19.10.15 by Staff

Trippy Video of the Day: “Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared 5”


Another cheerfully horrifying episode of Becky Sloan and Joseph Pelling’s series, Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared. Like the previous videos (4, 3, 2, 1), this latest instalment is filled with their trademark weirdness and turns for the worst, perfectly capturing the inherent terror and confusion of healthy eating! Enjoy 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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12.08.15 by Jeff

Short Documentary: Wizard Mode


I’ve been waiting for this since the day my friends, Vancouver-based filmmakers, Salazar told me about their project. Wizard Mode, follows champion pinballer, Robert Gagno, as he battles the international competitive pinball world and the day-to-day challenges of living with autism. There is so much in this little portrait, I love it.

Keep in mind this is the short film version of what Salazar hopes will become a feature-length documentary (crowdfunding campaign to start in September). Watch “Wizard Mode” below!

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12.08.15 by Staff

Short Documentary: The Tale of Ikiré Jones


Fantastic short by Brooklyn-based director and cinematographer, J.M. Harper. “The Tale of Ikiré Jones,” presents an inspiring portrait of two people (Walé Oyéjidé and Sam Hubler) passionate about African fashion and the personal history that goes into the stories we tell through the clothes we wear. Watch the full video below!

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24.06.15 by Staff

Animation of the Day: Coda


Directed by Alan Holly, cowritten by Holly and Rory Byrne, and co-animated by Holly, Byrne, and Eoghan Dalton, Coda manages to instil real emotion into the relatively cliché theme of life and death. Beautifully executed and deceptively simple. Watch the full video below!

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15.06.15 by Kimi Hamada

Short Film: One Year Lease by Brian Bolster


Wonderfully mundane horror story told through a relentless barrage of voicemail messages. Watch Brian Bolster’s short documentary, One Year Lease, below.

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02.04.15 by Jeff

Funny and Creepy Video of the Day: “Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared 4”


My absolute favourite video series on the entire Internet (previously featured here and here and here) returns with a new episode. “Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared” is terrific series of shorts by Becky Sloan and Joseph Pelling that utilize puppets, live-action, and animation to create a sort of bizarro Muppet world.

Every episode begins as a cheerful kids show and eventually shifts into something a little more creepy and sinister. Wonderfully dark humour, exquisite set and character design, flawless editing and art direction; this is as good as it gets as far as I’m concerned.

Watch “Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared 4” below!

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24.11.14 by Jeff

Video of the Day: “The Upsetter” Music Video by Encyclopedia Pictura


Fantastic music video by one of my favourite director teams Encyclopedia Pictura. Not exactly your typical love story. Watch the video for Metronomy’s song “The Upsetter” below, and also a behind the scenes video of some of their process behind the elaborate costuming.

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