SHORT FILMS

Watch: Peculiar Short Film 'Lightningface' Starring Oscar Isaac in Full

Lightningface Short Film

"I thought I knew who I was. But I knew nothing… And then it happened." Let's kick off this week with a short film we've been waiting to watch for over a year. After playing at film festivals all around, Vimeo Staff Picks has finally premiered the short film Lightningface online in full, from director Brian Petsos. The short film stars Oscar Isaac as a man named Basil Stitt who goes through a transformative experience after being struck by lightning one day. We originally posted a trailer for this short more than a year ago, and now that it has played at fests exclusively, it's available online. This is a very strange, intriguing short that goes to some trippy places at the end. It's great to see Oscar Isaac in this, but I'm not sure what to make of it. You?

 Posted July 24 in Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Terrifying New Oats Studios Film 'Zygote' with Dakota Fanning

Zygote Short Film

"It's coming no matter what we do!" Buckle up, you're in for a crazy ride. These films are getting better and better! Oats Studios has unveiled their next new short film, titled Zygote, an intense horror action story starring Dakota Fanning and Jose Pablo Cantillo. This is perhaps the most cinematic film that Oats has released yet. Directed by the main man himself, Neill Blomkamp, this film features one helluva gnarly monster that appears halfway through. I also love the score, by Lorne Balfe, which makes this feel even more intense. At the bottom of the post, I've included a few answers from Blomkamp to follow-up questions after my first interview about Oats. It's so awesome to see them experimenting with projects like this that would never ever see the light of day in Hollywood, but now we get a chance to experience them. Get ready!

 Posted July 12 in SciFi, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: 'Fish Story' Short Film Discovers the Truth Behind a Fishy Tale

Fish Story Short Film

Now this is a unique, totally fun short documentary. Fish Story is a short doc produced by The Guardian, telling the tall tale of a event that happened years ago. The story goes that in North Wales, a weatherman named Michael Fish was the host behind an event where people with "fishy" last names (Mrs. Crab, Mr. Salmon, Mrs. Bass, Mr. Mullet) would attend a dinner and be served the fish of their last name. Filmmaker Charlie Lyne attempts to figure out if the story is actually true and reach the people who put it together. I admire the way this doc is presented, with the oral storytelling and nice, clean visuals to keep us captivated.

 Posted July 9 in Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Neill Blomkamp's Oats Studios Debuts Second Film 'Firebase'

Firebase Film

Ready for more? Neill Blomkamp's experimental sci-fi filmmaking collective Oats Studios has premiered their second short film titled Firebase, set during the Vietnam War. This ultra violent action film is kind of a mix between Predator and Apocalypse Now, with some gnarly surprises in store for those brave enough to venture into the jungle. A few weeks ago, we featured the first film Rakka (about lizard-like aliens enslaving humanity). We also posted an extensive interview with Blomkamp discussing his ideas behind Oats Studios and what they're trying to pull off. So far these two shorts have been awesome, playing with crazy original ideas that no studio would probably greenlight. You can watch the entire film below - and damn is it wicked.

 Posted June 28 in SciFi, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Die Antwoord's Freakish B&W Short Film 'Tommy Can't Sleep'

Tommy Can't Sleep Short Film

"Mom, I can't sleep. There's rats." You ain't never seen a short film like this before. Tommy Can't Sleep is a short film made by South African rappers Die Antwoord, also known as Ninja and Yolandi. The film stars their daughter, 16 Jones, as "Lil Tommy" and has a cameo appearance by Jack Black as "Big Tommy". It's a B&W short art directed by Roger Ballen, a photographer who has had a major influence on Die Antwoord. The story is about a kid who can't sleep because there are rats in his room. As described by Nylon, "it's all extremely Die Antwoord: twisted, terrifying, absurd, funny, outlandish." It will likely ruin your day - enjoy.

 Posted June 26 in Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Excellent Deaf Horror Short 'Dawn of the Deaf' from England

Dawn of the Deaf Trailer

"I feel like you're ashamed everywhere we go." Another awesome horror short film worth your time. This year is a stand out year for deaf performances/characters, in films like Wonderstruck, John Wick: Chapter 2, and Baby Driver. We can also include this short film, titled Dawn of the Deaf, about a few deaf people who must band together to survive in a zombie apocalypse - though it's much more about the relationship the main girl has with everyone in her life. It was made by deaf actors in London and tries to show disability as a strength, not a weakness. Starring Caroline Ward as Sam. This takes its time to build up and establish all the characters, then tosses in some crazy twists that have a strong emotional effect. Watch in full below.

 Posted June 20 in Horror, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Super Suspenseful Horror Short 'Curve' Directed by Tim Egan

Curve Short Film

Time for something uniquely scary. A very suspenseful horror short film titled Curve has debuted online, from writer/director Tim Egan. The short originally premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and won Best Short at Sitges last year, so it already has quite a bit of good buzz. Curve is a very simple concept horror short film about a woman who wakes up clinging to a "smooth, curved surface high above a sentient abyss". Starring Laura Jane Turner as the woman. I like how simple this is, and how it relies on the sound design and visual storytelling to make you feel the fear and intensity. But - what the heck is this place?! See below.

 Posted June 19 in Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Intriguing Sci-Fi Short 'Nano' Shows a Nanotechnology Future

Nano Sci-Fi Short Film

Is this the future we might live in if nanotechnology continues to develop? Check out this intriguing sci-fi short film titled Nano, from filmmaker Mike Manning, presenting a futuristic world where nanotechnology inside our bodies syncs with apps in order to change our experiences as human beings. It's a cool concept, and we probably will see something like this sometime in the future. However, I'm not a big fan of the film itself. It seems way too obsessed with sex and vanity than the technology, and the performances aren't that good either. I really wish this was better than it is, because I would be much more excited about it. That said, I'm featuring this anyway as a cool proof-of-concept short for those who still want to watch. Have fun.

 Posted June 16 in SciFi, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Captivating '9 Races' Short Tells the Story of an Injured Jockey

9 Races Short Film

"This is one race. You've got a lot more races in you." This is an impressive short about a person we rarely hear stories about - a jockey. Most films about horseracing are about the sport, or the owners, or the horses, but not many films talk about the jockey and his life. 9 Races is a short film directed by Clint Bentley (website) telling the story of an injured jockey who tries to endure nine races on nine horses over the course of one unforgiving night on the track. Luis Bordonada stars as Gabriel, playing a jockey trying to hide his pain as he starts to race. I like the documentary-style approach to this, makes it feel more real. Watch below.

 Posted June 6 in Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Excellent Animated Short 'Coke Habit' About Soda Addiction

Coke Habit Short Film

"Sometimes it was 8 cans in a day. It was way, way too much." Stop drinking soda! It's very bad for your health. How many of you are addiction to pop/soda? In America, it's a very common thing, as we all grow up drinking it and enjoy it so much that we can't help but enjoy soda all the time. This animated short film, titled Coke Habit, tells the story of one man named Mike explaining how his addiction to soda became a major problem when he was in high school. This is indeed a very important health PSA, but it's also a very creative and unique short film with some impressive animation. I love the color palette, and I love how it all flows. It's short, sweet (no pun intended) and good work I want to share as filmmaking that impressed me.

 Posted May 21 in Animation, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: The End of a Relationship in Short Film 'Closure' by Dan Marcus

Closure Short Film

"Just put on an old record… helps loosen the mind." A new short film to watch this week that will make you think about your own relationship. This is titled Closure, and it's the latest short directed by filmmaker Dan Marcus, who also happens to write for this site (see his work here). Dan previously directed the sci-fi thriller short titled Streamline, which we featured back in 2014 when it first premiered. He followed that film up with this one, a passion project about two young lovers at the end of their relationship. It's about when two people know the ending is near but they can't bring themselves to face that reality. This is a bit longer than a normal short, but it's worth getting into for a good story about the challenges of relationships.

 Posted May 16 in Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Fan-Made Jedi Short Film 'Star Wars: The Force And The Fury'

Star Wars: The Force And The Fury

"How does it feel to be alone? I've taken everyone you love. This time you won't forget me." Meet another Jedi in this new fan-made short film set within the Star Wars universe. Star Wars: The Force And The Fury is a short by Jason Satterlund telling the story of a Jedi who crash lands on a mysterious planet. There he encounters a Sith who seems to know him. I won't spoil the rest, but it's refreshing to see such impressive storytelling in a Star Wars fan film. Two other things I love about this: 1) that we finally see a female Sith going bad, and 2) the blue lightsaber has a hilt like an actual samurai sword, nice little nod to actual sabers.

 Posted April 27 in Short Film, Star Wars, To Watch | Comments

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