Successful Alcoholics: A Sadly Tragic View of Titular Boozers

Successful Alcoholics: A Sadly Tragic View of Titular Boozers

Successful Alcoholics is a funny, yet very dark short film from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, which was an audience hit at Sundance and SXSW last year.  After playing at Sundance, SXSW, AFI and over 30 other festivals, this is the first time this short film is available online. In the film, a financially-successful young co-dependent couple is drowning in booze and yet still clinging to well-paying jobs. At first their antics seem hilarious, but ultimately their story becomes really heartbreaking.

Successful Alcoholics: A Sadly Tragic View of Titular Boozers

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Photo of the Day: Melancholy Shades of Blue

Photo of the Day: Melancholy Shades of Blue

Photography by:  Glenn Losack, M.D. (NYC)

Can you now recall all that you have known?
Will you never fall
When the light has flown?
Tell me all that you may know
Show me what you have to show
Won’t you come and say
If you know the way to blue?

-Nick Drake, 1969

Nick Drake: Way to Blue (1969)

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Man in the Moose Suit: Waitin’ for the End to Come

Man in the Moose Suit: Waitin’ for the End to Come

Man in the Moose Suit is the seemingly wacky, psychedelic music video created by Ryan Glenn for the international debut of indie-pop singer Andrew Collberg.  Collberg’s warm voice touches and seduces the heart, resurrecting the sounds of John Lennon, The Band, Bob Dylan and Neil Young.  But beneath the disarmingly melodic music of Man in the Moose Suit is a message that’s both quirky and raw.  The fellow who’s waiting for the end to come in this video is confronted with images of birthdays gone terribly wrong; an elementary school uprising; tattooed, smoking and gun-toting nuns; and the town beauty queen festooned with raggedy toilet-paper decorations.  He watches the heart-rending parade of everyday life going berserk, waiting for the end to come.  And when the last of the sideshows has finally passed him by, the poor man is left sitting all alone on the dusty curb, a single tear running down his cheek.

Man in the Moose Suit: Waitin’ for the End to Come

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Photo of the Day: And Clowns Also Cry

Photo of the Day: And Clowns Also Cry

Photography by:  Glenn Losack, M.D.

Le Mime Marcel Marceau: A Very Sad Clown

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Photo of the Day: Adult Books-Firewood-Truck for Sale

Photo of the Day: Adult Books-Firewood-Truck for Sale

Photography by:  Eirik Johnson

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Another Shade of Blue: Portraits of The Lonely Fall River Boys

Another Shade of Blue: Portraits of The Lonely Fall River Boys

Fall River Boys is a series of photographs by Richard Renaldi, an extraordinary street photographer.  Renaldi’s works are political, seeking out those who are at the edges of society.  His previous photographic-essays captured the bus stations and rural byways of America and gay meeting places in New York.  Fall River Boys chronicles the lives of Fall River’s dead-end kids as icons of the downwardly mobile, young people who are doomed to spend their lives in a once-prosperous, now post-industrial city.

Nick Drake: Way to Blue

Slide Show: Another Shade of Blue/Portraits of The Lonely Fall River Boys

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The Curse: A Quietly Devastating Love Story

The Curse: A Quietly Devastating Love Story

He opens his eyes
Falls in love at first sight
With the girl in the doorway
What beautiful lines
Heart full of life
After thousands of years,
What a face to wake up to.

The Curse is a painfully poignant song from the Americana singer-songwriter Josh Ritter’s latest album, So Runs the World Away.  The song tells the tale of a heart-breaking romance, which is brilliantly paired with the handcrafted creation and vision of marionette-puppeteer extraordinaire Liam Hurley, who is also Josh Ritter’s drummer.

Both the lyrics and doleful music strike a mesmerizing chord that’s movingly evocative of our contemporary  world, which is increasingly inhabited by people who are transient, lonely and ever on the search for something.  The Curse follows the course of a seemingly unlikely love affair between a mummy and a Victorian archaeologist.  The progression of their romance is quietly devastating, where the mummy’s curse turns out to be a poetic parable for the mournfully melancholy realization that love is mortal.

The Curse: A Quietly Devastating Love Story

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