Last Minutes with Oden: A Powerful Elegy on Love, Loss and Grief

Last Minutes with Oden: A Powerful Elegy on Love, Loss and Grief

Last Minutes with Oden is a deeply engaging, extremely heart-wrenching 6-minute documentary short film directed and edited by Eliot Rausch, in association with PhosPictures and Uber Content. The film was named Best Documentary and Best Video at the 2010 Vimeo Awards, chosen from over 6500 film and video submissions.

Last Minutes with Oden tells a story about Jason Wood (Woody), an ex-convict who is saying a final farewell to his best friend, of the man’s last minutes with his dog before he has to have it euthanized for health reasons. The documentary is a beautiful elegy that calls attention to certain heartbreaking moments most of us experience, which is an incredibly powerful reminder of the importance of family and friendships in all our lives.

The 2010 Vimeo Awards site can be viewed here.

Last Minutes with Oden: A Powerful Elegy on Love, Loss and Grief

5 Hours with Woody: Three years before “Last Minutes with Oden”

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Limbo: A Story from the Hearts and Mouths of Undocumented Young People

Limbo: A Story from the Hearts and Mouths of Undocumented Young People

Limbo is the new documentary short film directed by Eliot Rausch, created in association with Phos Pictures, which had its World Premier in New York City earlier this week. Previously, Rausch won the Best Documentary Award and the Grand Prize at the 2010 Vimeo Festival + Awards, for his short film Last Minutes with Oden. After winning the 25K Grand Prize Grant from the Vimeo Awards, Director Eliot Rausch partnered with Producer Mark Schwartz and the Dreamers of Los Angeles to create Limbo.

The emotionally moving 19-minute documentary short film exposes the lives of three undocumented students, who are living in Los Angeles without legal status. Without ever before having touched a camera, the students were gifted with a small video camera and provided with a half-day of training. They were asked to film everyday for three months. Through their lens, this is a story from the hearts and mouths of the undocumented.

Limbo: A Story from the Hearts and Mouths of Undocumented Young People

From Last Minutes with Oden to Limbo

Rausch won the Grand Prize at the first Vimeo Festival + Awards, held in late 2010, for his documentary short film Last Minutes with Oden. The film documents ex-convict Jason Wood’s emotions as he must euthanize his beloved dog, Oden, who had been suffering from cancer. Oden is a poignant, deeply touching chronicle of love between human and pet, which has been viewed on Vimeo more than 2.5 million times.

After winning the award, Rausch said that he began to feel guilty. “I think the project was exploiting the life of a friend and his suffering,” he said. So, in the months that followed, Rausch came up with the idea to use his $25,000 Grand Prize money to create a film that might empower his subjects, rather than simply chronicling their struggles.

From Last Minutes with Oden to Limbo

Update:

Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children will be able to obtain work permits and be safe from deportation under a new policy announced on Friday by the Obama administration.

Read President Obama’s announcement in the White House Rose Garden on Friday afternoon here.

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O Night Divine

O Night Divine

O Night Divine is a new and compelling four-minute short film by Los Angeles filmmaker Eliot Rausch, with original music by Adam Taylor. Using nothing more than 12/24/11 and stunning visuals from the film to explain its narrative, this absolutely mesmerizing work presents a great modern Christmas story.

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Stephen Murray: A Story of Incredible Suffering and Courageous Determination

Stephen Murray: A Story of Incredible Suffering and Courageous Determination

Pass The Bucket: Stephen Murray is a heart-wrenching, but very inspiring 5-minute documentary short film directed by Eliot Rausch, whose previous documentary Last Minutes with Oden was named Best Documentary and Best Video at the 2010 Vimeo Awards.

June 22, 2007 marked a day that the Action Sports world will remember for a lifetime, a day that forever changed the life of professional BMX rider and three-time U.S. Gold Medalist, Stephen Murray. During competition in the BMX Dirt Finals at the Dew Actions Sports Tour in Baltimore (MD), while in the midst of doing a double back flip, Murray had what has been described as one of the worst crashes ever seen in BMX competition. In that catastrophic tragedy, the incredibly talented 27 year-old athlete suffered career ending injuries to his spinal cord, which left him paralyzed below the shoulders.

Almost four years later, Murray’s life has changed drastically. Fully paralyzed, Stephen now lives a different reality, but he has come to view it as a platform to help others. He continues to embrace each day and in his own words, “stay strong.” In the documentary, Murray describes the accident he endured, the changes to his life as a result of it and what enables him to continue fighting. And in true Stephen Murray fashion, his strength and perseverance continues to inspire. Stay strong.

Through his Stay Strong Foundation and courageous determination, Stephen surprisingly has found a powerful way to pass the bucket. Viewers can find more information about Murray’s foundation here.

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Sermon on the Mound: Blessed are the Poor in Spirit

Sermon on the Mound: Blessed are the Poor in Spirit

Sermon on the Mound is an inspirational three-minute documentary short film directed by Eliot Rausch. The deeply personal documentary was shot over a period of 36 hours in Los Angeles and is  stunningly filmed and edited. The documentary short expresses a tone of unconditional love and support for the poor in spirit, the impoverished, the homeless and the persecuted. Previously, Rausch was the director of Last Minutes with Oden, which was named the Best Documentary and Overall Best Video at the 2010 Vimeo Awards in New York City.

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This Kingdom: For the Broken, the Helpless and the Outcast

This Kingdom: For the Broken, the Helpless and the Outcast

This Kingdom is a heart-wrenching documentary short film by Eliot Rausch, whose previous documentary Last Minutes with Oden was just named Best Documentary and Best Video at the 2010 Vimeo Awards.  This Kingdom captures a short moment in the life of Brian Wolke, his wife, his young child and their current obstacle in life.  Living in Compton, California, Brian has got no work and is forced to move out of the family’s home, shifting all of their belongings into storage.

This is such a terribly heartbreaking film; you have to feel for these people and what they are going through right now.  In our present times, many people are finding themselves in the same position as that of Brian and his family, so interest this film should be very high.

This Kingdom: For the Broken, the Helpless and the Outcast

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Last Minutes with Oden: The Experience of Loss and Grief

Last Minutes with Oden: The Experience of Loss and Grief

Last Minutes with Oden is a deeply engaging, extremely heart-wrenching 6-minute short documentary directed and edited by Eliot Rausch, in association with PhosPictures. The film tells a story about Jason Wood (Woody), an ex-convict who is saying a final farewell to his best friend, the man’s last minutes with his dog before he has to have it euthanized for health reasons. The documentary is a beautiful elegy that calls attention to certain heartbreaking moments most of us experience, and which is an incredibly powerful reminder of the importance of family and friendships in all our lives.

Last Minutes with Oden was named Best Documentary and Best Video at the 2010 Vimeo Awards, chosen from over 6500 film and video submissions.  The 2010 Vimeo Awards site can be viewed here.

Last Minutes with Oden: The Experience of Loss and Grief

5 Hours with Woody: Three years before Last Minutes with Oden

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