Short of the Week

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Action about Growth in Anime
Mahiro Maeda / 14 min / Japan / 2010

A giant object falls from the sky sending a small village into turmoil. But these villagers don’t seem normal! Nor is the object for the matter! A visual and intellectual Anime treat from the “Genius Party” collection.

News / May 4, 2010

Continuing what has become a beloved tradition, today kicked off the National Film Board of Canada’s Online Short Film Contest. We let you know about it last year too,…

Experimental about Nothing in Animation
Christian Schlaeffer / 7 min / Germany / 2010

A mind-bending trip through the unconscious loosely based on a polynesian prophecy.

Sci-Fi about Other Worlds in Flash Animation
Jake Armstrong / 5 min / USA / 2010

A grizzled spaceman comes to Alpha-9 to hunt down a vicious monster.

Documentary about Family in Live-Action
Turner Ross, Bill Ross / 18 min / USA / 2010

It’s not just another day for this low-income family who prepare a party to celebrate their moment of fame on a popular game show.

Fantasy about Life & Society in Live-Action
Guy Maddin / 14 min / Canada / 2010

A love story to Canada, Guy Maddin directs this film for the NFB about a Bosnian immigrant who uses the Aurora Borealis to broadcast images across the country.

Drama about Nature in Live-Action
Ramin Bahrani / 17 min / USA / 2010

Werner Herzog gives voice to a plastic bag’s existential crisis. A very unique and powerful filmmaking statement by celebrated director Ramin Bahrani.

SOTW / April 8, 2010

Going to embark on some overdue maintenance over the next week or two. Mainly we’ll be updating broken links. If you’ve noticed past entries that no longer connect to video,…

Branded Film about Greed in Special FX
Carl Erik Rinsch / 5 min / USA / 2010

A mysterious box brings misfortune to all who touch it in this film from the Parallel Lines series—a collaboration between Ridley Scott and Philips.

Branded Film about Music in Live-Action
Danny Clinch / USA / 2010

Hip hop master, Jay-Z, tells his success story as he prepares for a massive show at Madison Square Garden.

Experimental about Crime in Collage Animation
Osbert Parker / 8 min / UK / 2010

Wild ride through cut and pasted scenes in a mashup of old Hollywood and miniatures.

Drama about Friendship in Live-Action
Jia Zhangke / 18 min / China / 2010

The river is a metaphor for the relentless passage of time in this intimate character study. Four college friends reunite after 10 years time in this film from acclaimed Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke.

News / March 25, 2010

Aint it Cool News is the geek website of record for me personally. I think it was vintage gigantic-Harry’s guest appearances on Ebert’s TV show back in 1999 that sealed…

Branded Film about Love in Live-Action
Spike Jonze / 30 min / USA / 2010

Spike Jonze’s story about two robots in love based on Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree”.

Experimental about Loss in Stop-Motion
Hayley Morris / 6 min / USA / 2010

A hand-crafted stop-motion that serves as a poignant metaphor for the debilitating effects of Alzheimer’s disease.

News / February 22, 2010

TropFest! ‘Tis truly excellent to have Australian short film goodness back in one’s life. I post the winners every year, so I don’t want to repeat myself too much,…

News / February 18, 2010

I just wrote up an, unfortunately, negative review of Luke Doolan’s Oscar-nominated Miracle Fish, which gave me a chance to remark on the fantastic Blue-Tongue Film collective. NyTimes have gotten…

News / February 12, 2010

In a rare turn of events, a cursory web search has revealed that at least one of the Oscar live-action short films is online, Luke Doolan’s Miracle Fish. The…

Drama about Love in Special FX
Arev Manoukian / 4 min / Canada / 2010

A passing moment between two strangers becomes unforgettable as this film shows us what love at first sight must truly feel like.

Documentary about Politics in Live-Action
Jeremy Konner / 5 min / USA / 2010

The latest entry won Sundance this week. Get caught up from the beginning! Learn History! Drunken History!

Documentary about Inspiration in Live-Action
Vance Malone / 8 min / USA / 2010

Ocular artist, Fred Harwin, crafts realistic-looking eyes for those who’ve lost theirs.

Drama about Crime in Live-Action
Andrew Okpeaha MacLean / 15 min / USA / 2010

A riveting piece of filmmaking that won the 2008 Jury Prize at Sundance. A hunter on the frozen Arctic becomes witness to a crime.

Festival News Online Program Sundance / January 21, 2010

Sundance kicked off tonight in Park City, Utah. I hadn’t heard any advance buzz about the 10/10 online series, a recent Sundance tradition that we covered last year, and…

Branded Film about Beauty in Live-Action
Yang Fudong / 9 min / USA / 2010

Beauty and elegance are on display in this black and white branded film from fashion label Prada.

Experimental about Inspiration in 3D Animation
Alex Roman / 12 min / Spain / 2010

Alex Roman invites us into a surreal world of architecture and light with his stunning mastery of CG.