2016 Year friends was a (sort of) monthly web series from some of the best young talent in British comedy. Now complete, the show was a labor of love created after the BBC failed to pick up the group's TV pilot People Time, which featured the sketch Sexy American Girls.
From Lithuanian animator Ignas Meilunas. Just a cute little two minute video that will improve your happiness level. Be sure to watch all the way until the end!
Curmudgeons is a 16 minute long film directed by Danny DeVito and starring Danny DeVito, Lucy DeVito, and David Margulies. NSFW due to adult themes and language, no nudity. [more inside]
Dust - by Ember Lab & Mike Grier A Sci-Fi fantasy inspired by anime and classic horror, Dust is set in a harsh and unpredictable natural environment where people have isolated themselves in an ancient city behind a massive wall. A socially marginalized tracker teams up with a black-market merchant to save the society that has rejected his way of life.
Tonight on HBO we find the
premiere continuance of High Maintenance [previously, also previously]. IndieWire has a review, and is pretty impressed.
DEEP WEB - kinetic audiovisual installation The generative, luminous architectural structure weaves 175 motorized spheres and 12 high power laser systems into a 25 meter wide and 10 meter high super-structure, bringing to life a luminous analogy to the nodes and connections of digital networks. Moving up and down, and choreographed and synchronized to an original multi-channel musical score by Robert Henke, the spheres are illuminated by blasts of colourful laser beams resulting in three-dimensional sculptural light drawings and arrangements in cavernous darkness.
Artsy presents a well-edited 4-part series of videos on The Art Market: Auctions, Galleries, Patrons, and Art Fairs
Thirty Million (direct Vimeo link), a U.N.-funded half-hour film about the expected effects of climate change on the country of Bangladesh. Radio interview with one of the directors on Radio New Zealand. Bangladesh will lose 70% of its land area if there is a one-meter sea level rise, displacing thirty million people. [more inside]
Video for Run The Jewels' “Love Again” featuring Gangsta Boo on Vimeo and YouTube. (NSFW: super-explicit lyrics but SFW visuals unless "....You Work With Entomologists.")
Recently there was a post about using deep learning techniques to apply artistic styles from one image to another. Here is a similar technique applied to moving video from Disney's Alice in Wonderland, using a number of well-known paintings to modify the source. [more inside]
"Wrapped" is a graduation short film from Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, created at the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction. After running at over 100 festivals world wide and winning numerous awards the film is finally online.
Barcelona-based editor Jaume R. Lloret reveals what it means to be faithful in a remake by examining scenes from 25 films alongside their newer versions. (SLV, via)
Skullmapping have created the first two in a series of animation projections that portray a miniature chef making dinner on a real dining table: Bouillabaisse and another where he whips together a grilled steak. [via Colossal]
Of Oz the Wizard. Finally someone put it in alphabetical order! SLVimeo.
With a possible Christmas tree shortage looming, now's the time to take a closer look at artificial Christmas trees—by watching How It's Made style clips about them, of course, as well as a bunch of other holiday-related products. [more inside]
The Many Facets of Hamlet: Hamlet's most famous monologue, spliced together from performances by Mel Gibson, Laurence Olivier, David Tennant, and Kenneth Branagh. [more inside]
Horse Burlesque [SLVimeo, NSFW]. Does what it says on the tin, I guess?
The greatest trick the prop ever pulled was convincing the world it didn't exist. A look at the hidden power of film props and how filmmakers use the everyday (and not so everyday) objects in their scenes to enhance cinematic storytelling. [slVimeo]
Henry Bendinelli has been skiing for 70-some years. A short docu by filmmaker Riley Hooper, about a 91 year old guy.
Input/Output (SLVimeo) - A new short from Terri Timely and Park Pictures which defies description
"The Disgustings" (12:12 ) is a short film starring Drew Droege and written, directed and starring Jordan Firstman. It's about two gay men living in Los Angeles who just happen to be completely, utterly awful. The Disgustings return in "Save The Date." (5:45)
An 8:44 long timelapse in 4K resolution on Vimeo and YouTube. Includes Yosemite, Yellowstone, Olympic, Banff, Kings Canyon, Sequoia, Acadia, Rocky Mountains, Mesa Verde, Arches, Mount Rainier, Mount Revelstoke and Zion. Also Seattle, Los Angeles, Vancouver, St. Louis, San Francisco and Las Vegas. Plus Mount Rushmore, New Orleans, Toronto, Boston, Calgary, Springdale, Three Rivers, Pagosa Springs, Swift Current, New York, Niagara Falls, Lake Palourde, Keene Lake, Horseshoe Bend, White Mountains, Hobson and the Mississippi River. [more inside]
Possibly In Michigan is a surreal short film from 1983 about domestic violence and stalking (contains some horrifying imagery). It was directed by Cecelia Condit, whose 'enchanting and often unsettling videos, a mix of gorgeously saturated imagery and shadowy subject matter, have been called “feminist fairy tales”.'
Highlights from that episode of The A-Team that guess-starred Boy George (SLVimeo)
30+ year veteran folk-rock duo Indigo Girls release their first ever behind the scenes making of documentary film about the recording of One Lost Day, their first album in four years.(Vimeo) [1h5m] (YouTube) [more inside]
In 1991, a documentary, intended to be the first of a series on celebrity businessmen, was completed. It was screened twice, but its subject prevented its release and it was clear that continuing the series wasn't worth the trouble. So why has that film been released almost a quarter of a century later? Because that same businessman is now running for president. Trump: What's the Deal? (trailer, direct Vimeo link to full film, unofficial YouTube mirror)
The Timmy Brothers: Water Makers (SLVimeo)
"Jellies (molded gelatin desserts, for non-UK types) all have distinct personalities and everybody relates to a different one." The Jelly Film lets your dessert dance, with charming results. Associated NOWNESS article.
Some great work has been done to restore the original Star Wars in all it's glory. This is amazing, look at the shot comparisons. Hopefully this will see the light of day as a finished restoration. Channel definition: "This is a preservation/restoration, with the goal of presenting each frame in the best possible light without altering them, internally."
The Quietus examines the wobbly Pet Shop Boys' 1988 collaboration with Jack Bond, It Couldn't Happen Here [Vimeo], a film project created because PSB didn't want to tour, released as an accompaniment to their second album Actually.
To date, the film has only been available on VHS (now discontinued) and Laserdisc (also now discontinued). PSB has mentioned a new release in the past, but that hasn't manifested so far. Check it out while you can, whether you're a fan or not. Edgy art film at its divisive finest.
The Sound of Empty Space is an installation by Adam Basanta that explores ideas around silence, amplification and feedback.
Endtrip - We enter the mind of a drug overdosed girl and go on a journey through her subconsciousness (SLVimeo) (Possible NSFW surreal imagery)
The Government of India in the last week of 2014 asked Internet service providers (ISPs) to block websites including code repository Github, video streaming sites Vimeo and Dailymotion, online archive Internet Archive, free software hosting site Sourceforge and many other websites on the basis of hosting anti-India content from the violent extremist group known as ISIS. The blanket block on many resourceful sites has been heavily criticized on social media and blogs by reviving the hashtag #GoIblocks that evolved in the past against internet censorship by the government. [...] After agreeing to remove anti-India content posted by accounts that appeared to have some association with ISIS, some were unblocked.via Global Voices
An entire day in Disneyland, compressed to 90 seconds using composites of over 20,000 images taken in time-lapse. Kind of amazing day to night transitions, immense crowds, and nice slow pans across the landscapes show a familiar place in a whole new light.
LARGO is a 2008 documentary about the iconoclastic Los Angeles club, which opened in its original incarnation on Fairfax Ave. in 1989. [more inside]
Meet Ulf. He lives north of the Arctic Circle and makes boat. He swims daily (brief male buttock shot), does household chores, and relaxes. Ulf is content. [10 minutes, Vimeo]