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Posts Tagged ‘Shorts’

More Shorts to Consider

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

I am not always a huge fan of claymation, but Allison Schulnik‘s short Eager is stunning. Beautiful imagery, haunting music and thought provoking visuals make this a lovely way to spend 8 1/2 minutes.

Screening in Animated Shorts:

⋆ Saturday, March 8
11:00AM – 12:21PM

Rollins Theatre @ The Long Center

* Sunday, March 9
2:00PM – 3:21PM
SXSatellite: Marchesa

Wednesday, March 12
7:00PM – 8:21PM
Vimeo Theater

Thursday, March 13
11:00AM – 12:21PM
SXSatellite: Marchesa

Also in Animated Shorts: Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared 2-Time. If you are a fan of twisted, dark humour, this will appeal to you. In Part II of what I hope will become a long series, Becky Sloan and Joseph Pelling gives us a glimpse into the abyss. Check it out-it’s catchy!
And in Midnight Shorts:
Kids and Explosions: Swear Words.  I love this short for many reasons, mostly because it has the potential to make so many people angry. It is from France. It is a statement on American culture. It is almost spot on. I just wish it was a little longer. Well done, Thomas Vernay and Yann Wallaert!
*Saturday, March 8
10:00PM – 11:43PM
Rollins Theatre at The Long Center

Wednesday, March 12
10:30PM – 12:13AM
SXSatellite: Marchesa

Thursday, March 13
11:00AM – 12:43PM
Alamo Ritz 1

Friday, March 14
9:30PM – 11:13PM
Vimeo Theater

3 Animated Shorts to Consider

Friday, February 14th, 2014

If you are a Shorts person, like I am, you do not need me to convince you to go. Even though I have been watching Shorts seriously for possibly a decade, I am a child of Hanna-Barbera, so it still boggles my mind what animation can do and be. If you are new to watching Animated Shorts-keep your mind open and you won’t be disappointed.

THE Construction of ANSTALT3000

Director: Helmut Munz

While I am not sure of ANSTALT3000’s true purpose, I am very charmed by the creatures who are trying to explain it to me.

Coda 

Director Alan Holly

I hope this is what Death is like-benevolent, tolerant, strong.

Through the Hawthorn 

Directors:  Anna Benner, Pia Borg, Gemma Burditt

A triptych presentation of mental illness as perceived by a mother, her son and his doctor.

Animated Shorts Screen:

Saturday, March 8
11:00AM-12:21PM
Rollins Theatre at The Long Center

Sunday, March 9
2:00PM – 3:21PM
SXSatellite: Marchesa

Wednesday, March 12
7:00PM – 8:21PM
Vimeo Theater

Thursday, March 13
11:00AM – 12:21PM
SXSatellite: Marchesa

SXSW Narrative Shorts: The Kármán Line

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Director Oscar Sharp brings us The Kármán Line, a wonderful short film. Here is the synopsis from the SXSW site:

A mother is hit by an unusual condition and begins to rise gradually into the air.

An ambitious short starring double-BAFTA winner Olivia Colman (Tyrannosaur, Iron Lady, Hot Fuzz, Peep Show) and Shaun Dooley (The Woman in Black, Misfits, Eden Lake), shot by Robbie Ryan (Fish Tank, Philomena) and directed by Oscar Sharp, currently a Fulbright & BAFTA scholar at NYU’s Graduate Film programme.

This film is witty, tender, and funny all at once. It explores the wonders of life experience, the loneliness of illness, and how families of those afflicted cope with change.

It is a beautiful entry into this year’s festival and one that’s not to be missed.

Narrative Shorts: VERBATIM

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

In the Narrative Shorts category of SXSW Film you’ll find VERBATIM, a clever tongue-in-cheek narrative based on true events that is painfully funny and pokes a very sharp stick at the legal profession in general.

I brings to my a certain public figure that once said “It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is…”

Make time in your schedule to catch this very funny short. You’ll thank us!

SXSW Film Announces Midnighters and Shorts!

Friday, February 7th, 2014

SXSW Film has announced this years round of Midnighters and Shorts!

This years Midnighters:

13 Sins
Director/Screenwriter: Daniel Stamm, Screenwriter: David Birke

A cryptic phone call sets off a dangerous game of risks for Elliot, a down-on-his luck salesman. The game promises increasing rewards for completing 13 tasks, each more sinister than the last.
Cast: Mark Webber, Rutina Wesley, Devon Graye, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Richard Burgi, Tom Bower, Ron Perlman (World Premiere)

Among The Living (France)
Director/Screenwriter: Julien Maury, Alexandre Bustillo

After horror favorites Inside and Livid, Maury and Bustillo pair up again for a horror-thriller at the cross roads between Stand by Me and Friday the13th.
Cast: Anne Marivin, Béatrice Dalle, Francis Renaud, Fabien Jegoudez, Nicolas Giraud (World Premiere)

Exists
Director: Eduardo Sánchez, Screenwriter: Jamie Nash

Five friends on a camping weekend in the remote woods of East Texas struggle to survive against a legendary beast that is stronger, smarter and more terrifying than they would have ever believed exists.
Cast: Chris Osborn, Dora Madison Burge, Roger Edwards, Denise Williamson, Samuel Davis (World Premiere)

The Guest
Director: Adam Wingard, Screenwriter: Simon Barrett

A soldier on leave befriends the family of a fallen comrade, only to become a threat to all around him when it’s revealed he’s hiding dangerous secrets from his past.
Cast: Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Leland Orser, Lance Reddick, Sheila Kelley

Home
Director/Screenwriter: Nicholas McCarthy

When a realtor is asked to sell a vacant home, she and her sister cross paths with its previous tenant: a teenage girl who sold her soul to the devil.
Cast: Naya Rivera, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Ashley Rickards, Wyatt Russell, Ava Acres (World Premiere)

Honeymoon
Director/Screenwriter: Leigh Janiak, Screenwriter: Phil Graziadei

Young newlyweds find their honeymoon spiraling mysteriously into chaos.
Cast: Rose Leslie, Harry Treadaway, Ben Huber, Hanna Brown (World Premiere)

Late Phases
Director: Adrián García Bogliano, Screenwriter: Eric Stolze

When deadly attacks from the forests beset a secluded retirement community, it is up to a grizzled veteran to figure what the residents are hiding.
Cast: Nick Damici, Ethan Embry, Erin Cummings, Tom Noonan, Lance Guest (World Premiere)

Oculus
Director/Screenwriter: Mike Flanagan, Screenwriter: Jeff Howard

As children, two siblings witnessed their parents’ harrowing descent into madness and death. Now, as adults, they reunite to expose and destroy the supernatural entity responsible: the Lasser Glass – a legendary mirror their parents owned.
Cast: Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Rory Cochrane, James Lafferty, Katee Sackhoff (U.S. Premiere)

Stage Fright
Director: Jerome Sable

Stage Fright tells the story of a snobby musical theater camp terrorized by a bloodthirsty masked killer who despises musical theatre. “Scream” meets “Glee” in this genre-bending R-rated horror-musical.
Cast: Allie MacDonald, Douglas Smith, Brandon Uranowitz, Kent Nolan, Melanie Leishman (World Premiere)

Starry Eyes
Directors/Screenwriters: Dennis Widmyer, Kevin Kolsch

In the city of dreams, a desperate actress will do whatever it takes for the role of a lifetime… no matter what the cost.
Cast: Alexandra Essoe, Amanda Fuller, Fabianne Therese, Noah Segan, Shane Coffey (World Premiere)

See y’all ’round Midnight!

2014 Midnighters and Shorts Announced!

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Hey Babies!

Another round of announcements brings us a treasure trove of Shorts and the always thrilling Midnighters.

10 Midnighters (8 World Premieres)
11 Shorts programs-113 films (No-I do not know how many are World Premieres. Sorry about that)
4,249 submissions-a shorts record

Check here for an absolutely brilliant blurb list of the shorts and their programs, courtesy of Richard Whittaker of the Austin Chronicle. Really well done, Richard!

All right, Babies, the time grows short. Start making your lists of films to see. Stay tuned for film reviews, coming soon! In the meantime, stay warm.

Recommended Short: Dotty

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Wow, how to talk about Dotty?  In general it takes a lot to get an emotional response out of me in a movie, especially in a short. Dotty, accomplishes that nicely. The story is simple, Dotty wants to send a message to someone she loves, and when her morning tea comes she gets someone to help her.  It is hard to talk about the short without potentially spoiling it, but even if you figure out the ending before you get there it somehow just makes the short even more poignant.

To anyone who has a loved one who is in a nursing home, or simply a loved one they are watching age or deal with a disability, this short will hit you right in the feels.

Incredibly touching narrative short. Highly recommend it. Now please excuse me I need a tissue.