Matthew Rankin is the best

Posted by Luke Black in Other People's Work on August 13th, 2013

So it turns out, I am a big fan of Matthew Rankin.

I’ve loved his work for years, I’ve just never known all these films related back to the same artist.

But now that I do – and in honour of him winning the Bite Comedy Award at the NSI Online Short Film Festival (which was the catalyst for this post) – here is a mini-presentation of my favourite Matthew Rankin films.


I Dream of Driftwood


Cattle Call – Co-directed with Mike Maryniuk


Tabula Rasa

Dad Mud by Johanna Haeseker and Jake Robinson

Posted by Luke Black in Other People's Work on June 19th, 2013

Animator Johanna Haeseker came to my attention when she won an animation contest for one of my favourite podcasts WireTap.

Now she and writer Jake Robinson have a new animated short based on the morbidly funny true story of the scattering of Robinson’s grandfather’s ashes – Dad Mud.

It is pretty great!
Check it out:

Underground Film Journal mentions Beef Barley Brothers

Posted by Luke Black in Uncategorized on June 19th, 2013

Cool!
Mike Everleth of Underground Film Journal did a write-up on Beef Barley Brothers.

Even cooler!
It is a pretty flattering assessment of the film for all involved.

Check it out here:
Underground Film – Short Film: Beef Barley Brothers

Beef Barley Brothers

Posted by Luke Black in Films on February 20th, 2013

Steve, a self-involved 9-to-5-er, attempts an act of charity by taking a homeless man to lunch. However, when his fantasy of charity doesn’t match the reality, the dynamics between the two unlikely “friends” begins to shift.

Screenings:
2012 Minneapolis Underground Film Festival
2012 Boomtown Film & Music Festival
2012 Sunscreen Film Festival
2012 Snake Alley Festival of Film
2012 Weyauwega International Film Festival
2012 Ionian International Digital Film Festival
2013 Jaipur International Film Festival

Runtime: 10:16

Cast: Jayson Therrien, Josh Bertwistle, Deborah Scullion, Mitch Barany

Director: Luke Black, Writer: Chris Turtle, Producers: Christopher Hutchens, Marc Vandergraaf & Luke Black, Associate Producer: Matt Watterworth, Director of Photography: Jamie Wensley, Editor: Don Gyryluk, Key Grip: Vasco Jesus Maria, Assistant Directors: James Reckseidler & Christopher Hutchens, Location Sound: Alex Mitchell, Sound Editor: Graydon Johnston, Costume Designer: Tara Charran, Makeup Artist: Laurena Pollock, Graphic Design: Jeremy Pollock

Song – “I Wish You All The Happiness” – Written and performed by Calvin Becker – calvinbecker.com

Beef Barley Brothers screening at Filmpool Members Showcase Screening

Posted by Luke Black in Screenings on February 13th, 2013

Filmpool

 

If you are in Regina, Saskatchewan this Sunday (Feb. 17th), come by the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative to catch Beef Barley Brothers at the Filmpool Members Showcase Screening.

The screening will feature five short films by Filmpool members Nora Gardner, Callen Diederichs, Luke Annand, rjamesmisfeldt and myself.

Show starts at 6 pm and I`ll be in attendance.

Beef Barley Brothers go to India

Posted by Luke Black in Screenings on January 4th, 2013

JIFF

This just in!

Beef Barley Brothers is going to in India.
Specifically, the Jaipur International  Film Festival will be screening our short twice – on January 31st, 2013 at 11 am and on February 2nd, 2013 at 10 am.

To tease the screenings, here are some of the other short films screening with Beef Barley Brothers:

The Soundman’s Love, directed by Toshimichi Saito

Blue Dragonfly, directed by Makoto Fujihashi
(Disclaimer: I am pretty confident this is a trailer for Blue Dragonfly … but I can’t read Japanese and could be wrong.)

Stammering Love, directed by Jan Czarlewski

Once Upon a Sultan, direct by Ishita Tiwari, Ritika Kaushik & Farah Yameen

Thanks to the organizers and volunteers at the Jaipur International Film Festival for the amazing opportunity to have Beef Barley Brothers screened on the other side of the world!

Long Branch by Dane Clark and Linsey Stewart

Posted by Luke Black in Other People's Work on November 5th, 2012

This short film is impossible not to fall in love with.

Dane Clark and Linsey Stewart pack so much comedy and heart into Long Branch that I’d put it right up there with my all-time favourite romantic comedy, The Apartment.

Contingency by James Morison

Posted by Luke Black in Other People's Work on October 17th, 2012

This is great!

2012 was the 20th anniversary of the $100 Film Festival. A festival very near and dear to my heart.
The festival was originally conceived by a filmmaker named James Morison and, for the 20th installment, he create a new film contemplating the history of the festival, it’s inception and his role in it all.

I don’t think there could be a better tribute to the $100 Film Festival’s anniversary than this film.

Contingency won the 2012 Best of Alberta award.

Beef Barley Brothers in Wisconsin

Posted by Luke Black in Screenings on October 16th, 2012

The Weyauwega International Film Festival is the next stop for Beef Barley Brothers!

You can catch the screening at the George Gerold Opera House on November 9th at 5:30pm in Weyauwega, Wisconsin.

Thanks to all the good people at Weyauwega International Film Festival for putting on this event.

 

When I can, I like to showcase the other films in the package we will be screening with, but this time my mind was blown!

Beef Barley Brothers will be screening along side a short film written by Neil LaBute and directed by Nathaniel Krause about their own homeless guy and regular guy.
Will they be best friends? Only time will tell.

 

Also in our program are these sharp-looking films, should be a really great screening:

Hourglass by Pedro Collantes

Written in Ink by Martin Rath

Searcy County by Noam Osband

Beef Barley Brothers European Premiere at the Ionian International Digital Film Festival

Posted by Luke Black in Screenings on August 22nd, 2012

Great news!

Beef Barley Brothers will take it’s European bow in Greece on Monday September 17, 2012 at the Ionian International Digital Film Festival.

You can catch the screening at 1:20 pm at the Cine Apollon in the heart of Lefkada, Greece.

Special thanks to the organizers of IIDFF. We are extremely excited to have our work shown at your festival!