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Monthly Wrap Up [#3]

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Hey All,

It’s been a minute since I did a chat session with everyone, but I hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy. September was a pretty busy month, and as a result, I did not get to a monthly wrap-up. So, here it is! I will include September’s monthly wrap-up in October’s post to make up for last month.

September Recap:

In September, we explored (and finished) two separate PBS short film programs: Reel South Shorts and Film School Shorts. Both of which were full of some of the most life-altering films I have ever watched. They were dark films. They were emotional and heavy, but they were also fantastic.

I also had the pleasure of watching the Vancouver Latin Film Festival, and I loved it. The flavor was different from other film festivals I have seen this year. No energy was put into making the films look perfect; all was focused on creating a natural and honest experience. If you did not make it to this year’s festival, I recommend attending next year.

SFW Monthly Film Favorites:

A World For Raul

Still one of my favorite films; I think my excitement stems from how suspenseful it was. It is painless to worry for the boy. You recognize his softness and intelligence, and it makes you both relieved and uncertain about his future. The boy shows you that he is willing to survive in a cruel world, despite not being made for it. The transitions in this character’s development are smooth, and I love the creative direction.

Less Than Human

This is a uniquely quirky film about zombies desiring equality. There are a lot of cheeky and fun moments in this animated film, but there is also a wholesome message about accepting differences. The film demonstrates a fictional world that is representative of our society. We see the breaks in our conventional ideology of human beings. This leaves room for us to question what a life experience is for others different from us; why shouldn’t we let someone/something live out its version of a life experience without ridicule.

Drum Wave

This is a crazy horror film, but I love it. It was thoughtful, and it kept me glued to the screen.


This was a fun horror film. The polaroid camera was a nice element, and it added a unique quality to the horror.

October Recap:

October marked SFW’s First Anniversary. A year ago, when I started this blog, I had no clue what I was going to do with it, but I wanted to build something. I was on YouTube, and I saw some of the most impressive short films. Content that was better than the movies on T.V., with only a few hundred views. These short films changed my whole perspective on visual art and filmmaking. My biggest goal for this site is to give small filmmakers an audience. I have watched many short films that have positively changed my life over the past year, and I hope this site offers something to the people visiting it. Having a place to share my thoughts on fantastic films every day has been an incredibly rewarding experience, and I am thankful.

November Schedule:

October, we started this dive into short films about mental health and mental illness. In November, we will be continuing this short film deep-dive.

Also, I have a couple of film festivals I want to attend. So, I will have my reviews up later in the month for you guys.

SFW Monthly Film Favorites:

Last Call

You spend most of the film questioning whom the main character is talking to on the other line. Then, you wonder if the main character is even talking to another person. It is a sad film, but it is also simple to connect to the character’s difficulty letting go.


It is ok to feel broken but never to stay broken. I love the poetry of this biopic. It is based on a harried moment in Amani’s life where he almost died. The film details Amani’s struggle with the demons of youth and his progression away from street life.

Film School Shorts: Rosie, Oh, Hui Ying, and Shadow Beat [Final]

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Rosie, Oh *content warning*

This film’s style (one-shot filming) and the lead actress have single-handedly made me love this film. It was very cool to watch how all the different parts came together to tell this unique story.

Hui Ying

I really enjoyed this short; it was well-paced and visually impactful. It gave me Disney movie vibes, a fun adventure with a young woman trying to conquer a new land.

Shadow Beat

This is a very cool minute-long experimental film that attempts to merge the art of sound and shape. It tries to answer the question: what is film in its own way?

Film School Shorts: Salt and Sweet, Sweet Country

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Salt *trigger warming*

This was a well-crafted film. I could instantly feel the profound emotion with each scene; it was almost melodic in delivery. I thought the actors were great at their roles and nailed a bizarrely beautiful film. I am surprised the boy did not tell anyone sooner what he witnessed; I assume he wanted to have a moment to pay his respects to her. Not that she could have been saved, but her distraught family would have been able to grieve her loss much sooner.

One of two things was troubling the girl. She was either mentally ill and lost in this altered reality, or two, she genuinely believed in the folktale and was blinded by her child innocence.

Sweet, Sweet Country *content warning*

This is an authentic film about a young refugee inevitably forced to survive in the U.S. on her own. Turning to illegal prostitution to support herself, she dutifully sends any excess money back home to her unassuming family in Somalia. When her family unexpectedly arrives in the U.S., the young refugee is confronted with harsh judgment from her father and the potential loss of a primary client.

PBS Film School Shorts: Glory Days

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This film really succeeded in stressing me out.

My issue was with the sheer amount of irresponsibility on the father’s part. He leaves his young children standing in the middle of a crowded room of intoxicated people so that he can flirt. He lets his friend carry him down a path he knows he should not be going down. As a result, his daughter drinks alcohol, and his son engages in a fight set up by the same friend.

The film underlines the fundamental need to let go of our former selves and embrace our current obligations, especially as parents.