First Stars I See Tonight

First Stars I See Tonight

First Stars I See Tonight is an inspirational animated/live-action short film, which narrates the story of a girl (Elle Fanning) with night blindness and how her father (James Patrick Stuart) helps her to finally see the stars.

The film is part of an upcoming variety show, HitRECord on TV by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, which will debut at Sundance on January 18th.

First Stars I See Tonight

God of Love: Cupid’s Semi-Tragic Tale of Magical Darts and Unrequited Love

God of Love: Cupid’s Semi-Tragic Tale of Magical Darts and Unrequited Love

Curfew, by writer/director Shawn Christensen, is a tale of redemption and unconditional family love, which won the 2013 Oscar for Best Live-Action Short Film. This year’s Oscar awards program for live-action shorts was hosted by 2011 winner Luke Matheny, writer/director of God of Love, one of my all-time favorite short films. Ironically, Matheny’s appearance at the awards program gave a new breath of life to his own wonderful film, prompting me to once again present the humorously romantic short film here.

God of Love is a comical, quirky short film by the funny young director Luke Matheny, which won both a 2010 Student Academy Award and the 2011 Academy Award for Best Live-Action Short Film. Matheny is a New York University film school graduate who also plays the lead in his film, which features several pop-jazz standards and a “Woody Allen-type” humor. The film follows the amorous misadventures of Raymond Goodfellow, a lounge-singing championship dart player who is desperately in love with a fellow band-mate, but she only has eyes for his best friend. The crooner prays daily to God for a way for his beloved to fall in love with him. Finally, one evening his prayers are answered when he’s given a box of magical darts with supernatural Cupid-like, passion-inducing powers. Raymond decides to attempt using the darts to make his own love connection, which leads to a comically cosmic questioning of whether even the gods can force love to happen.

God of Love: Cupid’s Semi-Tragic Tale of Magical Darts and Unrequited Love

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Henry: The Inevitable Verdict of Life

Henry: The Inevitable Verdict of Life

Henry is an emotionally touching short film by Quebec actor Yan England, which is a 2013 Oscar Nominee for Best Live-Action Short Film. The film is about an 84-year-old concert pianist suffering from Alzheimer’s, whose life is thrown into turmoil when his wife mysteriously disappears. The aging musician is tossed between feelings of hope and suffering as he searches in vain for his lost love, while reminiscing about their past together.

Henry, which England financed out of his own pocket, is an ambitious attempt to portray the world of worsening dementia from the inside. Gérard Poirier plays the pianist, Henry, and Louise Laprade portrays his wife, Maria. The 29-year-old England says the film was inspired by the experiences of his own grandfather, who developed Alzheimer’s disease and died three years ago at age 96.

Henry: The Inevitable Verdict of Life (Official Trailer)

Henry: The Inevitable Verdict of Life (Full Version, Fr.)

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The Factory: A Story of Love, Sacrifice and the Human Condition

The Factory: A Story of Love, Sacrifice and the Human Condition

The Factory is an acclaimed live-action short film directed by Aly Muritiba, which is a finalist in The Wrap’s 2012 Short Films Festival, a new festival presenting 12 award-winning short films selected from this year’s top international film festivals. The Factory has received more than 50 prizes at international film festivals, including: Best Short Film at the Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival 2012 (LA, United States); Best Short Film at the World Wide Short Films 2012 (Toronto, Canada); Best Short Film at the 14th Encounters South American Cinema de Marseille (Marseille, France); Special Jury Mention at the 34th Festival of Short Film Clermon-Ferrand (France); and Best Film Award at the Lake Film Festival (Italy).

The Factory tells a daring and emotional story of family ties, taking an an intense journey beneath the hard surface of a brutal prison environment, to show the spark and beauty of the human condition. The film takes place on visiting day at the prison. An inmate has convinced his mother to take a huge risk, smuggling a cell phone into the penitentiary for him. Lindalva prepares food to take to her son, while her son, Metruti, shaves and dresses in his best clothes to welcome her. Today is a very special day, and Metruti really needs to make that phone call.

The Factory: A Story of Love, Sacrifice and the Human Condition (Official Trailer)

The Factory: A Story of Love, Sacrifice and the Human Condition (Full Version)

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God of Love: The Amorous Misadventures of a Lounge-Singing Darts Champion

God of Love: The Amorous Misadventures of a Lounge-Singing Darts Champion

God of Love is a comical, quirky short film by the funny young writer-director Luke Matheny, which just won the 2011 Academy Award for Live-Action Short Film. Matheny is a New York University film student who also plays the lead in his film, which features several pop-jazz standards and a “Woody Allen-type” humor.

The film follows the amorous misadventures of Raymond Goodfellow, a lounge-singing championship dart player who is desperately in love with a fellow band-mate, but she only has eyes for his best friend. The crooner prays daily to God for a way for his beloved to fall in love with him. Finally, one evening his prayers are answered when he’s given a box of magical darts with supernatural Cupid-like, passion-inducing powers. Raymond decides to attempt using the darts to make his own love connection, which leads to a comic questioning of whether even the gods can force love to happen.

God of Love: The Amorous Misadventures of a Lounge-Singing Darts Champion

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Wish 143: A Final Encounter With the Wishman

Wish 143: A Final Encounter With the Wishman

Wish 143 is an acclaimed, quietly bittersweet short film directed by British filmmaker Ian Barnes, which is a 2011 Oscar Nominee for Best Live-Action Short Film. The film presents the touching emotional drama of a fifteen-year-old boy with only months to live, who is granted one final wish from the Dreamscape Charity. But David doesn’t want to go to Disneyland or meet Gary Neville; what he really wants is an hour alone with a naked woman. The air of impending mortality hangs over this gentle, wry tale, which in the end has little to do with sex and everything to do with the human need to find connection.

Wish 143: A Final Encounter With the Wishman

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