Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here making my weekly trek out of the jungle to bring you a kickass lineup of fun shorts made by sexy folks just like yourselves. This week I've got a slew of funny flicks that should put a smile on your face (if not, then I'll just assume you have a heart of stone and just can't be pleased - someone who quite possibly steals ice cream from kids after kicking their puppy...) Seriously, the whole point of SATURDAY SHORTS for me is relaxing and getting to dip your toes in a mini film festival every weekend (hopefully when you're not working), watching things you may or may not have heard of just because like me you're always on the lookout for unique stories and BAM! that screams "Show me something funny/enjoyabe, so I can forget about Bill and Linda back at the office riding my ass about XYZ." Well friend, you're in luck.
Also, while I might be screening a short today I recieved a week or so ago, there's stuff here I got sent back in March, but for some reason or other haven't been able to post yet. If you've shot in a short, first off "Hell yeah, you rock," but the flipside = if you haven't seen it yet, please don't go all Negative Nancy in the Talkbacks below. This is a unique thing we've got here - I look at the Talkbacks as a sort of post Q&A, an opportunity to ask questions and share your thoughts - however if you're thoughts are "I banged your mother" or "Worst... movie... ever!" then take that somewhere else por favor. Let's just have some fun.
Let's get this laughfest rolling.
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:
SEX WITH THE EX
Let's kick today's shindig of fun off with this twisted black comedy here, sent in by filmmaker Leigh Richards. I'm left slightly disturbed after watching this black comedy, but kind of like that (and it's got a gorgeous overall design with a freaky real feeling primary set, the colors/lack thereof are damn sexy).
"Vincent wants out of a sour relationship with Alessandra, but she's not leaving until she gets what she wants.."
If you dig it, be sure to hit up Leigh's website HERE.
Zeik's Bad Day
Director Ryan Shovey gives us a nice slice of life with this next short, well a slice of life that includes an army of flesh eating zombies. Fun Stuff here. Check out the Ryan's website HERE.
This next bit was sent in by Mike Scott and has a fun little style to it.
RISE OF THE LIVING CORPSE
Feel like a quick laugh? Bam, Chris Walsh has you covered in this 30 second stop motion chuckle of fun. If you dig ROTLC, then check out his company's site HERE.
This scifi/comedy gem comes to us from writer-director Javier Grillo-Marxuach and as an added bonus - if you're into lots of blood, you'll certainly find yourself right at home watching Javier go cinematically psycho. Again, fun stuff here. Check out the site for Javier's company HERE.
And that's the last short of the day, BUT hey I got a cool little update from Elliot Cowan, a filmmaker whose short I was able to have in a past column (THE THING IN THE DISTANCE). Apparenlty Elliot was hit up by a production company, secured a few investors, and is set to shoot a low budget feature with his characters (Boxhead and Roundhead). Elliot, along with Lyla Ribot, Anamaria Solis, and production designer Neil Ross looks to have the feature out next September beginning in Romania. Congrats guys!
Again, believe it or not - if you've had a short here, it's because I personally dig it, so feel free to keep me updated with whatever you guys/gals have going on. At any awesome rate, that's it for this week. I hope you dug these shorts as much as I did. Now it's back to the trenches, fleeing from a massive bipolar T-rex while on the hunt to save others! I'll see you folks next week with some more kickass shorts.
If you're new to SATURDAY SHORTS and want to check out some other really cool shorts that have screened here, here's an evergrowing list of filmic fun:
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 "Mike@aintitcool.com"
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 AN ASSHOLE). I picked them, so you know I think highly of all of these, but how about you fine folks? How'd you like 'em?
- Mike McCutchen