SHORTS UNDER 10

Featured Short: Ross Hogg & Duncan Cowles' ISABELLA

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! 

"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"

 

A Leaked Sex Tape Destroys in the Short Film: Snap!

SNAP! by Kristian Foldager deals with loss of innocence and the danger of exposed secrets. Snap!, features a young woman admitting to her boyfriend that she cheated on him before he can find out through the online grapevine. Naturally, there’s a video. It becomes a living, shared relic of the ruination of their relationship, and the short film shrewdly toys with the question of whether he’ll watch it and how much more damage can be done. “I’m from a small town in Western Zealand, where I attended a hippie school with only 60 pupils far out on the countryside,” says Foldager. “It was a good playground for my creativity – a safe haven from the rest of society that I still feel rather detached to. Today my playground is an office I share with four fellow filmmakers in Central Copenhagen. I’ve been self-employed for eight years – doing shorts, docs, music videos and commercials. “As a child I observed people and situations around me, but was scared of interaction. Today I’m not afraid of interacting, but often struggle with the fascination part. I probably was a better filmmaker as a child. “I wrote this little story around Snapchat, since everyone seems eager to share embarrassing videos with this app. Read on

Having played film festivals worldwide, from Annecy to Edinburgh and Hiroshima to Sundance, Marcel, King of Tervuren has had the kind of festival run you would expect from a filmmaker of Tom Schroeder’s calibre. Blending a flowing animation style with an engaging narrative, Schroeder’s film quickly immerses you into its unexpected world of alcohol, drugs and family feuds. With his camera playfully skittering around the colourful world he has created, Schroeder’s aesthetic playfully places you in the universe of its heroic cockerel. Told mostly through a point-of-view which embeds its audience directly in the farmyard in which Marcel prowls, the animator employs a flurry of bold lines and strong colours to emphasise this hectic period of near-death experiences for our resistant rooster. More Here

Short Film: The Places Where We Lived

Take six minutes to watch this socio-political gem. An animated short about place and space and time and memory and home and South Florida. Premiered at SXSW13 and was the Grand Jury Prize for Animation at AFI Fest 2013.And was the official selection at a host of other festivals across the globe.

Director James Cooper’s Interview with a Time Traveler, as the title would indicate, is indeed a time travel tale. But, unlike the genre tropes that such a lead might presuppose, there are no time jumps and flashy special effects (or nagging plot holes, for that matter). In fact, this film is about as simple a time travel tale that I’ve ever seen—just two guys in a room talking. Read More: http://bit.ly/1spaUeL

This Is It: TWO COLLEGE KIDS. FIRST APARTMENT. SHIT GETS REAL. FAST.

One of the problems many short filmmakers face is working out how much story they should fit into their brief duration. Do they aim to fit the plot of a feature into this bitesize format? Do they use the story as an introduction to a larger universe? Or do they leave plot holes for their viewers to fill in? Demonstrating exactly how it should be done is Alexander Engel’s This Is It – a 3-minute short with ambitions way above its station. Written and Discovered by Shorts of the week: you can you Read More There: http://bit.ly/12YhCSe