â€˜Tis the season for three-hour moviesâ€”but weâ€™ve got five shorts that wonâ€™t be nearly as demanding on your attention span this holiday season. Two are seasonally-appropriate (including a film thatâ€™s debuting on Gizmodo!), but weâ€™ve also got vampires, animated animals, and a new episode of The Kirlian Frequency for you to while away your time.
1) The Gifting
Carl Shanahanâ€™s three-minute slice of grim holiday cheer is making its internet premiere right here on Gizmodo. Made in just one day, The Gifting imagines just what kind of comeuppance the spirits of Christmas might dole out to a Santa-for-hire who steals gifts from orphans.
2) Suicide by Sunlight
A stirring lead performance by Natalie Paul (Mr. Mercedes, The Deuce) anchors this Vimeo Staff Pick from director and co-writer Nikyatu Jusu. Set in a world where there are vampires of all races, Suicide by Sunlight follows an African American nurse named Valentina (Paul) whoâ€™s also secretly a vampire, and capable of â€œdaywalkingâ€ thanks to her darker skintone. That doesnâ€™t mean life is easy for Valentina, as she balances work/being-a-vampire struggles with losing custody of her young daughters to an ex who wants to protect them from discovering anything supernatural about the worldâ€”but especially anything supernatural about themselves.
Four minutes of adorable weirdness propel this animated tour of a facility where humans are learning to live as animalsâ€”elephants, parrots, and so on. But as Short of the Week explains, Louis Mortonâ€™s short is actually set in a world thatâ€™s been devastated by climate change. These people arenâ€™t just having a jolly time pretending to be turtles and seals, theyâ€™re actually researching how to fix their broken world. Whether or not you get that from Floreana, itâ€™s still a nifty little film.
Hereâ€™s another holiday-themed one…sorta. This irreverent Vimeo Staff Pick from Ritzy Animation (direction is credited to â€œTwo Jeffsâ€) takes a look at a former champion reindeer whoâ€™s fallen on some hard timesâ€”but is determined to return to his former glory before December 25. Cue the training montage!
5) The Kirlian Frequency: â€œBilderâ€™s Escapeâ€
Weâ€™ve been fans of animated web series La Frequencia Kirlian (also known as The Kirlian Frequency and Ghost Radio) since it debuted back in 2017, and we were thrilled to see its first season pop up on Netflix earlier this year.
Now, creators Cristian Ponce and HernÃ¡n Bengoa have paid a return visit to the mysterious town of Kirlian, where a late-night radio DJ takes calls from the supernaturally distressedâ€”including the main character in â€œEl Escape de Bilder,â€ whoâ€™s either a patient or a prisoner at a very strange hospital.