In a modern world where many of us have been spoon fed to expect certain things out of life, our “honorable mention trophies” and “A for efforts” have gotten so out of hand that it’s easy to get lost in the race to success with no true aim or idea of what we are even chasing after anymore. What’s even at the finish line these days other than exhaustion, oversold acclaim and a dying 15 mins of fame? What if success was truly overrated? As they say, you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take, eh? But what if you literally try your hardest, miss 100% of the shots you DO take and still find yourself a symbol of hope to an entire nation and a success in your utter failure? Mickey Duzyj's acclaimed Hot Docs winning film, THE SHINING STAR OF LOSERS EVERYWHERE, is a half-animated hybrid short documentary that tells the story of a never ending failure in the form of Haru Urara, a once beloved race horse in Japan with a career-long losing streak and a pink Hello Kitty mask, to be exact. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. But what if you tried and failed - not once, twice or three times - but even more times? What if you had 100+ failures under your..uh..saddle and people STILL loved you? This was to be Haru Urara’s legacy. A mascot for all wholesome, gosh darn losers everyone, she became a random success in her failures, thanks to a viral news story that spread like wildfire across Japan. She became a fad, a symbol of never giving up, all because the racetrack could not bear sending such a spirited animal to the slaughterhouse. An entire nation had so much faith in both her continuing losses and small chance of winning that her existence even saved that racetrack from bankruptcy! She came, she ran, she lost - again and again and again. And eventually she disappeared - the end of an era that lives on within this film over 10 years later. Sometimes putting in the effort amounts to nothing. And sometimes that nothing turns into the adoration of thousands of lost souls looking for someone - or something - to show them that it’s okay to lose as long as there is hope, positivity and Hello Kitty. A wonderful mix of traditional, contemporary and animated storytelling methods, Duzyj’s film will envelop you in sheer wonder and fervor with a phenomenon that should have never existed….and yet it did! The irony is, this film has success by the halter and steers its story to first place. However, it couldn’t have done it without one big time loser. Do youself a favor and watch the film, created for ESPN's award winning 30-for-30 series, here. And while you're at it, you can watch more award-winning shorts (for free!) now on Indie Street!
The more humans that travel our Earth, the more important it is to comprehend the impact of those travels. Humans all are searching for something when we travel; being honest about what exactly we want from our expeditions is almost as important about informing ourselves about the places we visit. Gringo Trails offers us multiple points of view on the important effects of global tourism in a very personal manner. This film from our new friends Pegi Vail and Melvin Estrella, combines elegant cinematography with poignant storytelling to reveal a story that the audience has the power to help write (and right) in the future. To request an educational screening or purchase the film, go to Icarus Films. Visit the Gringo Trails website and Gringo Trails Facebook Page.
The film is an ironic tale of creation, with the appropriate tagline: "Marilyn maketh, Marilyn taketh awayth" Mikey Please, director of one of IndieStreet's favorite animated shorts "Eagleman's Stag", has come up with another brilliant piece here. It is a funny thing with life and artistic creation...sometimes others will give appreciation to creative works when the artist least expects it, and typically the appreciation is not for what we intended as artists at all. Is creation stupid, or are the ones who perceive it stupid? Street Creds to Mikey Please and the whole staff at Parabella Studio; keep your wonderful craft and unique style of story telling alive!
DaLeast has one of the most unique styles in the street art community, check that, the world. He is a Chinese born artist that lives and works in Cape Town and his art has blessed the concrete canvas of countless countries around the world. He is married to the respected street artist Faith47, making quite the inspirational creative power couple. Visit his website here or follow him on instagram here
We thought this film was one of the most innovative short films we have seen all year. Written and directed by Ben Ockrent & Jake Russell, the film has no dialogue, but that is one of the things that make the storytelling so impressive. It is a beautifully executed, tight journey that the directors bring us on, and the acting by two wonderful actors, specifically Alan Rickman, make this a short film that is surely one from the cream of this years crop.
Check out this short doc commercial from our partner filmmakers Sean Dunne and Cass Greener. Street Creds to Bacardi for making storytelling paramount, and picking a spectacular documentary director to get the job done.
The Christchurch Earthquake left the majority of its population devastated, but for a small group of homeless people, disaster brought about new and luxurious living opportunities - a taste of what it’s like to live like a king.
Director, Zoe McIntosh gives us a brief, but intriguing look at the fragility of wealth, the staying power of natural disaster, and the old saying "one man's trash is another mans treasure." The film is a part of 10, 3-minute documentaries from New Zealand titled Loading Docs. Check them all out, they are all only 3 minutes, and all innovative in their own right! Street Creds to New Zealand filmmakers!
"Russian Roulette" was created by Ben Aston while in pre-production on another film. Even a short film with a cosmic element doesn't have to break the bank if the script is well thought out. Ben calls it a “nice parallel between emptiness of space and the loneliness one can experience when completely surrounded.” Loneliness is feeling that at times can be accentuated by a crowd. Check out Ben's directing website.