this: the list of events is enough to make your freaking head spin.

Why?

Oprah Winfrey will be at Tribeca to premier a new television series called “Greenleaf,” which is set to air on her OWN network.

Want another reason?

Chris Rock will be interviewing J.J. Abrams on Friday for its Tribeca Talks series. Plus, the film “A Hologram for the King,” starring Tom Hanks, is set to premier at the festival as well.

Per usual, the short film program looks pretty amazing. The documentary short “A.C. Green: Iron Virgin,” profiles an NBA player who was a professed virgin that saved himself for marriage.

Another fascinating entry is FiveThirtyEight & ESPN Films’ 8-minute short “A More Perfect Union,” about the discovery of Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s sermons and their impact on the 2008 democratic primary between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

That’s only a fraction of what Tribeca has to offer. For a full list of events, visit this site for more details.

 

Will Power

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People tend to overlook Will Smith’s amazing career.  Thankfully, the good folks at MTV gave the man his proper due. The MTV Movie Awards bestowed Smith its highest honor for career achievement in film on Saturday. He was the recipient of The Generation Award for his extraordinary movie career, which nearly spans 25 years (!!!!).

That’s right, Smith has been in the movie game for a while now.  Yet, we tend to forget that he was already a successful Hip-hop artist and small screen star before transitioning to feature films.

Will Smith (movie and short film news)

Will Smith, you are amazing.

This Fresh Prince may not be in Bel-Air anymore, but you can find him in the lead role for just about every film he is cast.

Will Smith (movie and short film news)

No neuralyzer needed. Smith’s career has been unforgettable.

Stars like Kevin Hart and Halle Berry showed him plenty of love at the MTV Movie Awards, Saturday night.

Said Berry of the 47-year-old Smith, “Will is a champion for diversity in Hollywood blazing the path for actors by showing someone of any color, can play any role, can open any movie and can win every award; and be the biggest freaking movie star in the whole world. I love you Will Smith.”

Indeed Will, itsashort.com loves you, as well.

 

These Oscar Snubs Got Some Love

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The MTV Movie Awards gave these films the full embrace, as expected.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, by Itsashort.com favorite J.J. Abrams, won the “Movie of The Year” award and Straight Outta Compton took home the True Story award. The Oscars largely ignored both.

The top individual acting awards went to Charlize Theron for Mad Max: Fury Road and Chris Pratt for Jurassic World. Personally, we feel Ryan Reynolds should have won for Deadpool, but congratulations to Pratt. Reynolds did win for “Best Comedic Performance,” which isn’t a bad consolation prize. Actress Daisy Ridley won the “Breakthrough Performance” award for her role in the Force Awakens as well.

MTV might want to consider some awards for the short film genre in the future. We’re just saying.

Chicago’s Very Own

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Cannes, Sundance, SXSW and Tribeca are your top-tier film festivals: the proverbial cool kids at the cool table.

Then you have those festivals trying to nudge their way in for a seat at that table or find one close to it.

Chicago’s CIMMfest is an emerging music and international film festival that launches April 13. The music lineup is pretty cool, but CIMMfest has some dope film offerings. “Cracked actor,” a rare BBC documentary on the departed, pop music icon David Bowie is a gem. Another is the fictive short film “Bail,” about “life on the down-low in 1926 Harlem.”

CIMMfest boasts a formidable short film program to boot. Itsashort.com will be in the building for this dandy and you should too. For a full rundown of CIMMfest events, visit this site.

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