Tina Matzat Short Film “Gaslighting”- Review

Written By:  Jerome Fitts

There is no such thing called a “new comer director” in film-making. Once certain directors hit a peak of being reputable all of us seem to jump on the bandwagon and the step by step films prior to the big hits are often over looked. Gaslightening seems to be one of those perfect examples. You either have the vision and display that vision at your own pace or wait till you find exactly what you want the world to view through your lens when your ready. In this indie short film, scriptwriter and director Tina Mazat of Qbit Films seems to have waited till the perfect time to do exactly that.

This film is about tolerance and a deliverance to those that think the aforementioned has an unlimited amount of it. The film was shot in Berlin where the director is challenging the viewership as well as giving the world an update to the city.  One of those examples is; if you are not familiar with a certain part of the city then you wouldn’t know its Berlin. Our first reaction was: “Thank God, its not another film shot in the overly saturated new Berliners section of Kreuzberg!” 

Scene taken from Gaslighting. Copyright Qbit Films.
Photo used by kind permission. 2018

The other has to be selection of Lara Marian and Nils Bauer as the key cast, who both do an exceptional job acting in English. As some would say; “the proofs in the pudding” because it was definitely done in the new Berlin where coming across anyone that speaks German is quite hard.  

Scene taken from Gaslighting. Photo used by kind permission. Copyright Qbitfilms. 2018

The film is impressive yet bland based on the objectives of the short while being complimented with near perfect cinematography.

In contrast to what the description of the film has been listed as, the ending isn’t much of a surprise. However, one has to wonder if it is was either too harsh or did Matzat leave room for a part two. Can you, the reader, imagine a part two of a short film? We can..

“Nice and thought provocative short flick!” -WorthJourney

Credits:

Written and Directed By: Tina Matzat

Key Cast: Lara Marian and Nils Bauer 

Produced By: Qbit Films 

“Job Life” By: Roberto I. Ercolalo- Short Film Review

Written By:  Jerome Fitts

For the life of me I don’t know why indie film festival award winning director Roberto I. Ercolalo started this relevant piece in Spanish without subtitles. According to the films advertisement, the following film has been selected to numerous festivals. Its your call as well as evaluate some of those festivals selection committee members. *Just saying!

Within the first 45 seconds of the short film Job Life, the director has his point across. This nineteen and thirty-six second black and white short describes how certain individuals within the Argentinian work force live to work as the burden of their job cements their oppression.

To appreciate the work of Mr. Ercolalo one would have to watch the film more than once while applauding the soundtrack composers Tomás Alegre and Victoria Korenblit  which may be the beckoning for such a second glanceUnfortunately both carry the film as oppose to the message that the director is attempting to convey.

Could his message be; “Some people has little to no choices with their career or is it in Argentina there are little to no opportunities once you start a career?”- 

Roberto I. Ercolalo in Job Life. Photo Used By Kind Permission. 2018

 

The drainy deposition of the film is one that some of us movie goers have when we are recovering from the fear of a brilliant weekend on a rainy Sunday while preparing to go to work the next morning. If you are looking for an uplifting film then you may want to check the next dial.  However if you want something that would make you appreciate the life you have while re-assessing your current career status then this is one for you.

Within the film overview, Ercolalo is quoted: “There is a message in the film.” We were looking for something that wasn’t so obvious.

By no means are we announcing an ill-rating for the film but we do think that Job Life will be appreciated more in the future once we are blessed with more work from Roberto I. Ercolalo.

Sir.. Its a decent start.. -WJ

“A Night With A Stranger”- Short Film Review

Reviewed By: Jerome Fitts

Does anyone remember a time when we could meet someone in a park after a night out and discuss a mutual problem? The short film “A Night With A Stranger” by independent filmmaker and director Uladzimir Taukachou submitted to us via Cacique Film Awards was filmed in an unusual social scene, (a park in New York City). The indie filmmaker has made a short that touches certain embarrassing attributes that most Americans have. (* From our view!)

A Night with a Stranger official trailer from Uladzimir Taukachou on Vimeo.

The 5 criteria based questions of a short film such as; who, what, when, where and then how are covered. There are also topics that has become a norm for societies world-wide.

Who: Girl walks and sits in a New York City park and is approached by a stranger.

What: A discussion with a stranger as they both give a brief history of themselves as well as discuss the margins of their personal lives.   (** Our questions are: “Is America this shallow?”, “Does it matter where someone comes from?”, “Has society forgotten to be nice to one another?” and worse “Why should this be a strange encounter?”)

When: Actress Titi Arewa, who is making her film debut, walks in a park after a regretful night, to come up with a solution for her most recent problem. The stranger Kim Palmer, played by Marty Novitsky, gives his resolution as well as compares his life to hers.

Where: New York City- very unusual, but that is the obvious point as strangers seldom speak to one another let alone vent their problems in hope of a solution.

How: The thirteen and twenty second short was filmed on a DSLR camera with an indie budget and film crew of 3 people. Other than certain scenes with  lighting challenges, Uladzimir Taukachou  has done a fair job of making the most of his limitations without making excuses. Here is validated proof that sometimes the best art is created with a set of limitations.

Photo used by kind permission. Copyright Uladzimir Taukachou. 2018

Its safe to say that we can all appreciate the efforts the director and cast has made.  Paying close attention to the film you may find the more so often than not unfortunate descriptions, margins and perimeters of others  unsocial-able misfortunes that disables one another to opening up to others. We get it and we hope you do to.

WJ

“A Night With A Stranger” is a UTC Film Production.2016

 

“SAVE” SHORT FILM REVIEW

 Jerome Fitts

SAVE, is a near four minute short film with over 90 international Film Awards and 400 official selections to date. The must see short was submitted to us by the film counsel and judges from the Cacique Film Awards.

If there as a way were we could examine the mind of Director/Producer Ivan Sainz- Pardo there may be an antidote that counteracts  and eliminate viruses while solving unpredictable human activity. Imagine that.


This film exemplifies the love, tenderness, selfishness and frustrations combined with a moment of madness on a normal day that resulted in an unfathomable regretful ending.

Photo used by kind permission. 2018

The lead character (Roland Von Kummant) responses based on his emotions that can happen on a normal day,  also clarifies what all humans capable of.  Perhaps Director Saniz-Pardo objective as part of a thought provoking film, is reminding the viewers that  if certain virtues are not acknowledge to be controlled anything can happen.

“A relevant and absolutely brilliant short film.”– WJ

Written, Produced and Directed by:  Ivan Sainz- Pardo

Key Cast: Josephine  Ehlert, Roland Von Kummant, Mia Von Kummant 

Music By: Philipp Fabian Kölmel

THE BOUDOIR – VIDEO SHORT REVIEW

 Jerome Fitts

Clap! Clap! David Latreille for putting a twist, flavor and excitement in a video that encompasses the remarkable music by Asten Harris  yes A.K.A Apex Martin of Kayne West fame. Undoubtedly the song is killer but the rapid photos of actress Emilie Dumas should be displayed for patrons entering a nightclub anywhere. The thing of it is, this 2014  genuine piece of digital storytelling, which was submitted to WJ via The Cacique Film Awards , is listed as a music short film. Its the work of a genius!

“A two-minute short film about a young woman experiencing music through a psychotic phase.” 

THE BOUDOIR from David Latreille on Vimeo.

What Mr. Latreille did in 2014 was redefined style in a music video. Were the standards set by the brilliant producer/director followed since its original release? If we are honest with one another the answer is; no!

Actress: Emilie Dumas
Copyright David Latreille. 2014
Photo used by kind permission. 2018

This a perfect example of why MTV introduced music videos that were created decades ago. Is it a song that should be on full blast driving in a quiet neighborhood? No.. Its too special.. This two minutes and eleven seconds tune could be put on while working out in the gym, dressing up to impress a his or hers date or going through that psycho phase that we all endure.

In closing this gem was created ahead of our time.

WJ

Credits, Cast & Crew:
Young Woman / Emilie Dumas
Writer, Director, Editor / David Latreille
Cinematographer / Nicolas Venne
Score / Apex Martin

“The Cotillion” Short Film Review

 Jerome Fitts

Robyn Whitmore of Sierra Lane Productions has attempted to bring issues in a Louisiana community that was once considered taboo yet remains in certain societies today. Independent films are normally funny, creative and sometimes thought provocative while being created on a low budget. Ms. Whitmore seems to have covered the norm while extending boundaries of various subject matters.


The result or transparent review of the noted project is: “Sometimes the results doesn’t resembles the efforts”. Its safe to say that Ms. Whitmore has more in-store in the now “DIY” realm of film-making. The limitations and/or congenial cooperation between the cast members of this indie film doesn’t seem to have been an handicap. However the scattered concept of the film does leave one to ponder- “What is the statement or concept behind the stories? There seems to be more than one”

A blended family has to face some harsh realities about their father and siblings while preparing for an annual ball.”– Robyn Whitmore 

A loyal lover of film will see the subliminal talent of Ms. Whitmore. It is recommendation that, you the reader, not only watch the film in its entirety but also follow the future projects of Sierra Lane Productions. The best is yet to come.

For more release and film accessibility contact:  Robyn Whitmore 

Copyright Controlled. Sierra Lane Productions in association with Whitmore Entertainment. 2018

Introducing “The Eve” Short Film

The Eve Short Film promotional poster. Used By Kind permission. 2016

The Eve Short Film promotional poster. Used By Kind permission. 2016

The world-wide Film Festival favorite THE EVE by director Luca Machnich is a thriller. Imagine having a family tragedy and meeting up with Santa Claus. An innocent imagination while longing to escape makes up a must see summer short horror film. As of May 2016, the film has won an astonishing 78 film festival awards.

CAST
Valerio Santosuosso, Mary Wall, Ulf Kusdas, Maurizio Rapotec.

SYNOPSIS

Simon is an eight-year-old boy who seems to have everything from life. He’s a handsome child, he’s rich yet unhappy. He senses that there’s something wrong with his life and this leads him to wander off thanks to his fervid imagination. His greatest wish is to leave the materialistic world behind since he isn’t fond of it. That’s why the only present he wants for Christmas is for Santa Claus to take him away to live in his fairyland toy factory. At the same time, a secret that his family has been keeping for a long time suddenly comes to the surface and it is feared that the worst might happen soon. The expectation for the stroke of midnight on the night before Christmas is transformed into reality for everyone on the eve of something truly different. Something terrible that might happen.

Feature Film of the Week.. Maskoun

Maskoun Poster - Colossus FF (1)

Prepare for a film like no other, nothing as scary, as provoking or powerful.  The film Maskoun is based on true stories from all over the Middle East; a horror film like no other with twists and to keep you on the edge of your seat.   With real footage of actual paranormal sightings, interviews, TV shows, news reels and actual celebrities all merge into this suspenseful feature film.

Maskoun Trailer (English Version) from Sharif Abdunnur on Vimeo.

The film is about two young directors who come back from the USA to shoot a documentary film about paranormal activity  in Lebanon:  They hire a crew and Two Celebrity Stars to accompany them on their adventure.  After several small sightings the visions become stronger and the mystery turns into a hellish nightmare.

Maskoun Pics 11 (1)

Directed as a cross between documentary and fiction with  inserts from news and interviews the film is a violent suspenseful thriller and would be the first of its kind in the Middle East.   The movie is a revolution in Arabic cinema as it was shot both in Arabic and in English enabling it to be marketed to an International Audience/Market as well as the Middle East.

Written and Directed by:  Sharif Abdunnur and Krystle Houiess

Cinematography:  Jad Beyrouthy

Editing:  Nadim Khaiyrallah

Music:  Anthony Sahyoun

Producers:  Laure Chamoun and Reine Semaan
Lead Actors:
        Wissam Hanna
        Leila Ben Khalifa
        Krystle Houiess
        Sharif Abdunnur

Short Film Highlight ‘4242’ by Sara Eustaquio

It is an absolute honor to highlight the remarkable short film ‘4242’ by up and coming film director Sara Eustaquio . The sixteen year old film director, who was recently accepted into New York Film Academy for 2016, short film is also complimented by an original soundtrack by her father Victor Eustaquio.

‘4242’ is the story of a young female immigrant, a story of a teenager’s anguish who is trying to redefine her identity after being forced to leave home.
Short Synopsis:
Cristi has just moved to an unknown country, far away from family and friends. At first, she is happy for the challenge. But soon she begins to question her place in this new world that seems to be a lost town, made of absences, distances, silence and indifference.

Staring: Cristina Caldararu 

Director:Sara Eustaquio | Writers:Cristina Caldararu, Sara Eustaquio

Music By: Victor Eustaquio | Produced By: Victor Eustaquio

 

Short Film Of The Week.. “The Blue & The Beyond”

 

ProdStill0903

Short Film of the Week courtesy of Rodos Film Festival Selection committee.

A brilliant short film directed by Youri Dekke

The Blue & the Beyond is the story of a young, imaginative man named Charlie, who is searching to find someone like him in a world where he is different in every way. 
BB_Poster
Credits:
Directed by: Youri Dekker
Produced by: Samia Khalaf & Kimberly Mucha
Visual Development Leads: Jonathan Apilado, Diem Doan, & Jasmine Truong
Character Design by: Ryan Eways
Supervising Animators: Kimberly Mucha, Nicki Yee, & Youri Dekker
Lead Animators: Rebecca Chan, Ryan Eways, Ariana Barton, & Casey Straka
Clean-Up Leads: Annie Hsu & Danielle Case
Layout Lead: Geoff Nakanishi
Compositing Lead: Alvin Concepcion
Musical Score by: Megan Carnes