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!  

Q: Why are billions wasted each year on legal counsel?

Answer: This short film, "Verbatim: What is a Photocopier" will give a comedic glimpse at the answer. Most of the hard earned dollars are spent paying lawyers to argue, (or have their clients argue) minuscule language interpretations and nonsensical semantic differences. This short film uses the verbatim transcript from a deposition of a Ohio State employee, and it is hilarious. This ridiculous and witty word for word dialogue gives us a glimpse at the sad state of the legal system: Ten minutes of 4 professional peoples lives are wasted on dancing around the definition of a photocopier, and now, thanks to Director Brett Weiner, ten more minutes will be wasted by you laughing at the situation! It's a vicious cycle.

THE EAGLEMAN STAG

IndieStreet Quick Review: "A beautifully told story about the complexities of existence...maybe revealing that humans can only truly comprehend the cyclical beauty of life before the age of 7 and after the age 87. (9/10 Street Cred rating)

'Not Over' a smile inducing short

This little diddy is brought to us by  Toru Hayai (Direction & Animation).  The imagery, story, and accompanying music for this giant stuffed bear are all too grasping not to post.  We are surprised this short has not been adapted into a commercial yet. This one is surely worth its run time of 1:35.

"The Heat": a short film that inspires us to kick ass in

"The Heat" is a short documentary about Heather "The Heat" Hardy, a single mother and professional boxer who was displaced by Hurricane Sandy. Heather uses fighting to provide a living for her and her daughter, Annie, while simultaneously pushing the sport of women's boxing into the mainstream.

Short film: Keith Reynolds can't make it tonight

A coy animated short film about working life & self-reflection from Felix Massie ...The monotonic narrator coupled with the simplistic animated plot twists make the film a true original. Check out more from Felix Massie on his vimeo channel.

One of the Last (Uno degli Ultimi)

This spectacular short film from Paul Zinder was was introduced to IndieStreet by John Columbus, Artistic director of the Black Maria Film Festival.  IndieStreet Quick Review "If more people were like Mauro, and more filmmakers had the character insight to film those people, the world would be a better place. Slightly over ten minutes, but it's an IndieStreet favorite, so stop whining and watch it"