Back in 2014, we told you about Rise, a film about a robot insurgency that was the subject of a Kickstarter campaign. The result of the $38,000 raised is this proof of concept video, which definitely looks good enough to deserve a full feature.
As this short doc by Jarred Alterman and Ryan Scafuro shows, American Renaissance festivals have become less about historical recreation, and more about community building and providing an outlet for offbeat creative expression.
If it didn’t mean we’d miss amazing films like Being John Malkovich, Adaptation and Her, Spike Jonze could have a great career in late night. Earlier this week, the director helmed directed a surreal new opening to The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, which you should watch here.
In this intriguing short film, Goldilocks, Earth has been devastated by solar storms, prompting a search for another home planet for humanity. In orbit, a scientist named Kharon is working hard to adapt plants to a new world, fulfilling a promise to his long-dead wife.
This new music video from the electro-rocker band Saverne is a great blend of Mad Max-style post-apocalyptic stuff with psychedelic strangeness. It reminds me a bit of The Gone Away World by Nick Harkaway.
“Night Stalker” follows a young woman’s journey into a weird and terrifying land, courtesy of a takeout container that is a portal for a dangerous creature. Hold on to your face.
“Battery Life” is about a family of robots living in a sandy dystopia, while a nearby robot citadel is run by a robot zealot. For an 11-minute short, writer/director/animator Justin Nixon manages to do a lot of world-building, character development, and action. This thing is dense.
Fans of posthumanity and transhumanism make promises that sound scarily cheerful and unreal—eternal life, incredible mind powers—but you probably haven’t seen just how disturbing they can be. Until you watch this new short film, starring Pamela Anderson.
This is a powerful, horrifying short film that utterly captured my attention over the eight or so minutes that it runs. It’s quiet, beautiful and haunting, all at once.
I just watched The Chickening and I’m not sure I’ll ever be the same again. Directed by Nick DenBoer and Davy Force, it’s a short version of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, if the movie was obsessed with, and inhabited by, human chicken hybrids.
For a seven-minute short, Joe Sill’s Kara packs in a lot of that essential Star Wars goodness—there are blaster shootouts, an X-Wing-TIE Fighter dogfight, and yes, the Force. But even amongt the grandeur and sand dunes, it’s a wonderfully intimate short story about a father and a daughter.
Studio Smack’s “Branded Dreams” taps into a nightmare I didn’t even know I had. This feels like it takes place in the same future as the product placement-fueled Minority Report. People selling ad space in their dreams.
This is a cool short film: Traveler. In it, a team of friends create a jet-powered vehicle that can teleport. Once they succeed, however, the problems begin.
In this cute, short animated film, a girl obsessed with building airplanes comes across something unexpected: a tiny pilot who’s crashed.
Eggplant is a masterful short film about Durian, a young boy who laughs when he’s sad and cries when he’s happy. It’s caused him a lot of problems.
Here’s a really interesting short film out of Greece. In an alternate history, scientists are blamed for nuclear annihilation, and intellectuals are hunted down and killed.
Imagine waking up in the far future, and having to deal with a whole new world—the futureshock would be pretty intense. That’s something this new short film, appropriately called New, conveys quite well.
In this short film, a nearby supernova spells certain doom for Earth, and an alien fleet offers a choice: humans can escape, but only if they agree to become enslaved in space. The film follows one couple who have to come to grips with what it will cost to survive.
In Gavin Rothery’s new short film, The Last Man, an anonymous soldier is awoken from hibernation, only to discover that the world he knew is gone. The film is a haunting, post-apocalyptic look at what will drive him forward.
Escaping from everyday drudgery is hard, but in Takahiro Miyauchi’s short animated film, Tokyo Cosmo, imagination is key.