Looking for a new vacation destination? Consider Brasilia, the subject of a short film directed by Benjamin Dickinson that premiered on Indiewire today. The short features Reggie Watts as a friendly tour guide of the city in a disturbing, near-future sci-fi alternate reality. Here's the description of the film Watts provided to Indiewire:
An alternately factual documentary presented by nameless hosts Reggie Watts and Carolina Ravassa, "Brasilia" takes viewers on a whirlwind tour of the famed capital of Brazil. In topics ranging from architecture, religious ceremonial practices, and spiritual conscious alignment, Reggie and Carolina traverse some of the world's most impossibly futuristic human landscapes, extolling earnest advice about the [...]
This week, UCB alums Dusty Brown and Greg Bratman released their new short "The Nobodies," which features the musical comedy duo alongside stars like Jim Gaffigan, Tony Hale, Jack McBrayer, Ellie Kemper, and Tony winner Sutton Foster. According to Indiewire, the short evolved from Brown and Bratman's longtime UCB show The Barrel Brothers, which won Best Emerging Comedy Duo back in 2004. Brown and Bratman raised funds via Kickstarter last year to make "The Nobodies," which centers on Greg and Dusty as they "have to make a fantastical journey through their own identity crises. Neither one of these protagonists has a solid foundation when it comes to his approach [...]
Here's Castello Cavalcanti, a new short film written and directed by Wes Anderson and starring his frequent collaborator Jason Schwartzman as Jed Cavalcanti, an Italian racecar driver in the 1950s. Anderson's next feature, The Grand Budapest Hotel, also features Schwartzman. It comes out in March, and a trailer debuted recently.
If you're planning on seeing Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's This Is the End this weekend, you may not know that it was based on the 2007 short film, "Jay and Seth Versus the Apocalypse." Embedded above is the trailer for the unreleased short film that Rogen starred in with Jay Baruchel, which quickly became a viral hit. Rogen and Goldberg wrote the script with Jason Stone, who directed. They used the short to shop around This Is the End to studios in order to get the movie made but had to change the title because, according to Goldberg, "Steven Spielberg and Fox made Robopocalypse and because of [...]
DC Pierson recently teamed up with Community and Mystery Team director Dan Eckman and producer Meggie McFadden to turn his 2010 novel The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To into a movie. In the meantime, they posted a proof-of-concept short today to give an idea of what a feature-length film might look like starring The Grand Budapest Hotel's Tony Revolori and The Hunger Games's Jack Quaid. It's equal parts trippy, funny, scary, and nerdy and proves that, in Revolori's words, "when there's something special about you, bad people always show up to take you away."
A group friends going on a mushroom trip sounds like it would make for an uproarious comedy, but Harris Wittels and Armen Weitzman’s new short film The Badger’s Promise surprises with some pretty dark humor. Nonetheless, the pair’s directorial debut, which they recently put online and are entering into film festivals soon, is hilarious, and the writing partners hope to do more in the future.
The two both worked for The Sarah Silverman Program and have been busy since then.Wittels writes and produces for Parks and Recreation, but you might know him from his frequent appearances on Comedy Bang! Bang! or for playing the character "Harris," one of [...]
Here's "Clapping for the Wrong Reasons," a mysterious 25-minute short film that Donald Glover wrote, produced, and starred in alongside costars like Chance the Rapper and Topanga from Boy Meets World, in case you ever wanted to see Donald Glover, Chance the Rapper, and Topanga from Boy Meets World act in a mysterious short film.
Here's Michael Cera's brand new short film "Gregory Go Boom," which was just released today on JASH, the YouTube comedy channel Cera co-founded with Reggie Watts, Tim & Eric, and Sarah Silverman. Written and directed by Janicza Bravo, "Gregory Go Boom" stars Cera as a paraplegic guy trying to find independence. Sarah Burns and Brett Gelman also star. This is Michael Cera's second short film for JASH, following "Brazzaville Teen-Ager," which debuted last month, just in case you want to have yourself a very short Michael Cera short film marathon.
Here's "Brazzaville Teen-Ager," a brand new short film starring, directed, and co-written by Michael Cera and based on the story of the same name by Bruce Jay Friedman. YouTube channel JASH released the short yesterday, which follows a young man trying to save his father (Charles Grodin) from death by getting his grumpy boss (Jack O'Connell) to sing back-up vocals on a Kelis song. Michael Cera's directorial career starts here.
Vice released a new short film this week from writer/director Peter Livolsi called Leonard in Slow Motion, and it's a sweetly sad look at a day in the life of a man (played by Martin Starr) with a rare condition that keeps him stuck in a constant state of slow motion. The short also stars Steve Agee, Beth Dover, and John Ross Bowie as just a few of the people who encounter Leonard on a daily basis.
If the two Buddy ColeColbert Report segments weren't enough Scott Thompson goodness for you this week, here's a new short he wrote and stars in called The Immigrant about a Canadian comedian named Bob London who gets deported then tries to smuggle himself back to Hollywood via the US/Mexico border. Dave Foley plays Thompson's former cult comedy show cast mate Tim Terry, and Michael Cera, Margaret Cho, and Will Forte play themselves in the short, which includes plenty of heavy-handed references to Thompson's glory days on The Kids in the Hall. Thompson also made two other shorts 4 Pounds and 52, which you can watch below:
Here's "Failure," a new short film Michael Cera made for the YouTube channel JASH. Cera directed and stars in the short alongside his Scott Pilgrim vs. the World costar Aubrey Plaza, who plays a bigger weirdo than normal in this.
Here's the trailer for an upcoming short film called "Gregory Go Boom" that stars Michael Cera as a paraplegic man leaving his house for the first time. Written and directed by Janicza Bravo, "Gregory" will be the second short Cera releases on the YouTube network JASH, which he founded and is a partner in alongside comedians Sarah Silverman, Reggie Watts, Tim Heidecker, and Eric Wareheim. Cera's previous short, "Brazzaville Teen-Ager," debuted on JASH last month, just in case this trailer got you in the mood for a full-length Michael Cera short film.
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