"They watch the art. They watch you watch the art. But who watches what the art does to them?" A potent opening question. Did you know that there's security guards working at famous museums in New York City who are also artists themselves? Osmosis is a fascinating 3-minute documentary short quickly profiling 9 of these security guards / artists. They work at iconic places around NYC: The Met, The Guggenheim, The Brooklyn Museum, and The Noguchi Museum. I love this reminder that just because they work as a guard it doesn't mean they don't have a life outside of that work, but it's especially enlivening to see the connection between their passion and their workplace. Though it's also a bit sad their art is not in these museums they work at, but this has always been a struggle for artists. Maybe one day they will be exhibited!! This video has some wonderfully creative editing that really makes an impact within a limited amount of time. Great work.
"So, what are we hunting?" Marvel has launched an animated short film titled The Daywalker, the latest in a series of short films telling the prequel stories that lead to the creation of the Midnight Suns superhero team. This is actually a promo for a new Marvel video game, but while we wait for Disney to figure out how to make the next Blade movie, we can enjoy this in the meantime. The Daywalker is the 4th of 5 Prequel Shorts that explain how & why the Midnight Suns heroes have united to oppose the Mother of Demons. "After years of losing himself to the vampiric beast within, Caretaker helped him regain control to become the Blade we know and love (and who vampires fear and hate). She’s one of the few people he respects, and it’s largely because the feeling is mutual." There's no info on who exactly is voicing Blade in this, but it's cool to see him back anyway. The short is only 2-and-1/2-minutes – but it's worth a watch if you're a Marvel fan.
"Weirdly I just couldn't stop thinking about my job." What do you think about on your day off? Maybe some of these same thoughts? 3D filmmaker / animator Julian Glander has released his new short film online titled Tennis Ball on His Day Off. It's a whimsical, thought-provoking, amusing 2-and-1/2-minute short featuring a tennis ball talking about his (or her) thoughts that come to mind while he's not being a ball on a tennis court. A tennis ball reflects on aging, self-improvement, hustle culture, and his own mortality. Julian adds: "Well I sure do hope u all 'love' watching this short film! Don't worry it's just a tennis joke it'll make more sense after u watch it." Featuring singer Clairo as the voice of the ball, plus Karsten Runquist as Handsome Howie. This would be perfect as a short film opener with Marcel the Shell with Shoes On. Enjoy.
All aboard!! Will you go down with the ship when it sinks? Will you even notice that it's sinking? That's the key question in this film. Arka is a funky, intriguing animated short made by a Croatian filmmaker named Natko Stipaničev. This would play perfectly as the opening to Ruben Östlund's Triangle of Sadness. Arka, a grotesque story about a grandiose transoceanic cruise ship sailing the seas, is Stipaničev's first film after university. The young animation artist earned his BA from the Arts Academy in Split and his MA from the Animation Department at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. It's clearly commentary on climate change and how so many ignore the fact that we're on a sinking ship. The people are wonky - but it's worth a watch.
Surprise!! It's time to watch this. Disney has debuted a brand new, hand-drawn animated short film made by Studio Ghibli called Zen - Grogu and Dust Bunnies. The very first, official Studio Ghibli + Star Wars crossover. Hooray!! The 3-minute short film is available to watch on Disney+ right now, streaming within the Star Wars section. The film features the beloved, iconic "Baby Yoda" – whose real name is Grogu, featuring long, flowing pink ears in this one – encountering and interacting with the soot sprites from the Ghibli films (aka "dust bunnies" or Susuwatari in Japanese). They first appeared in My Neighbor Totoro and also showed up in Spirited Away. This was initially teased a few days ago with cryptic tweets, then The Wrap picked up on a tease from the Italian Disney+ Twitter mentioning the film. But no details were known about it and nothing was revealed at all before today. There's not much to this, but it is so so so wonderful to see Lucasfilm collaborating with Studio Ghibli. Now make an entire feature film next! Please and thank you.
"Why are you here?" "I'm here for my fate." Whoa!! Hell yes, this is awesome. Evenveil is an incredible fantasy short film made by a company called Rainfall Films, written & directed by Sam Balcomb. A warrior in exile, bearing a fated weapon, enters the ruins of a dead city to unlock a mysterious power known as the Red Veil. It's a fantasy epic packed into 10 mins - better than most feature films released this year. "Evenveil is a proof-of-concept fantasy short from director Sam Balcomb and Rainfall Films. The conceptualization of the environments and characters began in 2020, as Rainfall started developing new techniques for world-building visual effects and implementation with live action." The short stars Alexis Peters, Aria Song, Nick Apostolina, Dawson Mullen, Gregory Lee Kenyon, & Ralph Lister. Of course, this is part of a "a larger, sprawling narrative" that they hope to develop further. I'm in!! The visual quality, the character design, the music, the lore of this all kicks ass. And I really dig this double-axe weapon she's after. Fire it up.
One of the best films of the year is TÁR, director Todd Field's profoundly entrancing examination of the downfall of a famous orchestra conductor. The film is already playing in theaters and include a soundtrack by the Oscar-winning Icelandic composer Hildur Guðnadóttir. In addition to her work heard in the film, she also wrote lots of music that isn't heard in the film. In fact, there's so much that Deutsche Grammophon is releasing an entire album of songs "From and Inspired By The Motion Picture." Not just another movie soundtrack. As a promotion, they've released a music video for a track called "Mortar" that is not heard in the film either. "An unsettling, minimalist piece performed by the composer with the London Contemporary Orchestra. Field himself shot the video, which features the film's star, Cate Blanchett, and other members of the cast including Nina Hoss, Noémie Merlant and Sophie Kauer." It is a very abstract, mesmerizing video featuring water reflections of the characters bouncing and fracturing in the blackness. Even if this particular track doesn't intrigue you, maybe the rest of Guðnadóttir's unique concept album will. Take a listen below.
"They don't belong here! This is our home, not their home!" But maybe… it is their home after all?! We're the invaders. What do you do if you have mice in your apartment? Is there any safe and humane way to get them out? This horror short film tries to answer that question, with fatal results. This Is Our Home is a horror short written and directed by filmmaker A.K. Espada, who is based in Georgia making movies and more. When a bleeding-heart vegan and her pragmatic roommate's rodent infestation intensifies, they find themselves at odds regarding removal methods that are inhumane yet effective. "We are so thrilled to share this creepy-crawly short that came from the bottoms of our hearts and the depths of our souls." Starring Mor Cohen and Ruba Thérèse Mansouri. After a festival run, the short is now online to watch and was debuted on Halloween by our friends at Short of the Week. It's only creepy if you hate mice! Cute lil' fuzzies.
"Burning in a hopeless dream, hold me when you go to sleep." With Black Panther: Wakanda Forever opening soon in theaters soon, there's a new credits song that is launching with it. Rihanna wrote a new track called "Lift Me Up" just for the Marvel sequel, which is paying tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman and also continuing the Black Panther / T'Challa storyline following so many other events. Her new music video for the track has been released online to watch. It's directed by cinematographer Autumn Durald Arkapaw, who also was the DP on Mainstream and shot Wakanda Forever with director Ryan Coogler. It's edited by Andrew Hegele, and produced by Whitney Jackson. I think most critics are expecting this track to end up with a Best Song Oscar nomination next year, but only time will tell. "It was an honor to get to work with Rihanna on this project and extend the emotion in our film’s visuals, with her captivating performance, beauty, and strength," director Durald Arkapaw stated. We're not usually into music videos that much, but this one is made for the movie's release and even features footage from Wakanda Forever spliced in. Enjoy.
"She realized what she really wanted, ever since she was a faceless little girl, was to belong." Are you ready to finally get your face? Check out this fun horror short film titled We Want Faces So Bad, made by actor / filmmaker Matthew Van Gessel. This one recently played at the Fantasia Film Festival and is now online to watch thanks to Short of the Week. Alexx must 'face' the reality of her overnight transformation when she joins her faceless friends in their nightly manifesting faces ritual. It's set entirely in one room and is a quick and easy watch. This stars Jasmine Kimiko, Cricket Brown, Meagan Kimberly Smith, and Rebecca Brinkley. This is a clever short about obsession with identity and vanity, and how we try to hide our faces. I wish there was a bit more to it, following these faceless girls outside of this evening. But still worth a watch.
"Why, why we all had to die… no one really cares." Why did they all have to die?! Whyyyyyy?? This wacky fun horror short is made by Swedish filmmaker Gustav Egerstedt and is now available online to watch - just in time for Halloween. Live Forever is a 3-minute musical tribute to horror film victims. It's poking fun at all the random people who get killed in horror movies for no good reason. Poor people, they didn't deserve to die. Live Forever is "a musical love letter and tribute to the poor victims in horror films that didn't make it to the sequel." In an anthemic song the dead unite across genres and time. Starring Sarah Giercksky, Fille Angele, Lilja Li Gille, Julia Dehnisch, Xindian Yan, Tomio Araki, and Laurence Zaccheus. This already won a bunch of awards at film festivals around the world, originally premiering in 2020. Most of the deaths in this film are specific references to actual horror films. Just makes me want to watch more horror! Enjoy below.
"Of all the hazards in golf, fear is the worst." Have you ever wondered - what if a frog was a samurai? What would that look like, and how might he fight? Well, we have some answers. Time to meet a badass warrior!! Samurai Frog Golf is a fantastic 4-minute animated short film made by the Japanese animation studio known as Marza Animation Planet (they also worked on the anime Lupin III: The First). A retired frog samurai wants to spend his remaining years in peace on the golf course. But when he becomes the protector of a baby turtle he must draw his club for one more round. An animated amphibious adventure for golfers of all ages. It's dialogue free and features some radical fight scenes, which is all that you need to know before watching. This premiered at the SIGGRAPH conference, and is available to watch online for free. If this was a proof of pitch for a new anime series, I'd greenlit it right away! He seems like such a cool frog. View below.