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13:40 min 5. May 2009

Medium Rare | Future Shorts

a narrative film in English

Dir. Stefan Stuckert / UK / 2007
Carl is on the run from a gang intent on killing him. He finds refuge in a restaurant where a beautiful woman is dining alone. But desire is about to lay its own subtle trap. Based on "zwei bei tisch" by Hans Herbst.
http://www.mediumraretheshortfilm.com/

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13:50 min 18. June 2013

'Close' Directed By Geoffrey Taylor, Commissioned By Film London

a narrative film in English

SYNOPSIS: On the week of Charlie’s 13th Birthday he makes a terrible discovery that brings him closer to his Father.

OFFICIAL SELECTION; BFI Film Festival, Encounters Film Festival, London Short Film Festival, Chaktomuk Short Film Festival, Cambodia, New Vision Film Festival, Kiev, Krakow short film Festival, Poland. Sao Paulo Film Festival,Brazil. Landshut Kurzfilmfestival.

facebook.com/closefilm
twitter.com/geoffwideeyed
www.geoffrey-taylor.com

This film is still available for festivals and screenings - if you're interested please get in contact.

CREW
Written, Directed: Geoffrey Taylor
Produced: Fiona Lamptey
Associate Producer: Sam George
Cinematography: Nick Cooke
Production Designer: Matt Sharp
Editor: Fiona DeSouza
Composer: Matt Kelly
Supervising Sound Editor: Stevie Haywood
Sound Designer: Raoul Brand
Original Music By: Vic Godard

CAST
Charlie Jamie F Glover
Dad David Doyle
Louise Ella Lane
Mum Nicola Harrison

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21:21 min 20. November 2012

West Bank Story - The Musical (Full Version)

a narrative film in English

All credits go to: http://www.westbankstory.com. Written by Ari Sandel and Kim Ray.

West Bank Story is a musical comedy about David, an Israeli soldier, and Fatima, a Palestinian fast food cashier - an unlikely couple who fall in love amidst the animosity of their families' dueling falafel stands in the West Bank.

Tensions mount when the Kosher King's new pastry machine juts onto Hummus Hut property. The Palestinians ruin the machine and the Israelis respond by building a wall between the two eating establishments.

The couple professes their love for each other, triggering a chain of events that destroys both restaurants and forces all to find common ground in an effort to rebuild, planting a seed of hope.

Why did you make the film?

I wanted to accomplish three things with the movie:
1. I wanted to make a film that would get attention and also make people laugh.
2. I wanted to make a movie that was pro-peace and offered a message of hope.
3. I wanted to address the situation in an even-handed and balanced way so that Jewish and Arab audiences would feel fairly represented enough to let their guard down and laugh WITH the characters from the "other side". I thought, if we can make a movie that Israelis will watch and like the Arab characters and that Arabs will watch and like the Israeli characters then that will be something valuable.

What problems did you encounter in making the film?

Many people said you can't make a film that's a comedy about a tragedy like the Middle East conflict. They said that no one wants to see that and you will end up offending every Jew and Arab in America. I was also advised against making a short movie that takes place in another country because it would be too expensive. They insisted I would never be able to pull it off and it would look student and cheap.
1. At first, I heeded their advice and I shelved the project for 5 months. It wasn't until I started working with my co-writer, Kim Ray, that we returned to the project with a new perspective. We decided that it was necessary to simplify the situation in order to make it comedic. We wanted to show that both sides were more alike than they care to admit so we brainstormed a list of things that Arabs and Israelis have in common. When we came up with food and the premise of competing falafel stands, the script began to come to life.
2. A major challenge was balance in portraying both sides evenly. Our fear was that we might offend one side and then turn them off to the story. Therefore, we made sure that for every joke against one side we had one for the other. Likewise, for every endearing or heartfelt moment for the Palestinians we had to have one for the Israelis. Balance was crucial to staying credible. This balance carried over into every aspect of the film. The costumes had to be equally funny on both sides as did their restaurants and the personalities of the characters. I think we did a pretty good job of keeping it balanced.

What do you want the viewer to take away from the film?

I sometimes get remarks about the film being too simplistic and that it does not accurately show the suffering of any one side. I agree, it IS simplistic because it has to be in order to be a comedy. This film is not meant to be a learning tool for the situation in the Middle East. It is not an historical explanation, or a political solution on screen. It is a movie about HOPE and PEACE and that is it. It is meant to counteract the multitudes of negative documentaries and news reports that, while very informative, usually seem to be skewed to one side and ALWAYS leave the viewer feeling like this conflict will go on forever. I truly believe that peace between Israelis and Arabs will be achieved and don't believe it is a hopeless endeavor. We wanted to make a film that would convey that feeling.

What has been the response from Jews and Arabs?

The response has been overwhelmingly positive from both sides. I have had requests for DVD's from professors from Qatar, libraries in Egypt, soldiers in Israel, Palestinian families in Gaza, Elementary school teachers in Haifa, Jewish and Arab film festivals all over the United States, and the list goes on. The film played at the Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival and the Tel Aviv University Student Film Festival in Israel. It also played at the Dubai International Film Festival to a very warm reception and was screened there more than any other film at the festival. It was one of the best screening experiences I have ever had.

What is your background? Are you from the Middle East?

I was born in the United States and am the son of an Israeli father and an American mother. I studied Islam, Judaism, and the History of the Middle East in college and have traveled the Middle East extensively having been to Israel (almost every year), Palestine, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt, Morocco, and Dubai. I currently have family that live throughout Israel.

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15:35 min 30. October 2012

Die Antwoord - Umshini Wam (A Short Film)

a narrative film in English

Big dreams, big blunts, big rims, and big guns. It's time to get gangsta gangsta. Ninja and Yo-Landi are wheelchair-bound lovers and real gangsters. They live in the outskirts of civilization, they shoot guns for fun, smoke massive joints, and sleep in the woods. They don't have any bling to show for their gangsta cred, but the world deserves to know who they are. They're tramps, and their wheels are starting to fall off. Ninja becomes despondent over their vagabond existence, but Yo-Landi won't let him give up. What ensues is straight up gangsta mayhem, the realist of the real, true gangsta shit.

Written and directed by Harmony Kornine in 2011.

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16:22 min 18. May 2011

"a Message from Fallujah" . . . Philip RANG DoP Award Winning Drama

a narrative film in English

"Message from Fallujah"
Staring Alien's Lance HENRICKSON & Shane BRANT
Production: Luscious International (Sydney)
Producer: Andrew MORRIS
Director: Richard GIBSON
DoP: Philip RANG
Shot on Location in Sydney over three days with two 35mm Cameras
AWARDS: Best Cinematography at The Rhode Island International Film Festival 2005
Goldern Tripod Australian Cinematographer's Society 2005
Best in the FEST Los Angeles Short Film Festival 2005

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04:28 min 19. April 2014

AWAKENING

a narrative film in English

An allergy season romance: One unhappy New Yorker flees to California in search of a change. And a spiritual, mystical beauty seems to know just what he needs.

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10:36 min 21. January 2014

"White Trash" short film

a narrative film in English

*PLEASE WATCH IN FULL SCREEN & PLAY LOUD*

WINNER
'Best Guerilla short' at the 2014 Action on Film film festival

*OFFICIAL SELECTION*

Dances With Films film festival
Action on Film film festival
LA Shorts film festival
Orlando film festival

https://www.facebook.com/whitetrashfilm

A young woman's attempt at killing her abusive husband is intervened when two psychopaths bust in and demand the money the husband stole from a local gangster.

Starring:

Gillian Moura
Daniel Ballard
Andrew Ramaglia
Bram Barouh

Written, Produced & Directed by
Chris von Hoffmann

CREATION FROM CHAOS REVIEW
http://creationfromchaos.wordpress.com/2014/05/04/white-trash-is-a-perfectly-crafted-slice-of-pulp

FILM THREAT REVIEW
http://www.filmthreat.com/reviews/74968

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13:23 min 7. October 2013

The First

a narrative film in English

SHORT OF THE WEEK - Review
https://www.shortoftheweek.com/2013/10/15/the-first/

Past Festival Screenings:

Boston LGBT Film Festival 2013 (Boston, MA)
Frameline Encore 2013 (San Fransisco, CA)
Outflix Film Festival 2012 (Memphis, Tennessee)
YoungCuts Film Festival 2012 (Montreal, Canada)
Santa Cruz Film Festival (Santa Cruz, California)
Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Cleveland International Film Festival 2012 (Cleveland, Ohio)
Melbourne Queer Film Festival 2012 (Melbourne, Australia)
Corona Cork Film Festival 2011 (Cork, Ireland)
Frameline Film Festival 2011 (San Fransisco, California)
Palm Springs International Shortfest 2011 (Palm Springs, California)
Athens International Film+Video Festival 2011 (Athens, Ohio) **Honorable Mention
Atlanta Film Festival 2011 (Atlanta, Georgia)
NFFTY 2011 (Seattle, Washington)

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03:01 min 16. September 2009

Occupations - short film by Lars von Trier

a narrative film in English

http://shortsbay.com/film/occupations

Short film by Lars von Trier from "Chacun Son Cinéma" (To Each His Own Cinema) anthology film.

Written and Directed by Lars von Trier

Cast: Jacques Frantz, Lars von Trier

Watch more films at http://www.shortsbay.com

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15:37 min 7. January 2014

FOXES - short film

a narrative film in English

A young couple trapped in a remote estate of empty houses and shrieking foxes are beckoned from their isolation into a twilight world. A world of the paranormal or perhaps insanity.

Please go fullscreen HD and wear headphones if you can!

Like to know more about the production? Read my Director's Notes interview here:
http://www.directorsnotes.com/2014/01/07/lorcan-finnegan-foxes/

Cast: Marie Ruane, Tom Vaughan Lawlor, Karen Griffin
Directed by Lorcan Finnegan
Produced by Brunella Cocchiglia
Written by Garret Shanley
Cinematography by Miguel de Olaso aka 'Macgregor'
Editor: Frank Reid
Production Designer: Ferdia Murphy
Costume design: Iseult Sheehy
Sound Design: Neil O'Connor and Gavin O'Brien
VFX supervison: John O'Connell
CG animation: Eugene Mishchenko & Vadim Draphiel

Foxes was funded by the Irish Filmboard under their 'Signatures' scheme.

Full credits @ www.foxesfilm.com

www.lorcanfinnegan.com

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16:32 min 5. March 2013

The Meaning of Mr. Watson

a narrative film in English

Tells the story of a man trapped in a sexual loop of his own making.

Denis Lyons Nina Reithmeier
The Meaning of Mr. Watson
Written and Directed by Robert Grant

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07:34 min 20. June 2015

"Time" a short by Theodore Collatos

a narrative film in English

"Time blurs the line between documentary and fiction, questioning the system of filmmaking itself, while also addressing the root of another system entirely: The American Correctional System. Through a collection of conversational portraits filmmaker Theodore Collatos presents a group of male inmates as intelligent, empathetic figures, trying to understand their choices in life, while attempting to debunk their own stereotypes." - Ben Umstead (Editor Twitchfilm.com)

Available on:

Fandor
Filmmaker Magazine
Short of the Week
Twitchfilm
MUBI - The Notebook
Film Shortage
Northside Film Festival
Nitehawk Shorts Festival
Cinema Club

Ben Umstead (Twitchfilm)

"The film focuses on the camaraderie and support that can be cultivated under such devastating circumstances. For dealing with the passing and nature of time itself can be the biggest adversary of all. The results are charming, somber and all too human."

Read more: http://twitchfilm.com/2015/09/watch-short-film-time-takes-a-different-look-at-prison.html#ixzz3nLuUJC1N

Katie Metcalfe - (Short of the Week, Sundance Film Festival)

"The fishbowl atmosphere of prisons have always provided an interesting filmic environment, and their tendency to be a hotbed for drama, violence and transcendence have captivated the cinematic imagination for decades. In this short documentary, Director Theodore Collatos strips everything back to the natural theme of the prison experience – quite simply, the concept of ‘doing time’.

In cinema-verité style, we’re invited to eavesdrop into conversations taking place across three cells. Collatos’s technique of allowing us to hear the subjects’ voices (before seeing them onscreen) builds a sense of immersion, placing us as an invisible voyeur within the prison. The static positioning of the camera draws attention to facial nuances, movements, pacing and gestures that significantly enhance the dialogue.

Time is actually a scene that didn’t make it into Collatos’s feature film Dipso, about a man who gets released from prison then attempts to reunite with his family and follow his dream of being a stand-up comedian. Collatos was compelled to cut the material into a short film, mainly because “I think the prison system is in major crisis and it troubles me how this country has made a prison-for-profit model out of our citizens. My hope was to explore the humanity of the prisoners rather than an exploitative, ‘Cops’ styled representation of people”.

His approach is to construct stories in a documentary fashion, whereby the story is found in the editing in order to keep the film fresh and most of the conversations are improvised by the subjects. “The two Caucasian inmates had a more specific direction in mind as I wanted to explore the fact that the prison system houses many people who really should be in a mental health care facility and not in prison. The other pairings of inmates, I wanted to hear where their thoughts would go first before making a specific direction. I used an observational style because I wanted a freedom to occur with the non-actors and I think if you’re filming real close and in peoples faces, its more likely that you’ll affect their performance. I try and create an environment where people can speak freely and express themselves in any way they feel fit”.

https://www.shortoftheweek.com/2015/07/21/time/
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Craig Keller (MUBI The Notebook)

"Teddy is a mensch who spends more time worrying about that truth he can cull or divine before his camera and mic."

https://mubi.com/notebook/posts/notebook-s-8th-writers-poll-fantasy-double-features-of-2015#keller

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10:53 min 20. November 2014

The Moped Diaries - Short Film

a narrative film in English

When a new bridge is built connecting his island to the mainland a boy has to come to grips with the change and opportunities that come along with it. Love of home, love of a partner, and love of family all seem to be falling apart and slowly pushing him towards the inevitable, crossing that bridge himself to see what lies beyond the horizon.

Shot 95% on a Canon 5dmk2 with a few pick ups done with the Sony FS700.

Music by: Jake Sinclair
Final song: "The Stakes Were Raised" by Slow Runner

luckytreehouse.com

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14:40 min 13. June 2012

Scruples | Short Film (YouTube 'Your Film Festival' Finalist)

a narrative film in English

An undercover police officer struggles to keep his cover when he witnesses a horrifying crime. Are a few innocent lives worth sacrificing for the greater good?

An Australian short film written & directed by Adrian Powers.

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06:33 min 12. May 2013

Paperman

a narrative film in English

Introducing a groundbreaking technique that seamlessly merges computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques, first-time director John Kahrs takes the art of animation in a bold new direction with the Oscar-nominated short, "Paperman."

Watch more videos here http://www.videobash.com
Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/videobashfan

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06:33 min 31. October 2013

The Ride | Short Film

a narrative film in English

A little short film for the hopeless romantic in us all.

cast BENJAMIN RIGBY and BELINDA MISEVSKI
writer director TIMOTHY MELVILLE
producers CHRISTINA REMNANT and NICKY PASTORE
cinematographer JOEL BETTS
1st AC AUSTIN HAIGH
2nd AC DANIEL DUNN
sound designer and recordist MARTIN KAY
production designer STEPHANIE STAMATIS
colourist FERGUS HALLY
wardrobe by SERVICE
production company OH YEAH WOW. 2014

Download the script here, http://tinyurl.com/ksmhtf3
Read more here, https://crackedeye.com/video/ride

http://timothymelville.com