Short Film: Friends I Haven’t Met

Short Film: Friends I Haven’t Met

Check out this new film from the founder/editor of Lonelyreviewer.com, Vatche Arabian. Obviously there’s a bias here so I can’t offer my own opinion, but check it out – and let us know what you think!

Short Film: ICE HOCKEY

A few months back we had a great interview with the filmmakers behind the short ‘Ice Hockey,’ a great film from Larry Cohen that had its debut at IFFBoston. To celebrate the completion of his next film, Cohen has released Ice Hockey to the internet!

His follow up is called Brothers. A film that looks at the modern difficulty of communicating with your family. The film was finished principal photography in August, and they have now launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for finishing the film! Each contributor get a digital download and a thank you in the end of the credits, with the rewards growing at each contribution level. Check out the campaign here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/larrycohen/brothers

I can’t wait to see what they come up with next, but for now enjoy ICE HOCKEY!

ICE HOCKEY from Larry Cohen on Vimeo.

Short Film Review: The Secret Friend

Short Film Review: The Secret Friend

‘The Secret Friend,’ is an excellent short film from Flavio Alves’ and stars Viola Harris. It’s becoming more and more rare to see short films being shot in 35mm, which ‘The Secret Friend,’ is, and they make great use of the medium.

The film tells the story of a reclusive, elderly widew by the name of Anna (Harris). We learn that her husband passed away through a visitor played by Siobhan Fallon. Anna starts to receive mysterious phone calls at the same time every day.

The caller, breaths heavily, but never says a word. At first, Anna feels violated, her peace and quiet disturbed with such regularity. But, eventually, Anna comes to expect the phone calls, and actually begins talking to the silent friend.

Whose on the other side of the line? Honestly, it doesn’t matter, because the way it changes the lonely and almost melancholy Anna is wonderful. She has something to look forward to, and she starts doing things she’d given up long ago.

The film is completely carried by the 84-year old Viola Harris, whose career as a character actress goes back to the 50s. This story of loneliness is quite relatable, and the film is a reminder that sometimes – all the elderly really need is a reminder that someone cares about them.

Alves’ film is a great piece and put together expertly. I definitely recommend checking it out wherever you can, I look forward to seeing more work from the filmmaker.

IFFBoston ’11 VIDEO: Interview with ICE HOCKEY Filmmakers

I had the chance to ask the filmmakers behind ICE HOCKEY a few questions following their Thursday night screening at IFFBoston. Director Larry Cohen and Producer Tim Whitney offer a little insight on how they cast Ken Daneyko, and speak a little bit about what their next project is.

ICE HOCKEY follows a day in the life of Danny, a high school hockey defenseman. School, girls, and his next-door neighbor: hockey legend Ken Daneyko. A film with a cast of non-actors, shot on location in New Jersey — and starring a high school Hockey Team, and NJ Devil Alumni Randy Velischek and Devil Ken Daneyko. The film screens a second time at the Somerville Theater on Monday. Buy Tickets Here

 

IFFBoston ’11 Spotlight: ICE HOCKEY

IFFBoston ’11 Spotlight: ICE HOCKEY

With all the feature length goodness, it is easy to miss some of the great shorts that are featured at IFFBoston. One we want to highlight in particular is from director Larry Cohen, ‘Ice Hockey.’

The film follows a day in the life of Danny, a high school hockey defenseman. School, girls, and his next-door neighbor: hockey legend Ken Daneyko. A film with a cast of non-actors, shot on location in New Jersey – and starring a high school Hockey Team, and NJ Devil Alumni Randy Velischek and Devil Ken Daneyko, is a work that should not be missed.

Check out the film at Shorts Package 2, this Thursday, April 28th, at 9pm or next Monday, May 2nd, at 6:45pm at the Somerville Theater.

Buy Tickets Here

 
ICE HOCKEY Teaser Trailer

Vatche’s Action Trailer

Vatche’s Action Trailer


So, of course, besides running Lonely Reviewer.com, I’m also a filmmaker in my own right. And I recently participated in an fake trailer contest here in Boston, at the Brattle Theatre. The subject was “Labor Day,” and I created this fake trailer with a vague story and a lot of visual effects. Our video won the competition!

The sound was cut by Gregg Swiatlowski, and the voice over artist in the end is Jim Jakala, who does many amazing great television and radio commercial spots. It also stars other LR bloggers, Brandin, Ben, and Phil!

Thank you everyone for your help, and enjoy the trailer!

Short Film: “Obvious Child”

A new film from Lonely Reviewer friends Anna Bean and Gillian Robespierre has just debuted on-line and we wanted to let you know ’cause it’s really good.  It stars Jenny Slate. (You may have seen her debut last week on ‘Saturday Night Live.’)  It’s a touching comedy about abortion and relationships.  I know the phrase ‘comedy about abortion’ doesn’t come up all that often, but it really is funny. (And it’s also really sweet.)

“Obvious Child” has just been accepted into the Big Apple Film Festival in November and I have no doubt you’ll see it at other fests this winter.  Yeah, it’s that good.  Check it out below:

Obvious Child from Gillian Robespierre on Vimeo.

Review: Oscar Shorts – Animated

I have recently viewed the five films nominated for ‘Best Short – Animated’. I must admit, I was pretty much blown away from start to finish. All the filmmakers appear to be seasoned storytellers, poised to have brilliant careers in animation. It is a shame only one will walk away with an Oscar. Here is my breakdown of the five films and my pick for who I think should win the Academy Award.
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