Kisses from Paris: Two Young Lovers Kiss Their Way Around Paris

Kisses from Paris: Two Young Lovers Kiss Their Way Around Paris

Kisses from Paris is a dreamily sexy three-minute short film by the French filmmaker Yvan Attal, a tribute to Paris, its young lovers and its street life.  The film’s a journey off the beaten track, taking in sights tourists tend to miss: there’s a rock concert in the Château de Vincennes, as well as footage shot around the Bibliothèque Nationale, the Palais du Tokyo and the flea market at Saint Ouen.

It shows the multi-cultural side of Paris, its art and music scenes, and the actors are young, beautiful and appealingly scruffy.  They meet, fall for each other, and spend the day wandering around with their hormones raging, while Rufus Wainwright sings a melancholy tune in the background.  “I don’t want to leave Paris,” moans the young woman in between passionate kisses.

Kisses from Paris: Two Young Lovers Kiss Their Way Around Paris

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Sign Language: The Static Outdoor Information Technician

Sign Language: The Static Outdoor Information Technician

Sign Language is a bittersweet tearjerker, a delightful four-minute short film by the young English filmmaker Oscar Sharp, which is currently nominated for best short in the Reed “Wonderful Workplace” Film Contest.  “My workplace is wonderful, and I want to share it,” are the opening words of Ben, a man who holds a sign for a living, and loves his job more than almost anything.  But today, sadly, is his very last day.

Sign Language: The Static Outdoor Information Technician

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The Sandpit: A Day in the Life of a Miniature New York

The Sandpit: A Day in the Life of a Miniature New York

The Sandpit is an amazing  tilt-shift, time-lapse short film by artist Sam O’Hare, who created the film from more than 35,000 pictures.  O’Hare manipulated his photos so that only narrow planes of focus remained sharp, creating an effect that makes the city look like a miniature New York, like a little model.  His shots range from scenes of crowds entering the Met, to construction work at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

The Sandpit: A Day in the Life of a Miniature New York

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Wofford College Claims Southern Conference Title, Defeats College of Charleston 74-68!

Wofford College Claims Southern Conference Title, Defeats College of Charleston 74-68!

Wofford College claimed the regular season Southern Conference championship with a 74-68 win over the College of Charleston on Thursday night at Benjamin Johnson Arena. In front of a sold-out crowd, the Terriers used a 14-0 run to take the lead in the first half and held on for the win.  Wofford has won nine in a row and is 22-8 on the season and 14-3 in the Southern Conference.

With the win, the Terriers have claimed the #1 seed in the South Division in the upcoming Southern Conference Tournament.  In addition, Wofford has claimed the conference’s automatic bid to the NIT Tournament if they do not reach the NCAA Tournament as the regular season champion.  The Terriers will play the final home game of the season against The Citadel on Saturday at 7:00 pm.

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A Harrowing Afternoon on the Four-Oh-Five!

A Harrowing Afternoon on the Four-Oh-Five!

405 is an animated three-minute short film produced in 2000 by Bruce Branit and Jeremy Hunt, who created it with almost no money, using only a digital camera and a pair of dual processor computers.  Within a week of its release, 405 had 250,000 downloads, the first short film to become widely distributed on the Internet and it’s generally thought of as one of the very first viral films.  The film shows an American Airlines DC-10 jet making an emergency landing onto the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles, while a Jeep tries to avoid getting crushed in the process.

The young man driving the jeep floors it, but complications arise, and he and the jet are on a collision course with the Little Old Lady from Pasadena, driving ever-so-slowly in her Lincoln.  Miracles can happen, and the old woman manages to have the last word.

A Harrowing Afternoon on the Four-Oh-Five!

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Photo of the Day: Life Will Be So Much Better There

Photo of the Day: Life Will Be So Much Better There

Photography by:  Joseph O. Holmes, NYC

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Blind Spot: A Hold-Up Gone Terribly Wrong

Blind Spot: A Hold-Up Gone Terribly Wrong

Blind Spot is an award-winning, animated three-minute short dark comedy created by Cécile Dubois-Herry, along with a group of her fellow students at Gobelins, l’Ecole de l’Image, Paris.  In the film, a clumsy robber enters a small convenience store to pull off a hold-up, while an elderly grandmother with very poor eyesight is doing her shopping.  Suddenly, everything goes horribly wrong.  Peripheral vision is everything in this animation, as the store’s surveillance camera doesn’t quite tell the story of what really happened in the convenience store.  The technical and artistic strengths of the film’s creators all dovetail brilliantly, which makes for a tightly packed narrative that’s full of detail and comedic irony.

Blind Spot: A Hold-Up Gone Terribly Wrong

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