Haunting, with a unique touch of beauty and fragility, filmmakers Ross Hogg and Duncan Cowles’ “Isabella” is a short hybrid creation that employs elements of documentary, animation and narrative film, jumbling them together in order to produce an exploration of memory and time that will likely stick with you long after viewing (the irony)! The concept of memory can be quite abstract and absurd. As we age, all of our thoughts, words, and past situations become elusive to our process of both digesting information and recalling it. “Isabella” studies those inevitable consequences of aging through the introduction of, well...Isabella, filmmaker Ross Hogg’s own 92-yr old grandmother. The outcome of watching and listening to her try to recall and recite once vibrant memories is surreal, heartbreaking and yet profoundly human. The message plugged into “Isabella”, with its complementing animation style and camera work (a flawless collaboration between the filmmakers' two talents), is strong. It comes together in a way you wouldn’t expect and yet can’t look away from. I, for one, can sadly relate. Personally having had a blind grandmother battling alzheimer's disease towards the end of her life, I was taught a lot about the human condition after watching it slowly and desperately wither away. A word of advice: cherish your own thoughts and talk with your loved ones before everything gets lost in time. And then watch this ironically memorable official 2016 Indie Street Film Fesival selection below!
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"
Watch and you be the judge...This 8 min short film "Robbie" gives us one more layer of perspective than the hit Alfonso Cuarón box office smash by charting the reflections of an aging robot drifting alone through space. Neil Harvey constructed the film completely from archival NASA footage, showing you don't need an expensive camera to tell an intriguing story. Simple & Innovative techniques in storytelling (like this) are what we love to promote at Indie Street Films. Creds.
When statistician John Wilkins is sucked out of a plane at 43000 feet, he calculates that he has exactly 3 minutes and 48 seconds before he hits the ground. Director Campbell Hooper brings us some candid and stylistically filmed advice in this Indie short which we discovered via "Short of the Week". who always come correct with some great curation to the world of short film!
This is more of a commercial short series than it is independent, but the concept behind the series is what really raises eyebrows. Academy Award Winning Writer Geoffrey Fletcher wrote an outline script in which 5 writer/directors adapted into their own short films (Exit Log is from Chris Cornwell). In their own unique way, each film proves there is no easy way to escape your own fears, they must be faced in order to free yourself. Great job from Bombay Sapphire on putting the series together. Gin and the arts just go hand and hand don't they?
This is a short film with huge heart. Nominated for an Oscar in 2012, we are happy this stop animation film, written & directed by Timothy Reckart, has gained some notice from both IndieStreet and mainstream alike. Enjoy.
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.