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Featured (Dream) Short: Beemus, It’ll End in Tears

For this week’s featured short, Indie Street is trying something a teeny bit different - both in terms of concept inception and storyline. Lauren Wolkstein’s “Beemus, It’ll End in Tears” is more than just a kooky little experimental narrative short that’ll leave you feeling oddly nostalgic for a PE class of yesteryear. Is the feeling of watching this short akin to a dream or deja vu? Well, if it helps wrap your mind around it, the short actually exists as part of a larger feature film compilation project called "collective:unconscious”! Five talented and adventurous up-and-coming indie filmmakers (click here for the full roster) joined forces to adapt each other's stories. And by stories, I mean, well, dreams. Yes, you read correctly. "collective:unconscious” explores highly imaginative and creative individuals’ interpretations of their fellow filmmakers sometimes kooky, bizarre, serious, philosophical and/or downright randomly delightful nighttime brain journeys. To put it simply, each of the filmmakers had dreams and those dreams were then imagined on screen by one of the other five. The result is a feature film compilation unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. And as of August the 9th, you can enjoy the full feature and SXSW hit for free via Vimeo. In this subsequent segment of the feature, director Lauren Wolkstein adapts Frances Bodomo's dream. The synopsis is basically described as this: “My PE class and I are stuck in a volcano and we’re being made to drink hair in soap water to stop from getting blown up by the volcano-master (who has a walrus mustache).” With that material, Wolkstein delivers us a stylized, vaguely Wes Anderson looking short that goes somewhere you totally weren’t expecting. Suddenly, the awkward nightmarish role of gym class comes flooding back in a way you can't quite put your finger on. Was it all just a dream? A new way of seeing things that are sometimes only visually known in our own heads, Wolkstein’s “Beemus, It’ll End in Tears” is a great teaser to the full film, one imaged by Producer Dan Schoenbrun, Former Senior Film Outreach Lead At Kickstarter. So, what are you waiting for? This is a bold new form of storytelling on film that must be watched to believe! Check out the short, sleep on it (sweet dreams indeed!) and why not check out the full compilation of other shorts here! (Hint: starting with the Bodomo's one line blurb above before watching the film is a pretty nifty way of comparing the final product with your own vision of the dream.) Want to watch even more amazing short films? Make sure to check out some of the best, right here on Indie Street! 

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! 

Indie Street Featured Short: Jonah

This is one of Indie Street's favorite shorts from a few years back, and fully deserves to be re-exposed to anyone who missed it when it was released.  

Mbwana and his best friend Juma are two young men with big dreams. These dreams become reality when they photograph a gigantic fish leaping out of the sea and their small town blossoms into a tourist hot-spot as a result. But for Mbwana, the reality isn't what he dreamed – and when he meets the fish again, both of them forgotten, ruined and old, he decides only one of them can survive. Jonah is a big fish story about the old and the new, and the links and the distances between them. A visual feast, shot though with humour and warmth, it tells an old story in a completely new way.  

Get inspired by Indie Street's full selection of free short indie films.

Trailer: Fruitvale Station (Oscar bound??)

As one of our top 10 Indie films of 2013, "Fruitvale Station" is amongst only a handful of true Independents that has a real chance at a best picture nomination. Being as the oscar noms are announced in 9 days, we figured we would do our part with a call to voters. For academy voters that have an ear to the Indie Street, please consider nominating "Fruitvale Station" not only for it's important story, but for the wonderful acting performances (highlighted by Michael B. Jordan).

Tailer: The Rocket

One of our favorite foreign dramas of the year, this gem from Australian director, Kim Mordaunt strikes all the chords.  Astounding performances from two non-actor children from Laos lay the foundation for this beautiful coming of age tale.  

Just released this week on Vimeo, A Song Still Inside is a character driven drama that draws you in while quietly provoking suspense. The film is a gutsy emotional dissection of love submerged in our changing gender roles. It is wonderfully shot and acted...much congrats from IndieStreet to this successful directorial debut film from Gregory Collins. (starring Rodrigo Lopresti, Susan Highsmith, and Jayce Bartok) Purchase the film on Vimeo on Demand by clicking here: