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YVFF 2021: Caroline

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This film had a bit of a slow start, but I liked the dynamic on-screen relationship between the two characters (Rachael Rath and Terrance Richardson). The film is a bit different, but not so different that the viewer cannot enjoy the creativity. I thought the art exhibition was fascinating; this idea of tackling the ultimate sense of vulnerability and trust within oneself. The film underlines two artists from different backgrounds, different artistic styles creating a unified vision. *warning: mature content*

Yucca Valley Film Festival 2021 is available on XERB until November 21, 2021.

Yucca Valley Film Festival 2020/2021: Maestro, Super Generic, and The Penguin & The Whale

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This is a film about a squirrel with an astute ear for music. He starts an orchestra in the middle of the forest using only the voices of his fellow woodland creatures. The scenes in this film are photorealistic and unbelievably beautiful.

Super Generic

This is a cleanly designed film heavily influenced by Pixar.


The Penguin & The Whale

This short film emphasizes the harmful effects of climate change and marine pollution on arctic marine animals, as told by their point of view.

Other Films to Watch

The Cactus Cat [2021]

I thought Cactus Cat was an interesting story about the consequences of losing oneself. The Cactus Cat, or Jack, was set in his way but wanted a more stable life for the lost kitten.

The Rhino and The Redbill [2021]

I would not mind seeing this animation on television or in the theater. It was fun with a unique artistic vision.

Yucca Valley Film Festival 2021 is available on XERB until November 21, 2021.

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.

Vancouver Latin Film Festival

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My Weaving Hands

The film artistically describes the laborious process of making clothing for the street market from the seller’s perspective. The purpose of this film is to show tourists that while it feels natural to haggle a price, it, in turn, can signal to the seller that their work and time are undervalued.


This film emphasizes the importance of maintaining one’s culture despite discrimination. In modern times, people can (and should) exist in both worlds; in the contemporary world, where opportunities for personal growth may exist, and in the traditional world, where you find your place and identity in society.

Wolves Dream of The Lord’s Lambs

When I watched this film, I had many theories about what was going on.

I think my interpretation of the film is vastly different from the write-up. I knew Marcia was different, maybe even magical, after performing a ritual to “awaken” the drowned boy. I assumed that his ghost was haunting her; I didn’t realize he was in between worlds.

I also think Marcia refused to heal her husband because she was aware of the unintentional freedom his illness gave her, and she did not want to lose this power over him. The ending scene, when she is in the river, confirms this assumption.