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ISFF Winner "Thunder Road" Now Available on Vimeo!

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival along with a slew of other awards, including the first ever Jury Prize for Best Narrative Short at our very own Indie Street Film Festival, Jim Cummings’ short “Thunder Road” has earned an impressive reputation. A cleverly directed and produced continuous one-shot film starring Cummings as an uptight cop at his own mother’s funeral, "Thunder Road" also stars a rather memorable eulogy involving one rather popular Springsteen song you won't soon forget. Perfectly executed from its sobering beginning to its hilarious yet touching finale, this a short film that balances both a tragic and comedic air so well that it seems to mesh into a completely new genre by the end.  Outside of all its festival wins, “Thunder Road” also gained recognition online when Cummings was granted digital rights to the Bruce Springsteen song of the same name, after he put out an open letter to the musical icon and record label that circulated the internet. Why did he do this? Simply to be able to release the film on Vimeo - for free to the public! And this is what he did. Today. So, now we can all enjoy this perfectly paced eulogy as it all goes to pieces and evolves into one of the greatest dance scenes ever committed to a short film.  A personal favorite of all of us over at Indie Street, we can’t recommend “Thunder Road” enough. Bill Augustin, ISFF Programming Director, stated: "Told in a single take, on the surface "Thunder Road" could be written off as a simple short more akin to a one act play than an award-worthy film. However, the emotional journey Jim Cummings takes us on through his mesmerizing performance and ultra-focused direction allows this pitch black comedy to transcend its simple concept. It was no surprise to us on the ISFF staff when the esteemed jury chose to honor it with the award for best narrative short." "Thunder Road” is now available to watch on Vimeo for free here! Give this clever, ridiculous and moving short a watch (or 2 or 3) and then spread the love and share it with everyone you know!

Featured Short: "The Boy with a Camera for a Face"

Writer/Director Spencer Brown's short film "The Boy with a Camera for a Face" is like a satirical moving image poem. With a sing-songy narration voiced by Steven Berkoff, this fairy tale story hits both humorous and sad points while also being emotionally telling of the media-driven society we live in today. The film starts out quite straightforward from its title to its content. We literally follow the highs and lows of the tale of a boy that is born with a camera in place of his head. However, despite the surface deep translation of its title, the film's surprising emotions and ending make this a rare breed of short film that is well worth multiple watches. The deeper message embedded within the entertainment aspect of the film also serves to make us question the role of media, video documentation, and reality TV on our future.With a hint of Jeunet but a style and vibe all its own, this award-winning short meshes words and imagery effortlessly to create a spell-binding fairy tale of a product. A beautiful addition to his success, be sure to check out Brown's other work here.Also, while you're at it, check out more of the most innovative shorts on the web! 

Featured Stop Motion Animated Short: "Los Rosales"

Winner of the Young Director Award at Cannes 2015 and Best Animated Film at the 2014 Palm Springs International ShortFest, filmmaker Daniel Ferreira's mini robotic masterpiece "Los Rosales" is an ode to the strength of survival. This beautifully animated and scored debut short film follows the tale of a humble, solitary robot that exists within a repetitive cycle. As he turns wheels and cogs all day in order to procure his only means of survival, he soon finds a way to break free and feed his heart instead.Ferreira's elaborate usage of stop motion animation helps him to create a new and strange little world that is unlike many others on screen. Made using cardboard, scrap computer parts and wire, he turned old things into new possibilities. Do yourself a favor and check out the film here and while you're at it, why not check out the special making of video to learn more about the process behind the creation of this world.Be sure to also check out more of the best animated short films on the web here!

Using 16mm film stock and a projector, Ross Hogg's award-winning scratch film "Scribbledub" explores the complicated yet necessary relationship that is formed between sound and image. By painting and scratching directly on film, this experimental form of animation also shows the complexity of film as a medium and as a form of alternative media.As the filmmaker states, "the scribble creates the dub, the dub informs the scribble". If you're a fan of scratch films or animation in general, definitely be sure to check out Ross Hogg's work here!

Featured Short "Blood Drinker" Follows Tale of Unlikely

With high energy and a "bloody" unexpected conclusion, "Blood Drinker" packs in a wallop of a narrative in an extremely short running time. Our hip, moral hero Mikey, an insulted elderly dog named Blood Drinker, and a rather rude gang of men called the Coke Boys (donned in sweet Coca-Cola sweatshirts) make up this quirky yet straight to the point short film. Be warned, the film leaves you with an ending totally out of left field but just as satisfying as a swig of soda when you know it's bad for you.  Currently working on their first feature, it seems a total given that the Stas Brothers are sure to produce a hit based on the success of their prior work. It's just a question of how great and how weird that success will be! Check out some more of the most unique short films currently available!

Living billboard of honey produces local product and unexpected art

Taking more than 100,000 bees and a devoted Florida beekeeper, Honey Nut Cheerios produced actual honey-made boxes for the local residents of St. Cloud, Florida. Delicious, local and downright "buzz"-worthy. 

"Inheritance": A Tale of An Unlikely Form of Magic

From documentaries (including his recent Sheffield Doc/Fest winner "Dear Araucaria") to the highly imaginative and low key hilarious narrative found within "Inheritance", director Matt Houghton's talents seem to naturally cover the full storytelling spectrum. "Inheritance" follows the story of Joe, a man that finds himself gaining an unlikely sort of inheritance as well as an appreciation for the unexpected. Punchy, short, smartly written, and crisply shot, this creatively kooky short film is definitely worth the quick watch. Be sure to check out Pulse Films' other unicorn-centric short film to get a glimpse into this weirdly magical yet totally nonchalant universe. The comedic, award-winning "Cool Unicorn Bruv", directed by Ninian Doff,  is also available on Vimeo (https://vimeo.com/58207848) and is a must watch for any unicorn obsessed film lover. If there was ever a platform and time to bring true awareness to the world of unicorn appreciation within short films, it would appear to be here and now! Check out more of the best short films on the web.

"Hasta La Vista": Exploring The Most Unlikely Earworm

Matt Kazman and Matt Porter's short "Hasta La Vista" is one of those films that may make you cringe as much as cheer. While cringing and laughing at the same time may look questionable, there's no questions about this film: it's a cracking good time from beginning to end. When socially awkward Andy (Josh Rabinowitz) offends his unlikely love interest at a party by confusing an obvious insult with a nursery rhyme about hippos, he embarks on a journey to clear his name and find the answer behind the hippo of all tunes. Little does he know, the answer literally sings to him in the most unlikely of places. Far from a nursery rhyme, will Andy ever discover the source of his anxiety and get the girl? With a longer running time of around 22 minutes, "Hasta La Vista" works well because it makes perfect usage of its length by spending plenty of time building its characters and setting them into motion. What starts as a party film quickly morphs into a detective film of adorably epic and quirky proportions. A well deserved Vimeo staff pick as well as an official selection at various festivals, including the LES Film Festival and the Austin Film Festival, both Matts, as well as lead actor/writer Josh Rabinowitz and cinematographer Ryan Nethery, definitely make a strong team of talent to be on the lookout for in the near future. "Hips like a hippity hippo" may be one of the most endearing and delightfully underhanded insults to be born from a film script. Be warned, you might find this earworm of a ditty playing in your head long after viewing, but you can trust me in saying that you'll be far from complaining after watching this film. Check out an interview the team did with Paste Magazine here. While you're at it, why not check out some more of the best shorts on the web. 

"Yellow Fever": Kenyan Short Tackles Allure of Whiteness

Kenyan filmmaker Ng'endo Mukii is the type of woman that can be expected to tell bold stories through a multifaceted lens. A sort of mixed-media film showcasing elements of animation, documentary narrative, and dancing, her award winning short film "Yellow Fever" is a beautifully choreographed hodge podge of concepts that weave together in perfect harmony. Using memories and interviews from Mukii's family members, "Yellow Fever" studies Westernization and Globalization's effects on African woman, their understanding of beauty standards and their own self-image. From discussing African hairstyles to skin bleaching trends, the film evolves to become a rather frank portrait. Used as Mukii’s thesis project at London’s Royal College of Art, this Kenyan short was a festival favorite and winner of the Silver Hugo for Best Animated Short at the 2013 Chicago International Film Festival. Interested in the concepts of skin and race as well as studying the destabilized standards of beauty within African communities, Mukii knows her subject well, and for this I believe we can trust her work to start a much needed discussion amongst all audience types. While you're at it, why not check out more of the best (and free!) short films on the web.

New Years Short Film Highlight: "Party Animal"

Former winner of the IFP’s Emerging Visions Award, Adam Bowers successfully envisions and brings to screen a humorously familiar party world with a disturbing side. His fun, party hard short film "Party Animal" introduces us to Chris, a lovable screw up that is both endearing and a sad excuse for an adult. As a man that hasn't quite outgrown his own party animal side, to disastrous results at that, let his story be an entertaining warning for us all this upcoming New Year's Eve. Will we celebrate in joyful moderation or ring in 2016 lost in a beer guzzling, champagne toting haze that would make this hardcore party animal proud?