Monday, March 1, 2010

Cinequest Comedy Short Films

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to catch Cinequest Shorts Program 7: Comedy Favorites, and the films were thoroughly hilarious. While I enjoyed them all, I have to particularly point out my 2 favorites. The Action Hero's Guide to Saving Lives and Ducked and Covered: A survival Guide to the Post Apocalypse.

The premise behind Hero's Guide is that a police officer's sister was kidnapped and the hero--Patrick Warburton (Elaine's car salesman boyfriend on Seinfeld)--has to charge in Die-Hard style and save her. The catch is that every time the action hero or one of the good guys dies, the story resets and takes you down an alternate path until they succeed. The story gets more hilarious with every failure, and by the end I was laughing so hard there were tears in my eyes. Since the last showing was 2 days ago, there is no way to watch the full version of the short although there are some talks about potentially making a full-length feature based on it. You can watch the trailer over here, but it doesn't do this masterpiece justice.

Ducked and Covered is a post apocalyptic survival guide as if it were made in the early 80s. No actors, just a few images and a voice-over... simple yet extremely effective. The person that put this together is brilliant! Fortunately I don't have to describe this one much because you can watch it in full OVER HERE.

The icing on the cake was that at the end of the shorts, several actors and directors from the films came to the front of the theater and did a Q&A session. It was like being in the middle of a DVD bonus feature =). The extra layer of icing on top of that were the free gift bags.

The moral of this post is that there are many awesome things to see and experience at Cinequest, and you still have 7 whole days to enjoy the film festival. This is one of the top 10 film festivals in the world, there's no reason no to head down!!

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