"A complex system of beliefs." We're taking a brief step outside of our comfort zone to share this fascinating, mesmerizing short film titled Edifice, made by designer / filmmaker / visual artist Ash Thorp (follow him @ashthorp). This experimental short features stunning imagery designed to consider existential questions about "who we are, where we come from, and where we are heading." It's only seven minutes and features no dialogue, only visuals. The concept is to present visually a "journey from stardust to singularity." Most of the short films we share contain some sort of narrative or plot device, but this one is all about the concept, evoking profound existential & philosophical thoughts through an entrancing visual experience. See below.
"He doesn't like it when people get closet o you." In the mood for something creepy while waiting for A24's Hereditary to hit theaters? Watch this horror short film titled Behind from Spanish writer/director Ángel Gómez Hernández. The film stars Macarena Gómez as Arianne, a divorced mother, obsessed with the idea of her baby falling into the hands of her ex-husband. She meets Leonor during a children's birthday, an old woman who tells her she sees a terrifying looking man following right behind her. This thought plagues her more and more, and she begins living in a real life nightmare. "The recesses of the mind can become a labyrinth populated by monsters, but the maternal instinct is always more powerful than the deepest fears."
"They don't normally does this?!" They're back! Don't feed them after midnight, don't let them get wet, you know the rules. While we wait patiently for the long-awaited official Gremlins reboot, or sequel, or whatever it is they're working on, we have this awesome fan film to keep Gremlins fans happy. Gremlins: Recall is a fan film made by filmmaker Ryan Patrick and a whole bunch of his Gremlins-loving friends. This is a seriously impressive fan film, with excellent production value and sleek cinematography, not to mention a good soundtrack (which you can download here). I love the way this opens with the infomercial, it's kind of deceptive at first, but plays right into the story. And now I really would like another official Gremlins movie.
Now this is a sweet find. Movie geeks of all ages need to take a moment to watch this short doc, titled The Collection, made by filmmaker Adam Roffman. "The Collection is a short documentary about two friends, DJ Ginsberg and Marilyn Wagner, and their discovery of an astonishing and unique collection of movie memorabilia, comprised of over 40,000 printer blocks and 20,000 printer plates used to create the original newspaper advertisements for virtually every movie released in the United States from the silent period through 1984, when newspapers stopped using the letterpress format." Once you're done watching, you can see more photos of the plates on the film's website. Wish I could see them in person. What an excellent doc.
"I'm putting an end to the tyranny! I will fight for my people. I will bring them peace and glory!" Another outstanding independent short film to watch when you have a chance. El Luchador is made by filmmaker Polaris Castillo and tells the story of a professional wrestler who goes into seclusion after his undefeated streak comes to an end. This is a very impressive, well-made, emotional short film that speaks to much more than just wrestling and the Lucha Libre life. Some of the footage reminds me a bit of Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler, but this goes down its own path when it comes to the actual story and characters. Fire it up below.
"Without third generation Emily, my brain is now an obsolete storage drive without a purpose." Alert! It's time to watch the highly anticipated, super-intelligent, sci-fi sequel World of Tomorrow Episode Two. Acclaimed filmmaker Don Hertzfeldt is back(!) with another of his one-of-a-kind animated shorts called World of Tomorrow Episode Two (in full the title is World of Tomorrow Episode Two: Burden of Other People's Thoughts), the sequel to his highly successful World of Tomorrow from a few years ago. We posted a teaser trailer last month, and now the full short film is available to rent on Vimeo (please support indie filmmakers like Don Hertzfeldt). This initially premiered at Fantastic Fest to many rave reviews, including a rare A+ from David Ehrlich at Indiewire. If your brain needs a reboot and refresh, this film will help. Enjoy.
"This is something that you can't forget." You may have heard of this story, you may have not. There's an urban legend that during a showing of the tornado movie Twister, which opened in the summer of 1996, an actual tornado struck a drive-in sometime around the scene where a tornado hits a drive-in theater in the movie. That seems all too coincidental, but apparently the rumors spread and it became a myth, a story that was kept alive and retold by those who believed it. This short film, Twisted, attempts to determine whether this really happened and get to the bottom of the story. Not only is it a fascinating story, but this short film is superbly directed, with lots of great footage and interviews and more. Take a break and watch this below.
"He was designed to fly but destined to feel." Now this is something creative and thought-provoking. Dust has premiered a new sci-fi short film titled Donny the Drone, from filmmaker Mackenzie Sheppard. Set in 2022, Donny, the world's first sentient machine goes on stage to accept a prestigious "Person of the Year" award as an auditorium of humans are confronted with his emotional and controversial story. His anecdotes are portrayed with highlights from his world-spanning adventures that have shaped who he has become. This builds and builds, and it becomes something more than just a fun little short, and that's what makes it worth your time. Even better - Guy Pearce provides the voice for "Donny the Drone". Just start watching and you'll be pulled in. "You know how they say machines can't feel? It turns out that's just a lie."
If you love action adventure or anything cyber punk, you have to stop for a moment and watch this awesome short film. X-Story is an animated short made by Russian animator Vitaliy Shushko that is a cyberpunk adventure about a guy who gets a "bionic power arm" and goes to find hidden treasure. It seems like kind of an homage to video games, almost Mega Man meets Mario, but there's also a bit of The Incredibles in here with the big villain. Whatever it is, the animation is gorgeous and feels vintage yet fresh. I really enjoyed watching Shushko's X-Story, and I think you will also find it to be very impressive animated entertainment.
"What's wrong… you can't breathe underwater?" Refinery29 has debuted the online version of Kristen Stewart's acclaimed new short film titled Come Swim, which played at the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals this year. There was big buzz on this, as it's big directorial debut for the famed actress Kristen Stewart, and it's weird and wacky and experimental, and some of you are going to hate it. But maybe some of you will love it. The short film is described as a "diptych of one man's day; half impressionist and half realist portraits." The short film also features a score by the American musician known as St. Vincent. This has some cool shots in it, but it's so frickin' crazy abstract, I don't even know what to say about it. I'm glad she's trying something different, but I hope her next film is a bit more coherent. Watch Come Swim below.
Are you ready for more exciting post-apocalyptic sci-fi? An excellent Brazilian short film titled Lunatique has arrived online in full after playing at numerous film festivals, including the Sitges Film Festival most recently. The short is directed by cinematographer-turned-filmmaker Gabriel Kalim Mucci, and it's set in a gritty, desolate, ash-covered world. The story is about one lonely woman (Lila Guimaraes) struggling to survive in this world, but she looks quite badass, kind of a bit like Ripley from Aliens. This short has some excellent production design and solid VFX work, which makes it even more thrilling to see. Worth a watch.
Time to gather ’round for some rabbit hunting. An award-winning short film has finally arrived online for everyone to watch. The short is titled The Rabbit Hunt, and it won Best Texas Short at SXSW, Best Short Film at the London Film Festival, as well as the Best Documentary Short at the San Francisco Film Festival. "Every weekend, seventeen year old Chris and his family hunt rabbits during sugarcane field burning and harvesting in the Florida Everglades." Made by filmmaker Patrick Bresnan, the film follows this family from Florida on their rabbit hunt, which is a rite of passage for young men. It's short film storytelling at its finest.