We’ve All Been There: The Unexpected Kindness of Others

We’ve All Been There: The Unexpected Kindness of Others

We’ve All Been There is an acclaimed, inspiring short film directed by Australian filmmaker Nicholas Clifford, which just won top honors at Tropfest Australia 2013, the world’s biggest short-film festival. In the film, a struggling young waitress has to come up with $800 immediately or lose her house, while a flat tire leaves an older woman stranded in the middle of a desert. At the same time, an unemployed man desperately needs a job. All these stories are brought together as what goes around comes around and they impact each other in a way the three people could never have imagined.

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The Maestro: An Off-Key Derelict Creates an Urban Symphony

The Maestro: An Off-Key Derelict Creates an Urban Symphony

The Maestro is an inspiring short film directed by Adam Anthony in collaboration with Third Generation Films, which was one of the winning films at 2011 Tropfest Australia. On unkind city streets an off-key homeless derelict liberates a window-washing squeegee, which empowers him to create a symphony out of the urban world around him. But when the orchestra becomes as big as the city itself, will The Maestro still be able to control his world of sound?

The Maestro: An Off-Key Derelict Creates an Urban Symphony

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Help, My Neighborhood Has Been Overrun By Baboons!!

Help, My Neighborhood Has Been Overrun By Baboons!!

My Neighborhood Has Been Overrun By Baboons is a hilarious animated four-minute short film directed by Australian filmmakers Cameron Edser and Michael Richards, with music by The Dairy Brothers.  The film had a huge premier on February 21st  as part of Tropfest 2010, viewed by a massive crowd of 75,000 at the Domain in Sydney.  The film won second place in the Tropfest 2010 Animated Shorts category.

In My Neighborhood Has Been Overrun By Baboons a poor guy wakes up one morning and is shocked to find that his home and entire neighborhood has been overrun by big baboons.  What if there was nothing you could do and nowhere you could hide?  Wouldn’t you go absolutely bananas?  Now this little film is just about as silly as it gets, but it does make an interesting point.  In some ways, at times we all might get the feeling that our neighborhood has been overrun by baboons!

My Neighborhood Has Been Overrun By Baboons

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To Switch or Not to Switch. That is the Question.

To Switch or Not to Switch. That is the Question.

The Switch is an acclaimed independent film that received Tropfest short film awards at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. The guiding theme for the 2007 Tropfest competition was the concept of a slice, which the juried films portrayed with a variety of techniques, ranging from incorporating slices of food in a film, to a more subtle psychological slicing up of a film’s characters, to even slicing the movie screen in half.

The Switch weaves an unusual story that reveals the painful experience of a grievously fated intimate attraction. Specifically, the film traces the course of a serendipidous encounter between two people whose surface disparities form the basis of their strong mutual attraction, while a more fundamental difference between the persons ensures that the yearnings of both for the most intimate level of love with each other will be doomed. However, the ending of this film expresses an important message to more attentive viewers about the relational importance of the experience of surprise.

A major implication contained within this humorously bittersweet short film is that while life’s ambiguity ultimately is irreducible, learning to embrace the ambiguous and uncertain nature of our lives can vitalize and enrich our experiences of surprise. In other words, focusing upon the present can expand our capacities to become more engaged in depth with the ongoing, day-to-day events and loving relationships in our lives. This in turn calls for us learn how to become prepared to be unprepared for new emotional experiences.

To Switch or Not to Switch. That is the Question.

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The Art of Empathic Listening: “Mankind is No Island”

The Art of Empathic Listening: “Mankind is No Island”

Mankind Is No Island is a short documentary film made entirely with a cellphone camera.  The film was shot in New York City and Sydney, Australia.  Mankind Is No Island was named the winner of The 2008 New York Tropfest and was awarded a first-prize of $20,000.

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