When they get some free time, these actors manage to squeeze a short movie into their vast repertoire of work
James Franco’s latest artistic endeavor was for fashion house, Gucci. The 15-minute film, La Passione, claims to be a riff on Carl Theodor Dreyer’s silent masterpiece The Passion of Joan of Arc, but with a looser narrative. According to Franco, the aim of the film, which was posted on vice.com, is to show how the “ideal can exist on higher planes of digital construction—within videos, photo graphs or online, in general”.
Selena Gomez shot to fame as Alex in Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place. She has since ditched her innocent past and tried more varied roles in movies like Spring Breakers and Getaway. The 21-year-old recently did a short film called Searching. Created for Flaunt magazine, the three-minute film has moody frames, Gomez in her underwear and mystifying shots in reverse. Directed by Victoria Mahoney, it also stars Shiloh Fernandez.
Kanye West debuted as director with this American Psycho-inspired short film at a listening party for his new album Yeezus in Los Angeles earlier this year. The two-minute clip is a reenactment of the Huey Lewis scene and shows Jonathan Cheban (Kim Kardashian’s friend) and Scott Disick (Kourtney Kardashian’s boyfriend) debating the merits of Kanye’s music, while his latest song New Slaves plays in the background. In keeping with West’s latest promotional strategy, the film was projected on to buildings across the world.
Hollywood actor Malik Barnhardt, who played the lead in the recent Five Thirteen, has announced his directorial venture, C’est La Vie. The film, which deals with finding true love and overcoming emotional baggage, stars Barnhardt and French actress Claire Vidal. It will be shot in January 2014 in Geneva.
When New York Times reporter Janusz Kaminski is not reviewing movies, he often dons the director’s cap. Recently, he wielded the megaphone for 11 one-minute films starring actors like Cate Blanchett, Bradley Cooper, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Oscar Isaac, Michael B Jordan, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Robert Redford, Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey. Each of the films explores a different genre—like western, comedy, film noir, French new wave and psychological horror. The short films are available on the Times’
— Mrinalini Sundar