March 18th, 2011

Edgemar Short Film Festival to Screen CONDEMNED

Condemned will be featured in the 2011 Edgemar Film Festival in Santa Monica, CA from April 29th – May 1st.

The screening schedule has yet to be announced, but check this space for updates as they become available.

March 14th, 2011 reviews CONDEMNED

A new review of Condemned is now up at An excerpt below:

Shai is able to get the best out of all three leads in performances that are rare for an independent short . . . There isn’t much that happens in Condemned. There are no explosions, no prison lesbian scenes or black humor to break the mood. Instead, there is just a short snippet of a story, told expertly and directed by a craftsman that we will continue to watch to feature films.

The full piece here.

Watch Condemned for free at:

March 9th, 2011

CONDEMNED Review at By Kubrick’s Beard

A new review of Condemned has just been posted at the film blog, By Kubrick’s Beard. An excerpt below:

What is so unique is that none of it is played for cheap thrills, shock value or nodding approval, at the heart of Condemned lays a story about a female prisoner’s vulnerability and fear; real or not and a patience of mood, tone and execution . . . It’s a wonderful film of the moment made by a rare stylish talent that has the depth and real cinema knowledge to back up the technique, make no mistake Oren Shai is one to watch for the future.

Read the full piece.

March 2nd, 2011

Interview at Moon in the Gutter

A new Q&A with me just went up at Moon in the Gutter. Conducted by Jeremy Richey. Covering a lot of ground, with a focus on Condemned.

Read it here.

And also check out Moon in the Gutter’s review of Condemned.

February 25th, 2011

CONDEMNED at the Bradford International Film Festival

Condemned will screen at the 17th Bradford International Film Festival in England next month. Playing before the feature film, A Marine Story.

The screening will take place on March 19th, 8pm, at the Cubby Broccoli Cinema in the National Media Museum.

Tickets are available here.

To download the festival’s catalogue.

February 16th, 2011

David Del Valle Reviews CONDEMNED for Films in Review

I’m thrilled to have David Del Valle, whose latest Camp David column featured never-before published interviews with the great Vincent Price, review Condemned for Films in Review.

As usual, an excerpt below, and the full piece right here.

This short film is a tour de force on every level . . . Shai has the talent to follow Tarantino into the rarified company of young directors with an eye for detail and a love of film history which, in Shai’s case, shines like a new penny in the sunlight.

Watch Condemned for free at:

Be sure to also check out David’s recent book, Lost Horizons: Beneath the Hollywood Sign, for some great Hollywood stories.

February 15th, 2011

Moon in the Gutter recommends CONDEMNED

Jeremy Richey just posted a wonderful recommendation for Condemned on his excellent film blog, Moon in the Gutter. An excerpt attached below, and the full piece right here.

This dazzling 14 minute film is a beautifully shot, and wonderfully realized, genre-bending tribute to Women in Prison films, Noir, Italian Westerns and Fifties Melodrama . . . Condemned is one of the biggest and most pleasant surprises I have had in quite awhile.

Watch Condemned for free at:

January 31st, 2011

CONDEMNED on Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule

Dennis Cozzalio featured Condemned in his great film blog, Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule today. Check out an excerpt below.

Shai’s achievement . . . is one of patience with building mood and ambience that is possible only when a director gets a handle of how to modulate little things like time and space, making our anticipation of the gathering of bits of information in such prescribed worlds as prison cells and haunted apartments of the utmost importance . . . Condemned is a lovely illustration of the possibilities inherent in investigating genre forms when the director has something other than shock effects on his mind.

Head over to the blog for the full piece (scroll down to a little under the middle of the page for the review).

Watch Condemned for free at:

January 19th, 2011

CONDEMNED on Bill Crider’s Blog and More

Bill Crider, the prolific author, blogger, paperback collector, wrote about Condemned yesterday in his Pop Culture Blog as part of an Overlooked Films series initiated by Todd Mason.

Head over to Bill Crider’s blog to read the piece.

Also, the blog Adventures in Nerdliness wrote about Condemned in their WIP Wednesday feature. Read it here.

You can watch Condemned for free at:

January 11th, 2011

CONDEMNED Featured in Bad Lit and She Blogged By Night

Condemned has been featured in the Online Cinema section of Bad Lit along with a review. Head over for the full piece, an excerpt below.

“There’s a sultry, sexy feel to the film . . . the simmering, sweaty tension creates a sense of tension and menace that oozes in every shot.”

Also, the Noir blog, She Blogged By Night recently featured Condemned in a post pairing a short subject and a feature film. Check it out.

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