Blood Ties – A very classic short film noir

Apparently, finding information about this short film isn’t all that easy. It was released in 2006 after winning the Special Jury Prize and the Best Actor Prize at the AAU Film Festival of 2003.

Produced by Shining Light Pictures, who produces short films as well as commercials and especially music videos in Los Angeles, the film was directed by Julian C. Guillen, who also stars in a supporting role.
The script was written by Guillen himself together with Shining Light owner Joe Lam.

I must admit that the story is quite typical of the noir genre. I wouldn’t say there’s much original in here, not the storyline, not the characters. But honestly, it’s typicality might be what I appreciate the most about it. And anyway it’s a solid plot with sympathetic characters and that’s what any story should be able to offer.

Hope you’ll enjoy it too.


Blood Ties – Official Website



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I was born, raised and I still live near Verona (Italy), though I worked for a time in Dublin. I started writing fantasy stories as a kid. Today I’m a bookseller who reads fantasy, history, mythology, anthropology and lots of speculative fiction. Somehow, all of this has found its way into my own dieselpunk stories.

2 Comments on "Blood Ties – A very classic short film noir"

  1. Thanks for sharing this, Sarah. It is a powerful little film. And I like the way you learn a lot about the characters from just subtle details.

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