Featured Animated Short: Minha Kim's SEA CHILD

To put it simply, filmmaker Minha Kim’s “Sea Child” plays out like a visually stunning, animated fever dream. Produced over a span of 9-months while Minha was studying at the National Film and Television School, the short was created by painting 9,000+ images onto 1x1m boards and then adding color by painting directly on glass and using an overhead projector to reflect those colors onto the boards. A bizarre yet crafty, somewhat antiquated approach to animation, this (as she called it herself) “analogue” direction helped to create the chaotically beautiful and unsettling emotions all present within this film. And on what narrative stage are these very real, very raw emotions set upon? Well, on the verge of becoming a woman, our watercolored protagonist Sora wakes up from a nightmare and subsequently follows a group of men into the city in hopes of finding her mother. At only a little over 7 minutes long, the lush, evolving ’colorscape’ carries a surprisingly dark and defining journey into womanhood. The style and colors of the film almost transform themselves into characters, both creating and following Sora as she goes. As beautiful as it is overwhelming, this rendition of the age old story of growing up is refreshingly affecting. Try leaving this film without reflecting upon the imagery and journey you’ve seen - I dare you. A festival favorite this past year, it’s no wonder "Sea Child" traveled so well on the international circuit. It takes a narrative that’s sometimes difficult to tell and makes it, at its basic core, a must-see coming of age story that translates across almost all borders and languages. By inserting Sora into a seedy, dark yet vibrant, vivid world of paintstrokes and texture, the plot and visuals find a way to explode into an unforgettable, arresting experience for the viewer. It bleeds watercolors into your memories, leaving an impression far beyond the final frame.  

  Watch Mihna Kim's "Sea Child" now on Vimeo! And while you're at it, watch more of the best (and free!) short films online now on Indie Street

A must see film for ALL travelers: "Gringo Trails"

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.

Marilyn Myller; another spectacular short film from Mikey Please

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: Street Art Royalty

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

"Dust", an awesomely cool depiction of a timeless tale.

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.

Bacardi Untameable: A short doc from Sean Dunne

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.

Short Film: Living Like Kings

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!

This charming short had a budget of < $100 USD

"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.