The Adventures of a Cardboard Box: Humorous Play and Melancholy Loss

The Adventures of a Cardboard Box: Humorous Play and Melancholy Loss

The Adventures of a Cardboard Box is a fascinating short film by English illustrator and filmmaker Temujin Doran, which was named a finalist in the 2011 Nokia Shorts Video Contest. Thousands of videos from around the world were submitted and judged over a four month period, and from those seven films were selected as finalists. The seven finalists were screened and judged at the 2011 Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Temujin’s short film has been described rather simply as the story of one boy’s escapades with a large cardboard box, which he uses as a gateway to a multitude of fantasy adventures. The film is, of course, much more than that; it is no accident that Temujin cited the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip as the main inspiration for his film. As with the major underlying theme of Calvin and Hobbes, this film can be viewed as a contemporary narrative about one young boy’s uses of a transitional object in his play and illusions as explorations of ideas about identity and the self. Ultimately, the film becomes a perfect combination of humor and melancholy loss.

The Adventures of a Cardboard Box: Humorous Play and Melancholy Loss

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Grief: A Lonely Misery That Could Flood the Whole World

Grief: A Lonely Misery That Could Flood the Whole World

To whom shall I tell my grief?  Misery tears my heart more cruelly than ever.
Can I not find among the crowd of thousands someone who will listen to me?

Grief is a deeply moving short film directed by the German filmmaker Daniel Lang, which is adapted from Anton Chekhof’s short story, Misery.  On a rainy and gloomy night, a battered taxi drifts through the streets of Berlin.  Iona, a Russian immigrant, is behind the wheel.  His son had supported the family by driving the taxi until his sudden, unexpected death the previous week.  Now Iona has taken his son’s place, trying hard to make his way as a blundering taxi driver.  But what he really wants is to find someone, anyone to talk to about his son’s death.

Grief: A Lonely Misery That Could Flood the Whole World

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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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The Twilight World of Solitary Loneliness: No Whisper, No Sigh

The Twilight World of Solitary Loneliness: No Whisper, No Sigh

No Whisper, No Sigh is a mysterious, deeply engrossing introspective photo-essay framed by concepts of silence, ranging from the social silence enclosing madness; to the political silence forced upon citizens living under tyranny; to the most personal of silences, the intense wish to express oneself and unburden the soul. The music was composed for this piece by a Finnish collective ensemble.

The Twilight World of Solitary Loneliness: No Whisper, No Sigh

Slide Show: The Twilight World of Solitary Loneliness/No Whisper, No Sigh

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