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Monday Short Film Pick 8/9/2010 – FLOTSAM/JETSAM

As we work towards finalizing the details of  the new Hammer to Nail design (it’s coming, we promise!), we thought we’d try to focus even harder on achieving one of our site’s primary goals, which is to literally connect you, the reader, with HTN-approved films that you can watch much sooner than later. As in, right fuggin’ now.

While it’s already quite obvious that we’re on the jock of the Zellner Bros., (see: exhibits A and B), this creative crush seems like an even better reason to kick off our new Monday Short Film Pick series with one of their finest hours (or should I say ‘finest five minutes’). For those of you who appreciate art, intelligence, and ambition in your independent cinema, yet who abhor self-importance and pretension to the max, Flotsam/Jetsam is a win-win situation. The genius in this short exists in the way that it casts a spell and will have you questioning where it’s headed (is this pretentious horsesh*t?), only to confirm, in a screamingly hilarious twist, that it is actually an on-the-level commentary mocking pretentious horsesh*t. Well done, Zellner Bros.!

Watch it for free ***right here*** at the Zellner Bros. website. It’s a great way to start the week and remind us all that a lot can be accomplished creatively in five short minutes (including five more minutes of worthwhile procrastination).

(NOTE: For those of you with your own yummy short films—that are viewable online—who want to be considered for the Monday Short Film Pick, please email a link and information to CLINK at HAMMERTONAIL dot COM.)

— 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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