FrostWire & FrostClick have supported VODO releases since the beginning and we’ve enjoyed every single one of them. This month we would like to present the first of VODO mixtapes – compilations of short films by creators who want their content to be distributed on the P2P network and beyond, freely shared and seen by as many people as possible.

This installment contains six shorts: Gilbert, Prebloc , Bitter Sweet, Luckiest One, Lilah & Watch Alice Bleed.

GILBERT by Nathaniel Hansen
Country: USA
Language: English
Year: 2009
Runtime: 6 mins

Nathaniel Hansen’s ‘Gilbert’ is a stark portrait of Boston’s Beacon Hill ‘town crier.’
For the last 9 years, since losing his job and becoming homeless, Gilbert has delivered the weather, sports, and breaking headlines from his spot on the Boston Common.

PREBLOC by Gilles Guerraz
Country: France
Language: French
Year: 2009
Runtime: 8 mins

It’s the end of the world as we know it, and Prebloc’s protagonist saw it coming. Or did he?

This psychological sci-fi short was written, shot and edited in just 72 hours for the 48 Hour Film Project International Shootout – theme ‘The End Of The World’ – which it won. It will also be shown at the Filmapalooza and Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner, 2010.

BITTER SWEET by Yurat Safarov
Country: Russia
Language: Russian
Year: 2007
Runtime: 7 mins

Shot on Mini-DV in in the ‘Cinéma vérité’ style, Bitter Sweet tells the story of a simple wedding celebration. A sunny day, a nice place where all newly married couples come to take pictures. But the trust between these Moscow newlyweds is tested when an unexpected guest appears at their wedding photo shoot. Moral weathervane or simple con woman?

LUCKIEST ONE by Sean Donnelly
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 14 mins

It’s Charley’s birthday. He wakes up and decides to throw himself a bowling party. Nobody ends up showing, except for his current roommate and a potential new subletter who’s there mainly to talk about the apartment. After some heartbreaking news, it looks like a bad birthday for Charley — but things are on the turn.

LILAH by Nathaniel Hansen
Country: USA
Language: English
Year: 2009
Runtime: 6 mins

Lilah is the second film from Nathaniel Hansen in VODO’s Mixtape compilation.

Lilah is a psychic, about 55 years old, who has lived within the same 2 block radius in downtown Boston her entire life. Her neighborhood, once rife with crime, drug abuse, strip clubs and prostitution, is now home to luxury high-rise buildings and multiple college campuses. Her business and home, and a few of the other area taverns and restaurants, are the last of the ‘old time’ holdouts.

WATCH ALICE BLEED by Fredrik Andersson
Country: Sweden
Language: English
Runtime: 11 mins

‘Watch Alice Bleed’ is a gore-filled stop motion animation. It opens with Alice being decapitated, and having her head fed to a ‘gorehound’. Then things start to get really gruesome…

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Mixtape #1 on VODO