Let’s Dance: Review of Jean Claude Billmaier’s Nulla

According to historical records, in 1518 there was a case of dancing mania that occurred in Strasbourg, Alsace, in the Holy Roman Empire. Where approximately 400 people took to dancing for days without rest and, over the period of about one month, some of those affected collapsed, or even died of heart attack, stroke, or […]

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Play Violet For Me- Review

The archetypal figure of the double is cinema’s most often used trope to communicate notions of the uncanny. By definition, the double resembles the familiar original, yet remains another, a stranger. As ontologically both lie in the realm of the visual, it seems somewhat natural that cinema plays so well and often with the doppelganger […]

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Exclusive Interview: Kevin McDonagh, director of The Birmingham Film Festival

We here at Filmotomy were lucky to get a chance to speak to Kevin McDonagh, the director the Birmingham Film Festival and as you now we love film festivals especially those festivals who campaign independent cinema. Being born and bred in the West Midlands of the UK, the Birmingham film festival feels extra special to […]

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Short Film Review: Not(e) for a Dreamer

Whilst watching Not(e) for a Dreamer I was reminded of a certain quote, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “ Youth comes but once in a lifetime.” Indeed being young is something we only experience once, an in the grand scale of things it is only a fleeting passing moment that is over all too quick, just like summer. This […]

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Short Film Review: Mrs. Poucheau

At some point in our lives, we will inevitably experience the loss of a loved one. It’s a sad and bitter truth of human life, and we will all experience grief in different ways. The subject of Amanda Lago’s new short, Mrs. Poucheau is about an individual’s experience with loss and grief and addresses our […]

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Short Film Review: E.M.U: Emotional Motor Unit

What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to feel alive? And how do our own emotions affect our creative process? These are the centre points of discussion in Adam Nelson’s short E.M.U Emotional Motor Unit which delves into the very concept of self identity and companionship. The film is set in a bleak, Orwellian […]

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Paul Thomas Anderson’s Two Shorts: A Way to Express and Experiment

Like many of his fellow generation X directors, Paul Thomas Anderson kick-started his career making short films. Despite attending film school at New York University, PTA dropped out after two days stating that he found the study of film to be like “homework or a chore” and instead placed his focus, money and attention into […]

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Watch Horror Short ‘The Disappearance of Willie Bingham’

In recent years the amount of psychological horror and minimal science fiction films is increasing, and this ongoing change is definitely a good one. “The Disappearance of Willie Bingham” is not a pure horror, though – at least, if you do not consider the creepiest “Black Mirror” episodes as horror, but the radical justice system […]

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Review: Kristen Stewart’s Directorial Debut Short ‘Come Swim’

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live. — Norman Cousins Many of us have a fear of the water, there is something unnerving about what lurks beneath us and the threat of being pulled under. Kristen Stewart’s (yes, that Kristen Stewart from Twilight) […]

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Masterpiece Memo: Maya Deren’s Meshes Of The Afternoon

If I were female, Maya Deren would be my heroine for all time. Scratch that, the pioneer’s legacy in the film world is a landmark of inspiration and adoration for all, regardless of gender, of occupation, of time. Deren’s imprint on the history of cinema is likely too vast and layered to do it justice […]

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Anna Kerrigan And Minhal Baig Dominate Roll Of Honor At Femme Filmmakers Festival

Well, the four other members of the jury and I debated over the eight short films in the ten categories as described in the prior post – and here are the announcements. The two big winners were Anna Kerrigan, who wrote and directed Hot Seat, and Minhal Baig, writer- director of Hala (Baig also had After […]

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Femme Filmmakers Festival 2017: Roll Of Honor

To close this magnificent #FemmeFilmFest I have assembled a small jury of film-lovers to honor a select few of these outstanding new short films. There are 5 of us in the jury, who will contest on the official selection and come to a (very difficult) decision as the top merit in each of the 10 […]

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Femme Filmmakers Festival 2017: Day Ten Program

Femme Filmmakers Festival — Day Ten Program — Sunday 10th September 2017 And there we have it. The final day of the Femme Filmmakers Festival has arrived – too soon, like a brilliant holiday that is almost over. These female filmmakers and their movies have thrilled me during these ten days – and I know […]

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Femme Filmmakers Festival 2017: Day Nine Program

Femme Filmmakers Festival — Day Nine Program — Saturday 9th September 2017 Well here we are at the penultimate of the Femme Filmmakers Festival, and I won’t lie, I am pretty broken up about it. But that wont halt my enthusiasm and excitement for these female filmmakers. It is, of course, Directors’ Weekend too, and […]

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Watch: Rachel Israel’s Short Film Keep the Change

A representation of reality with which too few of us are familiar, Rachel Israel’s Keep the Change is a beautiful, earnest depiction of blossoming love. In miniature format, and with an unconventional choice in protagonists, Israel crafts an emotional sculpture on the screen, not merely a flat rendering of romantic tropes but a complex, surprising […]

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Femme Filmmakers Festival 2017: Day Eight Program

Femme Filmmakers Festival — Day Eight Program — Friday 8th September 2017 Day Eight of the Femme Filmmakers Festival sees the first day of the Directors’ Weekend with three films from the legendary Agnès Varda. Two features coming Saturday and Sunday, and a 30 minute short coming today. Don’t forget you can hit the links […]

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Billimarie Robinson Talks Filmmaking, Box-Heads, And Being Multiracial

There’s an earnest, smart filmmaking brain in the young head of Billimarie Robinson, whose diverse short films over the years have perhaps allowed her to carry the weight of the world on her shoulders through creative expression. When we first interacted a couple of years ago, having seen and reviewed Corrugated Hearts, I swore to myself […]

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Watch: Alex Burunova’s Short Film Lonely Planet

A single travel writer undergoes a personal conflict on an unexpectedly extended stay in Barcelona in Alex Burunova’s Lonely Planet. A young American woman long estranged from her home country, and from any close source of immediate human affection, engages in a romantic encounter with a disarming local – they are of similar age and […]

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Femme Filmmakers Festival 2017: Day Seven Program

Femme Filmmakers Festival — Day Seven Program — Thursday 7th September 2017 Women’s rights are the direct subject of one of the feature films coming in Day Seven of the Femme Filmmakers Festival. And a smart, young filmmaker has two short films in the selection, and we had a hefty chat about many aspects of […]

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Young Filmmaker Sofija Sztepanov Talks Personal Experiences, Short Films, And Tinder

Talented 24 year-old filmmaker Sofija Sztepanov appears to have a humble yet dynamic perspective on her corner of the film world. There is also an excitement about the Femme Filmmakers Festival from her, as we discuss, in a thankfully encouraging manner, the online format of film watching and publicity. It doesn’t take long, by definition, to […]

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Femme Filmmakers Festival 2017: Day Six Program

Femme Filmmakers Festival — Day Six Program — Wednesday 6th September 2017 Welcome to the second half of the Femme Filmmakers Festival. Day Six has a mixed bag of tricks once again of the short and feature variety. We venture to New Zealand and France for the feature films, women directors with a gentle, loving, […]

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