Hello ladies and gentlemen, your pal Muldoon here with an extra large selection of kickass short films from all over the world submitted by their creators, AICN readers like you and me. This week is pretty genre heavy, but no - not all films below have monsters or psycho killers, a few are just... damn good and shorts I believe need to be seen by as many folks as possible. I'm sure by now you've caught a vibe of the types of films that typically stand out to me and by no means am I any sort of authority, I'm just glad you folks keep checking back in each week to see what's on the menu. Each week I try to show you films from filmmakers - real people - not ecessarily a VFX house trying to pitch a feature or a creative ad agency whipping up some sort of short in order to sell you something. With each of the films below, killers or not, there's a genuine sense that thought and care was taken into account and that's what I hope to promote, individuals who have an idea and actually bring it to fruition. At any rate, let's start this picture show.
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:
Up first is a quirky film from Jordan Crowder, a nice film that's actually up for a competition for the "My Rode Reel" challenge and while it's nicely shot and leaves you feeling oddly refreshed, I love how parts of it were shot with an iPhone - that just goes to show "where there's a will, there's a way." Jordan also has a pretty interesting behind the scenes video you might want to check out if you like the film. "A nearsighted young man finds his identity and true love through a pair of prescription glasses." Be sure to swing by Jordan's website and see what all else the guy's got!
Well with a name like CROW HAND as the film's title, what can you possibly expect? Let your own imagination whip up what that could mean, then strap in and let Brian Lonano blow your mind. This short is... truly insane and I love every moment of it. Brian's putting the film online in hope that folks will check out his next short, GWILIAM, currently looking to crowdsourcing for its budget. I clearly enjoy Brian's work as I've been able to bring you a few of his past shorts over the years, like ATTACKAZOIDS, DEPLOY!!, THE TRANSMISSION, and M IS FOR MOURNING. While I'm curious to see what he whips up with GWILLIAM (a goblin-human love story), I'm excited to show you folks CROW HAND, so let's go ahead and full screen this puppy. If you like Brian's work, then think about looking at his Vimeo Page for more shorts.
Our next film poses a pretty interesting question, "What if you could alter your memories? Would you?" Director Dan Marcus brings us his two year passion project which has played at film fests all over America. "A man haunted by traumatic memories must confront his past while eluding mysterious pursuers." If you like what you see, then check out his company website or the film's Facebook page for more info on Dan and all of his cool projects.
Saturday Shorts Alumn Jamie Sims is back with an interesting 48-Hour Film Challenge entry that's original and pretty kickass. It's a science fiction film that doens't rely on CG robots or spaceships - it's back to basics and in the best way possible. Check out Jamie's website or the 3 Legged Dog Films Vimeo page.
Director Nathan Miller and producers Mel Eslyn and Alycia Delmore bring us our next film, a solid drama/comedy that beautifully dances around dealing with the death of a loved one. "Matt's final obligation to his mother proves more difficult than he'd imagined."
SCORPION VS. JASON
To wrap up this shindig, we've got another "What if?" from Brian Rosenthal and the folks of WTFLOL. While this one isn't as much a story as it is a skit, it's still entertaining and well done. I can't wait to see what else Brian and WTFLOL come up with!
That's it, ladies and gents. I'll see you fine folks a week from now with another handful of fun films I think you might want to check out. In the mean time, if you've got a cool idea - get some friends together and shoot it! (JUST DO IT!) If you're in the mood for a few more shorts, well hell - you're in the right place, just click on any of the links below and have some fun! Have a great week, folks - I'll be back next Saturday.
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