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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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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

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A MORNING LIGHT Review

All things familiar, yet all things becoming increasingly sinister, Clark seems to have crafted a sci-fi horror/mystery film with no real, concrete horror elements. Instead, inundating the storyline with plenty of mystery, mystery piled atop mystery. A straightforward narrative film stalked and accosted by the experimental with Clark’s experimental imagery insinuating a cinematic approximation of the metaphysical as flashes of light cycle chaotic, reasoning and context seemingly lost in its rapid shuffle, abstraction deployed as the narrative catalyst.

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Kickstart Sunday: NESTING DOLLS

This week’s Kickstart Sunday pick comes to us from director Robbie Snow and his film Nesting Dolls. The film is a feature-length psychological thriller involving three sorority sisters who turn on each other in violent ways after tragedy interrupts their week-long getaway.

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Pixar Releases New Short Film DANTE’S LUNCH


Pixar has released a new 2-minute short titled Dante’s Lunch, in order to get us excited for their upcoming film Coco. The film, directed by Lee Unkrich, introduces us to Dante, the adorable dog that will be featured in the

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Kickstart Sunday: TURA! THE TURA SATANA DOCUMENTARY

This week’s Kickstart Sunday pick comes to us from director Cody Jarrett and his upcoming documentary Tura!, a documentary about actress/burlesque dancer Tura Satana, who you may remember from Russ Meyer‘s classic cult film Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!. As an unabashed fan of