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Kickstart Sunday: BIG BAD WOLVES

This week’s featured crowdfunding project comes to us from director Rachel James and her short film Big Bad Wolves. This thriller involves four best friends who become a vigilante group after one of them falls victim to abuse by a boyfriend.

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Short Film: DOG*WALK

This week’s short film pick is a sweet and sour little treat from director Kristin Peterson titled Dog*Walk. This 3-minute comedy is about two girls who decide to make some money by walking neighborhood dogs, but all is not as it seems with

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Kickstart Sunday: WELCOME TO BUSHWICK

This week’s Kickstart Sunday pick comes to us from writer-director Henry Jinings and his upcoming short film Welcome to Bushwick. The film revolves around a young man who locks himself in his date’s bathroom after he begins to fear there may be something

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Short Film: JAKKALS13

This week’s short film pick comes to us from director Ari Kruger and his film Jakkals13, an action comedy about a hitman whose roommate won’t stop bothering him while he’s on the job. An interesting premise and a load of dry humor

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Short Film: JEF NEEDS ICE CREAM

This week’s Fandependent Friday pick is Dave Conte‘s comedy Jef Needs Ice Cream, in which Jef heads out in the cold on an arduous journey to acquire a delicious frozen treat. My main reason for this pick is because I know

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FOR FUTURE REFERENCE: TORMENTING THE HEN

Tension abounds in writer/director Theodore Collatos’s latest feature, Tormenting the Hen, as nearly every discussion and/or interaction is laced with potential avenues providing offense and/or judgments, even the more inconspicuous and trivial subjects up for discussion harbor the possibility of illuminating surprising truths and viewpoints. With his script, Collatos has crafted a proverbial minefield for his characters to navigate, one that is laden with opportunities to weaponize any and all words and the hazards of crafting conclusions about others with incomplete information.

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UNSUNG INDIES: Joanna Arnow’s i hate myself :)

Introspection is not an easy task in private, let alone in public; it isn’t rare either, although, one’s introspection is usually shrouded in narrative creations to dampen and/or conceal its full extent. But, Arnow’s particular brand of introspection is of the splayed-open-for-all-to-see variety, which can be jarring at times given the breadth of intimate interactions she’s willing to share with the audience. Much of it seems ill-advised, but then again, who are we to judge. This is the director’s life, they’re making the decisions (for the most part) and one gets the sense that Arnow is doing this for herself mostly, we’re just spectating bystanders.

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Kickstart Sunday: INVENTING THE FUTURE

This week’s Kickstart Sunday pick comes to us from director Isiah Medina and his documentary Inventing the Future, an adaptation of the best-selling book Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work by Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams. The book is a fascinating look

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Short Film: SMOKE BOMB BOYS

Last week we showcased a short film about a gang called The Pissy Tits Street Gang and this week we have another gang-related short to present called Smoke Bomb Boys. Directed by James P. Gannon, the film revolves around a trio of hooligans

Watch a Prologue to ALIEN: COVENANT Called THE CROSSING

20th Century Fox has released a short film called The Crossing that fills in some of the gaps between Prometheus and Alien: Covenant. Set on the ship boarded by Dr. Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and David (Michael Fassbender) at the end of

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Kickstart Sunday: STRIVER’S ROW

This week’s Kickstart Sunday pick comes to us from director Robert Rippberger and writer Sha-Risse Smith and their film Striver’s Row. This feature takes place in the Striver’s Row area of Harlem and revolves around a young woman struggling to keep

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Kickstart Sunday: THREE SEASONS

This week’s Kickstart Sunday pick comes to us from director Mengxi “Althea” Rao and her short film Three Seasons. We don’t normally pick student films for this feature, but after Mengxi reached out to me and described her MFA thesis film as

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Short Film: THE EXPANDED UNIVERSE

This is a repost of our previous coverage of this great short film. It’s now in competition at this season’s Fandependent Films Festival and available to watch for free below. If you like what you see consider voting