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Beauty emerging from the rubble

SSS is a 1988 experimental film featuring rapid-fire clips of dancers on the streets and junkyards of New York's East Village, "painstaking synched" to improvised music by Tom Cora (cello), Christian Marclay (turntables), and Zeena Parkins (harp). It's by filmmaker Henry Hills, whose official site is here. More collage films here, including Radio Adios, the quick cut-up KINO DA!, Money ("a manic collage film from the mid-80s when it still seemed that Reaganism of the soul could be defeated," with appearances by John Zorn, Fred Frith, Arto Lindsay, Ron Silliman among others), and Gotham, one of three films Hills made for Zorn's Naked City project.
posted by mediareport on May 25, 2012 - 11 comments

A tribute to all the mothers of the world

For us children, our mother's nagging can be a frustrating, constant annoyance. However, when her presence is no longer felt, these words become our strongest source of comfort and affection. It is then that we learn to hold on tightly to these warm, faint traces of memories. From Singapore, a "tribute to all the mothers of the world". [SLYT]
posted by undue influence on May 24, 2012 - 5 comments

The Singularity, ruined by lawyers

Welcome To Life is a (very) short film by Tom Scott.
posted by motty on May 14, 2012 - 12 comments

Epithet

Epithet a short film starring Patrick Stewart as a lecherous poet (nsfw). [more inside]
posted by dng on Apr 19, 2012 - 17 comments

BOY - a short film

Prasanna Puwanarajah's moving short about a Velodrome carpenter, BOY was the winner of the British Airways Great Britons 2012 competition. [more inside]
posted by IanMorr on Apr 10, 2012 - 2 comments

The Odyssey of Cartier or A Leopard Gets Around

Cartier has decided to celebrate its 165 years in business by taking two years to produce an incredible short film.
posted by Atreides on Mar 11, 2012 - 54 comments

And now for a taste of things to come.

Kara, a short film/tech demo from Heavy Rain developer Quantic Dream. [more inside]
posted by adamdschneider on Mar 8, 2012 - 63 comments

the movie must contain: kittens

Finite Films takes your idea for movie constraints and turns the favourites into short films. For example: "One character must use refrigerator poetry magnets to leave a note/message for another character", "One character loves vacuuming naked", or "One used to drive a moped until it was stolen".
posted by divabat on Feb 20, 2012 - 9 comments

Table 7

A couple has an intimate conversation in a restaurant, unaware that their every word is being closely monitored. This is Table 7, a short film from indie filmmaker Marko Slavnic.
posted by jbickers on Dec 1, 2011 - 37 comments

Webcam

Webcam is a short film which explores the concept (and apparent reality) of "webcam hacking." Straight link Vimeo. Warning: Vimeo comments contain spoilers.
posted by kkrvgz on Nov 28, 2011 - 37 comments

The Muppet Post to End All Muppet Posts

Missed "The Muppets" in theaters this weekend?* "How They Felt" is a short film co-starring a Muppet (apparently a Muppet Whatnot with custom wardrobe) that was part of this year's Boston 48 Hour Film Project, where it placed 2nd for Best film, won Best Actress (for the woman behind the Muppet) and also... "Best Sex Scene". Yeah, now you wanna see it. But be warned. Not a happy ending. It will either make you cry or make you want to strangle the filmmakers.
*then it's YOUR fault "Breaking Dawn" was #1 at the box office (does not apply to non-USAians)
posted by oneswellfoop on Nov 27, 2011 - 69 comments

Humans make for lame Rube Goldberg machines

Like a children's book for adults. Blok [slyt] a 1982 short by Polish Director Hieronim Neumann.
posted by quoquo on Nov 9, 2011 - 10 comments

"the abyss where the eternally-formless state of the universe hides"

METACHAOS, a short film by Alessandro Bavari [previously]. Via MONSTER BRAINS.
posted by brundlefly on Nov 3, 2011 - 9 comments

Stop hypnotizing me sheep dancers and sheep dancer song

This is a 2 minute single link youtube video entitled Thanks, Smokey! . It has dancing, hoodies, surprises and I don't know why it is called 'Thanks, Smokey!'. God bless. (NSFW)
posted by dgaicun on Oct 29, 2011 - 37 comments

In this white darkness, we will take the place of everything

Just wait till we're alone together. Then I will tell you something new, something cold, something sleepy, something of cease and peace and the long bright curve of space. Go upstairs to your room. I will be waiting for you... As a rare October blizzard drifts a blanket of white across the Northeast just before Halloween, what better time to settle in and read (or watch) Conrad Aiken's most famous short story, "Silent Snow, Secret Snow." About a small boy who increasingly slips into an ominous fantasy of isolation and endless snow, it could be viewed as a metaphor about autism, Asperger's syndrome, and even schizophrenia before such conditions even had names. In addition to the 1934 short story, the tale has also been adapted as a creepy 1966 black-and-white short film (also at the Internet Archive) and as a Night Gallery episode (1, 2) narrated by Orson Welles. Or for a more academic take, see the essay "The Delicious Progress" examining Aiken's use of white as a symbol of psychological regression.
posted by Rhaomi on Oct 29, 2011 - 9 comments

Zombie in a Penguin Suit

Poignant 7-minute tale of, well, the title says it all (SLYT). Fantastic quality for a short film.
posted by ironjelly on Oct 25, 2011 - 25 comments

Fake English

Skwerl is a short film in which the dialogue sounds like what a person who speaks very little English might hear. Be sure to turn on the closed captioning and choose "Transcribe Audio". (Previously)
posted by gman on Oct 13, 2011 - 46 comments

Forever Al1

Internet Story (SLVimeo): Actually a Chaucerian horror.
posted by shii on Oct 11, 2011 - 12 comments

Welcome to the Enrichment Center for Aperture Science Laboratories

Portal: No Escape (SLYT, via)
posted by zarq on Aug 23, 2011 - 42 comments

Be Near Me

Be Near Me (SLVimeo)
posted by IvoShandor on Aug 16, 2011 - 12 comments

Robots of Brixton by Kibwe Tavares

Rioting robots on the streets of Brixton, a gorgeous sci-fi/architecture/animation short film by architecture graduate Kibwe Tavares. [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Jul 15, 2011 - 27 comments

Applied Narrativium 101

Plot Device - A man obtains a device that makes life more like the movies (SLVP)
posted by The Whelk on Jul 12, 2011 - 18 comments

A Phoney Video

Splitscreen: A Love Story is a short film by JW Griffiths. Filmed entirely with two Nokia N8 phones, it was the winner of the first Nokia Shorts competition.
posted by Lutoslawski on Jun 30, 2011 - 11 comments

Loom

Loom. (SLVimeo) (Youtube version) (Arachnophobes should definitely skip this one.) (Via)
posted by zarq on May 26, 2011 - 14 comments

Short Films Against Global and Social Injustice

In 2009, Ctrl.Alt.Shift, the "youth initiative of Christian Aid," held a national competition in the UK for aspiring filmmakers aged 18 to 25. Their mission: create a short film treatment based around three key issues: "War + Peace," "Gender + Power" and "HIV + Stigma." The results were then screened to an audience at the 2009 Raindance Film Festival. The films: 1000 Voices, HIV: The Musical, Man Made, No Way Through and War School. (All YouTube links. Vimeo links and descriptions of each film are inside this post.) These films deal with adult subject matter and may be disturbing for some viewers. Some may also be nsfw. [more inside]
posted by zarq on May 24, 2011 - 3 comments

HAVE A GOOD LOOK AT YOURSELF TODAY.

The Self Image Film (If Mirrors Could Speak) [SLYT]
posted by Fizz on May 19, 2011 - 11 comments

Into the woods...

Whitestone Motion Pictures presents Blood On My Name, a short musical film in the style of Americana folklore. [more inside]
posted by starvingartist on May 3, 2011 - 2 comments

The Cyclopean Terror of Sex Ed

Late Bloomer (SLYT, NSF4th graders)
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Apr 28, 2011 - 41 comments

Prehistoric Beast

"Prehistoric Beast" (1984), a film by Phil Tippett [more inside]
posted by brundlefly on Apr 18, 2011 - 8 comments

Blinky Just Wants To Be Your Friend!

"My name is Blinky, and I just want to be your friend!" A well-crafted short film by Ruairi Robinson (slightly gory CGI ending may be NSFW).
posted by killdevil on Mar 20, 2011 - 25 comments

The Death (and life) of Salvador Dali

The Death Of Salvador Dali [18m23s] is a 2005 short film surrealistically depicting an imaginary visit to Sigmund Freud by the legendary artist. (Alternate Yahoo Video link) [more inside]
posted by hippybear on Mar 15, 2011 - 6 comments

Out Sync of

Out of Sync: "A man departs his house, only to realize what he leaves behind. By separating sound from visuals, Out of Sync paints a uniquely involving portrait of a marriage at breaking point. Is there still time to save the relationship?" [more inside]
posted by bwg on Feb 22, 2011 - 7 comments

Thus did Man become the Architect of his own demise...

"Welcome to the Zion Archive. You have selected Historical File #12-1: The Second Renaissance." So begins the short film of the same name by Mahiro Maeda [Flash: 1 2 - QuickTime: 1 2] -- a devastating yet beautiful work of animation. Originally produced to explain the backstory behind the Matrix trilogy, Maeda's project ended up telling a story far darker and more affecting than any blockbuster. Using a blend of faux documentary footage and visual metaphor, his serene Instructor relates in biblical tones the saga of Man and Machine, how age-old cruelty and hatred birthed a horrifying, apocalyptic struggle that consumed the world. Packed with striking imagery and historical allusions galore, this dark allegory easily transcends the films it was made for. But while "The Second Renaissance" is arguably the best work to come from the Matrix franchise, it's hardly alone -- it's just one of the projects made for The Animatrix, a collection of nine superb anime films in a wide variety of styles designed to explore the universe and broaden its scope beyond the usual sci-fi action of the movies. Click inside for a guide to these films with links to where they can be watched online, along with a look at The Matrix Comics, a free series of comics, art, and short fiction created for the same purpose by some of the best talent in the business. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Feb 14, 2011 - 54 comments

still picking my jaw off the floor

Yes Yes Y'all, curated music videos (and other stuff). (some tracks NSFW) [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Feb 12, 2011 - 6 comments

The External World

The External World. (nsfw)
posted by naju on Feb 11, 2011 - 26 comments

Halo: Fandom Evolved

Contrary to a lot of idle criticism, Bungie's Halo series of video games has a surprisingly rich backstory -- a universe complex enough to support seven bestselling novels, a wiki with over 7,000 articles, and one of the most successful ARGs in history (including a full-fledged radio drama). The series has also turned out sweeping audiovisual work, from the games' cinematic cutscenes and epic music (lots of free previews) to top-shelf anime and the Hollywood-quality short films -- ODST, Believe, Deliver Hope, Landfall -- that were made to promote the games (the latter of which, produced by Neil Blomkamp, inspired District 9). And that's apart from all the material produced by Bungie's dedicated fan base: genuinely hilarious machinima from Red vs. Blue, professional-level graphic novels (table of contents at the top), gorgeous artwork, hours of recorded dialogue, complete transcripts of hidden apocrypha, and more factual analysis, story speculation, and casual discussion than you can shake an energy sword at. But most of these pale in comparison to the latest and greatest exercise in Halo beanplating: the Svmma Canonica, a 40-page, 17,000-word formal treatise on the nature of canon in the world that Bungie built, and how it will fare once Bungie moves on and the franchise is managed by 343 Industries. Discussion over at Bungie's official site, or at decade-old fan forum Halo.Bungie.Org.
posted by Rhaomi on Jan 31, 2011 - 71 comments

"I was disconnected from reality, enslaved by virtuality".

Samuel, a 24 year old Parisian student, led a quiet life with his girlfriend. A little bit out of step with his time, Samuel refuses to use modern technology. However a meeting will change their lives. -'Dependence', A short film by Yann Kibongui [more inside]
posted by infinite intimation on Jan 8, 2011 - 28 comments

I can't imagine any job where these are work safe...

Douglas Burgdorff is a director who makes disturbing short films (all links not safe for work) about: the color red, partying, drugs, drugs and skateboarding, friendship, lollipops, and... um... Taylor Swift? Not for the faint of heart, nor the easily disgusted. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Dec 16, 2010 - 13 comments

Wiley Vs. Rhodes

Live-action Wile E. Coyote vs. the Road Runner. (SLYT)
posted by gman on Dec 2, 2010 - 36 comments

Professional

"Metal-fabricator Neil Youngberg never planned on taking over his grandfather's business and is now faced with passing on his legacy." A short film.
posted by maxwelton on Nov 30, 2010 - 34 comments

Grab a Kleenex

Water” is a film about a young boy’s struggle to accept his fears, his mentally disabled father and his possible future duty. [more inside]
posted by querty on Nov 18, 2010 - 4 comments

Closed For Storm

Six Flags New Orleans closed on August 27, 2005 in preparation for Hurricane Katrina. The park never reopened. [more inside]
posted by naju on Nov 5, 2010 - 37 comments

No Pressure

Sorry. Today we put up a mini-movie about 10:10 and climate change called 'No Pressure’. Many people found the resulting film extremely funny, but unfortunately some didn't and we sincerely apologise to anybody we have offended. As a result of these concerns we've taken it off our website. We won't be making any attempt to censor or remove other versions currently in circulation on the internet.
posted by thescientificmethhead on Oct 1, 2010 - 65 comments

“Ricardo Montalban is to improvisational acting what Mount Rushmore is to animation.”

"Sintel" is an independently produced short film, initiated by the Blender Foundation as a means to further improve and validate the free/open source 3D creation suite Blender. With initial funding provided by 1000s of donations via the internet community, it has again proven to be a viable development model for both open 3D technology as for independent animation film. This 15 minute film has been realized in the studio of the Amsterdam Blender Institute, by an international team of artists and developers. In addition to that, several crucial technical and creative targets have been realized online, by developers and artists and teams all over the world. [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Oct 1, 2010 - 15 comments

Feeling a little...claustrophobic?

"Elevated" (part 1, 2), a short film about three people trapped in an elevator, by Vincenzo Natali, director of Cube and Splice. With bonus Spanish subtitles.
posted by gottabefunky on Sep 29, 2010 - 5 comments

life is short

Fallen [SLVimeo]. A bit of melancholy existentialism? An atheist manifesto? Just an adorable animated short? In any case, it's the saddest, sweetest, most wonderful thing I've seen all week.
posted by eugenen on Sep 27, 2010 - 39 comments

He didn't fit in when he went to Sunday School.

Timothy Gray wants to be just like Tim Burton when he grows up.
posted by gman on Sep 12, 2010 - 47 comments

Vroooooooooooooooomm!

Shinya Kimura likes motorcycles. (A short film about a custom motorcycle engineer.)
posted by dobbs on Aug 31, 2010 - 11 comments

Beware the Electronic Automatic Sound-Spectrograph Computing Digit Translator Playback Recognizer Machine

Telephoneme: Even if your Alphabet Conspiracy succeeds and you destroy the books, machines have no minds of their own. They are easily confused by different voices and different accents. It is the brain of man that tells them what to do. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 20, 2010 - 10 comments

maiestas plastic pera

The Majestic Plastic Bag A 'wildlife documentary' about the plastic bag, narrated by Jeremy Irons. Or if Werner Herzog is more your kind of narrator, his take has previously been featured on the blue.
posted by Megami on Aug 18, 2010 - 11 comments

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