Little Lionel: A Short Documentary About Spinach, Pebbles, Pirañas and Cows

Little Lionel: A Short Documentary About Spinach, Pebbles, Pirañas and Cows

Lionel is a very funny animated short film created by four students at Gobelins, a French school of visual communication.  In the film, some filmmakers are trying to make a documentary at a small elementary school in France.  As part of the documentary, they interview the very, very active six-year-old Lionel in his first-grade classroom.  So what is this  documentary really all about?  Is it supposed to be something about French elementary school education?  If so, you certainly wouldn’t know it from what they got from their interview with little Lionel, who begins by talking  to them about  the spinach at lunch, followed by his observations on pebbles in the spinach, leading to a recitation about rocks, pirañas and cows.  Finally, little Lionel shares his conclusion from all of that, which is something about how cows came to live in the country, rather than on the edge of the ocean or at the seashore.

Little Lionel: A Short Documentary About Spinach, Pebbles, Pirañas and Cows

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I Get Wet: A Love Story for the Ages

I Get Wet: A Love Story for the Ages

I Get Wet is a short film that was co-written by an amazing afterschool class of elementary school children at the Grace Church School in Lower Manhattan and Benh Zeitlin. Benh Zeitlin directed the award-winning Glory at Sea, a film that was set in Post-Katrina New Orleans. Zeitlin is a member of the acclaimed film collective Court 13, which is a renowned ensemble group of collaborative filmmakers and performers.

I Get Wet begins as a dark tale of school bullying, about an 8 year-old who is constantly being tormented by a secret gang of girls in his elementary school. It turns out to be an adorable short film about a little boy, his best friend Super Dog and the strains placed on their close friendship because he didn’t want to be stuffed into a trash can every single day for the rest of his life. However, by the end of the film, I Get Wet reveals itself to be a true love story for the ages.

I Get Wet: A Love Story for the Ages

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