This week's films highlight the creativity of short film directors as they attempt explore new ideas, whether they be in how a story is told or through clever visuals. The ideas range from a pensive zombie story (yes, I did say pensive) to amazing things one can do with just a frame and some tricky editing.
It's time, once again, to visit the wonderful and wacky world of the music video. Here´s four. I never tire of a genre that allows filmmakers to explore their whimsical sides and experiment with ideas that, for the most part, you won't see in a feature film; And when music video directors do cross over in the the feature film world, they tend to bring their inventiveness with them. I'm looking at you Michel Gondry (The Science of Sleep, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and Spike Jonze (Where the Wild Things Are, Being John Malkovich).
1. Little Boxes - Walk Off the Earth
2. Blow Away - A Fine Frenzy
To continue last week's trend, this weeks videos feature more of the wide range of creativity you can find on the internet, from the inspiring to the simply bizarre.
1. Rolling in the Deep
2. World's Largest Rope Swing
This week's short films are all illustrations of pushing the boundaries of creativity, whether it be in the culinary arts, animation, or in creating a visual counter-theory to solipsism (the philosophical idea that only one's own mind is sure to exist). Some of these gently nudge the creative boundary and others leap past it gleefully; but hopefully all of them will make you wonder what else is possible.
1. Edible Balloon
2. Fresh Guacamole
This week, I wanted to focus on the world of animation—from a beautifully crafted commercial to Sunday's Oscar winner. Animation has the wonderfully ability to capture the surreal and the sublime in some pretty entertaining and moving ways.
1. Twinings Gets You Back to You
2. No Robots
Too often, the words "Christian media" are viewed warily if not with outright frustration by many of us in the film world. It seems so many times to be code for poorly-crafted productions with little attention paid to art, which end quite neatly without much consideration for the complications and messiness of life. They seem a little distant from the model of a parable, which often left the disciples baffled and challenged many of their pre-conceived notions.
This week's films revisit the world of Christian-produced films, from the earnest to the challenging, for your consideration
1. Brian Head Welch - I Am Second
This week's collection of videos has no particular theme other than they are some of my favorite new things on the web right now, enjoy!
1) Snow Globe Los Angeles
One of the truly beautiful results of the marriage of affordable digital video, from webcams to some of the higher end options that independent filmmakers harness, to the internet, has been the ability of a whole range of people to reach out and make an impact. Stories that may have had limited impact twenty years ago, depending on your sphere of influence, have now been given the ability to be rallying cries for a huge audience. Revolutions and movements are beginning to hinge on their ability to keep in contact with the broader world.
This week's videos feature members of the LGBT community, who, especially in the last two decades, have been used as a political football, a litmus test, and a point of religious debate. It's easy to use words lightly and forget that we are speaking about people, with their own unique joys, pains, and fears. Here are their stories.
1. Until We Have Faces
When I first started curating this column, I began with films that featured mini-biographies of people and I think it's time to revisit that theme. Enjoy this quick and at times intimate peek into the lives of three people you probably wouldn't have met otherwise.
1. Rockaway Taco
In the last two months, we've been witness to the Occupy movement sweeping this continent and many other cities around the globe. It's been fascinating, from a filmmaker's perspective, to see the quick turn-around of web-based film and video created by members of the movement. Easy access has given activists a way to communicate their message directly to their fellow citizens without having to pass through the filter of traditional media. This week's featured web shorts are a collection of films from various occupy movements.
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