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Monday Short Film Pick 8/23/10 – LITTLE FARM

Last week, we went with a straight shot of humor to perk you guys up on a slow Monday morning. While this week’s pick also has a splash of humor, it is a splash of a much, much sicker variety. For many years now, Calvin Reeder has been making disturbingly unique short films in the Pacific Northwest, which are equal parts absurdist comedy, folk art reverie, and horror gore-fest. Shot on scuzzy Super 8, Reeder’s films are descents into worlds that seem normal enough at first (well, kind of), but before you know it, you’re spinning around inside a full-blown nightmare.

The Rambler (watch that one over at Hulu) and The Snake Mountain Colada (watch it at Gawker) are more recent efforts that gleefully shock and unsettle, but 2006’s Little Farm might be my favorite of the bunch (an added hat tip to Tze Chun, who recommended this film in an email query I sent out asking for standout short work available online). One can only imagine what Reeder has in store for us with his feature debut, The Oregonian. For now, sit back and “enjoy” this demented slice of Americana as realized by the one and only Calvin Reeder.

***If you hadn’t gathered from the above description, unless you work for Fangoria, Reeder’s films are pretty much 100% NSFW.***

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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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