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This Week's Saturday Shorts: Singing Serial Killers, Things Falling From The Sky, and Dark Thrillers Galore!

Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here with this week's fun selection of kickass short films created and submitted by fellow AICN readers. While a few of us folks are down here stinking up a wonderful theater for BNAT, I hope you're able to set aside a little time to give these films a shot here with our very own weekly film fest/club. And as per usual, I think pretty highly of the shorts below, yet they by no means share any common themes or elements. It's literally a case of "Hey, this is pretty cool. Why not pair this comedy about giant mutant vampire prostitutes with this drama about a doctor who falls in love with his dying patient? They're both great." (That my friends, is why you'll never see me programming Sundance.) At any rate, keep an open mind and just try to soak each of these up on their own merits. If you've got a short film sitting on a hard drive and are thinking of sending it my way - please do. I'm always, always down to check out shorts. There are too many talented folks out there who keep me from stagnating. So just when I think I've seen it all - boom, I get a slap to the face from some unique filmmaker. Hell, look at Dave Green: I dug his short film, MELTDOWN forever ago - on my first SATURDAY SHORTS column - and now the guy's in line to direct TMNT 2... I love that. Goes to show if you've got a cool idea, grab a camera and go make something. Don't be that kind of filmmaker who has a great script, but never actually makes a film. Go create, screw up, learn from that screw up, create again, and rock the house with your awesomeness (just... be sure to send your cool shorts my way first!). Okay, that's enough from me, let's get on with the shorts.

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: 17:44

Up first is a damn fine film. I'm over the moon about this one. It's incredibly darker than what I had anticipated going in, but holy hell is it a tight short. Director Josh Tanner shot this film down in Australia and actually made use out of leftover sets from Bryan Singer's SUPERMAN RETURNS (which is pretty damn neat if you ask me). THE LANDING is "the story of a mysterious UFO landing in 1960s Midwest America and its present day disclosure."

THE LANDING - Short Film from Perception Pictures on Vimeo.


TRT: 14:47

Up next is a dystopian future style short from Michael Chance. It's got a taste of EQUILIBRIUM with a dash of BLADE RUNNER. "A man who works as a human punching bag to relieve others of their stress gets caught up in a noirish mystery pertaining to a strange device that everyone's after."


TRT: 12:16

Next up is a puppet filled musical about one of America's more famous serial killers: Jeffrey Dahmer. Yikes. Detroit's very own bad boy puppet show, "The Gepetto Files" put this one together and while the source material is slightly revolting, it's an "I can't look away" kind of short. It's creepy and interesting.


TRT: 19:10

To end on a high note, next up is a solid film from Saturday Shorts vet Jamie Sims. "HOWL (2013) is a short Psychological thriller about a Primary school teacher struggling to protect a new pupil from a strange man who lingers at the playground fence." If you like what you see, then be sure to head over to Jamie's website for more info! He's a talented guy with a new short circling around the festival world.

SHORT FILM: HOWL (2013) (Psychological Thriller) from Jamie Sims on Vimeo.

Boom! That's if for this week. I'll catch you all seven days from now with a handful of cool shorts for your viewing pleasures!



The Awareness; The 4th Rule of Gremlins; The Simple Carnival "Geek Like Me;" Showbiz Leech; The Fall And Rise of Mickey (1/4/14)

All's Fair; The Case of The Missing Garden Gnome; The Wizard And The Werewolf; Last Remnants (1/11/14)

La Petite Mort; Bruce Lee Played Badminton Too; Micropolar; Imperial Highway; Sigur Ros - "Varúð" (1/18/14)

The Misinventions of Milo Weatherby; Lifted; The Rinsing; Ashes; M is For Maltese (1/25/14)

Rivotanana; End Of Dates; First Date; The Last Girl (2/1/14)

Cockatoo; Hematiet; SLR; Sheridan; A Horny Ghost Named Buster (2/8/14)

Summersale; Gorilla Warfare; Steve From Accounting; M is For Mind Meld; The Godfather: A Look Back (2/15/14)

Poppetje; In Vain; The World Is Burning; The Central Park Snowman Project; Mission (2/22/14)

La Boca De Leon; Bedbug; Wax; Skin; Something (3/1/14)

Luna; Logan Must Make Star Wars; Rocco; No Strings Attached; Blessing In Disguise (3/8/14)

Plastic Love; Audrey Moon River; The Afrobats; The Flying Lesson; Strike (3/15/14)

Timeholes; Child Eater; Walter Don't Dance; Low Hanging Fruit; Love Hitch (3/29/14)

House of Thrones; The Hunt; Tumbleweed!; Tolerated; The Colour of Her Eyes (4/5/14)

#PostModem; No Help; The Hobbit Games; College Romance; Lost Voice (4/12/14)

Book 1; Compliments; Twiller Parkour #2; They Say; Bikini Girls Vs. Dinosaurs Trailer (4/19/14)

Chomp!; NSFL; In The Black; Everyone's A Comedian; Zenith (4/26/14)

Revenge of The Threesome - Star Wars Light Sabe Duel III; Four Eyes; Her Story; Eleven Dimensions; Teewhy's "Stage Name;" Pinfall Kickstarter (5/3/14)

Charlie And The Nighthawks; Fatty In Wonderland; Recurring Symptons; Don't Hug Me I'm Scared: 2 (5/10/14)

Caterwaul; First Sight; Man Vs. Woman; Say Cheese; The Train (5/17/14)

Booby Traps; Hard Love; That Guitar Man; Ask An Astronomy Brain Parasite; Dada (5/24/14)

Great Moments In Rock & Roll History (The Never Happened); Vultures In The Void; Surveillance; A Woodcutter's Tale; The Hourglass Figure (5/31/14)

State Of The Union; "Behind Enemy Lines;" Woods Baseball; Rich/Fit/Successful; As You Were; Zombie Zealot (6/7/14)

Rob Fetter's "Desire;" Sing-Song; Dead End Job; Torturous; Guided by Voices "Bad Love Is Easy To Do" (6/14/114)

Fear, Inc.; Lights Out; 2AM: The Smiling Man; Sneeze; The Music of Erika Zahn (6/21/14)

When The Zombies Come; Nice Mustache; Harry White And The Cursed Medallion; Love Connection; The Book of Joe (6/28/14)

Mis-Drop; Mech: Human Trials; The Sunman; Time Travel Lover (7/5/14)

Sky-Caper; Goodnight Harvey; Bro; Buck Shot; The Art of Motion; Ticked Off (7/12/14)

Foam Drive Renegades; How To Survive Working 9 To 5; Fantastic Foe; Abinormal; Banana Seat (7/19/14)

Tiny Dancer; Spacewalk; Sissy Boy; Witchfinder; Uncanny Valley (7/26/14)

Bobby Beats; Birth; I Am Become Death; In A Dream; A Bloody Shade of Red (8/2/14)

Between Days; Blue Balls; The Amazingly Ordinary Story; The Gunfighter; Short Love Story (8/9/14)

Certified Organic; Jennifer Lawrence Is Coming; Helen Iris: Watch Dog; Hubert's Ghost; Loose Ends (8/23/14)

Rise Of The Kitchen Appliances; The Apprentice; The Koan; White Meat (8/30/14)

Hiccup; Buck Savage In: The City Of The Damned; Garlic Bread Man Vs. Superbo Lasagna Man; Hard Boiled Cop (9/6/14)

L4st; Salesman; Bear Binko's Binko Bear Mace; Drive-Thru Window; Despertar; Dead Man's Party Pitch (9/13/14)

Common Shiner's "Social Mediasochist;" Antiheroes; Tandem; The Answer (9/20/14)

Where The Red Fox Lies; The Keeper; Envoy; Spontaneous Amphetamines; The Golden Ticket (9/27/14)

Mouse-X; The Hitch; Dosing; Nightwatch; Resignation (10/4/14)

The Light Of The World; Nitro Warriors: Dare To Connect; Fractures; Johnny's Speakeasy; Twilight; Arrival (10/11/14)

Flesh Computer; Back Again; Burned; Running The Gammatar; Star Wars: Please Kathleen Kennedy (10/25/14)

Sea Devil; Star Wars VII: Comedy Sketch; The Archivist; Office Guys; The Halloween Costume (11/1/14)

Breathe; Strangers; You Only Die Once; Sunrise With Earth (11/9/14)

Phoenix 9; La Loteria; Quentin and Lisa... At The Grocery Store; Oppenheimer (11/15/14)

Little Old Lady; Green Eyed; The Mountain Below; Rejected; It's Only a Movie (11/22/14)

Counter Parts; Penguin; Self-Assembly; Loves of a Cyclops; Loud and Deep (11/30/14)

Snow Balls Deep; Employee of The Month; Golden Box; The Moped Diaries; Krampus Bells (12/6/14)


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 capacity, 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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