"Is this what he's into? There's always something about him I never liked…" Time to move out!! Daddy's Girl is a short film that first premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, now available online to watch. Written & directed by filmmaker Lena Hudson, Daddy's Girl is an award-winning short film about a father/daughter relationship gone awry and the limits of our self-deceit - about a young woman whose charming but overbearing father helps her move out of her wealthy, older boyfriend's apartment. Starring Tedra Millan and Peter Friedman, plus Rhett Rossi. The two lead performances are what this film work, otherwise it might be a bit too cringe. But there's an awkardness that keeps it afloat, as it's a story about a woman who should rethink her choices (much like Shiva Baby which is similar to this). View below.
"And she saw radiations and gases and rocks, and dripping volcanoes and oceans of lava…" Who's ready for a two minute voyage through time & space, into our souls and beyond? This mesmerizing short film is an experience unlike any - and it's just barely 120 seconds. Generation is a remarkable short film made by filmmaker Riccardo Fusetti. He shot a live-action dance performance then fed each individual frame into an Artificial Intelligence generator to create a stunning film. "A brief journey through the human experience as seen by the eyes of an A.I." Featuring a dance performance by and choreography by Evie Webzell. With narration by Paul Thomson. Riccardo explains more about the A.I. process: "It wasn't too dissimilar than working with a human illustrator, where I would make a rough pass of what I had in mind and then ask them to work on each frame and make it better and more detailed." The result is something that feels quite profound, an exhilarating experience. I hope you also feel the power coming through the screen in this one.
Who doesn't love pudding?! So soft and cuddly and – wait, what?? This amusing animated short film from the Netherlands is now available to watch online after its festival run. A Film About Pudding is directed by filmmaker Roel Van Beek, and it's about a city being overtaken. After Ronin neglects to clear up her dropped groceries, they start to mix and bubble, transforming into a small pudding. Whilst this seems odd, for Ronin, it is easily ignorable. Over the next few days, the pudding grows bigger and bigger. As it threatens to engulf the entire city how far will she, and the other inhabitants of her city, go to continue ignoring it? With the voice of Eleanor Anwen as Ronin. The stick figure style reminds me of Don Hertzfeldt's films, but this gives us something else wacky and tasty with the story. Is it about procrastination? Is it about what happens when we don't stop something bad from taking over? Maybe it's all the above? Either way, dive in.
"She is like me; as palms become fists and back again, we hold each other with more than words." Focus Features has revealed a short film created as a companion to the new film The Silent Twins. Directed by Agnieszka Smoczynska, the film was released in limited theaters last weekend after premiering at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. It's based on the true story of two Barbados twin sisters living in the UK, played by Letitia Wright and Tamara Lawrance, who don't speak to anyone aside from themselves. This short film is titled simply Kiin and it features a poem by both Letitia Wright and Tamara Lawrance spoken as voiceover, along with a choreographed intimate dance session and other bits of footage spliced in. It's a very dynamic, artistic experience that explores the deeper themes and connection between these two - bonds that go deeper than just words or embraces. The short is directed by Fenn O'Meally, and features a lovely jazz score. It would be nice if they could play this before showings of The Silent Twins. Watch below.
"If everyone was satisfied with himself, there would be no heroes." This is the story of an unlikely hero, someone that saved another person's life, and how rare and unlikely that actually is. Somebody's Hero is a short documentary film made by a creative agency in Maine called P3. It uses archival footage, interviews, and animation recreations to retell the story of how a lonely man from a small town helped save the lives of people in a trailer fire. "A struggling loner from Otis, Maine must contend with his inner demons to make a life and death decision. This is a study of heroism at its most elemental; how and why are some people, against all odds, able to confront the ultimate fear and put their lives at risk for a complete stranger?" A very good question. There's also some commentary in this about heroism, and how it's actually not as common as we think. An inspirational true story told with great care in this terrific short doc from Maine. Watch below.
What happens when heartbreak and pizza collide? If you let the loneliness grow too much, it will become a Pizza Monster! Hungry for nothing but tomatoes and cheese and tasty toppings. Pizza Monster is a dark comedy short film made by Dutch filmmaker Kurt Platvoet. It premiered back in 2018 at the Imagine Film Festival and Fantastic Fest, and is now available online to watch. From the tears of his failed relationship and a pile of pizza leftovers, a monster is born giving a once rejected man a new lease on life and a chance at love again. What will be the fate of this monster? The short film stars Benjamin Moen as Leon, and Sallie Harmsen as the Pizza Monster. This has some fun moments in it, but I wish there was more with the Pizza Monster before she begins to lose all of our delicious ingredients. She seems cool! And the poor guy never seems to have learned his lesson! He'll be haunted by various kinds of pizza monsters for the rest of his life.
"The stone was initially his parents." Are there any wizards in that Harry Potter book? Find out in this book review of the classic novel. A creative collective agency called Reunion has created this amusing short film featuring images and some animation made by an artificial intelligence engine. These A.I. generators have become popular online recently as you can input almost anything and end up with some extra crazy results, especially when this software creates artwork and mashes up whatever weird images it can find online. This Hairy Pouter short film is based around an audio interview with Lillian, a 98-year-old woman who has only just read the initial Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone book for her first time. She gives her review of it and answers some questions about characters and what's going on with the plot. Her responses have been input into the A.I. engine resulting in this funky and funny video to watch. Some of the images in this are quite clever, and would make for some fun book covers. It's an enjoyable 2-minute A.I. experiment.
"I've been warning them about the coming darkness…" Disney revealed the first official trailer for the new animated anthology series of Star Wars shorts called Tales of the Jedi, yet another Dave Filoni project developed by Lucasfilm Animation. Filoni began writing the series while working on The Mandalorian, and revealed the first official details about it in May 2022. This new batch contains six episodes split into two "paths", one following the character Ahsoka Tano and the other depicting a young Count Dooku before his fall to the dark side. The voice cast includes Liam Neeson back as Qui-Gon, Micheál Richardson, Janina Gavankar, Matt Lanter, Dee Bradley Baker, and Ashley Eckstein. This is made in the same style as Filoni's previous series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars. This comes right after the Japanese animation short film anthology from last year, Star Wars: Visions, which produced some crazy cool concepts. This just looks like a continuation of The Clone Wars, but it also seems badass. It's sad to see Dooku's downfall.
During hot summer days, one of the best ways to cool off is with a trip out on the water in a canoe or kayak or SUP. And it's almost always an adventure on the water! Kayak is a gorgeous animated short film created as a 2021 graduation project by students at the Avignon animation school called École des Nouvelles Images (School of New Images). We've featured a few other shorts from students who studied at this iconic École, including the comedy Wild Love and the adorable Crush about cable cars. This short is a straight-forward, dialogue free story about a father taking his young son out for a kayaking trip on a river. It reminds me of the Blue Sky shorts about Scrat, playing up all the wacky physical comedy. I am sure everyone who watches this will be freaking out when the baby goes flying around, but it's all just fun & games and it was all made on computers anyway. The calm look & feel, and stunning colors, are what stand out the most. Enjoy below.
"I want to se that kind of hustle from you in the playoffs." After winning awards at film festivals throughout 2021, this excellent short is finally online. Americanized is a film by a filmmaker named Erica Eng and it's about a young woman dealing with racism and bullying at her high school. This is one of those stand out shorts that establishes a filmmaker and proves they're capable of making something amazing, and I hope Eng gets a chance to make a feature soon. Growing up in Oakland's hip-hop culture, Eng struggles with her Chinese American identity. To her high school basketball team she's just that girl who sits on the bench, but to the Asian kids she's "Americanized." As her sophomore year of high school comes to an end, Eng tries to find a sense of belonging within the two worlds that don't accept her. Starring Terry Hu as Eng, Amber Gaston, Shannon Dang, & Helen Ong. This is a must watch short - highly recommend taking the time.
"I've always known who I am." Netflix has revealed an official trailer for a documentary short film titled The Dreamlife of Georgie Stone, which initially premiered at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival earlier this summer. Netflix is releasing this 27-minute film to watch worldwide starting in late September for anyone interested. Spanning 19 years, The Dreamlife of Georgie Stone reveals the elliptical memories of Georgie Stone, an Australian transgender teen, as she helps change laws, affirms her gender, finds her voice and emerges into adulthood. And, for the first time, gains control of her own story – the doc credits Georgia as the "Creative Producer", with Maya Newell directing. An important film in the fight for transgender rights and their place in society, this doc emphatically offers "an undeniable case for the agency of transgender children." It looks a beautiful, inspiring, empowering film about fighting for justice and equality. Get a look.
"OFFF's brief was simply the theme of the festival. 'Misfits.' One Word. Who doesn’t love a brief like that? So, we went all in." This vibrant, energetic short film is a quick watch and is worth your time if you need a rejuvenating jolt of inspiration. Repeater is a short film made by the VFX studio called Carbon, and it was created as the title film at the OFFF Festival in Vienna. This starts out pretty tame, but quickly descends into full-on psychedelic, acid trip beauty. It's all about being one-of-a-kind and learning how to express that uniqueness into the world instead of hide it. I would watch more of this story go on!! It has barely even 4 minutes of footage but it's mesmerizing. It's a showcase for Carbon and what they can create, but it's also a creatively stirring little film about bucking the trends and making something magical in your own way. I can't help wondering after watching this if that big magic mushroom at the end is a wink about psychedelics.