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Blood Ties – A very classic short film noir

Apparently, finding information about this short film noir 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 is a short film noir with very classic elements. A solid plot, relatable characters, iconic lighting and organisation. Good one
Blood Ties (short film noir) During a hostage situation Detective Nathan Briggs fires a fatal shot, killing an innocent singer. Consumed with guilt he searches the dead woman's connections and finds Century, a criminal who owns more than just a nightclub

2 Comments

  • Margot Kinberg
    Posted July 11, 2017 at 22:56

    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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      jazzfeathers
      Posted July 16, 2017 at 07:06

      That’s the best about a good recounted story: you learn things you don’t know your’re learning 😉

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