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SUCKING THE SHORTS OUT OF THE 2016 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL

I also have to say, the quality of the film is so tight these days, even these small docs are in HD, which ten years ago was solely reserved for films with blockbuster budgets. So because I was granted press access to the Tribeca Film Festival, which included the ability to watch all the short films online, I decided to attend some of the events, and then watch the shorts at home and review them (rather than try to watch and review films in the actual cinema).

I tried to focus mainly on the art films, or the films that had something to do with an artist, but some of them were just too cool (sci-fi etc.) that I threw them into the review as well.

THE CAROUSEL

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SHORT DOCUMENTARY | 12 MIN | 2016

“In the small town of Binghamton, New York, there spins a 1925 carousel that once inspired Rod Serling and has since become a portal into the Twilight Zone.”

Did you know Rod Serling, creator of The Twilight Zone, was from Binghamton, NY? If you didn’t, then you definitely  didn’t know that there is a 1925 carousel in Binghamton that has become a portal to The Twilight Zone?

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In restoring the Carousel, an artist was contracted to do what amounts to a most bizarre illustration project. Creating single panel paintings which would line the top exterior borders of the carousel. Each work of art had to, translate in one image, an iconic episode of The Twilight Zone.

This is the very same Carousel that inspired an overtly autobiographical episode of The Twilight Zone titled In Walking Distance involves a man going back in time and encountering his self as a child riding on a carousel.

THE CHAUFFEUR

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SHORT NARRATIVE | 19 Min | 2016

The description was a little misleading “Donald is an artist. Donald is musician. Donald is an actor. But Donald lives in Los Angeles…so to everyone else, Donald is the chauffeur.”

By artist they mean recording artist, I don’t think he is an actor or artist, maybe those scenes got deleted.

What we do have is a sad little story about an LA  chauffeur / bouncer who dreams of becoming a recording artist and date an actress (for whom he’s chauffeuring), but as in life, he keeps getting rejected and missing opportunities left and right. Will he eventually get famous, you gotta watch it and see.

Also, keep an eye out for a drunk cameo by Rick & Morty, and some major shade thrown at Malcom-Jamal Warner.

DEAD RINGER

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SHORT DOCUMENTARY | 4 MIN | 2016

“There are only four outdoor phone booths left in all of New York City—this is a late night conversation with one of them.”

The phone booth gripes in a classic NY dialect about how in it’s heyday it would be used 4,000 times a night, now it just sits, waiting to be deactivated. Beautiful footage of an obsolete piece of authentic New York, which after filming and decades of dedicated service was sent to the scrapyard…

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“without us, Clark Kent is just Clark Kent.”

I WAS A WINNER a film by JONAS ODELL

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SHORT DOCUMENTARY | 14 MIN | 2016

“Told through a mix of documentary interviews and animation, I Was a Winner shares three very different stories on the subject of computer game addiction.”

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Animated Swedish film of Gaming addiction told by three disparate people playing three completely different gaming characters. This is brilliantly  put together in 3D animation that replicates a World of Warcraft type gaming environment, but with the characters speaking to the camera, telling the story of their gaming addiction, in the shell of the actual character they played when they got addicted.

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It jumps back and forth between the three stories till they all get to their rock bottoms.

I AM A PENCIL ( JE SUIS UN CRAYON)

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SHORT NARRATIVE | 6 MIN | 2015

“Je suis un Crayon was inspired by the three million people who marched in support of unity, peace, and freedom of expression after the Charlie Hebdo massacre. The pencil (like the artist) has an innate drive to create and will always express, irrespective of whether it is granted permission.”

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This animated ode to Charlie Hebdo combines traditional 2d pencil cartooning and pencil rotoscoping reminiscent of the AH-ha video Take On Me.

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Just shy of half way through a little tacky 3D animated pen enters the picture, but in the end, is the Pencil actually the one that’s mightier than the sword?

THE ORCHESTRA

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SHORT NARRATIVE | 15 MIN | 2015

“In a world filled with beautiful music, Vernon always seems to strike the wrong note.”

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TAYLOR AND ULTRA ON THE 60s, THE FACTORY AND BEING A WARHOL SUPERSTAR

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SHORT DOCUMENTARY | 15 MIN | 2016

“Warhol superstar Ultra Violet (Isabelle Colin Dufresne) and Lower East Side icon Taylor Mead (poet/actor/artist) share their stories of Manhattan in the 1960s.”

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Founder of ArtSucks.com and Artiholics.com, Cojo "Art Juggernaut" is a NYC Based painter, illustrator, arts blogger and SVA alumni. Freelance art clients include: AT&T, BlackBook, Complex, Espn, Maxim, Mtv, Nike, Pop Sci, Rolling Stone, Time Out NY, Vibe, and The Village Voice. Cojo's fine art work is represented by Castle Fitzjohns Gallery in New York. Contact: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | More Posts

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