Photo of the Day: The Homeless Reader

Photo of the Day: The Homeless Reader

Photography by: Joseph O. Holmes, NYC

(Photograph Taken with Permission)

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Steel Life: A Breathtaking Visual Tapestry Evoking Themes of Creation and Rebirth

Steel Life: A Breathtaking Visual Tapestry Evoking Themes of Creation and Rebirth

Steel Life is a luxurious short film by Mathieu Gérard, which is based on an aesthetics of visual effects. The lush soundtrack was composed by Mathieu Alvado and performed by the Star Pop Orchestra at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. In place of a fixed idea or predefined narrative scheme, Steel Life uses conceptual realism, tenderly rendered imagery derived from nature, to create a rich associative network of ideas.

Orchestral music composed by Mathieu Gérard for his films (including Steel Life) and for classical ensembles can be downloaded here.

Steel Life: A Breathtaking Visual Tapestry Evoking Themes of Rebirth

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Handmade: A Surreal Narrative of Unrequited Love

Handmade: A Surreal Narrative of Unrequited Love

I’m living in…
I’m living in the present.”

Handmade is an surprisingly unusual, surreal short film from Brazil, directed by Denis Kamioka (CISMA). The film has been screened at the 2007 CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival, the 2007 Sapporo International Short Fest, the 2006 Rio de Janeiro Short Film Festival and the 2006 London Raindance Festival. Handmade is a surreal narrative of unrequited love, which is conveyed mostly through vexing metaphors that stick with you long after the film has ended. The use of color is exceedingly important, also. Each scene has a chromatic mood that serves as an important subtext to the action, creating a film that’s a nicely controlled mix of storytelling and visual play.

The film has been described by reviewers as a masterpiece, a brilliant example of the power that a short film can wield. It masters the challenges of telling a lifetime of emotions in just a few short minutes, forcing a condensation that can strike right to your core. Longer form films can be just as enthralling, but in a different way. Long movies are filled with discovery that comes from layers of information slowly piling up to inform the viewer about what comes after it. Short films are like haiku and lightning, magnificent bursts of everything almost all at once.

Handmade is a wonder because of the way it breathes, so heavily that you can feel years inside of it. The story is told in a full-sensory mode, both tangible and imaginary, in flashback and in real-time. Handmade is a perfect cinematic balancing act. It shows and tells just as much as it needs to; experiences need to be distilled, stories told not through dialogue and plot twists, but rather through nuance, color and a sense of larger “truths.” It visually brings to life feelings so natural and intrinsic that there is no need for language or plot exposition.

Handmade: A Surreal Narrative of Unrequited Love

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