Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here with this week's selection of fun shorts created and submitted by fellow AICN readers like you and me. This week is all over the place, from interesting docs to bizarre sketch comedy to some lovely zombie action love - this week's got it all. In my neck of the woods it's just about time for film festivals to start kicking off (Fantastic Fest, Austin Film Festival, BNAT....) and it's the fun I have during those fests that keep me coming back here and trying to give you fine folks a taste week after week. SATURDAY SHORTS is like a weekly film fest, a screening room hiding in the filmmic love world of AICN... almost like a little movie club. If you find yourself digging a short or have any genuine critiques (not hateful stuff - save that for the Michael Bays out there, please.) then be sure to pipe up and share your thoughts in the Talkbacks below. The cool thing here is the bulk of all the shorts that play on SATURDAY SHORTS come from folks who just simply needed to make something, so you don't get that "I did it for the money" business, it's just pure creativity at play. So without trailing on and on, let's switch gears from reading and get into 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:
Zombies! The best way to kick off this week's picks is with a rather kickass fan film from Mikko Löppönen. While I must admit my video game experence is limited to Mario, Sonic, and a bit of Halo - apparently THE LAST OF US is quite something special and something that's inspired someone to go out and make a short film based on it. "Two survivors pick the wrong house to scavenge for food. This boils down to a deadly confrontation inside an abandoned building." If you like what you see and want to follow Mikko on Twitter, get on it: @hmcindie.
Jack Trowbridge and Matt Gillan bring us our next short, a comedy/drama (dramedy?) "about life, death and golf." Beautifully shot and oddly endearing.
BEAR BINKO'S BINKO'S BEAR MACE
From the guys at Famous Oldie (Woods Baseball) we have yet another bizarre, yet energetically fun short - this time about bear mace. Matt Newby, Ben Kujawski, and Trevor Clifford have made a sketch that's packed with chuckles. If you like what you see, then be sure to hit up their website!
Here we've got a slice of life, an interesting doc about an interesting character from director Ted Robinson of Silver Sound.
And here we have our last short of the week, from Jorge Garrido. A rather simple story that's crisp and over all well done.
BONUS IndieGogo Pitch from SATURDAY SHORTS Alumni
Kickstarter... IndieGogo... Nine times out of ten when I'm sent one to post, I just get frustrated as I'm not sure why it's on the publice/strangers to give hard earned money to create something someone wants to make. I'm absolutely jaded in that realm, so the campaigns I do post are ones I fully believe in and hope to spread the word about. Here we have one, a rather interesting idea for a feature from some filmmakers I happen to be a fan of. Kevin Beauchamp and Mando Lopez are making a feature that's certainly piqued my interests: "DEAD MAN'S PARTY is about a group of tight knit horror geeks who throw a zombie themed Halloween party only to have the real things show up. If Sam Raimi, Danny Boyle, Robert Rodriguez, Peter Jackson, Edgar Wright, Lucio Fulci, and George A. Romero were to raise a child together, DEAD MAN'S PARTY would be that bastard offspring." Enough info from me, I'll let the filmmakers speak for themselves with their pitch video:
Boom! So there we have it folks, a handful of interesting shorts and a quick pitch for a fun feature. This next week I'll be slightly slammed in the commercial world and have the great fortune of hitting up Fantastic Fest (Been every year!), so it's going to be a tad hectic in Muldoon Land, but rest assured - I'll be back here next Saturday to toss more shorts your way!
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