“A man is kidnapped and forced to endure a strange experiment.” Kidnapping? Strange experiment? Sound enticing? Well, I’m sitting here staring at my computer screen, thinking about where to begin on this review of “The Procedure”. Sure, there are thousands upon thousands of adjectives in the dictionary. A thesaurus can also come in handy quite often. And yet, I can’t find that one perfect, all-encompassing word to describe filmmaker Calvin Lee Reeder’s…how can I put it?…insane, genius, disgusting, fascinating, peculiar, hilarious, bizarre, curious and well, extremely polarizing, description-defying short film, “The Procedure”. Winner of this year’s Short Film Jury Award for U.S. Fiction at Sundance Film Festival, this oddball little short exists in a filmic world all its own, employing a kinda genreless plot of proportions beyond epic. An official Indie Street Film Festival selection this past summer, a few “butts” may have gotten up from their seats during the screening. Do I blame them? In some cases, no. But did they miss out? Absolutely. Isn’t that the challenge (and half the fun) of challenging your audience? Make them squirm, laugh, feel disgusted - just make them feel something and have them remember that feeling for some time after the credits roll. That’s what the genius of “The Procedure” offers. ISFF’s own Artistic Director, Jay Webb, described the film as “one of the craziest, funniest, awesomest, sickest, can't stop laughingest films of the year“. If that doesn’t sum it all up, I don’t quite know what will. It’s like that one friend we all have - you can’t take them anywhere but you know, in the end, they will always be the life of the party in their own weird little way. Love to hate, hate to love. We could sit here all day trying to wrap our minds around the on-screen procedure that is featured within “The Procedure”, but you know what? We’ll stop here. Best to go in blindly on this one, guys. Get ready to take your usual film tastes on one heck of a visual adventure. At just under 4 mins long, what could possibly go wrong?! Watch the recent Vimeo Staff Pick Premiere “The Procedure” NOW!
We all must get older, and more times than not, the best memories we have were not when we were the most comfortable. The times of struggle bring about the most cherished human connections. Directed by Oscar winners TJ Martin and Dan Lindsay, this film is a beautiful tribute to TJ's grandparents and their love. Hard to not shed a tear during this short film of old photographs.
The Funnel, a short film from Andre Hyland, is universally funny because we all know someone who is like this guy, or of course we are "that guy". An instant short film classic, we look to see more from Andre! Follow his youtube channel here
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.
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)
Indie Street has been searching for the next great comedic feature film independent director, and Matt may be right at the top of the list. He has been directing humorous commercials for some years (which you can see at Community Films website), but we hope this hilarious short film is just a taste of narrative works to come. Keep it up Matt.
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" 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.
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.