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Scott Larson

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The long and the short of it

I’ve finally gone and done it. I’ve finally done something that I’ve been threatening to do for years now.

No, it’s not that. Calm down and get a grip.

No, I have finally created a page on this website just for short films. Originally, the only short films I wrote about were the ones I saw at film festivals, and accordingly each film festival had its own page for short films and other programs that were not standard feature films. But over time something interesting happened. Filmmakers began inviting me to view their short films, and I was seeing of a lot of new and interesting work but didn’t have a clearly defined place to write about them. So each time I saw a new short film I would write a commentary page about it. This was based on the belief that getting invited to watch a short film was an unusual, once-in-a-while event. But the fact is that these opportunities seem to keep coming oftener and oftener.

So it just seemed like the right thing to do to give the shorts their own page and you can find it right here. For your convenience, it includes links to all the short films I have already written about, including those that I have seen at film festivals. Frankly, I was a bit surprised to realize just how many I have seen and written about already. The page also includes new reviews and, guess what, there are already (at this writing) three new ones with more to follow soon.

So go ahead and click that link (links to new short film reviews will also be on the main page) and read my thoughts on Sean Meehan’s mini-romcom Over Coffee or Antonio Padovan’s urbane comedy of manners Socks and Cakes or A.P. Stevens’s nifty little scifi thriller The Clone Theory.

Or maybe short films aren’t your thing. But they probably should be. After all sometimes a short film (like Martin McDonagh’s Six Shooter goes on to win an Oscar. And sometimes directors like McDonagh go on to make feature films like In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths.

Or sometimes the director of a short film like Amblin’ (Steven Spielberg) or THX 1138 (George Lucas) goes on to… well, you get the idea.

-S.L., 10 December 2015

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