Pizza Verdi: An Astoundingly Shocking Suspense-Thriller

Pizza Verdi: An Astoundingly Shocking Suspense-Thriller

Pizza Verdi is a seven-minute suspense-thriller short film by New York filmmaker Gary Nadeau, whose film Red won the 1994 Student Academy Award. In Pizza Verdi, a seemingly routine pizza delivery to a luxurious Manhattan apartment rapidly escalates into a tense operatic game of cat-and-mouse, and we soon realize that perhaps there’s more to this story than first meets the eye. Giuseppe Verdi provides the soundtrack for this quintessential New York tale, a spellbinding film that will leave you sitting on the edge of your seat right up to its astoundingly shocking conclusion.

Pizza Verdi: An Astoundingly Shocking Suspense-Thriller

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Target: The Spine-Tingling Story of a Cold-Blooded Hitman

Target: The Spine-Tingling Story of a Cold-Blooded Hitman

Target is a suspenseful new short film by the gifted young French director Kendy Ty, an action-thriller that keeps the viewer sitting on edge, guessing right up until the very end. The film begins with brief flash-forward, flash-back sequences that introduce the situation, then focuses on the gripping fast-paced action in a setting of pure presence. Target tells the spine-tingling story of a cold-blooded hitman who sets out to enforce a contract; however, nothing happens in the way that the killer actually had planned.

Target: The Spine-Tingling Story of a Cold-Blooded Hitman

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Hezarfen: A Turbulently Thrilling Saga of the Astonishing Feat of First Human Flight

Hezarfen: A Turbulently Thrilling Saga of the Astonishing Feat of First Human Flight

Hezarfen is a joyously slapstick three-minute 3D animated short film by Tolga Ari, Romain Blanchet, Chung-Yu Huang and Rémy Hurlin, who are recent graduates of Supinfocom Arles. The film takes place in 1632 in Turkey and presents the trials and tribulations of Hezarfen, a citizen of Istanbul who folklore credits with having attempted to make the first human flight with artificial wings in the history of aviation. Legend claims that Hezarfen actually took off from atop the 183-foot tall Galata Tower near Bosporus and landed successfully at Uskudar, almost 3 miles away from the Galata Tower.

This film focuses primarily on how Hezarfen managed to jump from that lofty, truly sky-high tower. As he prepared to jump and launch into flight, a large crowd of townspeople stopped their work to gaze up at the tower, watching with astonishment at the sight of Hezarfen perched on top with flimsy wings attached. In short order, many of them ended up actually getting drawn into the breath-taking drama, as an unforeseen chain of events rapidly began to unfold. The initially courageous-seeming undertaking soon became a turbulently comical misadventure, a wacky escapade that demonstrates the high price imposed by attempts to execute schemes that are really peculiar and strange. Such offbeat strivings for bizarre pioneering achievement can so quickly degenerate into absurdly sparkling calamity.

Hezarfen: A Turbulently Thrilling Saga of the Astonishing Feat of First Human Flight

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Lock and Load: A Video Essay About Guns in Films

Lock and Load: A Video Essay About Guns in Films

Lock and Load is a video essay about violent aggression and Hollywood’s weapon of choice, the gun, in all of it’s many, many forms.  The video compilation is from cinema critics/editing whizzes Matt Zoller Seitz, Aaron Aradillas and Steven Santos.

The clips range from Evil Dead 2 to Full Metal Jacket to Taxi Driver to Raising Arizona to Pulp Fiction and are smartly chosen, but it’s really the editing that’s the star in this short film.  The 16-minute mini-movie builds a compelling rhythm, generating genuine tension, then letting it out in a burst of gunfire.  Oh, and the very end references a very well-known moment from a very well-known movie, but replaces the clip in that film with the one that inspired it.  That’s nothing short of brilliant.

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15 Before the 3rd: Do the Right Thing

15 Before the 3rd: Do the Right Thing

15 Before the 3rd is an action/suspense short film directed by Jamie Winterstern, produced at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.  Fifteen minutes before the third period of a hockey game, the coach calls upon his rookie player and tells him to do the right thing.  That’s it, do the right, right thing.   And this is how hockey is played.

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Leader of the Pack: One Cash Register, Two Robbers and $3.50

Leader of the Pack: One Cash Register, Two Robbers and $3.50

Leader of the Pack is an action-thriller short film by the young San Francisco filmmaker Jason Roberts.  In the film, a fellow gang member gives young Kid a pep talk and convinces him to pull his first heist, robbing a liquor store for everything it has.  But he finds that it’s no easy task.  Just when the very nervous Kid finally walks up to the cash register, a junkie desperate for his next fix stumbles into the store with gun in hand and tries to take charge of the stickup.  Then, both would-be robbers are suddenly taken off guard when an undercover cop shows up, revealing that he’s got some long overdue business to finish with the junkie.  In the midst of the holdup’s increasingly confused commotion, who will end up the winner in this wacky robbery?  Who is truly the Leader of the Pack?

Leader of the Pack: One Cash Register, Two Robbers and $3.50

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