As stifling as it is to see life grind to a halt thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s been certainly beneficial the numerous performers and content creators out there who’ve otherwise been able to complete backlogged shortfilm projects. It’s also inspiring to see more folks hosting performers and projects on their own platforms to support other artists, and with the newest installment of The Hit List here, I’m happy to do my part.
Up first is the usual round of stunt reels, this time featuring Tricia Guarin, Ron Smoorenburg, Phillip Dang, Ivy Haralson, Chris Cortez, Maurice Chan, Joelle Comeau, Devin Regan, Byon Tae-woo, Julia Morizawa, Sergey Ryabtsev, Woody Almazan, Marina Mazepa, Kyle Dean Bolt, Julia Elizabeth, Justin Cabanting, Kenji Shimohira, Nailah Johnson, Mark Stas, Sasha Simic, Tally Rodin, traceur LJ McDonald, and a fantastic performers’ love letter to sword in a montage of projects edited together by Aaron Toney.
The Hit List continues with a small raft of promotional bits, beginning with a channel promo by Godefroy Ryckewaert, a promo host to a collection of shorts by content creators for Peter Jang’s Corona Theater at Simplicity Pictures, and the most recent webseries trailer for Conrad The Bavarian.
The final playlist below totals this week’s Hit List to about two and a half hours of content.
Peter Pham kicks off the playlist with a trio of videos followed by a new practice fight from Andrew Franklin featuring Sean Rhee, Kosey Baskin, Justin Chang and Armand Rabanal, and Mia Law and Nana McMoore performing for the lens from Phillip Dang, and a new video by Istanbul Stunt Team.
Following that is sextet of pre-viz action demos by Vlad Rimburg, along with videos from Rustic B., Sergei Subito and Mykola Galagan, as well as from Judit Sziva with Jessica Wolff by Mikko Löppönen, and others by Kefi Abrikh, by Jay Kwon with Kiera O’Connor, by Jennifer Li with Sean Kohnke and Alyssa Parker, by James Couche with Tariq Al Monseur and Justin Sher, and some Bloodshot pre-viz by LBP Stunts Chicago.
Alex Chung is back among the Hit List hits with quarantined action comedy, Hit Me: Isolation, along with Ryoseibai (Both Sides Are At Fault) by LBP’s Emmanuel Manzanares, Silas Borelly’s The Beach Game, channel entries JWLT by Pat King and a 2018 practice action short from Ayez Shaukat-Fonseca Farid, Blown Cover by John Francis McCullagh, Kung Fu Rumble by Art School Dropouts, Andrew Neis’s The Matrix: Red Pill Rescue, Gil Sanabria’s City Breach, Anthony Pietromonaco’s dark fantasy proof, Oni, Disney-inspired Mulan: An East Side Story starring Jackie Kim by Team Red Pro and Rising Tiger Films, Ho Minh Luan’s Police Story 2 featuring Tien Hoang, and Yoshi Sudarso and Nikki Soohoo in Re:Anime’s hopefully tentative final shortfilm, Avatar: The Last Airbender – Agni Kai.
Next up is Brent Houghton’s remastered throwback 1993 action short, The Huntsman, starring David William No who bills the beloved project as the one that “started it all” and ultimately garnered attention by Peter Jackson and John Woo. Rounding out the Hit List are Jaze Phua’s spirited martial arts action comedy, Singafist, and King Vader exploring the story of the son of Morpheus in The Matrix: Reborn.
Enjoy the hits!
Native New Yorker. Lover of all things pizza, chocolate, pets, and good friends. Karaoke hero. Left of center. Survivor. Fond supporter of cult, obscure and independent cinema - especially fond of Asian movies and global action cinema. Author of the bi-weekly Hit List. Founder and editor of Film Combat Syndicate. Still, very much, only human.