Phoenix Comicon is back! And that means another local Film Festival too!
This will be my 4th Phoenix Comicon and each year I make it a point to sit in on some of the Film Festival events they put on. While I have yet to sit in on any feature length films the short film events are right up my alley.
I think of it the same way I think of the stand-up comedy radio station.
If it sucks. It will only last five minutes until the next one.
Thursday’s main event for me was the Sci Fi Shorts.
You can never go wrong with a good Sci Fi short, it’s always fun to see what ideas for Sci Fi people have.
All of the films were decent. Some of them what you might expect at a smaller film festival. A little lighting issue here. Audio problem there. Things you’d notice if you’ve ever done any filming or editing before. I won’t drag on about all 11 films but for a sample of what you get here are two that stuck with me:
Entanglement is a futuristic mid apocalyptic story about dating.
Using big data and a few simple questionnaire forms you too can find the person you need.
The setting for this film is the simplistic brick walled studio apartment of a man who likes to be alone. Evident in his online ordering of meds, food substitutes and narcotic like caffeine addiction all delivered to his front door. One day a letter is delivered offering company services to match him to his soul mate. While he decides to throw away the letter something happens and his first match appears at his front door. The story could have been more. But the characters were great. The use of VR goggles was well done. The type of ending that might make you think and certainly will make you sad.
The other a foreign film from Netherlands titled Dark Machine.
A film which starts with a simple phone sending a loner photographer into an expected relationship with a beautiful married woman. The first half builds on their relationship, somewhat slowly, but wonderfully? done camera work and editing. By the second half you get the gut feeling that something else is going on.
The mystery builds on this beautiful woman, her marriage to this famous scientist and why it is this photographer received a phone call simply stating “Hannah Wolf.”
We are thrown into something more during a simple dinner conversation hosted at the husbands house. If you’re paying attention to what’s being discussed, it’s a subtle clue, your head will start spinning trying to figure out what’s really going on. Then in the last few moments of the film everything changes with a frantic phone call from the mysterious woman and the photographer thinking he is running to her rescue. With an enjoyable slap in the face as to what’s happening. You’ll pause for awhile trying to figure it out.
So well done Phoenix Comicon.
Cheers to Phoenix Comicon for bringing great short films like these to your film festival. I look forward to checking out more. And great job to all the filmmakers that put their hard work into these films.
Tickets are still available and the Con is a great place to go for a Film Festival. Between watching films you can visit a panel on writing, character development or directing. Spend some money at the Exhibitor Hall. Or see some favorite cosplay characters wondering around.