Category Archives: Short Films

Happy Birthday, Patsy Kelly!

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Brash, beautiful Patsy Kelly, Hollywood’s Queen of Wisecracks, was born under the name Sarah Veronica Rose Kelly on January 12th, 1910 in Brooklyn. One of my all-time favorite comediennes, she had a rapid-fire delivery and street-smart working-class personality that made her the perfect foil for the blonde bombshell Thelma Todd; the pair made 35 comedy shorts for Hal Roach as his female Laurel and Hardy team before Todd’s untimely death in 1935.

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She eventually made the leap to feature-length films, and although she rarely had a starring role, she easily stole the scene whenever she appeared in a film, usually with saucy double entendres and  sardonic one-liners delivered out of the side of her mouth.

Despite a seventeen-year hiatus from film after her career began to decline in the 1940s, Patsy found steady work in her later years as a perennial guest-star on TV shows like “The Man from U.N.C.L.E,” “The Wild Wild West,” and “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” and as a supporting player in 70’s hits like Rosemary’s Baby and Freaky Friday. Patsy was one of the few openly-gay actors in early Hollywood, and made absolutely no secret of the fact that she was a “dyke” and frankly discussed her relationship with actress Wilma Cox, and later, her affair with Tallulah Bankhead.

Happy birthday, Patsy, and thanks for all the laughs!

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The Anachronism (2008)

Director: Matthew Gordon Long

Writer: Matthew Gordon Long

Staring: Katarina Watt, Ryan Grantham, Rita Kim

On a sun-dappled summer day, a science expedition propels two children toward an enigmatic encounter with a strange visitor in a fantastic machine.

The Bloody Olive (1997)

Director: Vincent Bal

Writers:  Vincent Bal, Lewis Trondheim

Starring:  Veerle van Overloop, Frank Focketijn, Gene Bervoets

The comic twists and reversals come fast and furious in this Holiday tale of greed, betrayal, and murder.  And murder.  And murder.  And murder.

“I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote…”

“…I love to sail forbidden seas.”

This spectacular short film speaks to what I think is at the very core of humanity. I think that it’s a beautiful impulse, that striving for what lies beyond, that thirst for knowledge, that drive to accomplish.  Discovery, invention, exploration – we as a species are at our best when we break away from our primitive tribal impulses and push for things that seem impossible or ridiculous, when we dream big enough to turn science fiction into science fact.

The Accountant (2001)

Director: Ray McKinnon

Writer: Ray McKinnon

Starring: Ray McKinnon, Walton Goggins, and Eddie King

Can one man, one hard drinking, chain smoking, backwoods accountant, stop a national conspiracy, change the course of history, and save a way of life? It’s do-able… but it ain’t gonna be purdy.

Child Eater (2012)

Director: Erlingur Thoroddsen

Writer: Erlingur Thoroddsen

Staring: Cait Bliss, Cameron Ocasio, Dan Reiss

A simple night of babysitting takes a horrifying turn when Helen realizes the boogeyman really is in little Lucas’ closet.

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Judge Minty (2013)

Director:  Steven Sterlacchini

Writers: Michael Carroll, Steven Sterlacchini

Starring: Edmund Dehn, Greg Staples, Mark Watson, Peter Seddon, Domino Barbeau

Judge William Minty has spent his entire adult life policing the violent streets of Mega-City One and now he’s slowing down. When a lapse of judgement almost ends his life, he knows that it’s time to quit. He could choose to teach in the Academy, but he’d rather leave the city and walk alone out into the anarchy of the Cursed Earth, taking law to the lawless.

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