This is the second post in my series focusing on great short films. For those of you who missed the last post it was about the animated short Alma. This time around we’re going to depart from the animated form and go with something totally different: a psychological thriller. INSiDE does a great job of getting us into the head of a schizophrenic man with multiple personality disorder. This film truly succeeds by just giving us just a glimpse into his mind and not over bearing the audience with countless scenes that blur reality with fantasy. I think that all the talent involved with the film hit their froles dead on and the open forum of their talking and arguing truly makes us feel the burden of the main character’s condition. Complete with an awesome little twist this is one of my favorite shorts that I’ve seen. INSiDE was directed by Trevor Sands in 2002 and stars the always enigmatic Jeremy Sisto.
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This is Willis Earl Beal. His story is about as interesting as his music. Less than two years ago Beal, who is now 27 years old, was living in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he had been since leaving his home of Chicago, Illinois in 2007. He is an artist in many disciplines. He draws pictures, he makes blues music, and he writes short stories. While out in New Mexico he began putting hand drawn flyers around town with his name, number, and information about himself in an attempt to find connections with people, something he really enjoys doing. He has claimed he’s always been a loner and is prone to depression. He quickly linked up with a music making couple and began writing songs. He would leave his music on blank CD-R’s around Albuquerque. Before long one of his flyers made it’s way to the hands of Davy Rothbart who runs a magazine called Found which focuses on found notes and other objects. He put Beal’s flyer on the cover of the #7 Issue and the response was overwhelming for a completely unknown artist. Since 2010 Beal has moved back to his grandmother’s house in Chicago where his younger brother also lives and has also finally released a collection of his music, writing, and drawings. He has signed with powerhouse independant label XL Recordings and will release his debut album titled Acousmatic Sorcery on April 3. The most interesting part about Beal though is that he still encourages his fans to contact him. If you visit his official website at Willis Earl Beal you can get his information on how to write or call him. If you write him he will send you a hand drawn picture and if you call him he will sing you a song. I have yet to try it but his marketing tactic has certainly caught my eye. I will be waiting eagerly for his album.