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Shorts Block I – Mlff 2015

29 May 2015 12:03 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Today, I kicked off my visit to the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival in Mammoth Lakes, CA with their first film screening of the day, Shorts Block I. Below you can find the films that screened, and just what I thought of them. Check it out now!

Mulignans – Director : Shaka King / USA / 5 min

Mulignans is a play on the Italian-American slang for a black man, which is based on the Italian word for “eggplant.” This comedic film reverses roles, and puts African-Americans in the role of Italian Gangsters, much like any mob movie that you’ve ever seen. Not only is this film funny, but it’s also a big of an eye opener, with caucasian hipsters being the underdogs. 5 stars

Una Nit – Director : Marta Bayarri / Spain / 17 min

Boy meets girl. Girl goes back to his place. Girl finds out he’s completely nuts! Una Nit follows two frisky »

- Melissa Howland

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Shaka King on Releasing His Sundance Short Mulignans Online

25 February 2015 9:03 AM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Newlyweeds filmmaker Shaka King made the slightly unorthodox decision to release his short film Mulignans online almost immediately following its Sundance premiere last month. Turns out, King never thought of Mulignans as a festival hopper, but a piece of work meant to be seen by “as wide an audience as possible as soon as possible.” Currently at 61,000 views and counting on Vimeo, I asked King to elaborate on his decision: We initially made Mulignans for the web, but a couple friends suggested I enter it into Sundance…and I’m glad I did. But the ultimate goal was always to get it out there […] »

- Sarah Salovaara

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Short Shouts: Watch Shaka King's Sundance Short Film 'Mulignans' Online Right Now

6 February 2015 3:39 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Following its recent premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, writer-director Shaka King ("Newlyweeds") has released his short racial satire "Mulignans" online.  "Mulignans" is Italian-American slang for a black man, derived from Italian dialect for the word "eggplant." King co-stars in the short film along with Cavalier and Jerard Anderson, and co-wrote it along with Kristan Sprague. Said King, "my goal from the start was to throw it up online and see what happens." Find "Mulignans" in its entirety below:  »

- Jai Tiggett

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Shaka King Has Some Advice For Aspiring Filmmakers

6 February 2015 2:30 PM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Shaka King, director of Newlyweeds and the Sundance short Mulignans, has some advice for you.

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Cinematographer Daniel Patterson on Shooting Shaka King’s Sundance Short, Mulignans

24 January 2015 10:46 AM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Returning to work again with director Shaka King (Newlyweeds) is cinematographer Daniel Patterson, who lenses the director’s Sundance short, Mulignans. Mulignans? From the Sundance catalog: mulignan(s) /moo.lin.yan(s)/ n. 1. Italian-American slang for a black man. Derived from Italian dialect word for “eggplant.” See also: moolie. Source: Urban Dictionary and pretty much every mob movie ever. Called “four minutes of biting, vicious satire” by Filmmaker‘s Sarah Salovaara, Muligans was shot in one day and is one long scene. Below, Patterson discusses how he made that happen. Filmmaker: How and why did you wind up being the cinematographer of your film? What […] »

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Five Questions with Mulignans Director Shaka King

22 January 2015 7:30 AM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Certain to be one of the most intelligent films at Sundance, Shaka King’s Mulignans is four minutes of biting, vicious satire that ably turns the tables on its viewer. A response to the casual and not-so-casual racism of your average gangster film, King and his cohorts commiserate from the stoop of their Bed-Stuy brownstone about the influx of white people in the neighborhood, in thick Italian accents, wild gesticulations and track suits. Even before King’s character is throwing his cigarette butt at a passing white boy or casually calling a white woman the n-word, you sense just how deeply absurd it is that […] »

- Sarah Salovaara

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