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UNSUNG INDIES: Ahmed Khawaja and Andre Puca’s AP & AK

This edition of Unsung Indies marks the first time a director has been featured for a second time for their work. In this particular case it is directors, plural; as in, Ahmed Khawaja and Andre Puca, whose first film together, KWAK or Kassandra with a K, was not only a film I featured here but also one that I consider to be one of the best films of the current decade. Their second feature-length collaboration, AP & AK, is a natural extension of KWAK, another chapter entry in the diary film saga of their friendship.

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Short Film: BIG DOG

This week’s short film pick comes to us from directors Jamie Gyngell & Jamie Whitby and their film Big Dog. This stark, beautifully shot film involves a young man getting a job at a meat processing facility after re-entering society from what



I always love a good awkward comedy and when you mix in a heaping pile of suspense I’m all in and such is the case with Ben Gutteridge‘s short film Steak Knife. A man arrives at his date’s home only to find an


Kickstart Sunday: NIGHT RUN

The film market is currently awash with ’80s throw backs, some good, some horrifically bad, but thankfully The Playback Collective‘s Night Run looks like it’s going to be former. The problem with too many of these movies is that they often rely


Short Film: HOMEBODY

This week’s short film pick is Jacob Fallon‘s Homebody, a story about a young woman who loses her job and is forced to move back home- the only hitch is she doesn’t tell her mom she’s there.

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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.



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



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


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



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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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.