Shorts Round Up of the Week: 5/29/20

We have a second installment of Shorts Round Up of the Week, and Emilie Black steps in to the driver’s seat once more, to bring readers some reviews for five more of the latest short films from very unique indie film voices.

If you’d like to submit your short film for review consideration, submissions are always opened to filmmakers and producers. 

Wives of the Skies (2020)
Two stewardesses working and living together in 1965 welcome a writer into their home where they share an interest in more than planes and travel. Of course, there is much more to it than just this one line plot description, but there is something to be said for a bit of a surprise in a short film. Here what is important to know is that the writing and directing by Honey Lauren show a level of understanding of storytelling and the story at hand as well as the intricacies of trust and bond between friends. This film packs a lot in a short time and makes it look easy.

The cast is composed of Rachel Alig, Maddison Bullock, and Drew Brandon Jones in the leads, all giving very good to great performances with Alig coming up top in terms of talent. Other aspects of the film that must be noted are the set design, the set dressing, and the costume which all come together to get up the time period as well as the mood of the film. These here are spectacular and are shown throughout the film as almost a silent character surrounding the leads.  This film is beautiful to look at and the story is engaging, it’s a perfect way to use the short film format with great attention to details.

Me Tambien (2019)
These interwoven stories will be triggering to some, but are very necessary. The idea to take stories of sexual harassment and abuse and connect them helps to show how often these happen to women in every walk of life. Written and directed by Valeria Vallejos, this story of women (and victims of all genders) gains from being in the hands of a woman who infused it with reality and a softer touch than other films about the same subject seem to have. There is something here that is needed and has to be seen. Beyond the write and directing, beyond the acting by the entire cast, this movie is excellent and shows how to bring light on a difficult subject without feeling like it’s being exploitative of the victims or those who have a hard time with it. It’s a timely film and one worth looking out for.

Query (2020)
Two friends spend the day together discussing everything and then some. Their life discussions eventually turn to questioning sexuality and some curiosities they have had about it. This film written by Ryan Farhoudi and Sophie Kargman, with Kargman directing, shows an open-minded male friendship that starts off looking a bit bro-ish and ends up being so much. The capacity of the two leads to discuss things and be open shows a good way of bringing up certain subjects on film. Is this a message film? Of course, but it’s more than that and in feels like more than that. The leads, and only two characters, are played by Graham Patrick Martin and Justice Smith who shows that they can handle the material and that they have a great capacity to show what is needed when it’s needed with some subtlety at times and more of an in-your-face quality at other times. This short film is an easy watch that talks about some important subject, it show in a colorful and bright way, giving the space to the discussion to grow in front of the cameras.

A Better You (2020)
A Better You creates clones of their clients to replace them in everyday life and allow them to do better while staying home and letting their clone handle things for them. A young man reluctantly gets his own clone to try and get closer to his dream woman. Of course, things do not go as expected. Written and directed by Eamonn Murphy, this neo-steam punk story is one that is both adorable and makes you think. The film’s impact comes from the story, but also the performances, especially those of Seán T. Ó Meallaigh and Hannah Mamalis who both adds a lot of humanity and vulnerability to the story and film. A great aspect of this short film is the attention to details including the costume design and the decors. This film looks amazing and fun while it makes you think about if it would actually be good to get your own clone to handle your day to day life.

Gets Good Light (2020)
A story of immigration and someone who risks their own life, livelihood, and everything else so that they can help a family at risk by using what they have available, Gets Good Life takes a story that is sort of familiar to many and shines a light on it for others who may not realize what’s going on in their own neighborhoods. It doesn’t try to cram anything down anyone’s throat, it just wants to show its perspective which it does well.

Written by Daniel Solé and directed by Alejandra Parody, the film does well with its short time in that it moves at a fast pace and gets what it needs to get across quickly without expending too much on things that may have made it feel preachy. The acting in this short is on point, with a cast that is strong overall and not one performance that feels off. The film takes a lot from those performances and it allows it to just flow through its story, allowing the viewer to make up their own minds about the situation at hand and how they feel about it.