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Monday Short Film Pick 8/30/10 – CROSSBOW

In honor of HTN staffer Brandon Harris, who is walking directly into the film production tornado as we speak, it seems only fitting to present one of his short film recommendations as this week’s pick (break both legs, Brandon!). However, this particular film, Crossbow, makes sense for another timely reason, as the writer/director is none other than David Michod, who wrote and directed of one of the most talked about new miniplex releases of the summer, Animal Kingdom, and who is a member of the prolific and exciting Blue-Tongue Films collective (The Square, Hesher, etc.).

Crossbow is a dark, moody affair that has the impact of a solid short story. In it, an Australian lad reflects back on his childhood and his troubled next door neighbors: the reserved, quiet child; the tough, tattooed father; and the sexy, panty-wearing mother. One day, to the shock of everyone in the neighborhood, tragedy strikes, but not in the way that you might expect.

Crossbow is NSFW, I’d have to say, and at 14 minutes, it’s longer than I want these picks to be—I’m really hoping to keep them to 8 minutes or less, if possible—but for the reasons stated above, we’re going with it this week. Enjoy.

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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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