Short film: A Solitary World

Beautiful little film from PBS (thanks Kate Mallow for the rec) that shows how great a short, short story can be. They’re calling it a poem, but I think it’s a full story.

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Short film: Skateistan

Very cool little documentary from Vimeo’s staff picks on a skateboard park in Kabul, Afghanistan. Question: why don’t many girls in America, where there is no patriarchal restriction, skateboard?

 

You can visit the site for the amazing Skateistan project: skateistan.org

Animated Short Film: Just Delicious

Just discovered this animation, Just Delicious.

Animation is sort of a guilty pleasure for me. There’s so much good stuff out there, I could spend hours watching. It’s so much better than Saturday morning ever was . All I can say is I hope these creators keep up the great work. This one is priceless.

Thank you Brian Bear!

Brought to us by Aniboom, an animation facilitation site.

Short Film Review: Signs

Signs is a sweet, slightly goofy, yet poignant short film. It’s boy wants to meet girl but doesn’t know how. Feels like a dork. Has no clue. Figures it out. Cute story. Done well. Happy ending. This version seems a bit blurry. Probably needs a big screen to be viewed properly. Either that or I need a new prescription for my glasses.

It’s a 2009 Cannes Lion winner. Cannes Lion is a festival for people that do commercial work. Advertising folks.

Short Film Review: Two and Two

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This Iranian film with English subtitles won the 2012 BAFTA for Best Short Film. Very well put together. Excellent illustration of how a martyrdom may seem pointless, but it never is. There’s always one. And then there’s two, and then there’s…Vive la Revolution!

Written and directed by Babak Anvari.

Short Review: Helicopter

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I’m not usually a fan of deeply personal anythings. Especially when it seems to come from people who have some sort of access because they are on the fringe of the rich and famous. I’m always sure that it’s going to be even more dreadful than deeply personal material from People Who Don’t Matter.

But this little film is excellent. Ari Gold did a fantastic job of telling a story of his mother’s death. How it affected him and his siblings. I correct that, he didn’t really tell us, he showed us. Perfect! Creative use of stills, drawings, miniatures, and live action.

Good job. I hope this young man has made more films.

 

Short Film: Symphony No. 42

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This wonderful short piece of animation played at Berlinale: https://www.shortoftheweek.com/2016/02/09/symphony-no-42/

Humorous, thought-provoking, and beautifully rendered. It is like a symphony of real and absurd human/animal encounters. They seem somewhat random but somehow connected. No real recurring themes. They start out tragic but at some point start to turn somewhat loving. I like the cat that grows until the human becomes the object of nurture. I like the old lady that cut the dog leash. The drunken foxes doing the limbo morphing into the smoking woman wearing the fox. Both with La Bamba playing in the background. I love the little dipper in the very first scene. The song of the red-winged blackbird. I like the fox at the beginning creating a target out of particle physics and Eastern religions and he ends up shooting himself in the head instead of the target. Trying to understand this stuff (and this movie) will drive you to that.

It’s a wonderful movie. I’ve watched it three times now and still don’t understand it. A vignette here and there, sure, but the whole thing. What does it mean? I don’t care, it’s s great film.

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