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Whaddya know, this week’s Monday Short Film Pick is NotSafeForWork either! But it’s a perfect example of how, when done well, three minutes is all it takes to get the job done. Texas-based filmmaker James M. Johnston captures a steamy tryst in a nightclub that takes a turn for the comical thanks to a rather brilliantly witty bit of bathroom graffiti. Visit Johnston’s site, Beautiful Confusion Films, to watch more of his work, but for now, stop what you’re doing and watch Receive Bacon:

(With regards to Receive Bacon, Johnston has attached a personal note to his free uploads on YouTube and Vimeo that we wanted to include here: If you like this film please support me by buying a DVD here:​film/​4209. It’s only $3.95!)

— Michael Tully

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Michael Tully is an award-winning writer/director whose films have garnered widespread critical acclaim, his projects having premiered at some of the most renowned film festivals across the globe. He is also the former (and founding) editor of this site. In 2006, Michael's first feature, COCAINE ANGEL, chronicling a tragic week in the life of a young drug addict, world premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. The film immediately solidified the director as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s "25 New Faces of Independent Film,” a reputation that was reinforced a year later when his follow-up feature, SILVER JEW, a documentary capturing the late David Berman's rare musical performances in Tel Aviv, world-premiered at SXSW and landed distribution with cult indie-music label Drag City. In 2011, Michael wrote, directed, and starred in his third feature, SEPTIEN, which debuted at the 27th annual Sundance Film Festival before being acquired by IFC Films' Sundance Selects banner. A few years later, in 2014, Michael returned to Sundance with the world premiere of his fourth feature, PING PONG SUMMER, an ‘80s set coming-of-age tale that was quickly picked up for theatrical distribution by Gravitas Ventures. In 2018, Michael wrote and directed the dread-inducing genre film DON'T LEAVE HOME, which has been described as "Get Out with Catholic guilt in the Irish countryside" (IndieWire). The film premiered at SXSW and was subsequently acquired by Cranked Up Films and Shudder.

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