Played at the May 2017 EUROPEAN Short Film Festival

1 yassine fadel

This is the story of two young guys without any trouble who just want to « screw »
without being disturbed.« State of Emergency motherfucker» is a surrealistic comedy
that depicts a society where police violence and invasion of privacy are daily routine, normal, tedious. The victims themselves are used to it. Even the police is used to it! Every day, they get back at it. Samy and Mehdi aren’t even paying attention to it anymore… the viewer neither. The real question of the movie is to finally discover if Samy did get some on the night of Valentine’s…

Review by Kierston Drier

Whether it is the eye-catching title or the vibrant opening scene that sucks you into this 5 minutes Political Satire from Belgium, once you’re in this film- you are really in it. Why? Because it simply doesn’t give you the opportunity to let go. With rapid dialogue, seamless transitions and flawless editing, this piece boasts dialogue gymnastics on top of its’ stellar performances. These factors alone are enough to impress any film critic, but STATE OF EMERGENCY MOTHERF***ER, is also making a political statement, while being hilariously funny.

How do they manage it all? It’s hard to say- because the piece is so fast, so witty, so active and so engaging, that it’s over before you’ve even had time to take in the sheer amount of work that must go into to a film.

Our piece begins with two young guys having the classic “guy-talk” about their nightly conquests, when they are carded, arrested and dragged down to a police station to be beaten and harassed. The humor comes from their casual acceptance of their circumstances, their lack of concern with the outcome, and their ability to continue their conversation without missing a beat. It is hard to say what is funnier- the actual humorous dialogue, or the context of it being said while the speakers are actively being cuffed and beaten.

What is brilliant about STATE OF EMERGENCY MOTHERF***ER is that under the comedy, is a deeply meaningful political statement about social profiling and the relationships specific communities have with government and police forces. It is hyperbolic because it must be. The controversial nature of the message behind the film means that it must be over the top and humorous- as Oscar Wilde said, “If you want to tell someone the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.”

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Interview with Leanna Bonamici, Creator/Executive Producer Shorts Showcase

Shorts Showcase features short films from around the world and provides exposure for filmmakers in 5.7 million homes via our PBS television show throughout Southern California; it reaches a global audience via our Online festival – and our Shorts Showcase Mobile App – which viewers may also VOTE for their favorites and share with friends.

When a short film goes through Festival, then what? That is where we come in. We always encourage filmmakers to go through their festival circuit because so many festivals (most) do not want films that have aired on TV or even YouTube. But once they have gone thru festival – we bring new life to them. We put them online with an actual film festival, we put them on our mobile app – both with global reach – and many get into our TV show on PBS – which airs in the living rooms (or wherever) of the people who work in Hollywood – and that’s pretty cool! We provide the most comprehensive exposure for the filmmaker that we believe is available today!

Matthew Toffolo interviews Creator Leanna Bonamici:

Matthew: How did the birth of Shorts Showcase happen?

Leanna: I had been a fan of short films for a while – and while I was actually producing a feature,in my production studio,(Casablanca Studios) I began organizing this show about short films – featuring as many as I could. I launched the show in Sept of 2009 on Time Warner Cable. In Nov 2011 – we began airing on PBS Station, KVCR, throughout Southern California – and still do today.

Matthew: What is the ultimate goal of Shorts Showcase?

Leanna: National and International distribution (which is in the works at this time) 🙂

Matthew: Where do you see the future of short films going? Is there a market on television, Netflix etc.. for them?

Leanna: As the pioneer of putting short films on television, yes I absolutely believe there is a market and a huge one. Not only on television but definitely mobile – and that is precisely why we created the Shorts Showcase mobile app – which we launched about 18 months ago – and it is FREE 🙂

Matthew: How do you see Shorts Showcase changing in the next 5 years?

Leanna: We will expand our tv offerings – to one hour of programming instead of a half hour. Our mobile app is being used in new mobile and digital devices for additional exposure to millions. We will change with technology in how to play short films and distribute short form content – and with the viewing audience as well. Most videos on YouTube

Matthew: Do you have a favorite short film?

Leanna: Too many to list…… 🙂 “Change For a Dollar” is one in particular, that really struck a cord with me. (which won our 2012 Festival) And “10,000 Hours” which just won in our 2014 festival.

Matthew: What film have you seen the most in your life?

Leanna: Wizard of Oz, Casablanca (my studio was named after this) and It’s a Wonderful Life

Matthew: Can you give us a sneak peak of what’s to come in 2015 with Short Showcase?

Leanna: Nation Distribution of the show, many more short films for our app – and some really cool digital and mobile devices including our app in their devices…. Global awareness for filmmakers.

Matthew: What are the biggest obstacles you face when programming your short films?

Leanna: Fitting them in to the time frame we have for the TV show. There are only so many we can fit in. Plus we are on PBS so we need to be careful about subject matter. That is not necessarily an issue with our Online and Mobile festival – but it is with the TV show.

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Filmmaker of over 20 short films and TV episodes, Matthew Toffolo is the current CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival. He had worked for the organization since its inception in 2007 serving as the Short Film Festival’s moderator during the Audience Feedback sessions.

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