Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here with yet another exciting week of fun short films created and sent in by fellow Ain't It Cool readers like you and me. I'm sure by now you're aware of a little (*sarcasm) genre film fest we've got down here in Austin. It's a magical festival of "fucked-up-edness" and has an ever growing presence that brings in all kinds of amazing films from all over the world. "Muldoon, that's great and all, but unless you can get me a badge, fly me out, and put me up - that's irrelevent!" Lo siento friends, I just can't help but scream from the mountains about Fantastic Fest, but what I can do is keep Saturday Shorts fed with what I think are some pretty cool short films. Whether you're iced in in Alaska, on a beach in Hawaii, or just don't feel like leaving the house (I can't blame you), you've got a film fest of your own - this one hidden right smack dab in the middle of good old AICN. So who's in the mood for a little bit of slashing, blood dropping, superhero-ing, time traveling fun for the day? You? Okay, cool... becuase I was hoping you were, as that's what I've got for you today.
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:
COMMON SHINER'S "SOCIAL MEDIASOCHIST"
Wham! Just like a loving smack to the face, here's a music video that's a massive love letter to modern horror films (all of them). Zoran Gvojic and the gang at Low Carb Comedy absolutely nailed the teeny vibe here and created something I think is just a joy. It's packed to the brim with references aplenty and the song's pretty catchy as well. Even if you're not a fan of the music (Sorry in advance, people in Common Shiner), the video's silly fun and is definitely worth checking out. If you like the video, check out Low Carb Comedy's site and obviously if the music is right up your alley, then check out the band's site.
You know what could save you from the slashers in our last short? Superheroes, though... what I'm going to serve up next isn't quite that. From the folks over at Cracked.com, specifically the talented Katy Stoll who brought this show to my attention, we've got our next bit of fun. Again, you folks might know me to only occasionally screen webseries here and well, that's becasue those are the ones that I truly believe in. Here's yet another example of "that's well made, fun, and hell yeah I'm going to show my friends over at AICN." ANTIHEROES is "about a bunch of slackers who get super powers but don't want to be bothered with using them. Kind of like Workaholics meets Heroes. Or, Misfits." I'm sure you guys and gals have heard of Cracked.com and if you enjoy this pilot episode - get your butt over there to check out more of the series!
Great Superpowers Are a Huge Pain in the Ass: Antiheroes 1 -- powered by Cracked.com
Pow! Bam! Zwap! Okay... I'm a little hungover on superheroisms... Next up we've got a fun and quick short from Michael Matzur, Courtney Henderson, Danny Donahue, and Joe Bearor - the gang over at A:Sixty. "Two WWII time travellers appear in a present day living room and wreak havoc in this steampunk sci-fi comedy short film." It's short and sweet - the way I like them. Here's a link to their Youtube page if you're hungry for more.
Gear shift time. We've got an odd comedy that's sure to stick with a few of you folks. Saturday Shorts Alumn Jared Skolnick brings us "a morbid recreation of a classic joke, with a great twist." Great twist indeed!
Yep, that's it from me this week guys and gals. I'll catch you here in the same place, same time a week from now. And now, I shall return to the fantastic festivities of FANTASTIC FEST! I hope you folks have a great week in the meantime, but if you aren't - then take your mind on a journey through past 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 "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