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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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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Last Minutes with Oden: On Experiencing Grief and Loss

Last Minutes with Oden: On Experiencing Grief and Loss

Last Minutes with Oden is an attractively engaging, but 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 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: On Experiencing Grief and Loss

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

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The Whistler: My Little Fine Feathered Friend!

The Whistler: My Little Fine Feathered Friend!

When my little caged bird suddenly discovers that he’s able to communicate with Big Bobo, the friendly house cat, what will my feathered friend end up saying?   Will a true and warm friendship blossom, or will personal interests come between them?

The Whistler: My Little Fine Feathered Friend!

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Friends: It’s the Cure for Everything

When you’re in need of love, one hopes that friends will give you care and attention. But, as this little film shows, starting new friendships can be difficult, sometimes much more difficult than others.

Friends: It’s the Cure for Everything

Film produced by: by Sveinbjörn J. Tryggvason

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Sebastian’s Voodoo: A Question of Protecting Friends

Sebastian’s Voodoo: A Question of Protecting Friends

Sebastian’s Voodoo by Joaquin Baldwin is a darkly beautiful, visually stunning short animation film that’s set to a haunting musical score. The film is an exciting, tension-filled four-minute production, which leads into several cringe-worthy moments throughout the story.

The film opens in a gloomy and mysterious cellar, with a voodoo doll suspended from a hook struggling to escape. Just then, a voodoo priest enters the room and grasps the doll, jabbing it with pins, perhaps to inflict pain upon others, but quite possibly just for the sole purpose of wreaking pain upon the doll. Growing tired of the repeated poking, the priest finally coldly drives a needle through the heart of the doll, killing it.

After watching this, two of the other voodoo dolls quickly plan their escapes. The first one manages to break free of its hook and to find refuge hiding in the room, but merely seconds before the priest could find him. However, the second doll isn’t as lucky. The voodoo priest begins sticking needles into doll number two, tauntingly preparing it for its ultimate doom. However, the doll in hiding realizes that by inflicting pin wounds upon itself, it has the power to harm the priest.

Stabbing itself through the hand, it brings pain to the priest’s hand; stabbing itself through the leg, it brings the priest to the ground. But these only serve to create momentary setbacks to the priest’s repeated attacks, and the doll soon realizes that the only way to save its friend, as well as the many other captive dolls, is to make the ultimate self-sacrifice.

The course of this beautiful animated film is set within the tradition of some voodoo spiritual religions that believe sticking pins in voodoo dolls is a method of cursing an individual, which was in turn originally used as a means of self-defense to intimidate people who were seen as stronger, dangerous and oppressive.

But as a more universal tale, Sebastian’s Voodoo serves as a powerful metaphor about obligations that are embedded in our kindred relationships. At this level, the film’s story represents a challenge for us to find in our own natures the capacity to protect others from imminent dangers, as well as the ultimate question of how far we would actually go to save our friends.

Sebastian’s Voodoo: A Question of Protecting Friends

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