Trees: A Poetic Documentary about the Destruction of Trees

Trees: A Poetic Documentary about the Destruction of Trees

Only takes one tree, to make a thousand matches
Only takes one match, to burn a thousand trees
A thousand trees.

Trees (Alberi) is a 5-min. short animated poetic documentary about trees and the environmental destruction of our forests, which was made by 22 Italian pupils (9 years old) during their Art and Music classes.  The short animated film was directed and edited by their teacher, Raffaella Traniello.  In the process of creating this work, the young students learned to play the recorder, played a real concert harp and spent 2 years learning watercolor techniques to paint the sky, bushes and trees.

Trees: A Poetic Documentary about the Destruction of Trees

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The Gulls: A Gull in the Head is Truly Priceless!

The Gulls: A Gull in the Head is Truly Priceless!

What happened, Mitch?
Gull hit her.
A gull?

WTF on earth is this dang thing here anyway??!  Well, “The Gulls” is a 1-min. animated short film created by Kristof Luyckx.  This very strange, drolly witty animated short was inspired by a piece of dialogue from Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds.”  Yes indeedy, and this poor little lady here in this film isn’t wearing no fancy-fashion birdie hat.  Nope, she’s got herself a gull sticking right into her head, and it’s a truly priceless wonder to see!

The Gulls: A Gull in the Head is Truly Priceless!

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Photo of the Day: Ronald Points and the Universe Laughs Behind Our Backs!

Photo of the Day: Ronald Points and the Universe Laughs Behind Our Backs!

Photography by:  Joseph O. Holmes, NYC

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Two Weeks: A Battle Cry to Keep a Relationship Together

Two Weeks: A Battle Cry to  Keep a Relationship Together

Two Weeks is a wonderfully imaginative, acclaimed animated short film created by Gabe Askew, set to the music of Grizzly Bear’s Two Weeks. Describing the animated short, Askew says that he chose the song Two Weeks by his favorite indie band Grizzly Bear because it inspired him.  Even though the video is about two men, he connected the lyrics to his own relationship with his wife.  Askew described his short film as, “The story of a relationship where one person is uncertain of the others loyalty.  You get sucked up into the daily grind and forget to tell the one you love how you feel.  They get insecure and worry that you aren’t committed.  And the line ‘I told you I would stay’ is like a battle cry for fighting to keep your relationship together when it seems to be on the brink.”

Two Weeks: A Battle Cry to Keep a Relationship Together

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Photo of the Day: Conjuring UFO Taking-Off Illusions

Photo of the Day: Conjuring UFO Taking-Off Illusions

Photography by:  Joseph O. Holmes, NYC

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Weather Forecast: Sunshine with Intermittent Burgers!

Weather Forecast: Sunshine with Intermittent Burgers!

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In the Moment: A Celebration of Everyday Life

In the Moment: A Celebration of Everyday Life

Moments is a stunning short film by filmmaker Will Hoffman, in collaboration with New York City’s Radio Lab.  At first glance, the film is simply a mere collection of ordinary moments, such as: a falling teardrop, an escaped balloon, a dive into a pool, a school bus.  But far from being just a mundane series of images, Moments ends up delivering a cascade of visual poignancy that makes you realize how universal these glimpses are.  It’s so very powerfully engaging, like taking your whole life and strolling it past a long hall of mirrors.

The film is evidence that even the smallest things we see everyday, when carefully framed, can ache with ignored beauty. There is an infinite potential of unrealized moments in the experiences of our everyday lives, which points to the over-arching importance of living neither in the distant past nor in the far reaches of the future, but rather in our everyday experiences of the here-and-now.

In the Moment: A Celebration of Everyday Life

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