The Alialujah Choir: A House, A Home

The Alialujah Choir: A House, A Home

A House, A Home is a narrative music video from the debut album of The Alialujah Choir, directed by Daniel Fickle and produced by Mark Smith. The song tells the story of two imagined characters, an adolescent boy and girl, who were in treatment at a psychiatric hospital. They were both going through that intense experience together, but since they were never allowed to be alone with each other, and the boy could never express his feelings for the girl, his feelings for her became larger than life. One day, when the boy saw the girl leaving the office from her therapy session, he assumed that it was a rendezvous of a different kind and took his own life.

Smith wanted to create a narrative for the video to help the boy who had committed suicide reconcile his past. A few years after the boy’s death, the girl also died of natural causes and was buried next to him. It was Fickle’s idea to continue the story underground. By keeping the obvious graveyard imagery out of the story, it helped to create a lighter mood and leave room for playfulness, which was a counterbalance to the somber tone of the song and lyrics.

Daniel Fickle previously directed the incredible music video Denmark for The Portland Cello Project.

The Alialujah Choir: A House, A Home

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Anthony Pisano’s East Village Apartment: A Home for the Heart

Anthony Pisano’s East Village Apartment: A Home for the Heart

Welcome to My Home is delightful documentary short film by Kelsey Holtaway and Mark Cersosimo at Departure/Arrival Films. Anthony Pisano is a sweet old man who sits on the sidewalk and invites passersby to browse the contents of his East Village home, an amber-lit apartment-space packed with antiques, photographs, knickknacks, figurines and watch parts, which might easily be confused with a rummage sale or second-hand shop.

But nothing in the collections Mr. Pisano has built throughout his life is for sale. Instead, for Mr. Pisano, the benefit of living in his East Village storefront is that it offers him a chance to meet people. He leaves the front door ajar, and blasts Frank Sinatra music into the street. Passersby peer at his collection of unusual items, like a Bill Clinton doll on an antique model boat. .The New York Times reported in 2010 that Pisano “estimates he gives away 10 to 12 trinkets every day.”

Anthony Pisano’s East Village Apartment: A Home for the Heart

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A Home Full of Art: A Consumerist Nightmare

Paintings by: Jessica Rohrer

A Home Full of Art: A Consumerist Nightmare

Oakridge Road is a series of paintings by Jessica Rohrer, which is currently on exhibition at New York City’s PPOW Gallery. The paintings are meticulous, stylized portraits of her home’s interiors and domestic commodities, which have the visual lure of advertising, but they’re not selling anything, merely asking you to look.

A highly organized closet filled with clothes, a collection of every brand of cleaning product you can imagine, a totally antiseptic kitchen, the cornucopia of processed foods in the refrigerator, the dining room and its empty furniture, views out windows of the perfect neighborhood: all this and much more Ms. Rohrer paints with an almost eerie objectivity. In this vacuum-sealed artificial paradise, utopia turns into dystopia, the American Dream becomes a consumerist nightmare.

Read more about this exhibition in The New York Times here.

Photo-Gallery: A Home Full of Art/A Consumerist Nightmare

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The Limitless House: In the Ramshackle Hut Lies a Home

The Limitless House: In the Ramshackle Hut Lies a Home

The Limitless House (Das Grenzenlose Haus) is an enchanting short film directed by the German filmmaker Woof Wan-Bau.  The rendition of this really little film about a very tiny house is flawless.  The film tells the story of a young man who acquires a small hut and allows his creativity to run free.  Through ambitious labors he manages to turn the dilapidated shack into a magical house, and in the process his neighbors become friends.

The Limitless House: In the Ramshackle Hut Lies a Home

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To Build a Home: An Emotional Journey of Love and Heartbreaking Loss

To Build a Home: An Emotional Journey of Love and Heartbreaking Loss

There is a house built out of stone
Wooden floors, walls and window sills…
Tables and chairs worn by all of the dust..
This is a place where I don’t feel alone
This is a place where I feel at home…….
Until it disappeared
from me
from you
And now, it’s time to leave and turn to dust……..

To Build a Home is a beautifully haunting short film/music video addressing the subject of death and coping with the loss of one’s partner, produced by England’s Up The Resolution with music by The Cinematic Orchestra.  The film chronicles the final hours of a dying woman, while her dedicated partner faithfully provides loving care and comfort in her final moments.  In the second part of the short, we see the heartbroken man coming to terms with the loss of his beloved and struggling to face a future without the woman he loves.  Reviewers have rightly claimed that To Build a Home is one of the most aesthetically pleasing experiences you’re likely to encounter in the world of live-action film.

To Build a Home: An Emotional Journey of Love and Heartbreaking Loss

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Home: Feelings of Painful Loss When Home Becomes Just a Memory

Home: Feelings of Painful Loss When Home Becomes Just a Memory

Home is a touching six-minute short film by Matthew Faust, which won Best Documentary Short at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.  The film, which was created from hundreds of old photographs and home movies, portrays the fond personal remembering and subsequent painful loss of home, told as an archetype for all Katrina victims.

Home: Feelings of Painful Loss When Home Becomes Just a Memory

Interested viewers can obtain a DVD of this wonderful film here.

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Photo of the Day: Home, Sweet Home

Photo of the Day: Home, Sweet Home

Photography by:  Joseph O. Holmes, NYC

Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam,
Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home.

John Howard Payne, 1823

Motley Crue and Chester Bennington: Home, Sweet Home

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