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.
This week’s Kickstart Sunday pick comes to us from director Eleanore Pienta and her upcoming comedic short Ada. Shot on glorious super 16mm, this film stars Pienta as an unlikable competitive walker who has an unfortunate run-in with a hose. Intrigued? I
In his debut, Cameron Bruce Nelson has managed to present an effective portrait of humility in slow burn, a case study on the matter of adaptability as the nature of Sal’s situation remains in a constant state of flux, trying in earnest to readjust until finally realizing that he may not belong or be able to make do as nature decisively states its dominance emphatically. A bittersweet tale occupying the margins of the in between, in between the dusk of unrealized, cast off dreams and the threshold of promise and new beginnings.
This week’s Kickstart Sunday pick comes to us from director Usama Alshaibi and his upcoming 6th feature, Boy From War. This animated memoir will take a look at Alshaibi’s youth escaping Iraq and growing up in Iowa’s punk scene in the 1980s.
Having recently screened at this year’s New York Film Festival, John Wilson‘s latest short form documentary, The Road to Magnasanti is available to stream through his Vimeo channel. If you’re familiar with Wilson’s work you’ll have an idea of what to expect
This week’s Kickstart Sunday pick comes to us from Nic Fforde and Giulia Watson and their upcoming short film Ralph Styles Ultra. This short film takes place inside a ’70s cigarette ad where after the commercial ends the lives of the characters and
The critics at the Cahiers Du Cinema had a practice in the first decades of the magazine to let admirers of a given director review that director’s films. The thought was to give those with the best chance of seeing a film’s
One of my favorite shorts from this year is Christopher Good‘s comedy Brad Cuts Loose. It was featured in a Kickstart Sunday way back in March of 2016 and Kevin reviewed it a year later when it came out, scoring
In this entertaining and oddly timely short film, director Andrew Laurich tells the story of an unlikely assassin who heads back in time to take down Hitler in A Study in Tyranny. Equal parts comedy and think piece, this well-shot black and
This week’s short film pick comes to us from director Sorrel Brae with A Film By Vera Vaughn. This inventive thriller stars Marin Ireland as a filmmaker editing her next project only to find her own life may be closer to
One of the more exciting things about this year’s Fantastic Fest (and believe me there are a TON of exciting things) is the announcement that the festival will be branching out of Austin and screening select films at satellite locations
This week’s short film pick comes to us from director Christopher Jason Bell and his film And By We I Mean Me. This odd yet enthralling little character piece stars Frank Mosley as a working man grappling with the fact that
This week’s short film pick comes to us from director Claire Hanrahan and her nasty little thriller Fall. This 6-minute short revolves around a girl getting revenge on her neighbor who used her to cheat on a spelling test. Boy, kids can
This week’s short film pick comes to us from director Chris Shields and his film Debit Wolf. Waking up on a park bench, a woman finds her hands covered in blood, not knowing what happened or how she got there. Through a series