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Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Tuesday, 13 November 2012 21:02

swflogo2Now that the Silver Wave Film Festival has come to a close, I have to share with you all how impressed I was by the weekend’s events. Unfortunately with limited time, I wasn’t able to take in everything I would have liked to – but my two days were absolutely packed with interesting viewing experiences. Here is a “short” list of some of my favourite short films I was able to take in during the festival.

 

Event: Midnight Madness

TORTUROUS
Director: Angus Swantee / Writer: Craig Gunn, Angus Swantee / Halifax, NS, 2012

This is a tense (and hilarious) exploration of the “slasher” film genre in which a career counsellor awakens in a torture chamber... The question is can he use his job skills to get himself out alive?

Visit the TORTUROUS Facebook page.

 

HISTORIA MUERTA
Director/Writer: Fran Mateo / Barcelona, Spain, 2011

This is the only non-Canadian selection on my list – a Spanish language film with English subtitles. This highly stylized gothic horror film explores the story of Samuel, a vampire who muses over his creation and life as a monster, ultimately leading to his destruction.

 

GAME
Director/Writer: Josh MacDonald / Halifax, NS, 2012

A woman races through the woods to escape her captors – three men who seem all too eager to pursue their victim. The chilling chase of predator and prey also has a surprise twist that makes this short stand out in memory.

 

Event: Canadian Shorts

KEN FUCKED UP
Director/Writer: Ruby Boutillier / Halifax, NS, 2012

I don’t think I will ever look at Barbie and Ken in the same way! In this “toy story” Ken wallows in depression over his troubled relationship when the ever-selfish Barbie cheats on him with his best friend Frankenstein. It’s just as weird and wacky as it sounds, but 8-minutes of pure hilarity.

Visit KEN FUCKED UP on Facebook.

 

BITTERSWEET SIN-PHONY
Director/Writer: Edgar David Aguilera / Fredericton, NB, 2012

A young man mourns the end of his marriage after discovering that his wife is having an affair. Struck with regret he is unable to come to terms, until some advice leads him to make a strange request during the divorce settlement. This was by far the most poignant and touching film I saw at the festival. It just struck a chord. I am amazed that in such a short amount of time you can become so immersed into the life and emotion of a character.

 

TICONDEROGA
Director: Jessie Harley / Writer: John Porter / Halifax, NS, 2012

A sweet little romantic comedy about a couple of hypochondriac’s who eventually realize that worrying about every illness under the sun isn’t so bad once they start worrying for each other.

 

ROOM SERVICE
Director/Writer: Glen Matthews / Halifax, NS, 2012

This was one of the stand-outs for me in more ways than one. An older woman storms into a hotel room and berates the young adulterous who is there waiting for her lover. The tight script and sharp, funny twist to the story take the viewer completely by surprise! Very clever short!

Visit ROOM SERVICE on Facebook.

 

Event: Short Documentary Matinee (People and Places)

DISCARDED COMFORT
Director/Writer/Producer: John Pollock / Fredericton, NB, 2012

The story of Chafic Hadad, a local photographer whose obsession with photographing discarded coffee cups turns into a valuable experiment to better the environment.

 

DEMOLITION DERBY
Director/Writer/Producer: Stephen Valin / Harvey, NB, 2012

A behind the scenes look exploring the passion, excitement and dedication that goes into a day of demolition derby at the Shawville Fair. Actually, the best things about this doc are the colourful real-life characters that make this sport their hobby! Light hearted and entertaining!

 

Event: New Brunswick Shorts

S.W.I.T.C.H.
Director: Jean-Pierre Desmarais / Writer: Kathy Geldart / Cocagne, NB, 2012

A highly creative little film exploring the fantasy life of a pharmacist who has to stage the ultimate drug-store heist in order to correct a prescription error. High production values and a clever story made this a festival hit.

Visit the website.

 

NICK RYAN
Director/Writer/Producer: Travis Grand / Fredericton, NB, 2012

Being the best undercover spy might come easily to Nick Ryan, but being the best husband is sure to be his downfall in this short action film. This was a great, funny and action packed film with some really great looking James Bond-inspired opening and closing credits!

 

ON THE LAST DAY
Director/Writer: Ryan O’Toole / Fredericton, NB, 2012

This was one of the more poignant selections at the festival that left an impression on me. A young couple hear that the world and everyone in it will come to an end – causing them to live their lives to the fullest for one last day together. This film had a quirky Wes Anderson vibe to it that I really enjoyed, but brought tears to my eyes for how sentimental it was.

 

Well, I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse at my favourite short films of the festival! I will be trying to keep you all updated on how you might be able to see these and other local films in the future. There is certainly no shortage of talent to be shared that deserves more exposure in our own province.