The Terrible Thing of Alpha-9: The Horrible Monster’s Slaughter Continues!

The Terrible Thing of Alpha-9: The Horrible Monster’s Slaughter Continues!

The Terrible Thing of Alpha-9 is a wickedly humorous, downright Looney-Tooney five-minute animated short film by Jake Armstrong.  After a gruesome monster slaughters forty people, our faithful spaceman-defender lands on the planet in a courageous quest to take the Terrible Thing out.  Of course, with a reputation like that, such an undertaking is no easy task….

The Terrible Thing of Alpha-9: The Horrible Monster’s Slaughter Continues!

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Kent State: The Day the War Came Home

Kent State: The Day the War Came Home

Bullets don’t like people
who love flowers,
They’re jealous ladies, bullets,
short on kindness.
Allison Krause, nineteen years old,
you’re dead
for loving flowers.

May 4th, 2010, will mark the 40th Anniversary of the Kent State Shootings, also known as the Kent State Massacre, which took place at Kent State University in Ohio.  It involved the shooting of unarmed college students by members of the Ohio National Guard on Monday, May 4, 1970.  The guardsmen fired 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others.

Some of the students who were shot had been protesting against the American invasion of Cambodia, which President Richard Nixon had announced in a television address on April 30.  Other students who were shot had been walking nearby or observing the protest from a distance.  There was a significant nation-wide response to the shootings: hundreds of universities, colleges, and high schools closed throughout the United States resulting from a student strike of four million students.

Remembering The Kent State Massacre May 4, 1970

Slide Show: Kent State/The Day the War Came Home

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The Hand of the Masters: A Steampunk Version of The French Revolution

The Hand of the Masters: A Steampunk Version of The French Revolution

La Main des Maîtres (The Hand of the Masters) is a five-minute animated short film by three students from the French Georges Méliès School: Vivien Chauvet, Adrien Toupet and Clément Delatre.  The film won the 2009 Strasbourg International Film Festival (France) Best Animation Award.  It takes graphic inspiration from early 20th century’s Art Nouveau and Victorian styles, and from those influences, everything went to Steampunk.  The film tells the story of working class people and their struggles during the industrial revolution.  In this Steampunk version of the French Revolution, Chari and Ico, two young members of the working class, try to give meaning to their existences.

The Hand of the Masters: A Steampunk Version of The French Revolution

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Sunshowers: A Sensual Celebration of Sunlight

Sunshowers: A Sensual Celebration of Sunlight

Sunshowers is a sultry one-minute fashion film directed by Elisha Smith-Leverock.  The film portrays a celebration of the sunlight, where a sexy priestess gives homage to her goddess with a stylized, primal ritual.  Sunshowers was made for the One Minute Light Series commissioned by Vogue.it, which will premiere at Diane Pernet’s A Shaded View On Fashion Film, May 2010, in Milan.

Sunshowers: A Sensual Celebration of Sunlight

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Cherry Blossom Time: The Trumpets of Spring are Playing

Cherry Blossom Time: The Trumpets of Spring are Playing

Photography by:  Joseph O. Holmes, NYC

Cherry Blossom Time: A Time-Lapse at The Brooklyn Botanic Garden

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Eyjafjallajökull: The Volcanic Eruption on Iceland

Eyjafjallajökull: The Volcanic Eruption on Iceland

Eyjafjallajökull is one of the smaller glaciers of Iceland, which covers a volcano that has erupted relatively frequently.  It has erupted twice in 2010, on March 20th and April 14th.  The March event forced a brief evacuation of around 500 people, but the April eruption was ten to twenty times more powerful and caused substantial disruption to air traffic all across Northern Europe.

Eyjafjallajökull is an incredible three-minute documentary short film by Marc Szeglat, with some of  the most amazing shots of volcanic activity ever seen.

Eyjafjallajökull: The Volcanic Eruption on Iceland

(Best Viewed in HD Full-Screen Mode)

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Up There: An Homage to Sky High Billboard Artists

Up There: An Homage to Sky High Billboard Artists

Up There is a remarkable short film by Malcolm Murray, a documentary about a group of billboard artists as they hand-painted renditions of each stage of a “nine-step” Belgian pouring ritual high up in the sky.  The film captures a bunch of men who aren’t used to being noticed, let alone recognized for their work, but thanks to Murray’s wonderful camera work, we’re able to get up close and personal with them without feeling like intruders in their space.

Scaling brownstones, tenement buildings and skyscrapers across New York City, these men are from a bygone era, relics left over from a different time and, for all intents and purposes, a different world.  This film, no matter what the pretense or who paid for it, pays homage to a dying art form.  Up There documents what could be the last days of a great American institution, and one of the last remnants of the old New York.

Up There: An Homage to Sky High Billboard Artists

The Ritual Project Time-Lapse : Three Weeks of Painting in 57 Seconds

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