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This Week's Saturday Shorts: Trolls, War, and Boats!

Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here with this week's wave of wildly fun short flicks from some fine filmmakers. This week we've got drama, action, comedy, and it's all here, free for you and me to enjoy on this lovely Saturday afternoon (or whatever day/time you're reading this). I'm still coming off the high of Fantastic Fest, where I caught some rather enjoyable shorts, met some cool folks, and just had a blast over all. I'd like to think we have a rather fantastic selection today, as each film somehow involves a bit of fantasy, a lovely distraction from the confines of reality. So whatever you are in the mood for, here's hoping you'll click on something you dig. Let's get to watching!

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:


TRT: 25:22

And first up we have an online premiere for a film I can't seem to get enough of. There's something very endearing about the idea of trolls... There's an angry loneliness that seems tied to them (at least from what I know of them) and I'll be damned if this short doesn't capture that. Director Max Carlson of Odd Box Films brings us an update on an old story that's sure to keep your attention. "A mythical Troll, who lives underneath a bridge in downtown Los Angeles, falls in love with a woman who jumps off its ledge."

The Troll from Van Maximilian Carlson on Vimeo.


TRT: 6:16

Jim O'Heir makes yet another appearane on SATURDAY SHORTS in this new film, a parody of Pixar/Disney execs and a pitch for yet another talking vehicles film. Director Justin Dec perfectly transformed a one punch joke into six minutes of fun, with an excellent cast. "Hot off the success of "Cars" and "Planes", a room full of executives dreams up the next big thing... "Boats"!  But is it the story they care about or is it $omething el$$$e...?" And if you're particularly fond of the film's main song, be sure to hit up iTunes and nab it!


TRT: 30:04

Up next is longer than I typically like my shorts, but damnit if it isn't worth it. Director Bret Zausmer has crafted a bizarre, yet enthralling film that explores the effects war can have on a person's psyche. Zausmer classifies this as "War Romance" and I 100% agree with that description. The film's based on a deleted scene Zausmer saw while exploring bonus features on Nick Bicanic's SHADOW COMPANY dvd. "Travis is a private-sector mercenary stationed in a remote area of Afghanistan. When he flies his inflatable wife, Lucy, in town to visit, his team is unsure what to do. Based on a true story."

Lucy from Bret Zausmer on Vimeo.


TRT: 3:20

Here we have Jow Warner's take on a post apocalyptic future where scavenging is a way of life. ""Until The End" is an intimate character study against the grand concept of the apocalypse. This was a zero budget student film shot over two days in Centrailia, Pennsylvania."

Until The End from Joseph Warner on Vimeo.


TRT: 6:22

To wrap this week up, I've got an added bit of fun. Nope, this wasn't a video submitted to SS, but one that's landed on my lap. It's too damn fun not to share with all of you ladies and gents. It's a music video that played at a wedding... It's fantastic. "At his wedding we pleaded for our brother not to leave us, in the only way we knew how to say it; through the the medium of 80s music and video. We thought we'd done ok, but he left us anyway." Baddy Paris and Rufus Starlight have created something rather amazing and I blame them very much for being the only music I can think of for the last few days. Be sure to hit up their site!

And that's it for this weeks folks. I'll catch ya'll next week with some more fun films from folks like you and me. Keep kicking ass. But hey, feel like continuing the party? Then hit up one of the links below!

Genre Explosions (1/28/12)

Mixed Genre Bag (2/4/12)

Mixed Bag (2/11/12)

Horror/SciFi (2/18/12)

Comedy (2/25/12)

Mixed Bag (3/3/12)

Horror (3/10/12)

Genre Mix (3/17/12)

Mixed Bag (3/24/12)

Mix (3/31/12)

Drama/Thriller (4/7/12)

Mixed Bag (4/14/12)

Comedy (4/21/12)

Animated (4/28/12)

Horror/SciFi (5/5/12)

Comedy (5/12/12)

Mixed Genre Bag (5/19/12)

Drama (5/26/12)

SciFi (6/2/12)

Horror (6/9/12)

SciFi (6/16/12)

Animated (6/23/12)

Supernatural Goodness (6/30/12)

Comedy (7/7/12)

SciFi Explosions With Aliens (7/14/12)

Comedy (7/21/12)

Mixed Bag (7/28/12)

Science Fiction (8/4/12)

Creature Features (8/11/12)

Drama (8/18/12)

Animation Craziness (8/25/12)

Mixed bag of Awesome (9/1/12)

Dark Comedy Extravaganza (9/8/12)

Random Bits of Fun (9/15/12)

Comedy (9/22/12)

Damn Fine Horror (9/29/12)

Goofy Comedy Laughsplosion (10/6/12)

Drama (10/13/12)

Genre-Fest (10/20/12)

Horror (10/27/12)

SciFi (11/3/12)

Genre Explosion (11/10/12)

Drama (11/17/12)

Genre Explosion (11/24/12)

Genre Basket of Awesome (12/1/12)

Genre Marathon (12/8/12)

Hilarity-fest (12/15/12)

Horror-ish Creepfest (12/22/12)

SciFi Craziness (12/29/12)

Genre Explosion (1/5/13)

Animation (1/12/13)

Drama, Drama, Drama (1/19/13)

Mixed Bag (1/26/13)

More Mixed Bag (2/2/13)

More Mixed Bag (2/9/13)

Assorted Bits of Genre (2/16/13)

Horror Goodness (2/23/13)

Genre Explosion! (3/2/13)

Laughter in Film Form (3/9/13)

Drama (3/16/13)

Genres Galore (3/23/13)

The Sphere; Montauk; Meth; Anamnesis (3/30/13)

Stan Lee Parkour; Mediating Kidnapper; Red; Bullet Head; Shadow (4/6/13)

Carrot & Stick; Queen of Hearts; Paintwork; Trophy Wife; BFC: Big F*ckin Chicken (4/13/13)

Victorian Undead; The Glitch; Saw Misgivings; Dave Vs. Death (4/20/13)

Gratitude; Boo!; Game of Dim(Wits); How I Met Your Father (4/27/13)

Allure; Titans of Newark; The Knightswoon; The Magic Box (5/4/13)

Don't Move; Experimental; Blackout; Birthday Boys (5/11/13)

Abe; Judge Minty; Robto; The Bubble (5/18/13)

Unsaid; Time; Spare The Bullets Not His Life; The Forge; The Mortician (5/25/13)

Ice Cream; Giraffic Park; The Spell Book; Pop; Chris' Wire (6/1/13)

The Tea Party; Dawn; The Earth Rejects Him; Hangin; Faces: Why Do We Have Them? (6/8/13)

Dead-Funny; Dead Reel; Buckles; So Dark; Secret Identity (6/15/13)

Woman Who Hates Plants; La Donna E Pericolosa; Tranquility Inc.; Rock-Paper-Scissors; Air On Shelves (6/22/13)

A Killer Surprise; Hitchcock Assembled; The Arsehole Gene; Kill Him; Only in Dreams (6/29/13)

Mirage; Laundry Night; Kiss; Mathilda (7/6/13)

Machete Get Ready; En Passant; Eg Anda; Fade To Black; Shocker (7/13/13)

PostHuman; The Flying Man; Departure; Lucy; Nemesis (7/20/13)

I shot JFK; List; Ten Thousand Days; Sick Day; Bolero (7/27/13)

I'm Such a Carrie; Motherland; Mutt; Falling Apart; Save The Kiss (8/3/13)

The Olympians; Land Of Giants; Genesis; Melissa!; Vaccine; Promotion (8/10/13)

Through the Night; Spoiler; Everything Happens For a Reason; Blindsided; Star Wars Speed Dating (8/17/13)

The Video Dating Tape of Desmondo Ray, Aged 33 & 3/4; White With Red; Sinkhole; The Autumn Girl; Melt; Ghost Train (trailer) (8/24/13)

Nitro Warriors 2; Vindicate; Ashtray; Three Legged Horses (8/31/13)

Sleep Walk; Star Drunk; Obsolescence In Love; Sunisoid (9/7/13)

Neon Killer; Future Duck; It Felt Good To Have This Pain; The Golden Age; Minotaur (9/14/13)

The Offering; Ligeia; The Red Valentine; Meme Comes To Life And Is Pissed; Frontier: The Rising Shadow (9/21/13)

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. The more info you send my way, the more info there is to put with your short.

Please don’t feel the need to submit multiple times. 

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?



BY THE WAY: If you've had a short featured here, that means that I personally am a fan of your work, so feel free to shoot me any kind of news on new projects/films/whatever. I can't say I'll be able to help or in what capactiy, but I'm interested in your work and am always down to see more! (Keep making cool stuff, everyone!)


- Mike McCutchen


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