Josh Izenberg

The Best Short Films

Why Watch? Technically, there can only be one World’s Greatest Dad. The fact that Josh Izenberg took this foam hat witticism seriously is a good indication of the kind of comedy at work in this short. It focuses on two men (wearing said hats) at a backyard party who get into a verbal pissing contest about which one of them is the better dad. The writing is sharp, and the two actors (John Sullivan and Justin Page) sell the escalating absurdity of the one-upmanship. Happy Father’s Day, everyone. Be happy your dad cares enough to flip you some burgers. What will it cost? Only 1 minute. Skip Work. You’ve Got Time For More Short Films

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Why Watch? Funny and unexpected despite a few rough edges. The rough edges of this short come from needing a better camera (the visuals are there but the body ain’t willing), and by being made in 48 hours. An entry in the San Francisco 48 Hour Film Project, it plays out a lot like a long-form joke you might tell at a messed up dinner party, and the final revelation of the punch line is thankfully nuanced. The writing is restrained, and constantly flowing. The concept is one that might make you throw up a little in your mouth while you’re laughing. But, hey, other cultures eat different things right? If it’s possible, this short is both subdued and hilarious at the same time. What does it cost? Just 6 minutes of your time. Check out Albatross for yourself:

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