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),
  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)
  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

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The Journal of Short Film Volume 35 – Short Film of the United Kingdom / Press Release

The Journal of Short Film Volume 35 – Short Film of the United Kingdom / Press Release

The Journal of Short Film is pleased to announce the immediate release of Volume 35 on DVD.  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 close to 300 films from a completely free submissions process.

JSF 35 features submissions that came from the UK, although it does not make any claims to being representative in any particular way. In fact, rather than by capturing any special national element, the works gathered here impressed us with the breadth of their interests internationally and the fine feeling for the particular regionally.  What unites them all is an exceptional sense for people’s character as it displays and shapes itself in relation to others: in the family, in the workplace, in the chaotic concentration of the marketplace and the transient moments of public transit, and in the abstract relations generated by the medium itself.

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Being James Poster

Being James Poster


The Journal of Short Film Volume 35 Contents:

  1. Mark PlayneLove at First Sight (2012, 13:55) A Shy Lonely Young Man (SLYM) arrives in a new country, in a strange new town. His world is suddenly lit up when he spots his beautiful neighbour on the balcony opposite his new room. He tries desperately to be noticed, yet she remains stubbornly oblivious to his infatuation. SLYM is not giving up though – he has one more idea to try. Can he catch her attention and win her heart? For more information visit
  2. Brian StynesBefore the Car Arrives (2011, 11:40) Before the Car Arrives is a beautifully choreographed, single shot short film that depicts the chaos of a household as a family prepares for their youngest child’s big day. Before the Car Arrives has charmed audiences in every corner of the world.
  3. Francesco BoriYou’re Right About Left (2014, 3:11) Here is an insight to the controversial life in the Medina of Marrakech in Morocco.
  4. Haolu Wang Being James (2014, 13:04) On a regular evening in London, the clock has just ticked past 7:30pm. James is sitting on the London Underground on his way back home reading the daily evening newspaper. Being James seems easy until he notices someone across the aisle watching him – a woman, seemingly familiar…She smiles at him. The train stops and she leaves. On an impulse, he follows her down the train. James finds himself in an increasingly confusing yet intriguing encounter with the mysterious woman. Gradually, he jumps into a deep well of memories…and emotions. A short film made in the London Underground. A story about love with alienation, and hope amidst despair.
  5. Keith AllottFlawless (2014, 5:31) Flawless is a film looking at the relationship between a father, Ansel and his genius daughter, Iniko. A major incident, one grey day, causes a deep fracture that changes their lives. Iniko faces the cruelty of mortality and the longing to go back to a time when things were perfect. For more information email –
  6. Roland DenningDerek the Dentist (2013, 19:59) A film about work, death, community, relationships and teeth. Derek the Dentist is a documentary on the last month of a retiring dentist in Camden Town, London. Derek and Lesley, his receptionist/nurse/verbal sparring partner have been working together for over twenty years. His clientele, who range from film stars to road sweepers, are aware that this is no ordinary dentist and he will never be replaced. For more information visit
  7. Ricardo GuerreiroPlatforms and Securities (2014, 3:52) We live in a world where others, other things, consistently watch us. We are watched by ourselves. Cameras, things we’ve created, they watch us. What would we feel like being watched from within our homes? For more information visit –
  8. Imogen MurphyThe Hard Way (2013, 11:23) A troubled teenage girl and an unhappily married man meet in secret. They both have something to escape from. Now they need to find out if there is somewhere to escape to. And whether they have what it takes to make the leap… For more information visit

Volume 35 and subscription purchasing:

By Mail:
The Journal of Short Film
Film Studies Program
150 Hagerty Hall
1775 S College Rd
Columbus, Oh 43210 USA
By Phone: 614-292-6044

Pricing Information

Volume 35:
Individual: $10, Institution: $18
Yearly Subscription:
Individual: $36, Institution: 72

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 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.

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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)

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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
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:)
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).
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
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:
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 or send us an email at
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

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.