Mute Short Film Job Jorbis Marieke

Why Watch? Violently comic or comically violent? Whatever the right answer, this fantastic short from Job, Joris and Marieke introduces us to a quaint, weebles-style animated world filled with people who were born without mouths. For some reason society has still evolved to include a lot of mouth-based items (what cruel maniac manufactures baby pacifiers in this madhouse?), but when an accident with a sharp knife opens their eyes to creating their own voice-slits, the resulting bloody carnage sets everyone to singing. The perfect Friday distraction, it’s a beautiful celebration of something truly, truly bizarre. Think “The Book of Bunny Suicides” in humanoid, musical form.


With the entire original run of The Twilight Zone available to watch instantly, we’re partnering with Twitch Film to cover all of the show’s 156 episodes. Are you brave enough to watch them all with us? The Twilight Zone (Episode #107): “Mute” (airdate 1/31/63) The Plot: A little girl is treated like dog feces because she has a special gift. The Goods: When Ilse (Ann Jillian) was born, her parents decided to do a little experiment. Instead of talking to her like a normal child, they deprived her of language in order to exercise her natural psychic abilities. As a result, she became incredibly strong at speaking telepathically with the other children in a school where such a thing was the norm. Sadly, the school wasn’t run by a bald guy in a wheelchair, and when her parents die in a fire, she’s sent to the United States with a new set of parents. Her life is now filled with people who speak, a bunch of schoolmates who think she’s an idiot, and a teacher who also has the gift of telepathy but views it as a curse. Good times ahead!



Moon director Duncan Jones’ sophomore effort Source Code hasn’t even hit theaters yet, but he’s already talking about what he wants to do for his third film. Before he even began Source Code, Jones was trying to get producers to sign off on a script he had written called Mute. It was described as a sci-fi influenced noir with a sprawling, futuristic version of Berlin serving as the backdrop. Unfortunately, times are tough, and Jones hasn’t been able to find funding for such an off the beaten path project. He’s moving on to another pitch instead, but this isn’t the last we’ve heard of Mute. Jones told Gordon and the Whale that he is going to take the Darren Aronofsky doing The Fountain approach and produce the script as a graphic novel, “I’ve been talking to my producer today and we have decided that we’re going to release Mute as a graphic novel. Because we’ve had so many problems trying to get this film made, you know? The people who are involved with financing films have just been…shy…shy of making the script. So what we decided to do is we’re going to make a graphic novel of it, prove it…prove it to an audience that this works and maybe in the future get the chance to come back and make it.”



He made one of the best sci-fi movies of 2009, and quite possibly the past few years, and now Duncan Jones is saying that he’s running into brick walls as he chases down financing for his next project.

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