A black balloon searches for companionship after losing all of its friends. A short film by Josh and Benny Safdie. Watch “The Black Balloon” below.
I flew out to LA over the weekend to attend the Jameson “First Shot” short film premiere, and to interview Kevin Spacey about his involvement. For the past couple years Spacey and his production company Trigger Street have offered young writer/directors the opportunity to write a short and direct an A-list actor in the lead role. This year the actor was Uma Thurman, and next year it will be Adrien Brody.
The winners were announced when we got there: Henco J from South Africa, Ivan Petukhov from Russia, and Jessica Valentine from the US. That’s the three of them in the image above, alongside producers Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti (in the middle).
I spoke with Kevin Spacey, and the three winners, at the Chateau Marmont just before the premiere at Youtube Space LA. I wasn’t given a whole lot of time, but I was happy to get to ask a few questions.
You can check out my interview below and, of course, watch all three films!
Lots of great editing in this story of Subject X and his pursuit of a woman on the street. Watch “A Truncated Story of Infinity”, directed by Paul Trillo below!
The official trailer for Terry Gilliam’s latest film “The Zero Theorem” is out and it looks like it might actually be good?! There is a question mark on the end there because, well, “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” was so terrible I kinda completely lost faith. Christoph Waltz does feel like the perfect fit for a Terry Gilliam film though. I really hope the quote in the trailer about this being his greatest work since Brazil is true. Watch the official trailer below.
Becky & Joe are the creators of “Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared”, a brilliant video series that mixes live action, stop motion, 2d animation, puppetry, learning, and a touch of pure evil. You can see the first two episodes here and here. They’ve just announced plans to make several more episodes and would love to do it independently so they can keep the creative spirit of the show alive.
Watch the video below!
Director Scott Carthy beautifully documents the divisive subculture of subway car performers in this 7-min short documentary. From what I can gather 1050.6(c) is the section of the New York Transit code that states panhandling and performing on trains is prohibited.
Scott is hoping to raise funds through Kickstarter to shoot a longer, more in depth, film about these dancers. Watch the 7-min short film below!
I haven’t been this excited for a film in a really long time. Richard Linklater’s film “Boyhood” was filmed over the course of 12 years with the same cast. It looks incredible. The film stars Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke, and Patricia Arquette among others. Watch the trailer for the film below.
Here’s a terrific mini-doc on the work of Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones, the two designers behind what was the most respected type design studio in the world.
Watch “Font Men” below!