Archive for November, 2010

The Colony

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Short films are such elusive creations.

After hours and weeks and months of hard work, an amazing short film will get a festival run for a year or two and then many will just disappear. There are good reasons for this and I don’t want to get into a debate on the market and distribution available to short films. I just want to lament how difficult it is to pass along short film recommendations at times.

Which brings us to today’s post, The Colony by Jeff Barnaby. I saw the film in 2009 at a short film program ImagineNATIVE put together to screen in Calgary with Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers. Its a story of madness, self destruction, love triangles and chainsaws set in Quebec. Everything in the production is top shelf, Jeff Barnaby has amazing cinematic vision. I usually shy away from short films that are more than 12 minutes long but, at 24 minutes, The Colony uses every second of it’s runtime perfectly.

Below you can watch a trailer for the film. While I don’t believe the film is still appearing in any festivals, it is distributed by Vtape. I contacted Vtape to find out if copies are available to be purchased and you can indeed buy a copy of The Colony by emailing Unfortunately, the cost is $40 (CAD)! I do highly recommend this short film but you’ll have to make your own judgement call as to whether the price is right.

Time Piece

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

This is a repost from an article I was reading over at the AV Club today.

It is a really cool short film that Jim Henson (!) made in 1965. I mean, I knew he made films but I didn’t realize he made non-Muppet films. This is a fantastic experimental film with a great concept, witty sound design and some amazingly intricate editing.

Check it out!