Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here with this week's selection of interesting shorts you might want to check out. This week's lineup is all over the place, a perfect stew of different films that will appeal to different folks. I enjoy each of them for drastically different reasons, so I'm anxious to see what you folks think. I'm also on the hunt for more films, so if you've created something or you have friends who've made something cool, reach on out to me at Mike@aintitcool.com. I'm truly always looking for unique stories from filmmakers with their own voice, folks who create their films out of a passion, a need to create, a need to express their imagination regardless of budgetary constraints or real world (non-film realted) obligations. We're all here for the same reason, to see something we've not yet seen before - so if you're sitting on a short and feel it would gel with AICN, send that email! Thanks again to the folks below for reaching out, now let's get this show on the road and take a peek at this week's shorts!
Adam Brown has our first film of the day, an apocalyptic drama that is simply incredible. "Alex, a travel-worn survivor in a desolate post-apocalyptic world, returns to his childhood home to find not only artifacts of his youth, but also the plague-ridden body of his recently deceased father." Brown's done an excellent job here with world building. There's a staleness in each frame of the film, a perfect uneasiness that brigns a little weight to what Alex is going through - being alive in a dead world and having to deal with all that entails. There's a lot of love in the film, balanced nicely with a responsibility to do something you don't want to do, but need to in order to ensure your own survival. It's a deep dish of drama with an edge that I'm glad I get to share. Check out the film's website and Facebook page if you're interested in a little more info on the project and what Adam is up to next!
THE HEADLESS PRINCESS
Up next is a fun story from Vanessa Winter and Winterspectre Entertainment. This is just such a bizarre visual experience and tale that I wasn't familiar with. It's heavy on imagination and with a run time of less than three minutes, is a perfectly charming story that will take you to places you weren't necessarily expecting. It's genuinely bizarre and might not be for everyone, but I enjoyed my first time watching it and you hope do as well. If you'd like to see more from Vanessa Winter, then feel free to check out the Winterspectre Youtube channel.
BOVINE - "THANK F*CK I AIN'T YOU"
A rarity in these parts, but up next is a music video from director Oliver Jones. Jones is a music video director with visual tastes that perfectly align with mine, so when I saw this video - I nearly did a backflip. "An animated video about the disrespect to war veterans and what they have done for is - it's a lot more interesting than it sounds." The film's style came out of several months worth of rotoscope, a frame by frame process (in this specific case) that just looks incredible. I no doubt expect and hope to see more from Oliver in the future.
IT'S FUCKING SHIT
Next up is a film that was not submitted via email, but a short that's crossed my desk that I just fell in love with. Director Daniel Ashton Lloyd has literally "made the worst film [he] could." It's so incredibly perfect in describing a specific mentality that fills the den of most internet trolls, while being incredibly self referential. Here's a short I simply enjoyed and wanted to share. For more of Ashton's videos, check out his Vimeo Page, which is filled with shorts that most definitely aren't "Fucking Shit."
WHERE ARE THEY NOW: 90s WEBSITES
To close us out for this week we've got a film from Katy Stoll and the gang over at Cracked.com. It's a fun hypothetical that's been turned into a short, the concept of a high school reunion style fiesta of websites from the 90s. Clearly if you like this skit, there's an entire website completely devoted all things Cracked.
Boom! That's it for this week folks. Again, if you've got a film of your own - send it my way! So until next week, feel free to peruse past columns in the little library below, where you are sure to find some incredibly films of the past, comedy, drama, explosions of insanity - all at the click of a button:
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