|Victor and Charlie|
|Jay, Victor, and Lisa Baylin|
First up were two iThentic.com originals, The Ascent of Man and World's Worst Golf Course from The World of Bruce McCall. These are animated films adapted from New Yorker covers by the famed illustrator and writer Bruce McCall. We're big fans, so it was a thrill to have Bruce there in person, where Jay and Victor discussed with him the process of having others animate his drawings, and the difference between humor and comedy.
Our next block of films included four excerpts from the webseries Naomi: The Show (which, unbeknownst to us when we programmed it, is also featured on iThentic.com). Naomi: The Show tells the story of Naomi, who is hit on in the most disturbing of ways at the bus stop. Next was Robert Mond's comedy thriller from Australia Reception, about a kidnapping in the age of cell phones. Then The Sleepover Story, by Pete Lutz, which tells the story of a scary story come true. Rounding out the block was Fergus Dingle's Total Insurance, a comedy-horror about insurance advertising that just won't stop.
We checked in with Lisa for her thoughts and waxed poetic about the short film format for a bit, before going on to our last block of films in competition.
The last two were Stephanie Argy and Alec Boehm's Gandhi at the Bat, a lost censored newsreel that tells the story of Mahtama Gandhi's top secret mission to the US in the 1930's, in which he accidentally winds up batting one game with the Yankees. The last film of the night was The Wallet or the Watch by Jason Saenz and Robert Rugan, about two muggers who pick the wrong guy to mug. The film could have just been a quick gag, but it was executed with a lot of style and a featured a great performance by comedianTom Shillue as the "victim." We spoke with Jason Saenz and producer Vincento about the challenge of making professional-looking short comedy films
Last up was our "Wanna Be a Star" film Russian Dressing, starring audience member Joy Shatz, who tore up the screen as a desperate and obsessive baker racing to get ready for a dinner party. Joy and director Ryan Guiterman talked about the process of making the film, which, reflecting the star's namesake, sounded like a joy.
|with Ryan and Joy|
|Lisa Baylin announces the winners|