Mindflix Helps You Navigate Netflix With Your Brain

Over here at Indie Street, we practice a very indie audience-minded form of curation to make sure you don’t have to shift through a bunch of noise in order to get to the quality stuff. However, giants like Netflix, which offer thousands of genres and films - both good and….questionable - can’t be as geared towards a specific type of viewer. You can spend a lot of time rifling through titles when you could have been using that time to actually watch something instead. Wouldn’t it be amazing to have a way to skip the scrolling and synopsis reading and just get to the watching action? Well, engineers over at Netflix might have found a solution in Mindflix, a sensor headband which reads your brainwaves. When wearing the prototype headband, Netflix users can browse the application without a remote control or anything! All you need is a (working) brain. With that, you can select a movie or TV show just by thinking. Mindflix works by detecting activity in your frontal lobe. The headband was successful at the company’s annual Hack Day but there’s no word yet on market release. Here’s to the future and perhaps Indie Street mind-reading headgear one day?! Until then, learn more about Mindflix by watching the video below! 

Short film: Keith Reynolds can't make it tonight

A coy animated short film about working life & self-reflection from Felix Massie ...The monotonic narrator coupled with the simplistic animated plot twists make the film a true original. Check out more from Felix Massie on his vimeo channel.

Tailer: The Rocket

One of our favorite foreign dramas of the year, this gem from Australian director, Kim Mordaunt strikes all the chords.  Astounding performances from two non-actor children from Laos lay the foundation for this beautiful coming of age tale.  

A Leaked Sex Tape Destroys in the Short Film: Snap!

SNAP! by Kristian Foldager deals with loss of innocence and the danger of exposed secrets. Snap!, features a young woman admitting to her boyfriend that she cheated on him before he can find out through the online grapevine. Naturally, there’s a video. It becomes a living, shared relic of the ruination of their relationship, and the short film shrewdly toys with the question of whether he’ll watch it and how much more damage can be done. “I’m from a small town in Western Zealand, where I attended a hippie school with only 60 pupils far out on the countryside,” says Foldager. “It was a good playground for my creativity – a safe haven from the rest of society that I still feel rather detached to. Today my playground is an office I share with four fellow filmmakers in Central Copenhagen. I’ve been self-employed for eight years – doing shorts, docs, music videos and commercials. “As a child I observed people and situations around me, but was scared of interaction. Today I’m not afraid of interacting, but often struggle with the fascination part. I probably was a better filmmaker as a child. “I wrote this little story around Snapchat, since everyone seems eager to share embarrassing videos with this app. Read on

Helping humans help themselves may help us all end poverty.

If you have not heard of yet, we urge you to check it out. Lots of us use the new buzz phrase "think globally and act locally", but Kiva actually backs up those words. With as little as $25.00 they facilitate us to help real people around the world achieve their dreams. And your contribution is not a donation, it is used as a micro loan to help these hardworking individuals start or grow their local craft or business. So you can get paid back and withdraw, or better yet re-use the $ to help someone else. We understand that industrialization and getting simple people into the world of debt financing is a complicated issue; but even with that, the crew on Indie Street thinks Kiva is badass and one of the brightest uses of the internet we have ever encountered. It’s always a hard choice, but here is who we donated to today - Mathelda from Kenya is a farmer with 7 children who is buying solar lights to help her crop and her kids study at night time.

Must See Flick: “A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night ”

Spirit Award Nominated for "Best First Feature," Ana Lily Amirpour's A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night has a lot of strange things going for it. Set in the Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps and other sordid souls, is a place that reeks of death and hopelessness, where a lonely vampire is stalking the town's most unsavory inhabitants. But when boy meets girl, an unusual love story begins to blossom...blood red. Cue this up for an unusual date night.

Spirit Award Nominated, Must See Flick: “Birdman”

Birdman, recently picking up a Spirit Awards nom for best picture, is a complex tale of a dried-up actor hoping to reinvent himself amidst bouts with psychosomatic escapades. A killer drum score and spot-on supporting performances by a veteran cast, round out Alejandro González Iñárritu's latest film, making us think Birdman could be the film to beat during the award show circuit.

Short Film: The Places Where We Lived

Take six minutes to watch this socio-political gem. An animated short about place and space and time and memory and home and South Florida. Premiered at SXSW13 and was the Grand Jury Prize for Animation at AFI Fest 2013.And was the official selection at a host of other festivals across the globe.

Director James Cooper’s Interview with a Time Traveler, as the title would indicate, is indeed a time travel tale. But, unlike the genre tropes that such a lead might presuppose, there are no time jumps and flashy special effects (or nagging plot holes, for that matter). In fact, this film is about as simple a time travel tale that I’ve ever seen—just two guys in a room talking. Read More:


One of the problems many short filmmakers face is working out how much story they should fit into their brief duration. Do they aim to fit the plot of a feature into this bitesize format? Do they use the story as an introduction to a larger universe? Or do they leave plot holes for their viewers to fill in? Demonstrating exactly how it should be done is Alexander Engel’s This Is It – a 3-minute short with ambitions way above its station. Written and Discovered by Shorts of the week: you can you Read More There:

Featured Street Artist: Eduardo Kobra

Time Lapse photography seems to be most effective when documenting art of grand scales. Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra painted this mural of Lincoln in Kentucky last year. Kobra is a famous artist in Brazil and is becoming more and more relevant in the worldwide scene. Our favorite story of Kobra, is how a Brazilian judge who was sentencing him for vandalism liked his work so much that he made him create a mural for the local police gallery as a part of his punishment. Street Creds all around. Check out Eduardo Kobra Street Art Website. Social Media wise, he seems to be most actively posting new material on his Facebook page.