The Forever Train
The Tea Chronicles
Before I tell you more about this surreal thirteen minute film, I have to point out that the director and main character, Bertie Gilbert, is sixteen years old. That is only two years older than me! The film follows Miles as he goes through a break up. Everything seems fairly normal up until Miles finds a time machine and brings himself back to the night of the break up. As the scene of the party unfolds, the entire plot only makes sense in the last five minutes of the film. Bertie plays two out of the three characters and you can really see himself in the characters he wrote. The script is written perfectly where is still is depressing and upsetting to see Miles go through this break up but has comedic points. Bertie outdid himself and showed so much potential for his next short film.
Charlie's second (and newest) thirteen minute film is not only hilarious but in a really strange way, relatable. "Offline" takes place in an office building with a pregnant woman (played by Lou Marie Kerr) who is addicted a world of warcraft like website, a young adult applying for college (Hazel Hayes), an arrogant ex boyfriend of Hazel's character (Jake Unsworth), and a man addicted to a fictional app that is described as "Instagram and Snapchat combined with cooking" in which you take pictures of food (Charlie McDonnell). When the internet gets shut off in the building, the office workers treat this situation as the actual end of the world. The movie has many ironic pieces of humor and really makes you laugh at how ridiculous we are in a world in which we are oh so dependent on the internet.
What were your favorite short films of the year?