JFL Northwest 2017: Comedy Short Shorts

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Comedy Short Shorts | JFL Northwest | Rio Theatre | February 18, 2017

Hosted by Paul Anthony (of local variety show Talent Time fame), the short film series at JFL Northwest was a grab bag of all types of humour. Forty filmmakers entered their creations, and out of those 17 were shortlisted for this presentation where judges chose the winner of $1,000 and a screening at Just for Laughs in Montreal.

The winner, Grocery Store Action Movie, was easily the funniest film of the bunch. Written by Peter Carlone and Chris Wilson (comedy duo Peter ‘n’ Chris), and featuring Ryan Beil as a stoic cashier, the epic hunt for crackers to bring home for a dinner party turns nasty.

In second place, The Statue uses humour to expose the injustices of colonialism and demonstrates the way some of those sentiments linger in our society. This one wasn’t as laugh out loud funny, but I enjoyed the intellectual humour that commented on an important issue. 

Ever Bean In Love was a cute story about a guy who is in love with coffee. From running through the park with his travel mug to whispering to his cup of coffee on the bed, this was a very simple concept that could have turned out mediocre, but was wonderfully executed.

We were also treated to seeing last year’s winner, How to Get Through a Typical Day When You’re Always Wet. Standing under a constant stream of water, Peter Carlone (yes the same Peter whose film won this year) talks about how he does everyday tasks like go to the movie theatre or ride a bike. As he struggles to keep the water out of his eyes and mouth so he can continue talking, the scenarios he describes become increasingly hilarious.

Some of my other favourite films included Shotgunning, a mockumentary about a guy who claims to have invented the term. Slippin’ was very timely as it portrayed the perils of icey back alleys in Vancouver while Recycling Room Romance was a cute boy-meets-girl scenario using voiceover as Ryan Steele and Amy Goodmurphy finally speak to one another and tumble to the floor in a fit of passion.

All 17 films were worthy shortlist candidates, and while the judges were busy trying to decide on winners, the rest of us were having a good laugh. 

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