2016 was an incredible year for short form filmmaking. Many filmmakers offered unique, complex, homage filled and clever projects that took the viewers at film festivals on journeys into the dark corners of horror. It was truly astonishing to witness so many levels of filmmaking from diverse storytelling to crafted cinematography to heart racing scores to old school practical FX to themes and troupes molded into twisted new visions. Take some time and witness this filmmaking magic and visit film festivals to see the next generation of filmmakers who take the challenge of short form filmmaking and turn them into some of the best moments of your year! Thanks to INDIE MAC USER for posting this list of my ten favorites!
Review by Jay Kay
AND THEY WATCHED (2015) is Written and Directed by Vivian Lin.
We move through this world observing amazing and terrible things. We see sights that make us wonder, make us cope as well as struggle with the notion of good and evil. In the short film AND THEY WATCHED by Vivian Lin; we find that even in the service of those in pain, we learn that our ignorance can come back to haunt us. Inspired by the reinstatement of the electric chair in the state of Tennessee and an incredible part of the 2016 ETHERIA FILM NIGHT selections; we follow a janitor played by John Cianciolo completing his duties in a dark and dreadful hallway leading down to an execution chamber. This section of a prison is a grizzly reminder of the finality with this weapon of death just beyond the glass. As the janitor cleans the window, straightens up the rooms and takes meticulous care to clean the electric chair after the latest execution, through incredible use of light, tense score and eerie visual effects, we understand that something did not fully leave the chamber or this earth. With a production design mirroring the most effective and insidious ideas guiding the frights of a haunted house, we learn that a spirit has returned to re-create the injustice and terror with the one person who happens to be there not for any other reason than he was paid and he watched. Continue reading
Review by Jay Kay (Host of Horror Happens radio show).
Take part HOSTEL… blend with influences of genre films like PIECES, TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, MANIAC and serve on a platform of no escape in the indie gem REST STOP. With this combined madness, you have the tense, stunning and visual impactful short film USED BODY PARTS by Venita Ozols-Graham. Currently screening at film festivals across the country and around the world as well as included in the ETHERIA FILM NIGHT: ROAD SHOW lineup at DAYS OF THE DEAD conventions, Venita brings her passion project to life and is joined by her actress and daughter Brigitte Graham, actress Jordan Elizabeth, actor Michael Villar and legendary horror and television figure Tim DeZarn (Alien Nation and Cabin in the Woods). Continue reading