BEST AMERICAN SHORT FILMS 6

Goodbye by Tyler Russo (2015) (USA) (7m)

Goodbye was made by Tyler Russo while at the California Institute of the Arts and is all the more remarkable for it. Goodbye could be classed as a horror, but is more disturbing than horrific. Having been killed in a road accident, a man finds himself bodiless and faced with a group of gatekeepers, who were once human but are now something else. It is the job of the gatekeepers to interview the man and decide upon a suitable vocation for eternity; and should surely try to avoid becoming a gatekeeper.

Goodbye

Adam

Thunder Road by Jim Cummings (2016) (USA) (13m)

Cummings plays a grieving cop, Jimmy, who is the only one of three siblings to turn up for his mother's funeral. After delivering a heartfelt though often rambling eulogy, he decides to pay tribute to his mother by dancing to her favourite track: Thunder Road by Bruce Springstein. The result does of course make for uncomfortable viewing. It would be hard to argue that there is a lot of story in this short film, or that it is laugh-out-loud funny, but the monologue and acting really is superb, the awkwardness tangible and its simplicity impressive.


The Parlor

The Parlor by Geoffrey Haley 15 Certificate(2001) (US) (11m)

A bit of an all time classic, The Parlor is somewhat confusing to start with but you soon work out what is happening. It is a very nicely observed piece with fantastic dialogue and a nice little twist at the end. It won an Honorable Mention at the Sundance Film Festival and its writer-director, Geoffrey Haley, went on to make the feature film, The Last Word in 2008. However, he is best known as a Hollywood camera (and steadicam) operator.

Prey Alone by Mather & St Leger (2004) (USA) (15m)

Prey Alone by James Mather and Stephen St Leger has the feel of a blockbuster. It's quite incredible they should put so much time and effort, and presumably money, into a short film. It's also encouraging that they recognised their idea did not have the "legs" for a feature film and that - with its one act and nice twist - it was more suited to the short form. There is little I can add - is it a "boys" movie?

Prey Alone




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