Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here with this week's short film picks. Are you in the mood for something different? Something you wouldn't typically check out? Good, becaues that's the line up I've got for you fine folks today: a mixture of all sorts of kickass genres/styles/stories all here, all free, and all made with pure love (or hatred... I can't tell one particular one). So while I hope your weekend is going pretty well already - prepare to have it significantly rocked with a few shorts created and submitted by fellow AICN readers like you and me. "Muldoon! Enough chit chat - let's watch some shorts!" Welp... you're the boss - let's roll the digital projector and get blown away.
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:
THE MISINVENTIONS OF MILO WEATHERBY
First up is a film from William Whirity that'll have you exercising that part of your brain that stores memories of childhood, specifically the part of childhood that had an aura of "I can do whatever I put my mind to, like fly off the roof if I tape cardboard to my arms." William's put together a pretty fun film. "Milo Weatherby is the next Thomas Edison... or at least he'd like to think so. When Milo's newest invention, the Reverse Microwave, actually turns out to be a time machine, he and his best friend Levi set out on an adventure through time." If you like the short as much as I do, then hop on over to William's website and see what else he's got cooking.
Up next we've got a fantasy (technically) film from Zachary Goldberg. "LIFTED tells an ethereal story of a fleeting kinship formed between two lonely children. Sara (Beatrice Miller) makes a fascinating discovery when a boy (Brandon Buescher) endowed with the power of flight crashes behind her home. From Zachary Goldberg, this empathetic fantasy is grounded in the emotional journey of its characters.. the boy who fell from the sky and the girl who found him." Special props to the two leads. I think the young girl ought to have a bright future.
Here's a jarring/lovely smack in the face (and ears). Here's the latest (experimental) short from Saturday Shorts veteran Simone Smith. "Alone? Unattractive? Unloved? Sign up for THE RINSING today. A program that will bring you face-to-face with the new, improved you."
Here we've got a double feature of films from director Ashton Golembo (see below). Like a fair amount of you probably do, one of the two leads in the film cares very much for a pet of his... even though it's been dead and is now simply ashes in a box. If you like what you see, then run over to FunnyOrDie and smack it with a big "Funny!" or don't - your call. (I clearly think it's fun).
M IS FOR MALTESE
I'm not sure if you folks have heard of the "M is for..." contest a while back, but... (I'm kidding, I've screened quite a few of them, including two solid weeks of them). Here's another fun one from Ashton Golembo. (I'm starting to think Golembo's got some pet issues here... I kid.) "Brad and Heidi go searching for what they think is a mouse. Spoiler - it's not a mouse."
Bam! That's all for this week ladies and gentlemen. Now it's back to work for Muldoon, but hey - I'll see you next week with more fun shorts!
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. 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 capacity, but I'm interested in your work and am always down to see more! (Keep making cool stuff, everyone!)
- Mike McCutchen