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This Week's SATURDAY SHORTS: Elderly Explosions, Robberies, and Beautifully Animated Propaganda Fun!

Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here with a fun selection of shorts that collectively will blow your face off (in the best way possible, whatever that means.) I've not been around these parts in a few weeks and so for those out there wondering, "Where'd that JURASSIC PARK loving, short film featuring, badass run off to?" Well, for the three folks out there who thought that - I've been art coordinating a show, product placement coordinating another, and doing vfx shots on my own wild feature on nights and weekends, even batch processing a ton of frames in the background as I type this (code for "I've been slammed.") There are only so many hours in the day as I'm sure everyone out there can relate to. I'm unsure how often I'll be able to pop up for the next few months (a guy's "gotta eat"), but am glad I'm here today to share this line up of films from a handful of filmmakers. Each and every short today was emailed over from the film's creator, and that right there is one of the primary reasons I keep coming back - to showcase works that passionate people are simply hoping to get eyes on.

In case anyone out there is wondering, if you're promoting a short film you've created - don't hire a PR company to send your emails out for you - take that step of personally saying "Hey, Person I don't know, here's a thing I created that I put a lot of time and energy into - please give it a watch!" Clearly I'm just some guy on AICN (not even a "full time blogger") and I'm sure others will disagree... but passion is far more badass to read in an email than a general announcement that's sent to every website out there. Filmmaking on any level is difficult. Either you have a lot of money and everyone you know comes out of the woodwork to get their slice, or you've got no money and no one will take you seriously... Grass is always greener thoughts, but whatever type of yard you've got... if you're willing to work with it (mow/weed/edge yourself), then you can come out with something special that money can't buy. I'm definitely dancing on metaphors and pulling a string of tangents, but my ultimate thing I'm getting at is - if this column has showcased something that's inspired another person to go create something (like a short...), then that's it - game over - that's why I'm here. Not sure if I'll be here next week, but for now on this Holiday weekend - let's just kick our collective feet up and watch a few films that I think are pretty cool. Beyond feel free to shoot your thoughts off in the Talkbacks below. Hell, I've included a short today that is wildly divisive and almost welcomes a select group of folks to get their underoos in a knot. As always though, just "don't be a dick." That's my singular request for Talkbacks here. Thoughtful insight and criticism are welcome, just keep the dumbass comments off the page - there's just too much talent circling around for folks to put up with that crap. Gearshift back to fun - let's do this!

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: 10:25

Director: Ian Schiller

To kick this week's doors off - Director Ian Schiller is here with something rather special. The film centers around "Kong's," a convenience store that's about to get its world rocked. This short features nice camera work, great acting, and... (Not just clichés, it really is well made). This short is like an onion, though it won't you in tears with each layer. There's more substance that you might expect about a short with a robbery in it. I know Ian has a history of doing a lot of UFC shows, but I hope to see more of his work outside that realm if this is the kind of stuff he whips up. The man is talented and I want to see what he does next! Check out his website if you like what you see!

Kong's from Ian Schiller on Vimeo.



TRT: 8:11

Director: Simon Berry

Next up is an explosive predicament wrapped around a lovely love story(ish). You might have seen Simon Berry's trailer for this film a while back, and after a kickbutt festival run - I'm happy to get to showcase it here in it's full version. "When Walter steps on a live land mine in a remote field in England, he finds himself at the mercy of his wife Diane, who has recently unearthed a deadly secret buried in their past. As the tension mounts and truths are unraveled, Walter and Diane's relationship speeds towards an explosive climax." The film's accumulated awards and you'll see why. Simon took a simple situation and extracted eight solid minutes of drama. Super effective. Super cool. Check out Simon's Vimeo Page and do yourself the favor of watching his film WHISTLE, another example of how talented this guy is... I'm a fan, and just as I always seem to say - I truly am curious to see what he does next.

MINE from Simon Berry on Vimeo.




TRT: 3:56

Director: Fergal Costello

Fergal Costello has our next piece, a music video starring Joe Rooney. So let's strap on in for a "Bad Lieutenant inspired short film/music video about a priest with an enormous hangover and fleeting memories of the night before, trying to get to the church on time." It's dark and headache inducing (which helps throw you into the shoes of the Rooney's character beautifully). Check out Costello's website to see what else he's got up his sleeve, as well as Brave Giant's if you're curious about the musicians!




TRT: 5:09

Director: James Chappell

If you've clicked on a SATURDAY SHORTS column even super passively over the past few years, you'll know I'm a James Chappell fan. I think I've featured pretty much everything he's sent my way and with good reason - he's a quality filmmaker who keeps delivering badass videos. This week we've got a music video for Broadhurst. It's a ballad (if I'm using that term correctly, which is possible I'm not). The combination of Broadhurst's music and Chappell's imagery is a match made in heaven. The two just blend together like melted butter... Horrible similies aside, there's something really cool here, and I implore you to check out even if the music isn't your typical cup of tea. James - dude - I am DYING to see you do a feature and hope to keep seeing what all you're up to. If you want to see what the man's up to, then head over to his website and poke around. Also, be sure to hit up Broadhurst's page as well!

BROADHURST | The One from James Chappell on Vimeo.



TRT: 10:11

Director: Maazin Kamal

Maazin Kamal has our next short, a biblical drama. In full disclosure, I'm about as religious as a tree - so I've only heard the more famous religious stories that we've all heard (assumptions! Yes!). What that means though is I can simply enjoy a story as just that, a story. Kamal's film contains wildly gorgeous views from mountain tops and locations that demand your attention, as well as a small group of actors that force you to hear them out. "A wandering pilgrim encounters a stranger while searching for a fabled monastery." I'd happily watch more from Kamal and hope he shoots me emails in the future with more of his work. I know the folks at Film Shortage feel the same, as they did a kickass write up on the film. If you want to see more from Maazin, then head over to his webpage and click around!

The Wolf and the Wayfarer - Narrative Short from Maazin Kamal on Vimeo.



TRT: 2:00

Director: Eric Koenig

Our last short of the day is sure to rock the boat. It's an unapologetic piece directed towards Trump and those who elected him into office. This right here is what happens when a wildly talented artist creates something he/she feels strongly about. No doubt will this one invite hostility from Trump supporters, but hot damn is the animation slick and with a message that cuts through dancing around a point. While you may or may not agree with the content, you'll be hard pressed to find any faults in the animation style and structure of the short. Koenig has been in the animation industry for years, creating content that most all of us have seen - yes, even folks who get upset with this video. In truth, I'm not sure I've ever featured anything this political in the past and have no doubt folks will get a little pissy about that - but do I really care? No, not really. With a guy like Eric Koenig, I don't need to seek out what he does next - as I will no doubt catch it on television or in theaters. Search his name and you'll get what I'm saying...


SMACK! That's it for this week, ladies and gents. I just hope you were able to catch a short film or music video above that you enjoyed and just would not have seen otherwise. I can't say without the shadow of a doubt that I'll be here next week - but we shall see. I do very much appreciate the filmmakers int he audience who send their work in! Whatever your thoughts on this week's lineup - I'm curious to hear them, so sound off in the Talkbacks. Also, feel free to check out any past articles and just enjoy what a ton of talented folks have done:





Hank & Honey: A Holiday Horror; Black Christmas; Grammy; Pick Ups (1/2/16)

Lilitu; Auld Lang Syne; Chronoshred; Ash Vs. Lobo Vs. The DC Undead (1/9/16)

What If My Wife Died In Yoga Class; The Prodigy "Nasty"; Jared.; Nicolife Ep. 3; Pigeon Impossible (1/16/16)

Believe; The Dragon's Blade; Native Immigration; The Problem With Friends (1/23/16)

Harbinger; Hyperthermia; The Chickening; Head (1/30/16)

Erebus; Boldly Gone; Cupcakes; City In Crisis; Vandalaze "Great Big Things" (2/6/16)

Blurry; American Virgin; Azarkant; The Homing Bird; Sex, Lies, And Terminators (2/13/16)

Connected; Terry And Brenda; Fuck Buddies; Audrey; BigHead Walking Dead Parody (2/20/16)

The Champ; Shotgun; Big Guy: One Week; Space Missionaries - Holy Sh*t; Moving Day; The Lord of Catan trailer (2/27/16)

Absence; The Adept; MAT ZO - "Sinful;" Dreamco; Hoot (3/12/16)

Pop Music; Tumble Dry Low; Rooms; Promise; Darth Maul: Apprentice (3/19/16)

Status Update; Kafka's Little Fable; Ghoster; I Got Your Nose; Creature Feature (4/2/16)

Oh, Possum!; Geeks, Girls, Guns, And Ghouls; Intricate Vengeance; Send In The Clowns; Pregnancy Test (4/9/16)

Steve; The Good Survivor; Field of Screams; Mirrored; Jack Edwards - "Falling In Love" (4/16/16)

Rest Stop; The Technician; Romp; Who's There?; If Joke & Harley Quinn Were A Normal Couple (4/23/16)

Trial; Star Struck; Color TV, No Vacancy; Notifications On; One Sunny Day (5/14/16)

You Are Not Alone; Giraffe Soup; Brother; Bury Tomorrow - "Last Light"; Rain (5/21/16)

The Group; The Trap; The Echo of Small Things; Alison Blaire - "The Sight of Sound"; James (5/28/16)

Monster Island; An Entanglement; 2016: A Space Oddity; The Smiling Man; The Reunion; Bright Eyes; The Mission (6/4/16)

It's Okay; The Birch; Up On The Roof; 100 Bullets: Dead Ghosts Part 1; Eliza; Low Hanging Fruit Ep 7 (6/18/16)

Blinking Lights; Dédalo; Invisible; Identity Crisis (6/25/16)

Schackled; Miss Nobody; I Hate Mondays; Jefferson; Mary's Passion (7/2/16)

Swap; Ghostbusters: All Manned Up Edition; The Invisible Man; Sleep Tight; Defining Fay (7/10/16)

Carl; Flat Tire; Loree's Crazy 'Bout Kittens; Chum Zone II: Shark Fin Soup; Archetype (7/16/16)

The Chaplain; Bump CLassique; The Listener; Timelike; Fantasy Hospital Episode 4 (7/23/16)

Trial Run; Thick Air; First Date From Hell; Rise; God, Me And The Salty Peanuts; Graves (7/30/16)

Deathly; The Hope You Promised Love; Surrender; Crumb; Deep 6 (8/6/16)

Broadhurst "Take Me Down;" Prungen; The Paris Syndrome; Foxed!; Ecstacy Boulevard (8/14/16)

Heartburns' a Killer; Draft Eight; Versus; Chainsaw; Injustice For All (8/20/16)

Sebastian; Where You Are; Xenos; The Line; Sand Boys (8/27/16)

The Itch; Teddy Bears Are For Lovers; Dead Bird Pocket; Armand Van Helden: WINGS; A Game Of Numbers (9/10/16)

Long-Term Parking; House Of Straw; You Won't Regret That Tattoo; Invasion Day; Forever (9/17/16)

Best Friends; Nae Parasan; My First Day; Slaps; Merry Gentlemen (10/1/16)

Otherhalf; Red Curtains; The Great Break-Up Contest; Pioneer; Seven Rules (10/8/16)

As They Continue To Fall; A Film By Vera Vaughn; Michael Jai White: Kills Movie Killers; Backtrack; Don't Do It (10/23/16)

Frank And The Zombie Girl; Spooky Club; o negative; Zelos; The Moonlight Man; Sweet 16 (10/29/16)

Red; Larry Gone Demon; Visitors Parking; Grave Dangers; Intruder (11/6/16)

Chomper; Hoshino; Boniato; On Sunday; Darkness of Night (11/12/16)

Where The Shadows Fall; The Girlfriend; Friendlies; The First Men; Toc Toc (11/19/16)

The Last Abduction; Time Travel Through Time; Broadhurst "Bones"; Ghosts of The Ozarks; Caitlin Among The Beasts (11/26/16)

The Tale Of Thomas Burberry; Anna Bonny; The Mink Catcher; Portent; Who's Afraid Of The Octopus Man? (12/3/16)

Rudolp The Red-Nosed Reindeer's Real Father; The Mimic; Miracle on Canary Wharf; The Fisherman; Impactus; Confession (12/17/16)

Christmas Special Goes Horribly Wrong; Do You See What I See?; Zero-State; The Leap; Mae And Ash (1/1/17)

Pizza Delivery; Forever's Gonna Start Tonight; Epoch; Points Of Origin; Knack! (1/7/17)

Capes; Out Of The Family; Noodles; The Great Orecto; Orphans Of Ash Concept Trailer (1/14/17)

Dr. Gordz; Gleep-Glorp & Lasertag; Mindgame; Quad Diamond; From Below; Killer Queen (1/22/17)

Never Tear Us Apart; Hushy Bye; American Pride; The Restless; 2031 (2/4/17)

Wifey Redux; Whale Valley; Have Had; When The Saints (2/12/17)

Never Happened; Nimbi; Joker And Harley-Quinn Un-Cut Car Chase; Can You Hear Me Now, Asshole? (2/18/17)

The Man From Death; Tail; Whispers Among Wolves; Thing One "Nice Wife" (2/25/17)

Gravy; The Girlfriend Game; Cavern; The Horror; I'm a Homeless Princess (3/11/17)

The Scar; The Moped Diaries; The Life And Death Of Tommy Chaos And Stacey Danger; My Gal, Rosemary; Bottle (3/25/17)


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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