Short Film Friday -- April 26th, 2013

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I was all set to lead this week's SFF out with the first live action short film from Studio Ghibli -- the eight-minute Hideaki Anno produced Giant God Warrior Appears in Japan -- which turned up online yesterday, but the studio quickly pulled it off of YouTube. I managed to grab a copy of it from Keep-Tube before it went down, but it isn't subtitled anyway. For whatever reason, Studio Ghibli is notoriously cranky about their short films internationally. Many of them can only be seen by visiting the Ghibli museum in Tokyo. A worthwhile trip, no doubt, but not something most of us can fit into our budgets. The short film was included as a bonus feature on the Evangelion: 3.3 You Can (Not) Redo bluray that was released in Japan this week, so perhaps when the bluray is released here.

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Brazzaville Teen-Ager Directed by: Michael Cera Running Time: 20m JASH.com http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rONetw_x9aQ In a self-effacing attempt to save his father from a death by deterioration, a young man enlists his curmudgeonly boss and Kelis to perform a song, and a miracle. Yes, that Michael Cera. Yes, it's very Canadian.

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KAIROS Directed by: Nuno Alves Rodgrigues, Oussama Bouacheria, Julien Chheng, and Ulysse Malassagne Running time: 2m Cartoon Brew/Studio La Cachette http://vimeo.com/64386008 The only thing not to love about this wonderful short hand-drawn trailer is that it's not real -- or not a film anyway. It's a trailer for a French action comic book. But what a trailer. Hopefully someone throws some money at this group to adapt it to a feature length production. Or at least translate the comic to English. It looks fantastic.

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