The Six Dollar Fifty Man: The World Gets a New Hero

The Six Dollar Fifty Man: The World Gets a New Hero

The Six Dollar Fifty Man is an inspiring short film directed by Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland, produced at New Zealand’s Sticky Pictures for NZ Shorts. The award-winning short film premiered with Special Distinction in Cannes 2009, received the Jury Prize for Filmmaking at Sundance 2010 and was nominated for Best Live Action Short Film at the 2011 Academy Awards.

The Six Dollar Fifty Man tells the story of eight-year-old Andy, who is forced to cope with daily struggles against bullying and abuse at a suppressive elementary school in rural New Zealand. The gutsy little boy has created a fantasied superhero world, in which his wild imagination allows him to perform extraordinary physical feats to withstand pain, scale buildings and leap from tall rooftops to deal with the school bullies and his constantly disparaging teacher. However, when Andy gets into trouble with the headmaster, he realizes that in order to save himself and his only friend, he must find the courage to confront his problems in the real world.

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The Snowman: A Magical Journey of Adventure, Friendship, Death and Loss

The Snowman: A Magical Journey of Adventure, Friendship, Death and Loss

The Snowman is a magical, classic animated short film directed by Dianne Jackson, based on the best-selling children’s story by Raymond Briggs. The film premiered on the United Kingdom’s BBC Channel 4 on Christmas Eve 1982, and has aired every year since then. The Snowman won the 1983 BAFTA TV Award for Best Chilcren’s Program and was nominated for a 1983 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.

The Snowman tells the wordless story of a young boy whose snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve and takes him on a series of adventures, only to melt into nothingness by dawn of the next day. It is a beloved holiday tradition; for many children of the 1970s and 1980s it was the first program they ever saw that addressed the issues of death and loss.

The Snowman: A Magical Journey of Adventure, Friendship, Death and Loss

A sequel to the silent Christmas classic The Snowman, titled The Snowman and the Snowdog, is scheduled to air this Monday on BBC’s Channel 4, more than 30 years after the original film’s premiere.

A Sequel to The Snowman: The Snowman and the Snowdog

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On the Road with The Kills: Dream and Drive

On the Road with The Kills: Dream and Drive

The Kills just celebrated their ten-year anniversary as a band, but it feels like they’re just getting started. Singer Alison Mosshart and guitarist Jamie Hince have taken their time on their rise from anonymous newcomers to veritable rock stars. Last year they put out their fourth album, Blood Pressures, and played some of the biggest venues of their career. Now, on September 4th, they’ll release a book of photographs, Dream and Drive, taken by their longtime friend Kenneth Cappello.

Photographer Cappello has gotten to know Mosshart and Hince pretty well over the last 10 years. Through lonely deserts and stages crawling with fans and sweat, Cappello captured many of the band’s most public and private moments. “He’s seen it all, the good and the bad, the broken down and the weird,” says Mosshart in the forward to Dream and Drive, Cappello’s collection of photographs of life on the road with The Kills.

The Kills: Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” (2012)

The Kills: The Last Goodbye

The Last Goodbye is a powerfully emotive music video portrait of the rock duo Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince, directed by the Oscar nominated actress Samantha Morton. The Kills celebrate ten years of musical partnership with this poignant and captivating video. The melancholic song The Last Goodbye offsets the usually hard-edged sound that Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince are known for, with haunting vocals and a nostalgic piano loop. Shot in monochrome on crisp, silvery 35mm film, the video reflects the beautiful simplicity of the track, while using an old-school photo-booth to provide an intimate backdrop for Mosshart’s intense and heart-warming opening performance. Her introduction is followed by a series of touching poses that casts a tender light on the musicians’longstanding and spirited friendship, as Mosshart and Hince share memories of their first meeting and a decade of collaboration.

The Kills: The Last Goodbye

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The Kills: The Last Goodbye

The Kills: The Last Goodbye

The Last Goodbye is a powerfully emotive music video portrait of the rock duo Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince, directed by the Oscar nominated actress Samantha Morton. The Kills celebrate ten years of musical partnership with this poignant and captivating video. The melancholic song The Last Goodbye offsets the usually hard-edged sound that Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince are known for, with haunting vocals and a nostalgic piano loop.

Shot in monochrome on crisp, silvery 35mm film, the video reflects the beautiful simplicity of the track, while using an old-school photo-booth to provide an intimate backdrop for Mosshart’s intense and heart-warming opening performance. Her introduction is followed by a series of touching poses that casts a tender light on the musicians’ longstanding and spirited friendship, as Mosshart and Hince share memories of their first meeting and a decade of collaboration.

The Kills: The Last Goodbye

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Peace on Earth: A Post-Apocalyptic World

Peace on Earth: A Post-Apocalyptic World

Peace on Earth is the widely acclaimed classic Christmastime animated short film, which was the masterwork creation of Hugh Harman released during the holiday season of 1939.  Peace on Earth was nominated for the 1939 Academy Award for Short Subjects (Cartoons) and was reported to have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize as well.

The animated short was given its widespread public showings immediately after the outbreak of World War II in Europe, and it was viewed as a serious work that dealt with the idea of what a post-apocalyptic world would be like.  In the film, two young squirrels ask their grandfather on Christmas Eve who the “men” are in the lyric Peace on Earth, good will to men.  The grandfather squirrel then tells them a rotoscoped history of the human race, focusing on the never-ending wars men waged.  Ultimately the wars did end, but with the deaths of the last men on Earth, two soldiers shooting each other.   Afterward, the surviving animals were inspired to rebuild a society that was dedicated to peace and nonviolence.

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Miracle Fish: A Short Film of Nearly Unbearable Suspense

Miracle Fish: A Short Film of Nearly Unbearable Suspense

Miracle Fish is a live-action short film directed by the Australian filmmaker Luke Doolan, which was nominated for Best Live Action Short at the 2010 Academy Awards.  The film tells the story of 8 year-old Joe, who has a birthday he will never forget.  After friends tease him at school, Joe sneaks off to the nurse’s offfice, wishing everyone in the world would go away.  He wakes up to find his dream may have become a reality.

The boy is inadvertently placed in mortal danger, which unfolds at first as the quiet examination of playground alienation before abruptly shifting into nearly unbearable suspense.  Miracle Fish is a real thriller with undeniably effective cinematic power.

Miracle Fish: A Short Film of Nearly Unbearable Suspense

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Oktapodi: Luvstruck Tentacled Couple Escapes Boiling Pot of Hell!

Oktapodi: Luvstruck Tentacled Couple Escapes Boiling Pot of Hell!

Oktapodi is a 2009 Academy Award Nominee for the Best Animated Short Film. The widely acclaimed animated short was produced and created by students at the Paris-based visual communication school Gobelins, L’Ecole de L’Image. The brilliantly colorful Oktapodi follows the adventures of two romantically smitten octopi through the harrowing dangers of their madcap escape from the determined grasp of a restaurant cook in a Greek village. In this comical and charming tale of true love, the tentacled couple face seemingly insurmountable odds in their attempt to reunite and stay together.

Oktapodi: Luvstruck Tentacled Couple Escapes Boiling Pot of Hell!

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