Category Archives: Film

The Gathering Squall

The Gathering Squall
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the Gathering Squall, from director Hannah Fidell is not for sensitive viewers. The story takes a dark turn transitioning from innocence to violence. A great pick by Jason Sondhi for Short of the Week. Also highlighted on Vimeo OnDemand as a Staff Pick.

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La Migala


I am petrified of snakes – can’t stand them. Fear and especially phobias are used time again to drive narratives and excite audiences. But, in La Migala fear is used differently – not as a tool for reaction but as a metaphor for a broken heart. Spanish director, Jamie Dezcallar does a great job pulling us into the inner workings of a man who has nothing left to live for. Shout out to Ivan Kander who curated the video for Short of the Week!

Six Dollar Fifty Man

The Six Dollar Fifty Man from NZ Shorts on Vimeo. Currated by Andrew S. Allen for Short of the Week. Time again, I’ve found myself impressed with Australia and New Zealand filmmakers. In addition to the production value, performance and cinematography, the story lines are endearing and provoke the viewer to connect with the characters. In Six Dollar Fifty Man, you experience the world as Andy see’s it, we connect and react openly without judgment or expectation. It is a raw form of character development that I’ve seen in other Australian and New Zealand films, Ben Briand’s ApricotJustin Kurzel’s Snow Town Murders, and Spencer Susser’s I Love Sarah Jane.

Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?

I found Catnip: Egress to Oblivion? on Short of the Week, the film was categorized under found footage and so I assumed that Jason Willis the filmmaker, had complied found footage to make the short. He commented on my pervious post, in which I had claimed the work was entirely found footage, and it turns out he actually shot all of the cat clips himself. I’ve watched a lot of old educational films, my personal favorite, “Parent’s How to Talk to Your Kids About Sex.” Most are ridiculous which is why Catnip: Egress to Oblivion? is so believable, it feels like an educational film. The filters don’t just mask the different types of media (Jason shot on both the 5D as well as his iPhone) but also give the video that dated educational film style which worked perrrrfectly with the narration. An official Sundance selection, this is one goes out to all the cat lovers!

The Mill Show Reel

Talk about a reel! This compilation was crafted by The Mill, a visual effects company based out LA, NY and London. I hope that one day my work will compile into something half as epic. Once again, thanks to changethethought.com for including this in your awesome blog.

First Love

First Love, a short by  is fucking great. How refreshing to hear our own adult heartache from the mouth of a witty, and seemingly innocent young boy. Is this not how we all feel about love? The wavering ups and downs and than the ultimate question that makes us forget every moment of hurt. I guess age really doesn’t matter. Big shout out to changethethought.com you guys are always posting the best stuff!

I Think It’s Raining

A friend of mine, Joshua Moore recently released his film, I Think It’s Raining. This character-driven narrative provides a fluid array of genre and style. We follow Renata as she entertains us with her wild stories and surprises us in her moments of self-discovery. In a flurry of frustration she searches for belonging. This perspective offers a fresh dose of reality. The film was not composed of perfect dialogue, rather the exchange between characters was relatable and endearing. However, the real surprise was the experimental tidbits weaved throughout. The music seemed to fuel the visuals, pulling us into a dream of unawareness. Renata played by Alexandra Clayton, completes the magic of these moments with her smooth yet twangy voice. I Think It’s Raining is the perfect rainy day indie film.

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John Baldessari is everywhere!

John Baldessari really is everywhere. While I perusing the top floor of SFMOMA today, I came across one of his intentionally bad photographs: Looking Was on 4th and C, Chula Vista, Calif. Afterwards, while enjoying a little Session Black and blogging my museum finds, a friends of mine shared with me this jewel. Thanks Carlos.

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Daniel Ronson: Ink Stories

If only we all had the passion of Ronnie, this young artist has fallen into the wonderful art of tattooing. Featured in a short doc, Ink Stories Daniel Ronson’s passion is quite inspiring. I am always excited to see an enthusiasm tattooing. Ronnie comments on how he tries to bring his own originality to such timeless designs. Lima Charlie, based out of London and New York has done a series of short docs and apparently there are many more Ink stories to come, can’t wait! Thanks Juxtapoz for the tip off!

John Baldessari

Short of the Week has done it again. Directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, A Brief History of John Bladessari is nothing short of marvelous. This fast pace little doc is exactly what you would expect from an  American conceptual artist know for his work with appropriated images. It’s fast, fun and narrated by Tom Waits.

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