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"You have something they want, and now they are coming." Hewes Pictures has debuted an official trailer for a short film titled Nightlife, the latest from filmmaker Brando Benetton (American Bullet). This film is barely a "short" as it comes in at 43 minutes, closer to being a "medium-length" film than anything. And it will be available to rent/watch streaming starting May. Two American agents are hired to retrieve military chips containing top-secret content. Their plan goes awry when an unexpected political prisoner enters the picture. Starring Dylan Baker, with Bradley Stryker, Francesco Pannofino, and Becky Ann Baker. Described as a "white-knuckle thriller", this looks like it has some serious urban action to offer. Take a peek.
"Ready for this? Three, two…" Time for a silent detox. Fix is a short film made by actor / filmmaker Peter Molesworth, and it's only 10 minutes long. The short follows two sisters, Willa & Lanie, who take a vow of silence as they detox Willa's boyfriend Daniel from alcoholism. Written & directed by Peter Molesworth, the film stars Brigette Lundy-Paine and Annie Young as the two sisters, along with Peter Molesworth as the boyfriend. It's much more moving and meaningful than you might be expecting, thanks to some lovely cinematography throughout, and the power of silence. Could you go for eight days without speaking? Can that actually change someone for the better? Give this film a quick look and let us know what you make of it.
"I cannot stress enough the importance of this mission. Good luck, stay sharp." Shout Factory has released an official US trailer for a British bomber "war epic" titled Lancaster Skies, which originally opened in the UK in spring last year. A loving homage to the classic British war films of the 1940s and '50s, Lancaster Skies soars in its depiction of the legendary bomber crews who fought for our freedom. The storyline follows Douglas, a broken, solitary Spitfire Ace, who must overcome his past to lead a Lancaster bomber crew in the pivotal aerial war over Berlin, in 1944. The film stars Kris Saddler, Rosa Coduri, David Dobson, Josh Collings, Joanne Gale, and Jeffrey Mundell. This looks a bit too jingoistic for my tastes - doesn't seem like there's much of a story here other than "it's rough flying a bomber during a war!" Which is, indeed, true.
"I think Peter Rice was like a magician. He had tricks." Music Box Films has debuted an official US trailer for a documentary titled An Engineer Imagines, which originally opened in the UK + Ireland over a year ago. An Engineer Imagines is a cinematic homage to an individual named Peter Rice, the distinguished structural engineer behind some of the 20th century’s most iconic structures – such as the Sydney Opera House, The Pompidou Centre, La Defense, and the Lloyd's Building. Directed by filmmaker / photographer Marcus Robinson, the film uses stunning time-lapse photography and revealing interviews to tell the story of a genius who stood in the shadow of architectural icons. Most people probably don't know who Peter Rice is, but they definitely know the iconic structures he helped build. Looks like a fascinating and inspiring film.
"We're stranded and alone out here in the middle of nowhere…" Lionsgate has released an official trailer for an indie survival thriller titled Outback, which leans more towards horror thriller than adventure drama. Down Under for an adventure-filled vacation to rekindle their romance, a young American couple quickly finds themselves stranded in the unforgiving Australian outback. This is one of those concepts that seems so simple and obvious, you wonder why it hasn't been done before. But of course it has (e.g. Tracks), and yet here we are. Starring Brendan Donoghue, Lauren Lofberg, and Taylor Wiese. This looks horrifying, especially because it's all the dangerous animals that are worse than anything else. The snakes! Watch out.
"In some ways, we're exactly where we were." HBO has released an official trailer for a documentary titled Autism: The Sequel, which is (as the title indicates) a sequel to the Emmy-award winning documentary Autism: The Musical from 2007. This new film picks up again with these same people, now adults, and takes another look at their lives and their struggles. The original doc film introduces five autistic children as they work together to create and perform a live musical production. From the same director, Autism: The Sequel weaves together present-day interviews with footage of the subjects and their families shot 12 years ago. The challenges with adulthood are entirely different, of course. The main subjects include Elaine Hall, Adam, Henry, Lexi, Neal, and Wyatt. The doc is premiering on HBO at the end of this month. Have a look.
Oh my bones! This is instantly one of my favorite animated short films I've ever seen. Seriously. Rebooted is a live-action + stop-motion animation hybrid short film made by Australian filmmaker Michael Shanks (not the one from Stargate). The 12-minute film stars an adorable stop-motion animated skeleton, pretty much straight out of Ray Harryhausen's films. Now out of work as an "out-of-date special effect", Phil the skeleton takes drastic measures when he learns the film for which he was created is being rebooted without him. Starring Phil, the skeleton, "as himself", along with Glen Hunwick and Peter Paltos. I really love everything about this. Not only does the stop-motion animation blend perfectly into the real world footage, but it looks and feels authentic, it's all so perfectly animated and realized. And beyond that, the story of this funny skeleton guy (and all the other special effect friends he meets) is so charming. Enjoy this short below.
"I just have to know if it's you!" Lionsgate has unveiled an official trailer for a mystery thriller titled Last Moment of Clarity, the feature directorial debut of brothers Colin & James Krisel. A normal New Yorker's life is upended when his girlfriend is murdered by the Bulgarian mob. He flees to Paris to stay safe. Years later, he sees a similar looking woman in a movie. Obsession with past love takes Sam to Los Angeles to look for answers, only to put him back into the sights of the Bulgarians. Described as an "updated Hitchcockian thriller in the vein of Vertigo and Rear Window," it "will keep you guessing until the final frame." Starring Samara Weaving and Carly Chaikin as the two main women, with Zach Avery, Udo Kier, Brian Cox, Hal Ozsan, and Pasha D. Lychnikoff. No surprise, this trailer gives away a lot to get you more curious.
"There is a power amongst certain factions of the student body…" Amazon Studios has debuted the official trailer for the indie Selah and the Spades, marking the directorial debut of up-and-coming filmmaker Tayarisha Poe. This originally premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival last year, and it also stopped by AFI Fest in the fall. Available to watch via Amazon in just a few weeks. The film is set at a wealthy private school, which is run by five student factions operating incognito. The main story focuses on Selah, who runs the faction known as the "Spades", and her trials and tribulations when a provocative new student named Paloma challenges her for the throne. This stars Lovie Simone in a breakout role as Selah, with Celeste O'Connor, Jharrel Jerome, Gina Torres, Jesse Williams, and Ana Mulvoy Ten. It's worth a watch.
"Keep all warriors in readiness." Madman Films in Australia has debuted a new official trailer for a Danish fantasy epic titled Valhalla, which already opened in Denmark (and a few other countries) last fall. But is still awaiting release in the rest of the world. Viking children Røskva and Tjalfe embark on an adventurous journey from Midgard to Valhalla with the gods Thor and Loki. Life in Valhalla, however, turns out to be threatened by the dreaded Fenrir wolf and the god's barbaric archenemies, the Jotnar. Side by side with the gods the two children must fight to save Valhalla from the end of the world. Starring Roland Møller as Thor, Salóme Gunnarsdóttir as Freja, Lára Jóhanna Jónsdóttir as Sif, Ali Sivandi as Skrymer, plus Jacob Lohmann, Patricia Schumann, Andreas Jessen, and Stine Fischer Christensen. This looks cool! Definitely a Scandinavian cinema take on the classic Ragnarok fairy tale, but it still looks entertaining.
"Well, mister. You sure drove a long way for an apple pie." This is a wholesome short film that will fill you up with that warm, fuzzy feeling of goodness just like a homemade apple pie. If only we could serve everyone some apple pie when they watch this. Sleepwalk is written and directed by Portuguese filmmaker Filipe Melo, telling a very American story of a man who drives a long way to find some apple pie from a small, dusty town. Why? You have to watch to find out what it all means and why he went all the way there. There's no way to figure it out from guessing before, I am sure of that. Starring Greg Lucey, Durant Mcleod, and Joy Green. There's just something wonderful about this short, besides the plot itself, the extra warm color timing and on-location cinematography. And the lead performance that carries the emotional weight of the entire film. While it's a different story, this reminds me of Paris, Texas in many ways. View the short below.
"Alone… in a house of secrets." Vertical Ent. has debuted a trailer for an indie horror called The Haunted, not the most original title but that's not indicative of much. This premiered at Screamfest a few years back, now getting an official release (in the US) coming up this May. Arriving at an isolated house for her first nightshift, young care-taker Emily is left alone to face a terrifying vengeful spirit in this disturbingly clever, psychological horror. Only 75 minutes long! Sophie Stevens (from "Doctors" and The Black Prince) stars as Emily, along with Ray MacAllan, Nick Bayly, Maggie Daniels, and Virginia Denham. It does look like it might be quite scary, but hard to tell if there's more going on in this than just another haunted house.