For this week's issue of “Shorts Round Up of the Week” I check out some rich dramas, some ambitious fantasy films, one of which involves bullying, and a black revenge movie co-starring M. Emmet Walsh .  If you would like to submit your short film for review, subscriptions are always open to filmmakers and producers.
The director of “Zayne Alexander” overseas has a lot to say about people of color and their opportunities and the lack of them in America. Primarily, there is their lack of options in the entertainment industry and how the media embraces them even during a time when diversity is being boosted in pop culture. We meet Jad and Rania, a Lebanese couple who lives in New York City, who are struggling to fulfill their dream of invading the entertainment industry. But while Rania does a test for the role of a Muslim as a hostage in an action movie, Jad begins to question his life when he proposes to her. As he faces more stable domestic opportunities, the two are bumped about their role in America. “Abroad” is an austere statement about the entertainment industry and the difficulties of minorities to realize their dreams in an art form where they were stigmatized decades ago. It's an important summary that I hope people will confirm.
The short fantasy of Dustin Nowlin is a great epic survival film and I would love to see it turned into a feature at some point. At fifteen minutes, most of the “AEA” is based on sights and sounds and not so much dialogue, and manages to convey a very original and engaging story in such a short time. A Sumerian nobleman struggles for survival in the aftermath of a massive global flood. When she washes ashore an island, she begins to explore the new terrain. “AEA” is only fifteen minutes, but it conveys a rich world with a bold cinematography. I admit that the final scene is puzzling and a little too much in the air to be considered a satisfactory resolution, otherwise “AEA” is a beautiful taste of a remarkable epic, and I would love to see more.  Bullies (2018)
I really enjoyed the fantasy short film by director and screenwriter Daniel Bydlowski about a boy being pushed into a fantasy land while being bullied. Eugene is a boy being cruelly bullied at his school. One day, while fleeing his executioners, he ends up in a cave below the school. There he meets four old men hiding in his own playroom, four former students who built their own dream world in an attempt to escape the outside world. What appears to be a great clubhouse at first is quickly tiring for Eugene, especially when he realizes that his mother is looking for him and is desperate for his return. “Bullies” is a sweet fantasy tale about the effects of bullying and how it can impact us where we want to run away and wait for some easy pain. Bydlowski paints the world Eugene sees himself as a metaphor for suicide, and he has to choose whether to leave his world behind, or come back and face the difficulties. The short is a rich and fun fantasy drama and one with a very good message.
Foyer (Hearth) (2018)
You never know who you are renting your house, do you? Even when you think you know the people with whom you are working on Air Bnb, there is always that air of mystery with just about everyone. Counted on an intelligent flashback device that allows past scenarios to unfold with the present, director Sophie B Jacques takes us to a single house that is the unconscious hunting ground for a pair of serial killers. After Emilie rents her home to a couple while she travels, she returns to a pristine home. However, she is unaware that the house was the scene of a cruel and horrible crime, and she probably can never really know the weight of what unfolded while she was away. “Foyer” is a chilling horror horror thriller with a great sense of editing and a scary ending scene. I would not mind seeing more of this imagined premise again soon. Sophie B Jacques is the director to stand out
Here & Beyond (2018)
“Here & Beyond” by Colin West is an exciting and wonderful science fiction drama that examines the astounding prospect of dementia and loss of your dear memories. When we meet Mac he is a man who is still living in his memories of a happy life with his wife Ruth who used to host a popular children's science show once. Now a widow, Mac is diagnosed with dementia and is advised by his doctor that he should keep everything that reminds him of his wife so that he does not make the process more difficult than it will be. As Mac prepares to make his last days as happy as possible, he meets a troubled young neighbor who has a fascination for him. She soon decides to help Mac to say goodbye and fulfill one of her biggest dreams. “Here & Beyond” is an exciting and beautifully made film with a great eye for humanity, and how the loss of its unique element of life is worth to the Mac. I loved Colin West's directing style and I hope to see you here, will soon.
Maniac Landscapes (2018)
Matthew Wade's experimental animated film is scary and beautiful in the evolution of life and in reconciliation with death. Using a single setting to unfold the silent tale, “Maniac Landscapes” implements great sound design to create a visual and aural experience that is astounding even when the screen fills in bright shades of red and pink. The animation and direction of Wade are remarkable, with much of what takes place until the interpretation. No matter how you perceive it, it is a fantastic and frightening experience, with a fantastic run of various emotions. It will premiere at the San Francisco International Film Festival on April 16; He is also debuting in Scotland at the incredible Alchemy Film & Arts Festival on May 5 th .
Director Monique Sorgen's comedy of revenge is so bad, but I loved it. A couple of young workers (Wallace Langham, Jessica Oyelowo) who lives with their relentlessly demanding and insulting father engages in a rematch of revenge. After the husband eats his wife's plum bowl in an effort to find pleasure amid her father's insults and sores, she wakes up one morning and decides to retaliate twice. Soon the couple are dueling to see how terrible they can be when they come back to each other, all before giving us a big turnaround on the knife at the climax. “Sorry, Not Sorry” is a great and clever short film, and I liked the sharp humor and the somber tone. It is also always a pleasure to see M. Emmet Walsh. The post Short Round Up of the Week – 15/4/1919 appeared first in World of the TV .