Arts By Chance: Fastest Way

Arts By Chance: Fastest Way

Fastest Way is a 35-sec. short-short film by Eckhard Kruse from Germany. The film was a selection of the Arts By Chance Ultra Short Film Festival, which held screenings during May 2009 all around the world. The festival was quite unusual, because the 31 selected films were presented to audiences through public advertising screens instead of in movie theaters. This was an attempt to present urban dwellers with stimulating artistic content during periods of times that are usually considered culturally dead. The digital screens were located inside metros, buses, railways, public transportation terminals, shopping malls and airports. Fastest Way is a captivating and surprising interpretation of the festival’s theme this year, which centered on the concept of “Journey.”

Arts By Chance: Fastest Way

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Susan Boyle Delivers a Stunning Performance in “Britain’s Got Talent” Finals

Susan Boyle Delivers a Stunning Performance in “Britain’s Got Talent” Finals

Susan Boyle turned in a triumphantly stunning performance in the finals of the “Britain’s Got Talent” television show on Saturday. Now the 48-year-old singer must wait until later tonight for the results of the public vote to be revealed. The winner will earn a 100,000 pound ($159,000) prize and the chance to perform before Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Variety Show.

Boyle, wearing a sparkling floor-length gown, performed with confidence as she returned to the song that she sang at her first appearance on the show, I Dreamed A Dream from Les Miserables. Her performance was much more polished and animated than in previous performances. After her performance, Boyle acknowledged she had felt pressure building up in the weeks leading up to the finals. But Simon Cowell told Boyle, “Win or lose, you had the guts to come back here tonight, face your critics and you beat them.”

Susan Boyle Delivers a Stunning Performance in “Britain’s Got Talent” Finals

A video of the final decision for the “Britain’s Got Talent” winner can be viewed here.

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The Dead Pirates’ Wood: A Dirty Melody

The Dead Pirates’ Wood: A Dirty Melody

Wood is a gorgeous 3d/2d animated short film/music video that was created by the acclaimed French illustrator McBess (Matthieu Bessudo), in collaboration with French 3d/2d animator Simon Landrein, for their band The Dead Pirates. The whole piece is visually beautiful in its reduced color palette and soft shadows, a short film that’s demented, crazily detailed, fun and oozing with style.

The Dead Pirates’ Wood: A Dirty Melody

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Photo of the Day: Cabs and Mystery Television Trash

Photo of the Day: Cabs and Mystery Television Trash

Photography by: Joseph O. Holmes, NYC

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Spider: A Slightly Warped Love Story With Untold Consequences

Spider: A Slightly Warped Love Story With Untold Consequences

Spider is a 9-minute action-thriller short film by Australian filmmaker Nash Edgerton. The acclaimed short was shot on location in Sydney, featuring Nash himself and the rising star of the Australian film scene, Mirrah Foulkes. Spider has played at over 60 film festivals around the world and won 19 awards, including awards at the Sundance Film Festival, the Indianapolis International Film Festival and the Sydney Film Festival.

This clever black-comedy brings a whole new meaning to the old-age adage,”It’s all fun and games until someone loses and eye.” It seems like just an ordinary day for this young Australian couple. Sure, they’ve had a bit of a row, but some flowers and chocolates should patch-up all that. Then they should be able to move on and continue like normal, right? Well, if you’re anarachnophobic , you may want to sit tight and hang on to your seat as this one winds its way toward a bizarre, unexpected plot twist. Spider’s final, rather macabre twist? Well now, you’ll just have to ask Little Miss Muffet about that!

Spider: A Slightly Warped Love Story With Untold Consequences

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Photo of the Day: A Surgical Symphony of Trafficking Neons

Photo of the Day: A Surgical Symphony of Trafficking Neons

Photography by: Joseph O. Holmes, NYC

A surgical symphony
In trafficked neons
Waving to the passing pee-ons
Flaunting fingers of apple hygiene
Au courant while threatening green!

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Just Found Some Money in That Ponzi-Scheme Hedge Fund! Let’s Have a Drink!

Just Found Some Money in That Ponzi-Scheme Hedge Fund! Let’s Have a Drink!

Ah, those wonderful hedge funds, they were all so sexy with their “rich people only” requirements and secretive investments. When Bernard Madoff, finally admitted that his hedge fund was “all just one big lie” and a “giant Ponzi scheme”, it was estimated that his investors lost over $65 billion. This makes it one of the largest cases of investor fraud and definitely largest Ponzi scheme in history. The SEC said it appeared that virtually all of the assets of his hedge fund business were missing. Ooops! Now, five months after Madoff’s massive fraud was revealed, very little of his victims’ money has been found. It appears increasingly likely that the worldwide hunt for the missing billions could drag on for years. So far, only about $1 billion has been located, a tiny fraction of the $65 billion the confessed con man stole from his investors.

But our secret, super-duper professional accountant team has been hard at work in their undercover investigation of every tiny, itsy-bitsy detail of this horrible detailed financial web. And lo and behold, the two of them just found some more money that had been hidden away in that Ponzi-Scheme hedge fund! Yes indeedy, the financial figures are looking better and better, and our super-duper accountant investigators are goin’ to celebrate their glorious achievement by having themselves a little drink! Or maybe two. Or just maybe more….

Found Some Money in That Ponzi-Scheme Hedge Fund! Let’s Have a Drink!

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