The Journal of Short Film Volume 36 – Press Release

From animation to live action, narrative to augmented-reality essay, The Journal of Short Film, Volume 36 brings together films produced in an array of styles and modes. In spite of their diversity, all of these films deal with the connections that, for better and for worse, define human beings’ experiences of the world: connections with other people, with nature, and with higher powers. The films are interested in visualizing how these formative connections emerge and how they break down. They explore the simultaneously creative and destructive aspects of relationships, at a time when our relationship with the screen—liberated from the theater and the living room and appearing in our palms, cars, and glasses—seems increasingly primary.

Still from Bye-Bye Blackbird by Gaia Bonsignore

Still from Bye-Bye Blackbird by Gaia Bonsignore

Still from Big Willow by Jared Katsiane

Still from Big Willow by Jared Katsiane

Still from Jump by Franz Ross and Dara Eliacin

Still from Jump by Franz Ross and Dara Eliacin

The Journal of Short Film, Volume 36

  1. Bye-Bye Blackbird, Gaia Bonsignore (2013). A conversational but visually complex live-action short, Bye-Bye Blackbird transports the viewer from a bedroom, to a deserted country road, to the beach, and back. Repeatedly reframing reality as artifice, the film reflects on the power of travel, imagination, and storytelling. (15:30)
  1. Animation Hotline, Dustin Grella (2013). Animation Hotline is a series of animated micro-shorts based on anonymous messages left on the artist’s voicemail. Kinetic, chalkboard-style drawings illustrate and provide ironic counterpoint to the words of the eclectic speakers’ sometimes insightful, sometimes bizarre anecdotes. (5:24)
  1. Three-O-Seven, Spencer Howson and Cole Becker (2014). A detective investigating a puzzling murder quickly finds himself locked in a dangerous game with a smart, calculating killer. In its setting and visual style, Three-O-Seven situates itself squarely in the tradition of film noir, even as its frenetic handheld camerawork suggests the influence of more contemporary procedurals. (8:53)
  1. The Umbrella Factory, Nick and Lexie Trivundza (2013). Spare animations harkening back to the Victorian Era bring a narrator’s macabre tale to life in The Umbrella Factory. One rainy evening, a traveler knocks on the door of three brothers’ house, offering them a wish-granting talisman in exchange for room and board. The brothers attempt to exploit the talisman’s powers, failing to heed the old adage, Be careful what you wish for. (3:52)
  1. Jump, Franz Ross and Dara Eliacin (2014). Jump is a silent film with musical accompaniment, which relies on point-of-view editing and actor movement for its effects. In this tragicomic vignette, the paraphernalia of a playground frustrates and eventually enables two young children’s effort to play together. (2:19)
  1. Street Views, Annie Berman (2013). Set in New York City’s West Village, but “shot” almost entirely within Google’s Street View, this subtle essay film explores how virtual mapping alters our experience of space and identity. Street Views is a somnambulist tour, which defies natural laws of perspective, time, and continuity, allowing one to get lost without ever straying from the map. (8:10) www.annieberman.net, info@fishinhand.com
  1. Big Willow, Jared Katsiane (2013). Blurring the line between dramatic narrative and observational documentary, Willow offers an elliptical narrative about an aspiring artist facing the impending destruction of his favorite subject, “Big Willow.” Through the juxtaposition of the artist’s younger sister’s voiceover and often impressionistic images, the film makes the eponymous tree a potent symbol of hope and frustration. (10:29) www.jaredkatsiane.com
  1. Teddy, Margaret Orr (2014). In this animated short, a stuffed toy acts heroically to protect a sleeping child from the monster lurking under the bed. With its unusual blend of the cute and the violent, Teddy offers intriguing echoes of Edwin Porter’s groundbreaking novelty film, The “Teddy” Bears (Edison, 1907), which introduced the iconic toy to the American screen. (1:47)
  1. A Well-Proved Helpmate, Richard Bailey (2013). Speaking directly into the camera, folk preacher Pontain Mitchell attempts to explain his beliefs and ministerial practices. As decontextualized images punctuate his discourse, A Well-Proved Helpmate becomes a meditation on the limitations of linguistic sense and the evocative powers of the word. (14:35)

The Journal of Short Film Staff is: Publisher – Ohio State University Film Studies Program Executive Editor – Ryan Jay Friedman Editors – Brian Hauser, Margaret C. Flinn Production Manager – Matt Swift Production Assistant – Michael Polk, Nikki Swift

Purchase JSF 36 Today!

Journal of Short Film at the Society for Cinema Media Studies 2015 Annual Conference

Every year the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) host an annual conference. During that conference there are over 1500 scholars in the field of film and media studies who participate in panels, workshops, working groups, and more. This year the conference is in Montreal, Canada.
The Journal of Short has been participating in SCMS for the past 5 years by attending and setting up a booth in the exhibition space.
This year we will have a booth to hand out free copies of the JSF to help highlight it’s value as a pedagogical tool. Each volume will contain a link to a recent Teaching Media dossier featuring essays about online teaching and specifically an essay, Using Short Films and Regular Viewing Habits as a Catalyst for Online Pedagogy, that mentions how the JSF is used for online teaching at The Ohio State University.
We are in the process of packing up materials for the exhibition and will be posting more updates on our facebook page as the conference proceeds from March 25th to March 29th.

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JSF Featured Filmmaker Animator Tess Martin

Today we are featuring the filmmaker Tess Martin. Tess is an independent animator who has worked out of Seattle, WA and the Netherlands. She is also a member of SEAT, Seattle Experimental Animation Team. The Journal of Short Film first encountered Tess’s work on Volume 22 with her animated short A Moment’s Reverie. Later her piece Plain Face was featured on Volume 27. Most recently a new stop-motion animation A Whale Story has been selected as part of The Journal of Short Film Volume 33.
Tess is now living and working in the Netherlands and we are very excited to see the new work she produces.
JSF 33 will be released November of 2014 and you can see A Whale Story as part of that volume. In the meantime check out her other JSF selected films, or visit her website http://www.tessmartinart.com/ for more information.


The Journal of Short Film Volume 31 – Fresh off the Press

The Journal of Short Film volume 31 is available as of March 7th 2014.

Journal of Short Film 31 Picture

Journal of Short Film 31

JSF 31 includes 8 films of various forms highlighting two main approaches: experimentation with a cinematic mode of production and exploring self-reflexive properties of communication found in the moving image. From short-wave radio and typewriters to digital scanners and computer generated presentation of geometries, each piece shows the viewer an altered form of cinematic and social engagement highlighting the difference between an old world and a new world. To watch is not only to experience a particular form of human expression now but to participate in histories and possible futures.

1.  End of Line – Caitlin Zera (2013, 9:13)
2.  When I Stop Looking – Todd Herman (2013, 15:00)
3.  Message From My Centenarian – Georg Koszulinski (2014, 7:00)
4.  Listen – Monteith Mccollum (2013, 10:00)
5.  The Far Side of Laughter – Darine Hotait (2009, 8:00)
6.  Echoes of Information in an n-Dimensional Hilbert Space – David Witzling (2006, 3:15)
7.  Caleb’s Gift – Robert Willard Bates (2013, 13:58)
8.  Close The Lid, Gently – Ariana Gerstein (2012, 4:30)

The Journal of Short Film Staff is:
Publisher – Ohio State University Film Studies Program
Executive Editor – John E. Davidson
Editors – Brian Hauser, Margaret C. Flinn
Production and Graphic Design – Matt Swift
Production Assistant –  Nikki Swift

The Journal of Short Film volume 30, Ready for Christmas

The Journal of Short Film volume 30 is just wrapping up production in time for Christmas. Volume is a great set of films.

1. Tumbleweed! – Varava Brothers (2012, 7:07)
2. The Stone – Andy Hall (2012, 5:43)
3. Make Me a Doorway Jesse Russell Brooks (2012, 3:36)
4. Not Clear Cut Paul Turano (2012, 7:25)
5. Kiss Me – Jules Nurrish (2012, 11:27)
6. TV Washes Two Much of Me – Bruce McKaig (2012, 2:30)
7. Flux – Kostas Makrinos (2013, 8:53)
8. Ron Goes to Heaven – Ron Lechler (2012, 3:49)
9. Oro Parece Anja Dornieden & Juan David González Monroy (2012, 6:14)
10. The Shrimp Keith Wilson (2010, 15:50)

Journal of Short Film 30 Prerelease picture

Journal of Short Film 30 Prerelease picture

Stay “Connected” to Previous JSF Filmmaker Tiffany Shlain

 
U.S. State Dept. & USC kick off 
2012 American Film Showcase with
Connected screening in South Africa
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We launch “Worldwide Host Your Own Screening Tour” 
& Our New Free Mobile Phone App
          
I’ve been thinking about the African philosophy “Ubuntu” meaning:
“I am what I am because of who we all are.”
This idea is resonating so deeply for me today:) I’m en route to Cape Town, South Africa, where The U.S. State Department & USC is sending our film Connected to kick off The 2012 American Film Showcase at The Encounters Film Fesitval, with screenings, panel discussions, and workshops on the theme of connectivity.  We’re so honored to be part of the Showcase, which brings select films from the last decade to embassies around the world to, as Secretary Clinton stated, “bring people together and foster greater understanding.”
Stay tuned on Facebook and Twitter for updates:)
    
WORLDWIDE HOST YOUR OWN SCREENING TOUR:
We’re celebrating this event by launching our “Worldwide Host Your Own Screening Tour,” which will give companies, organizations, schools, and community centers around the world the opportunity to host a screeningor fundraiser with Connected. 
These days, everyone seems to be moving so quickly.  We’ve found that these screening events allow communities and organizations the time to have meaningful conversations about the good, the bad and the potential of all this connectivity… both personally and globally.
Our team at The Moxie Institute provides all the ingredients needed to host a successful event (learn more here), including the DVD or Blu-Ray, hands-on discussion materials to engage deeper in the topics raised in the film, and our new!  interactive mobile app (free for iPhone today and soon on Android).
BE PART OF OUR NEXT FILM:
And lastly, please take a few minutes to participate in our new short “Cloud Film,” about the importance of engaging in society. You can watch our call for entries here. Deadline is July 1st:)
To Ubuntu,
– Tiffany, Ken, Sawyer, Haley, Jesse, Simone, Toni & Grace
@ The Moxie Institute 

 

Call for Submissions Volume 27

Call for Submissions for Volume 27
Deadline:
Submissions for Volume 27 are due Friday, April 27th.
Submit films of less than 20 minutes to:
The Journal of Short Film
Film Studies Program
Hagerty Hall, Room 150
1775 College Road
Columbus, OH 43210, USA
The Submission must contain your:
Film
Name
Postal Address
Email address
Telephone Number
If you need your work returned, please include an addressed postage paid envelope.
All submissions are carefully considered. It may take up to 2 months after the deadline to respond. Please, do not submit films via email.
Acceptable submission formats:
DVDs are preferred, though VHS tapes will be accepted on a need basis.
DVDs must be Region 1, NTSC. Please, no PAL tapes or discs.
Rights and Clearances
The filmmaker maintains the rights to the film. The publishing right granted to the JSF is a non-exclusive, one-time serial right.
Films must have ALL clearances available in writing. Copies may be requested later.
For more information on how you can be published with the Journal of Short Film and receive international distribution of your work, please visit our website at www.thejsf.org or send us an email at theJSF@osu.edu.
Thank you.

Call for Submissions: The Journal of Short Film Volume 24

The Journal of Short Film(JSF) is a quarterly DVD publication of peer-reviewed short films of all genres. It is published by The Ohio State University Film Studies Program. The journal is modeled on the literary journal, complete with an editorial board made up of filmmakers and scholars.
Specifics attributes of The Journal of Short are;
• a quarterly DVD journal containing 90-120 minutes of independent short film per volume
• peer-reviewed by filmmakers and scholars of film theory
• inclusive of all genres of film, favoring independent and underrepresented work
• open and free submission process
• filmmakers maintain all rights to their work
• sold at a low cost—$10/vol., $36/subscription
• distributed to schools and libraries around the world
• non-corporate and ad-free

Deadline:
Submissions for Volume 24 are due Friday June 10th.
Submit films of less than 20 minutes to:

The Journal of Short Film
Film Studies Program
Smith Laboratory, Rm 4108
174 W. 18th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210, USA

The submission must contain your:
film, name, postal address, email address, and telephone number
Include an addressed, stamped envelope if you’d like it returned.
All submissions are carefully considered. It may take up to 2 months after the deadline to respond. Please do not submit films via email.
Please submit films in the following format:
DVDs are preferred, though VHS tapes will be accepted on a need basis.
DVDs must be Region 1, NTSC. Please no PAL tapes or discs.
Rights, and Clearances
The filmmaker maintains the rights to the film. The publishing right granted to the JSF is a non-exclusive, one-time serial right.
Films must have ALL clearances available in writing. Copies may be requested later.

JSF Vol 23 CALL FOR ENTRIES

The Journal of Short Film is a not for profit peer reviewed publication that is devoted to the distribution of the underrepresented medium of short film. To date the Journal of Short Film has published and distributed 199 films from over 200 filmmakers from its completely free submissions process.

This is the Journal of Short Film:
• a quarterly DVD journal containing 90-120 minutes of independent short film per volume
• peer-reviewed by filmmakers and scholars of film theory
• inclusive of all genres of film, favoring independent and underrepresented work
• sold at a low cost—$10/vol., $36/subscription
• non-corporate and ad-free
• open and free submission process

Deadline:
Submissions for Volume 23 are due Friday, April 1st.
Submit films of less than 20 minutes to:
The Journal of Short Film
Film Studies Program
Smith Laboratory, Rm 4108
174 W. 18th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210, USA

The Submission must contain your:
Film
Name
Postal Address
Email address
Telephone Number

If you need your work returned, please include an addressed postage paid envelope.
All submissions are carefully considered. It may take up to 2 months after the deadline to respond. Please, do not submit films via email.

Acceptable submission formats:
DVDs are preferred, though VHS tapes will be accepted on a need basis.
DVDs must be Region 1, NTSC. Please, no PAL tapes or discs.
Rights and Clearances
The filmmaker maintains the rights to the film. The publishing right granted to the JSF is a non-exclusive, one-time serial right.

Films must have ALL clearances available in writing. Copies may be requested later.

Thank you for submitting your work to the Journal of Short Film!

Mailing Address for Entries :

The Journal of Short Film
Film Studies Program
Smith Laboratory, Rm 4108
174 W. 18th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210, USA