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This week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences not only announced the top 10 live-action shorts moving forward in their voting process for the 89th Academy Awards. They also narrowed down the qualifying animated shorts to a top 10. The final nominees in both categories will be named on January 24th. Congrats to all of the filmmakers!  The full list of potential animated nominees:  Blind Vaysha, dir by. Theodore Usher Borrowed Time, dir by. Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou Lhadj Happy End, dir. by Jan Saska The Head Vanishes, dir. by Franck Dion Inner Workings, dir. by Leo Matsuda Once upon a Line, dir. by Alicia Jasina Pear Cider and Cigarettes, dir. by Robert Valley Pearl, dir. by Patrick Osborne Piper, dir. by Alan Barillaro Sous Tes Doigts (Under Your Fingers), dir. by Marie-Christine Courtès

If you plan on attending this month's SXSW in Austin, You won't want to miss these promising under-the-radar titles. The SXSW Film Festival opens this Friday with "Brand: A Second Coming," documentarian Ondi Timoner's portrait of comedian Russell Brand, but it's hardly the only game in town. While anticipation for that behind-the-scene peek remains high, big names don't convey the full scope of the Austin festival's lineup. Instead, SXSW prides itself on showcasing rising stars of the festival circuit, promising newcomers, and off-beat or otherwise funky topics that give the lively gathering its distinctive character. See the list here.

There’s something a little funny about them that you can’t quite put your finger on — because you physically can’t put a finger on them. They’re always cold to the touch. They can’t seem to keep their appointments and keep forgetting where they have to be most of the time, because they wind up back at home anyway. They wear the same outfit almost every day, which is weird, but hey, who’s judging? And, oh my god, they’ve been dead the whole time.

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Most of us watch movies in boring, stock-standard movie theaters, but that's not how it has to be. These cool cinemas will show you just how much more awesome of an experience watching a movie can be.
Some of these cinemas have interesting histories and have survived bombings and fires. Others were demolished and restored, preserving their uniqueness. These theaters have been recognized not only for their cultural significance, but also for their architectural value.
Others are very modern and have exciting and interesting interiors. I know I've never watched a movie in a hot-tub or a rowboat before! See them all here:

Most of these improved scenes are not from Independent films, but we wanted to share this solid list of epic scenes from screenrant.com that were not a part of the original screenplay. IndieStreet is all about organic, on the fly performances that enhance the telling of a story. To represent the Indies, we would also like to add Sebastian Silva's "Crystal Fairy" to the list, being as the entire film was basically unscripted.

The Sundance Film Festival returns once again to take over Park City, Utah until February 1st. Last year Sundance world premieres included Boyhood, Whiplash, and The Babadook, and this year looks just as promising. Noah Baumbach reunites with Greta Gerwig for Mistress America, Eli Roth and Keanu Reeves offer scares with Knock Knock, Jason Segel brings David Foster Wallace back to life in The End of the Tour, and Joe Swanberg leads an all-star cast on an adventure in Digging for Fire. See the top picks here

In 1954, a 150 ft lizard splashed onto Japan’s movie screens, and ants the size of trucks crawled onto American ones. The success of Godzilla and Them! spurred Hollywood and Tokyo filmmakers to rush more supersized mutants in front of audiences, often with ridiculous results. Relive a handful of these cinematic "gems" including Monster From The Ocean Floor (1954) & Attack Of The Crab Monsters (1957) HERE.

Nowadays, in the second Golden Age of TV and the burgeoning first heyday of the podcast, writers run the show. All literary critics love words, but it sometimes seems that visual storytelling, both in the making and the appreciation, has become a bit neglected. Not so, however, in the realm of the graphic novel (or memoir, or nonfiction treatise — we really need a different term for this genre). Putting together this (non-definitive) list of 10 standout graphic novels from 2014 was an exercise in the power of the image, whether the pages in question come in austere black-and-white or a full spectrum of color... Read More

Shorts are in many ways a rite of passage for budding filmmakers. They’re made of mistakes, charm and life—and with the realities of cost, time and effort. And some directors break through to showcase at Sundance Film Festival, where they have the chance of catching the eye of the person (or company) that will fund their next project. These are 10 Sundance shorts by directors who went on to make names for themselves—and as an added bonus, you can watch them all right now online. Enjoy! Read on:http://bit.ly/1IL5Hs7