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It's a bird. It's a plane. It's SATURDAY SHORTS.

Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here with four shorts that will have you moon-walking naked across a busy street they're so good. (If that does happen, I'm not liable.) In all seriousness we have four wonderful shorts today for your viewing pleasure here at the good old SATURDAY SHORTS screening room. This week's selection is more thriller/drama centric than we've had in the past with some brilliant pieces of work I think you folks might enjoy as much as I do. On that note, I've had these shorts since around the end of February, so if you've sent in a short film of your own and beat the keyboard with extreme malice every time if doesn't appear on SATURDAY SHORTS, (first off - "chill") don't worry - I could be saving them for a themed program or could screen it next week (or the week after that). In the mean time, check out the fine work of your fellow Ain't It Cool readers. *Next week is an all out balls to the wall genre fest that I can't wait to show you guys and gals.*

So let's get this screening going. Go grab yourself some popcorn, lock your kids in a closet, kill the lights, relax and check out this little weekly film fest we've got ourselves here. (Cue projector sound)




Up first is Kal-El Bogdanove's film, TRAPS. "It is an intense dramatic short about two young fishermen - best friends - who come to impassable conflict, alone, aboard a twenty-foot lobster boat, miles out to sea."

"Traps was shot on a total shoestring on Monhegan Island, Maine, where I grew up. The island is a famed retreat and obsession of some of America's greatest painters, including Rockwell Kent and N.C., Andrew, and James Wyeth. It offers a painterly look at the arresting, often unforgiving beauty of life in one of New England's last real fishing villages." - Bogdanove

Here we are with an Oscar nominated short from Luke Doolan and Blue Tongue Films. With this short, the less you know going in - the better.
(Comedy / Drama)
Up next is Jim Page's Self Help. "A lonely oddball, crippled by insecurity, attends a motivational seminar given by the mythical 'John Power', in the hopes of changing his isolated life."

"This is my first short film. ‘Self Help’ was partly inspired by my own struggle to be comfortable in their own skins, and the mask that many people wear to hide their real selves. It's a bit weird, but i like to think it has a bit of heart! It's been screened at over 20 international festivals including the New York Film Festival and London Short Film Festival." - Page

(Adventure / Drama)
Filmmaker Brett Cramer gives us a nostaglic smack to the back of the head with CHARLIE, a film that makes me want to go play outside. "Three friends caught in a tense combat situation must choose between what is easy and what is right."

CHARLIE should've helped to toss us out on a high note and all, but what's that? You want to keep this shorts watching shindig going strong? Awesome! Here's list of previous columns: 











If you have a short and think it belongs here or are on the fence about whether to send it in, please do send it in - I'd love to see what you've put together. I've already seen hundreds of fresh new filmmakers' shorts and like any good addict, I need more!

Shoot me an email at ""

In the subject line include:

“SHORTS” + “Your film’s name” + “The film’s genre”

Then, in the body of the email, please include a synopsis of the film and any contact information you might think I need or would want published.

Please don’t feel the need to submit multiple times.  I swear to each of you I truly check every email I get, and sending the same short a few times just makes it a bit messier.

Remember, the filmmakers might still be in the audience, so feel free to share your thoughts in Talkbacks below. (Just don't be a dick) I picked them, so you know I think highly of all of these, but how about you fine folks? What are your thoughts?



- Mike McCutchen



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