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1500 Words: Stick & Stones May Break My Bones...

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. Or so they say. But what if the key to both your survival and inevitable death were...your own words?! What would you say? This is the internal battle that talented filmmaker Andrew Chaplin attempts to show us in his brilliant, witty new short film "1500 Words".  With an exceedingly inventive premise, the plot of "1500 Words" focuses in on Stanley as he copes with the fact that, like a disease, he has been diagnosed with only 1500 words left to live. What happens after word 1500 is spoken? Well, no surprise here: he will die.  Playing with the concept of terminal illness, this film, while still rather dark, creates something ironically humorous that you can't stop watching. It's like a psychological soap opera into the waning moments of one man's sanity in his final days...final days he accidentally brings upon himself because of his five stages of grief: anger, desperation, thirst, suicide and resignation. His final tipping point? His desperate attempt to make sure, not only his life, but his relationship with his wife stays going as long as possible. How can he logically explain and exist while also saying as little as possible?? Sure, it sounds like serious fare, but Chaplin delicately transforms this concept into the most unexpected but fitting form of black comedy. It'll definitely have you thinking: What would you do if you only had 1500 words left? What would you say? Find out how Stanley copes with his diagnosis and watch the film now!  Love this film? Be sure to check out some more of the best free shorts on the web now on Indie Street!

The 116 images NASA wants aliens to see

Voyager 1 and 2 were sent out into space in 1977, and were the first space craft to exit our solar system.  NASA attached a record with photos that will not reach any other star for more than 40,000 years.  If the human race is still in existence, imagine how obselete these photos might actually be if they ever were to reach another alien species!  

You think you know how to party?

This hilarious short comedy "What a Nice Party" puts a dry twist on those awkward ice-breaking social situations.  Writer/Director Matt Ingebretson hit all the right beats with this one, including the party hosts wifi password: "Dickslit27".  Looks like anyone who reads this may be able to hack any accounts we set up from here on out. Thanks for that Matt.  Follow Matt here on Twitter: funny shit.  @mattingebretson

Short of The Week: Loop Ring Chop Drink

Written, Directed & Animated by Nicolas Ménard Loop Ring Chop Drink tells the tale of a heartbroken man, an online gambling addict, an alcoholic kleptomaniac 

and an anxious loner living in the same apartment building. LRCD chooses bright and colorful animation to tell this story and picks up a lot of festival nods in the process. 

Trailer of Must-See: Meru

Why is it a "Must See"? Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi's documentary won the U.S. Audience Award for Documentary at Sundance thanks to its exhilarating first-person account of three mountain climbers who set out to conquer the most treacherous and dangerous mountain peak in the world. Aptly named the "Shark's Fin," the peak of Mt. Meru has served as an obsession and unattainable goal for renowned alpinists Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk. After their failed attempt to reach the top of Meru in 2008, the three climbers returned to their respective homes, defeated and still tempted to conquer Shark's Fin. In 2011, Anker convinced his two fellow climbers to attempt the deathly journey once more. "Meru" thus serves as the culmination and documentation of their death-defying and extraordinary second attempt.

Ouch, this music film is so Innovative it Hurts!!

The Paris/Montreal filmmaker collective DentDeCuir is known for some pretty outlandish, creative material. She’s Bad would be right up there at the top with the best of them.  The story, special effects, and stylized look of the film, coupled with the electronic sounds of the DyE feat. Egyptian Lover soundtrack, make this film fall within its own unique genre.  It’s part music video, part video art, part romantic drama and thriller.  Using animalistic imagery, vibes, and movements, we see predator and prey told through the lens of woman meets man.  Every action and thought uses special effects to project how closely innate human feelings resemble the actions of animals going off of instinct.  It’s like watching a Nat Geo nature show, on drugs, projected onto the skin of these two lustful individuals.  There’s really nothing else out there like it.Loads of street creds to Dent De Cuir for being borderline innapropriate, and over the line innovative!

VOD Release of the Month - Tanzania A Journey Within

We wrote about this film and it's motives in the past, and now the film is available on Inide Street!  We are proud to have Emmy award winning director Sylvia Caminer as a part of our Co-op.  Rent the film in HD here on Indie Street.  If you want to learn more about how you can help your film and the world, then read the article on her film's initial "Buy a Ticket, Save a Life" release campaign...Sylvia and "Tanzania A Journey Within" helped raise awareness for Malaria while also promoting her film.

 You can follw the Tanzania Movie Facebook page.

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Follow them on twitter: Tanzania Movie and Sylvia Caminer.

Life-Saving Design: Wind-Propelled Sphere Clears Landmines

Here's a short documentary portrait on a innovative designer who has created a low cost solution to landmine clearance, captured by director Callum Cooper. Massoud Hassani's Mine Kafon is a wind-propelled sphere made from bamboo and biodegradable plastic that can be used to clear landmines. When designer Massoud Hassani was growing up in Kabul, Afghanistan, there were several wars raging on nearby. He and his brother would play on the deserted fields making their own rolling toys with scarp materials but sometimes the objects would roll dangerously close to the landmines. This intense childhood experience inspired Hassani's design work, and the Mine Kafon is the result. This lifesaving design has been shortlisted as a finalist in for the 2013 INDEX: Award. This short documentary finished in one of the top spots for the GE FOCUS FORWARD Filmmaker Competition. 



 

Kung Fury: Definitely might be the best parody film ever.

"Might be one of the greatest things the intertnet has ever produced" is one of the many 80s action loving comments on the youtube page, and we must say it's not that easy to argue.  If you are a product of the 80s or an 80's action film lover, look no further for the perfect parody.  Kung Fury is non stop, perfectly timed, over-the-top, Kung-Fu-super-cop, one liner heaven.  Enjoy.  We thank Laser Unicorns for this wonderful flic, and if you are in the San Diego area, you can the Kung Fury folks will be visiting comicon on July 10th!