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Short Film Showcase #9

This has been a slower week of film watching for me, but I still made sure to fit a variety of short films to review for the week. Aside from one short film that I am being asked to keep my thoughts on until next week, I have three short films to showcase today.

Without further ado, here are my reviews of the three short films of the week.

Miner’s Mountain

Director: Bennett Pellington
Writer: Bennett Pellington
Starring: Henry Bazemore Jr., Anthony Reynolds, Myke Holmes

Synopsis: A Sheriff comes under fire when two S.B.I. Agents question his involvement in an unsolved murder that shares distinct similarities with a recent homicide.

A really effective and well made horror short film, especially for what is a short budget. It is good going into the film knowing the lore of the Wendigo, as there is a mystery behind it in the film but is incredibly well crafted. The performances are great, the production value is incredible and the story is engaging. I do wish the story started a little quicker and the huge time gap did make me confused initially, but a very strong short nonetheless.

Miner’s Mountain is available to watch on YouTube.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Paperman

Director: John Kahrs
Writers: Clio Chiang, Kendelle Hoyer

Synopsis: An urban office worker finds that paper airplanes are instrumental in meeting a girl in ways he never expected.

When Disney nails a short film, they REALLY nail a short film. Whilst I believe I may have seen this in the past before, seeing it with fresh eyes was so beautiful. The black-and-white animation with the accent of red is such a nice touch as this story is brought to life by the incredible score. Such a wonderful short film.

Paperman is available to watch on Disney+.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Tall Enough

Director: Barry Jenkins
Writer: Barry Jenkins
Starring: Crystal Cotton, Stephen Lin

Synopsis: Love knows no borders in this stylish snapshot of interracial coupledom. Two Brooklyn photographers (she, African-American; he, Chinese-American) meet and their romance blossoms and endures back home, amidst a poetical widescreen mix of images both seductive and sedate.

Whilst very simple in terms of the subject matter and narrative, it is clear that Barry Jenkins was already learning the techniques of filmmaking with this short. Starting and ending on a very strong note, the middle does fall as I don’t feel fully connected to the relationship, but the presentation is charming. I always love going back to see the shorts that major feature directors made when they were younger, and it is easy to see Jenkins’ influence and growth from this.

Tall Enough is available to watch on YouTube.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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