What’s Up!? The Verge Webseries!

Screen Shot 2013-10-07 at 6.53.47 PMThe Verge is a new Webseries that made its debut at the LA Webfest in March 2014. Didn’t know that? No worries, the first episode can be seen on itsashort.com. Relationships, something we think about, experience, live, lament on occasion but always acknowledge that at times things are definitely complicated. What we do know is that we can’t live without relationships, truth.

Relationships underlie just about everything we do: business, everyday, family, friendship and life. Sometimes, we want to call an audible, right? Enough!

But, not taking care of relationships is never really an option, because relationships are the fuel of our lives, despite friction or just comfort. Our life lessons are a lot about learning to value and manage relationships good, bad, tough, sad…whatever, it really is the key to our happiness.

The Verge Webseries is among other things, about relationships and what it looks like when things are complicated. Check out the trailer below and watch the first episode, here.

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What’s Up? FirstGlance Film Festival Online Film Contest!

Screen Shot 2013-10-07 at 6.53.47 PM It’s true, we’ve been silent for about a month…we’ve missed everyone. We’ve been engaged in reformatting, we moved our offices and reformatted sections of our website to create a better user experience. And, we’ve launched a new relationship with FirstGlance Film Festival, we are hosting their online 2014 film contest.

FGONLINE2014slideAWe  know your question, who are these guys? Founded by Bill Ostroff, FirstGlance Film Festival,  now 17 years ago, they manage two film festivals a year, the fall is Philadelphia and the spring is Los Angeles, following the Academy awards. Bill, a veteran of the industry is deeply committed to a great filmmaker and fan experience, two aspects we also value. So, hosting their online festival, we thought would be a wonderful experience.

The short films are awesome! And, it’s a contest with cash prizes for the artists and ‘fun’ prizes for the fans. The contest runs for 30 days, it started 10/10 at 10 PDT! But more than prizes, it is amazing exposure for these artists who truly have created wonderful options for fans. So, as we move back into our blogging universe, we do so with an invitation in hand. Please join us in supporting these amazing artists!!

The first film we loved is Failure Groupies, a wonderful short film by Rosalie Tenseth and Mandira Chamain as the director. The main actors are middle school kids but the issues: race and class, are definitely real world, today discussions. It’s fascinating to view these discussions through the lens of ‘tweens’.

We will profile each film and ask everyone to share with your respective universe. To quote Bill Ostroff, this is the first time a contest of this kind has ever been done and it is designed to share with the widest audience possible, these amazing short films.

As always, we at itsashort.com truly thank each and everyone of you for your interest and support…see you tomorrow…

What’s Up!!? Is Self Harm, Self Love…Cutting

screen-shot-2013-10-07-at-6-53-47-pm Cutting, a difficult form of self mutilation….was that something we saw on the arms of Robin Williams? And, self mutilation…is an expression of what exactly, self love, its hard to say. Tchaiko Omawale, a citizen of the world, having lived in seven countries before coming to New york City, is the and the ‘inspiration’ for this short film. Omawale hid her secrets of self mutilation for years. They took many forms, the most visible being ‘cutting’. People suffer in silence. Tchaiko Omawale gives voice and ‘light’ to this suffering with this award winning short film: Solace.

Solace

Trailer for “Solace” from Tchaiko Omawale on Vimeo.

Please join us for the online premiere and the google hangout that will immediately follow. Tchaiko just launched a kickstarter campaign to fund the feature version of Solace. She will share the details of that campaign and be joined by members of the cast and crew. The link to the hangout will be posted on the itsashort facebook page at the start of the premiere. To see this groundbreaking short film, register on itsashort.com, click premiere ticket to purchase ticket, return to the site, go to Browse and go to the Premiere Lounge. It’s a few steps but this short film, it’s poignancy and thoughtfulness, should not be missed. Please share with anyone for whom this could be of interest, or help.

What’s Up!!? US Veterans…as Citizen Scientists, Awesome!!

wlk4srlAoyyOHLAb1p8_onOPh-i5wPhwCjnqt05D6TMGrizzly Tracking with Citizen Scientists  premiered online at itsashort.com and was followed by a live google hangout/twitterchat. The short film was produced by Christi Cooper-Kuhn, an award winning filmmaker, and formerly a neuro scientist. It featured the experience, led by Gregg Treinish, founder of Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, and the citizen scientists all of whom are US Veterans!

In fact, they don’t find any grizzly bears…but that wasn’t the only story. This film project was funded by The Sierra Club, specifically Stacey Bare, a US veteran himself and program officer for The Sierra Club. His interest in funding the project was to create an amazing experience for veterans. “We want to connect veterans to this great country, to help them see what they were fighting for.”

Wow!! Is that not totally cool? And, because the US Veterans are remarkably trained, their ability to serve as citizen scientists is amazing. Gregg Treinish comments that their skills for tracking and observation are awesome. Well…, yeah!

So, we had to rewatch the film, this time looking through the lens of the Citizen Scientists, really appreciating our fellow Americans.

What’s Up!!? The Very Scary…Evelyn Black

I don’t know if this would be my choice of next steps, but I imagine it’s what some people think? Evelyn Black, the title of an award winning short film by Michael Foster, a very talented filmmaker who currently makes Charlotte, North Carolina, home.

Evelyn Black will premiere online on itsashort.com, July 23, 2014 at 9 EDT/8 CDT/6 PDT…that’s PM ya’ll.

But what is it really about, power, anger, or some kind of …I don’t know…need to do justice? And, maybe that’s the real question, what is justice and what are the rules of justice…?

Evelyn Black…the trailer

Evelyn Black Official Trailer (Full HD) from The Michael Foster Experience on Vimeo.

And Then….

Join us after the screening for a live google hangout/twitterchat with Michael Foster, other members of the cast and crew as we talk about the inspiration for the short film, Evelyn Black. We will also be joined by representatives from two of the festivals where Evelyn Black screened, Montreal International Black Film Festival and the Charlotte Black Film Festival.

Use the hashtag #evelynblack to tweet your questions and more importantly your thoughts about justice.

For those of you joining us for the first time…welcome to itsashort.com! We are the ‘go to’ spot for award winning short film, video and webseries. We exists to support artists and to introduce you, the viewer to content you need to know! We believe that artists should be able, like the rest of us, to make a living by living their passion. We know you share that view and want to see more, hear more, experience more…so what does that mean?

You gotta buy a ticket! It’s only $2 and it includes a month long subscription to itsashort.com. You gotta watch the movie and then…join us to meet Michael and his crew!

We will post instructions for tickets on FB and in our next blog post…for now, save the date, July 23, 2014!

What’s Up? Wow, she’s beautiful, does she see me?

Wow! She’s beautiful, I want to say something…but I’ve only got a second before the train stops…and I may never see her again…so….we spend an amazing day…laughing, sharing a coffee, a meal and then…’snap’…was that real? Join us for the online premiere of The Color of Her Dress and share on our facebook page, a similar story from your life.

James Poirier, the Director, and the stars of the movie, Erin and Nick will join us for a live Q & A immediately following the premiere, June 26, 2014. So, join us this Thursday, 6 pacific/8 central/9 eastern and ask questions, share stories and talk with these artists about their inspiration, their experience and what it’s like to be a part of an award winning short film.

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