Skip to main content

Worldwide Short Film Festival - Preview #3

Worldwide Short Film Festival Preview #3
Alternative Comedy Showcase


The Fest runs June 1 - 6 and you can check out full details here.

The laughs are mild rather than raucous from this quirky group of mostly very shorts.
   
Morning Walk
Chris Locke, Nathan Fielder Canada (2008)
2 minutes - Fiction

Follows to rapping friends who lip synch their way around Bathurst and Bloor in Toronto. The fun lies in their delivery.

Good Pals
Nathan Fielder Canada (2008)
3 minutes - Fiction

A chance meeting on the sidewalk proves awkward for a couple of old friends. I thought it dragged on a bit over a one note joke.

Once a Year
Levi MacDougall Canada (2007)
5 minutes - Fiction

A winsome word gamed played in a park and a kind of test to see if you're cool enough to party with an enigmatic stranger...

No Nose Nelson
Kathleen Phillips Canada (2009)
2 minutes - Animation

A cute, funny short that tells and old West flavoured story of how Nelson's nose was stolen by one Squeekie Muhguggins. It also has a tiger in it, which is extra points.


Life With Dogs
Heath Milo Canada (2009)
4 minutes - Fiction

If you have or have had your life ruled by your furry friends, you'll relate to this tale of trying to sleep in when they want you up and so much more. Naturally the pooches steal the show here, (another extra points situation).

Knights of Atomikaran
Adam Brodie, Dave Derewlany Canada (2007)
6 minutes - Fiction

The funny tale of a group of nerds dedicated to their pseudo-medeival/post-apocalyptic neo-world, one which they play out in real life (in a gym) using moves like "hacking" and "virus"-ing.

The Library
Levi MacDougall, David Dineen-Porter Canada -( 2007)
4 minutes - Animation

A surealistic journey into Marlon Brando's library via an old school 2D video game, with dialogue like "Imagine how powerful I am - tap A to imagine how powerful I am..."

Dick Mime
Evan DeRushie, Daniel Warth Canada (2009)
3 minutes - Fiction

A surprising and funny take on the theme of the male member in three ultra shorts that involve the concept of, but not the performance of, same, done with a Marcel Marceau aesthetic in the woods.


This is Ana
Kathleen Phillips Canada (2007)
3 minutes - Fiction
Barbie as Ana tells us about her life of office work and living with her three sisters in a metal box stuffed with clothes.

A Situation
Nathan Fielder Canada (2006)
1 minute - Fiction

The truth about gay porn?

Toy Boyz
Dave Hodgson, Geoff Webster Canada (2009)
3 minutes - Fiction

This one runs as a trailer for an action film à la Fast & Furious but on miniature motorcycles. There are some funny sight gags and appropriately over the top acting.

Hiding From Bad Guys
Katie Crown Canada (2008)
1 minute - Fiction

Just like the title says, hiding kid style behind curtains and such. It's cute.

Kelly 5-9
Derek Horn Canada (2010)
7 minutes  DigiBeta - Fiction

An object lesson in why you shouldn't piss off the unpaid editor of a bad sci fi - especially if he's left with the footage.

Comments

What Else Is Hot This Week?

Harlem Stage Digital Event: A Drop Of Midnight October 13 & 15 2020

From a release:Harlem Stage Digital Event:
A Drop Of Midnight
October 13 & 15 2020A two-part conversation with Jason ‘Timbuktu’ Diakité and his creative team around the developmental process of creating his autobiographical theater project, A Drop of Midnight. In this conversation Jason will take us on his journey to becoming one of Sweden’s chart-topping hip-hop artists and a best-selling author. He’ll also share the story of how a mixtape from Brooklyn traveled across the waters to the tiny village of Lund, Sweden and altered the course of his life forever. We will examine the impact of hip hop music and culture on the globe. How has hip-hop united communities of color globally?  How do you translate a personal story into a universal truth? How do you build a creative team? How has the current climate of social justice informed your artistic practice? Jason will read excerpts from the play and share some of the music. October 13—Part IIn this conversation A Drop of Midnight author…

So You Can't Go: Six Ways To Travel Virtually

So You Can't Go:
Six Ways To Travel VirtuallyTravel is limited for most of us in the world these days. For Canadians, it depends on the province you live in, but with the border to the US still closed, and other options limited at best, virtual travel from the couch can provide at least a view with a difference at a time when you may well need it most. Google Cardboard – VR On A BudgetYou don't need a lot of cash to get into travel via virtual reality. Google Cardboard is a line of VR viewers that are, well, made of cardboard, and are priced starting at $12CAD.If you check out this link, you'll find out how to download the software to your smartphone.At this link, you can get yourself an actual Google Cardboard for a hands-free VR experience. Google Cardboard apps offer a variety of ways to experience our beautiful planet, including Google Earth itself, which can take you anywhere, along with apps to view museums and cultural artifacts, and more.Ascape VRAscape has a huge l…

Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company Spring 2013 Toronto Performances

From a media release:

The new season brings
Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company
to new heights and new audiences

March 20-24, 2013 - A Night in Madrid
April 25-28, 2013 - Annual Toronto Season - World Premiere of Portales

TORONTO : Following on the heels of Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company's (EESDC) 30th anniversary year where its production Aguas/Waters was named one of the top five dance shows of 2012 by NOW Magazine, the early months of 2013 are full of excitement and possibility for Esmeralda and the company, which brings the finest flamenco and Spanish Classical Dance to Toronto stages.

March 20-24, 2013 - A Night in Madrid
Company dancers Esmeralda Enrique and Paloma Cortés perform Spanish Classical dance with the celebrated Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir for A Night in Madrid featuring the Iberian flavoured music of composer Luigi Boccherini who made his home in Spain. His work is infused with the sounds of Spanish and gypsy folk music.

March 20-24 …

Review: Night of the Kings / La Nuit des Rois by Philippe Lacôte

Review: 
Night of the Kings
La Nuit des Rois
by Philippe LacôteA France, Côte d'Ivoire, Canada and Senegal co-productionNow Playing In The New York Film FestivalImageAfter Venice and the Toronto Film Festival, Philippe Lacôte's Night of the Kings has moved on to conquer New York City. A young pickpocket (Koné Bakary), is incarcerated in the giant La MACA prison, the largest in Côte d’Ivoire. The prison offers a hostile atmosphere, where the guards have long given up keeping order and the prisoners run the show, albeit confined within the prison walls. They dance, sing, and mingle at will in a common area called The Jungle. There is a violent power struggle between Lord Blackbeard (Steve Tientcheu), who runs things, and the younger leaders of other factions. Blackbeard is old and infirm, and he knows he can't hold on forever. But, he does want to hold on long enough to leave on his own terms. Blackbeard designates the newcomer as the new storyteller - the griot - called Roma…

Blues/Rock: The Cole Patenaude Band - Are You Happy Now? (Independent / 24 July 2020)

Blues/Rock:
The Cole Patenaude Band - Are You Happy Now?
(Independent / 24 July 2020) Buy the CD Big vocals and infectious grooves make up this release from The Cole Patenaude Band. It's modern blues with a classic sensibility, anchored by solid musicianship and upbeat songwriting. 
Keyboard player Dean Thiessen and Patenaude on guitar trade off solos and melodic lines to keep it interesting through a range of bluesy style, incorporating rock and country, with a pop song sheen on songs like For the Money. Would You Be Mine is more Elvis-esque rockabilly, while How To Love is an acoustic song with folky storytelling lyrics and feel. 
Compromise is a standout track, with a snarly guitar line and a churchy organ swelling underneath a nice bluesy beat. Horns aren't credited in the notes, but I swear I heard some on this and a couple of the other tracks. 
As a husband, father, and full-time mechanic based in Langley, British Columbia, finding the time to make his music was a challenge…