05.09.16 by Staff

Best of Kickstarter: Emily Kai Bock’s “A Funeral For Lighting”


One of our favourite directors, Emily Kai Bock, is working on something new! Over the past five years she’s written, directed and edited some of the most memorable music videos, from Grimes’ “Oblivion” and Grizzly Bear’s “Yet Again”, to the award-winning “Afterlife” by Arcade Fire.

She’s currently in the last stages of her first narrative short film. It’s already been shot but Bock needs help with the finishing touches! Check out her Kickstarter video and trailer for “A Funeral For Lighting” below!

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18.08.16 by Staff

Kickstarter of the Day: “The Golden Goose” by Asif Mian


Brooklyn-based filmmaker Asif Mian is looking to make a film adaptation of Aesop’s tragic fable about the goose who laid the golden egg. The story revolves around a Pakistani teenager living in modern-day New York whose blood is harvested by his greedy uncle to create a hallucinogenic drug.

I met Asif in New York many years ago when he spoke at F5 (he was one of my favourite speakers of the event), and was a fan of his many years before that. He’s tremendously talented and I’d love to see “The Golden Goose” come to life. Watch the video below to learn more about his project!

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11.08.16 by Staff

Samsung Celebrates Barrier Defying Athlete with “The Chant”


In honour of the 2016 Olympic Games, Samsung is celebrating those who challenge the definition of what is possible and overcome great odds to achieve their dreams. Earlier this year they released the documentary short, “A Fighting Chance”, which highlighted the untold stories of four Olympic hopefuls. Their latest video, “The Chant”, embraces the same spirit of perseverance — embodied this time by South Sudanese runner Margret Rumat Rumat Hassan.

Following her from the locker room, to the stadium, to a village in South Sudan, the film is as much about cheering Margret on as it is a celebration of just how much she’s already accomplished. Despite growing up amidst civil unrest, Margret continued to train on her own and is now set to compete in Rio as part of South Sudan’s first-ever Olympic team!

Watch “The Chant” below!

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14.06.16 by Jeff

Short of the Day: “Manoman”


“Manoman” is a short film by London-based director Simon Cartwright which brilliantly mixes rod marionette puppets and animation. It’s dark, and kinda gross, but also kinda profound. I could feel it burrowing deep into my mind as I watched it. One of my favs so far this year. You can watch the full film over on Booooooom TV.

23.02.16 by Staff

Trippy Video of the Day: “Undercurrents” by Artist Albert Omoss


Los Angeles-based director and “computational artist” Albert Omoss creates a mind-bending mass of human figures in his latest experimental short “Undercurrents”. Watch it now on Booooooom TV!

22.12.15 by Staff

Video of the Day: “projectDETOUR: California”


Love the energy in this latest instalment of projectDETOUR’s short film series featuring three trips and three destinations. Watch “California”, directed by David Bertschinger Karg, below!

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13.11.15 by Staff

Artist Portrait: “Hugh The Hunter” by Zachary Heinzerling


Beautifully shot short by New York-based filmmaker, Zachary Heinzerling. Based on the work of (and starring) artist Hugh Hayden, who incorporates animals he’s found already-dead as well as the feathers of those he’s hunted and killed himself. “Hugh The Hunter” offers a unique twist on the hunter-becoming-the-hunted motif and a very different kind of artist profile. Watch the full video below!

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25.08.15 by Staff

Video Portrait: A Conversation with Walter Murch


Really enjoyed this portrait of Walter Murch by Swiss director, Niccolò Castelli. Walter Murch has been my idol since I studied film editing at school. He actually spoke at my graduation, and when I was supposed to cross the stage to get my degree I turned and walked over to him and asked if I could shake his hand instead. Everyone laughed at me but it totally was worth it.

Walter Murch is perhaps best known for his editing work on The Conversation, Apocalypse Now, and The English Patient, but he also directed the scariest film I saw as a kid, Return to Oz (one of my favourite movies). If you love film I highly recommend the book The Conversations, which is essentially a series of mind-expanding conversations between him and writer Michael Ondaatje.

I could talk about him forever, so you should just check out the video below!

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