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August 18 at 10:30am

“I Hope You Find What You Are Looking For”

Julia Pott’s animated short “Belly” is a profoundly moving, visually stunning bit of cinema. So sad and lovely.

Hat tip to VHX.tv

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January 20 at 10:49am

This Is A Future Of Film (And My Fave Film Of 2010)

Star Wars Uncut: Director’s Cut from Casey Pugh on Vimeo.


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October 29 at 11:00am

Recommended Viewing: Ari Gold’s short “HELICOPTER”

Winner of The Student Academy Award.  One of my fave shorts…


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March 5 at 1:15pm

Wow! This is great! "Please Say Something"

Thanks to IFC’s Independent Eye I have now seen my favorite film of 2009.  David O’Reilly’s PLEASE SAY SOMETHING won the Golden Bear for short films at Berlin this year.  It’s about ten minutes long but packs a wallup of emotion, innovation, and experimentation into those ten minutes.  My day has been made.

IFC has some more information on their site, along with excerpts from an interview with O’Reilly.  Check it out.


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July 1 at 1:14pm

One Of The Top Films Of All Time: Chris Marker’s La Jetee

Chris Marker’s LA JETEE haunts many filmmakers’ work.  When I went to NYU, it was required viewing and I think you can see it’s influence in many grads’ work.  Its marriage of form and content has rarely been equaled.  His film SANS SOLEIL has also forever provoked me to deliver a true Essay Film — and I will one day.  Both are Required Viewing.  

One of the beautiful things about his work is that its effect runs far beyond the work at hand; he changes how we look at things, makes us reflect upon our own choices.  Marker is a true believer in the power of the dialogue between screen and audience. He recognizes how some of the best work is created when our imagination fills in the gaps.  Today far too much is actually shown, preventing us from becoming complicit in the narratives. His great essay on Hitchcock’s VERTIGO makes clear his passion for this process.  If only others could follow this lead…

There’s a lot of great writing on this film out there. Here’s Senses Of Cinema’s

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