Hello laides and gentlemen, your pal Muldoon here with this week's lovely selection of short films from all corners of the globe. Hopefully you've had a solid week, been able to catch a few films, do something fancy with a significant over this past VDAy, and have a wide open weekend ahead of you. Yesterday I just wrapped a project I'd been working on since June, and immediately start on another project this next week - so the idea of a relaxed weekend with nothing but watching movies sounds exceptionally badass for me. Fortunately we can kick this party off nicely with a handful of films from some solid filmmakers. With a doc, a parody, a little drama, and more... I'm not sure if these shorts could be any more different from one another. It's like eating pizza, lobster, and tacos in one sitting - which I'd implore everyone to try. Regardless of what type of films you're in to, just know that each one of these films was created by passion, imagination, and a desire to tell a tale. So without further ado, let's watch some solids films!
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!
To kick the doors open for this week, we've got a film from Mark Slutsky. "When colleagues Laura and Grady have an impulsive fling on a business trip, they decide it might be for the best if it all just never happened." Mark describes the film as "set in a world much like our own, just a little different. A world in which we can manipulate our thoughts, our lives, just a little more than we already can. The technology in the film is fictional, but in many ways, I think we have always applied the same principles to the way we view our lives, the way we selectively tell ourselves our own stories" I rarely like watching films with cheaters/sour relationships, but this one kind of hooks you in. Great cast all around. Check out more of Mark's work over on his website! (Thanks csjohnston!)
Next up is a solid documentary from Colin Garcia. I don't typically seek docs out, but I do find myself watching them pretty regularly. Here's a great example of a film taking 14 minutes to crack your brain open and catch you up to speed on a subject you might not typically know much about. "Part music documentary, part tone poem, part love letter to East Vancouver, NIMBI follows JUNO Award-winning septet Fond of Tigers as they record their first album in close a decade." You might remember Colin's film ULLA that played here back in 2015, or if you haven't - seek it out! Check out more of Colin's work over on is Vimeo Page! I can't wait to see what he does next.
JOKER AND HARLEY QUINN UN-CUT CAR CHASE
Up next is a parody from XVP Comedy, featuring SUICIDE SQUAD's versions of Harley Quinn and the Joker. Here we get to see the "un-cut version" of that film's Batman infused car chase. I enjoyed SUICIDED SQUAD significantly more than BATMAN V. SUPERMAN, so these parodies are a welcome addition to my world. "Joker & Harley Quinn successfully escape the Batman, but they just can't escape normal couple arguments." It feels like every week the folks at XVP have something fun out, so think about checking out their YouTube Channel!
CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW, ASSHOLE?
Next up is a short that was created from a 48 Hour film challenge in San Francisco. The Whalen brothers created a fun "what if?" style short that crosses a few wires. "A power talker talks himself into a brave new future." Check out more of their work on their YouTube Page!
Bam! There we are, ladies and gents, a short and sweet selection of films you've likely not seen. I just hope you caught something you enjoyed or gave you an idea. I'm always, always hungry for more short films, so you've got something - send it my way! Until next week, feel free to check out past articles!
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