Featured Animated Short: THE ITCHING

We’ve all been there. The outsider looking in. Vulnerable, anxious and lost. Will they like me? Do I look okay? Why did I say that? They're all looking at me weird. Everyone hates me. Why did I even bother coming? I’ll be alone forever. Ah, the semi-familiar downward spirals of questioning, confidence, and identity crisis. Don’t pretend like it hasn’t happened to you, too. Being ourselves while trying to adapt comes at a price - a price we all pay from time to time. This is where “The Itching” comes in. Director Dianne Bellino and Adam Davies' claymation fairy tale of woodland creatures attempts to follow these scenarios, showing us the story of a shy wolf that wants to befriend a hard-partying, hipster group of…bunnies. Yes, bunnies! Sweet, cooler than you bunnies. However, being a lone wolf amongst a crowd of what you would expect to be dinner morsels isn’t easy. You see, our little lady wolf starts to find that her body is revolting against her environment. In the form of a deep, evolving and desperate itch. Why? That’s up for interpretation. But remember: Facing a crowd that’s different from you is hard. The spotlight is often too hot, too bright, too overwhelming. So, how far will our pretty wolfy go to get rid of her mysterious itch? You gotta watch to find out!It's also worth saying here that the old school claymation style used is a refreshing marvel. The creatures literally say nothing and yet all the while, silently communicate with their eyes, small movements in their fur, and through slow, long shots of reflection. Bellino and Davies give their characters time to feel and this is how we are drawn in. No words - just what we see and infer. The itching here is both grotesque and beautiful - a swirl of rainbows and confusion. If you don’t feel a bit uncomfortable at some point during the film, the itching effect reaching through the screen and taking hold, then you, my hip little friend, have thick, confident skin. Either way, get some pointers and watch this fairy tale of vulnerability, acceptance and friendship now on Vimeo! And face it: we’ve all been wolves at a party of bunnies at some point in our lives. 

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.