SHORTS UNDER 10

“Movies don't always go as planned but no matter what, people talk."  While that's the synopsis for this week’s featured short film, it sorta seems relevant to life in general, no? While not everything always goes according to plan, sometimes, just sometimes, you can count on people to be themselves...whether that’s a good thing or bad thing. When filmmaker/cartoonist Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell returns to her hometown neighborhood to make a film about the locals as they hang out and shoot the shit, she finds the normal conversation and hustle and bustle that attracted her there to make the film in the first place….well…gone. However, though the usual activity seems to be in hibernation, the genius of these neighborhood personalities peeks out from underneath the covers and gives us a pleasantly delightful and quirky little film in a genre all its own. An official selection at this year’s Indie Street Film Festival, you better believe “Small Talk” walks the walk and talks the talk in only the biggest ways.  “Small Talk” first gained attention on the festival circuit this year when it was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at Slamdance Film Festival’s Digital Bolex Fearless Filmmaking Showcase Awards. If there was ever a short doc to adore and root for, it would be this one. And why? Because it’s simple, unpretentious and fun - with a personality that is anything but small. The bumps along the way only add more character for the audience to eat up. The voice, the layout, pretty much everything stumbles and manages to land gracefully scene by scene. Also a talented artist, Campbell’s unique attitude makes this little ol’ film a lot more enjoyable knowing that a good-hearted independent, female creator was on the other side of the camera. In addition to all of this, it also helped me to realize that the families reminded me a lot of my own flesh and blood, so it’s relatable in a way - and whether that’s a positive or negative indication of my own personal life, well, that's a discussion for another day. Randomness and spontaneity meet in the middle and create a filmic spark that you should totally watch. “Small Talk” is available now on Vimeo - see what all the Indie Street Film Festival talk was about and watch now!  

Short of The Week: Baby

The story of a woman looking to escape her problems at the bottom of a Vodka bottle, Samuel Aaron Bennett’s Baby is a contemplative short that centres around themes of parenthood and responsibility. Premiering earlier this year at SXSW, Bennett’s film cleverly mixes dark-humour with some heavy subject matter to create a film which is as entertaining as it is thought-provoking.

Read Full Review Here. 

Short of The Week: Loop Ring Chop Drink

Written, Directed & Animated by Nicolas Ménard Loop Ring Chop Drink tells the tale of a heartbroken man, an online gambling addict, an alcoholic kleptomaniac 

and an anxious loner living in the same apartment building. LRCD chooses bright and colorful animation to tell this story and picks up a lot of festival nods in the process. 

Ouch, this music film is so Innovative it Hurts!!

The Paris/Montreal filmmaker collective DentDeCuir is known for some pretty outlandish, creative material. She’s Bad would be right up there at the top with the best of them.  The story, special effects, and stylized look of the film, coupled with the electronic sounds of the DyE feat. Egyptian Lover soundtrack, make this film fall within its own unique genre.  It’s part music video, part video art, part romantic drama and thriller.  Using animalistic imagery, vibes, and movements, we see predator and prey told through the lens of woman meets man.  Every action and thought uses special effects to project how closely innate human feelings resemble the actions of animals going off of instinct.  It’s like watching a Nat Geo nature show, on drugs, projected onto the skin of these two lustful individuals.  There’s really nothing else out there like it.Loads of street creds to Dent De Cuir for being borderline innapropriate, and over the line innovative!

Life-Saving Design: Wind-Propelled Sphere Clears Landmines

Here's a short documentary portrait on a innovative designer who has created a low cost solution to landmine clearance, captured by director Callum Cooper. Massoud Hassani's Mine Kafon is a wind-propelled sphere made from bamboo and biodegradable plastic that can be used to clear landmines. When designer Massoud Hassani was growing up in Kabul, Afghanistan, there were several wars raging on nearby. He and his brother would play on the deserted fields making their own rolling toys with scarp materials but sometimes the objects would roll dangerously close to the landmines. This intense childhood experience inspired Hassani's design work, and the Mine Kafon is the result. This lifesaving design has been shortlisted as a finalist in for the 2013 INDEX: Award. This short documentary finished in one of the top spots for the GE FOCUS FORWARD Filmmaker Competition. 



 

Award-Winning Short Animation About A Lost Soul Meeting Death

This beautiful video takes a tender look at one soul’s attempt to bargain with death before finally succumbing. The animated short, by And Maps And Plans, a small Dublin-based studio, has raked in loads of awards and was even shortlisted for the 87th annual Academy Awards. Its title, ‘Coda,’ is fitting for a video about our ultimate end. Take a look! 

Short flick: "Dogs of Life" is Surreal, Bizarre...and

Dogs of Life explores the line between passivity and consideration. It explores human nature using surreal and subliminal messages. It tells the tale of a retired bounty hunter who goes above and beyond the appropriate call of duty to help his neighbor, who is like a stranger to him. 

Short film "Mulignan" opens eyes with classic role-

Filmmaker Shaka King quotes the Urban Dictionary definition of 'mulignan,' (pronounced moo-lin-yan), as "Italian-American slang for a black man. Derived from the Italian dialect word for eggplant." King says the short film "Mulignans" is "a racial experiment, an experiment on you, the viewer." He says his experiment will succeed if he achieves in placing the audience in total discomfort with racial humor in between laughs.