"As E.I. units, we are doomed to love." Poignant words from the narrated thoughts of an artificial lifeform. But in "ei: emotional intelligence", filmmaker Dennis Sungmin Kim's first year film at the University of Pennsylvania, we aren't just dealing with the simple concept of artificial intelligence. No, this is about something much deeper than that - going beyond what you would expect from the normal concept of A.I. on film. "ei: emotional intelligence" is a seriously impressive feat that succeeds so beautifully within its uniquely delicate animated style and story. And how does it manage to stand out? By injecting the A.I. concept with something novel yet really, very simple: emotions. Representing far more than robotic and lifeless technology, this animation follows the story of Arthur and his female companion, two E.I. units - AKA Emotional Intelligence units - that try to live and feel beyond the confines of their created existence. Going a step further than their otherworldly IQ's, mathematical way of thinking, and futuristic, virtual landscapes, their story plays out like a love letter to humankind and where we may be headed. And it does so in such a honest way, with words building a world around the colors and lines of sweet, colorfully stylistic animation. Complementing the impressive gadgetries of A.I. are real emotions - the ones that challenge us, make us weak and eventually give us strength. Like a rhythmic poem or a finely crafted classical tune, "ei: emotional intelligence" relaxes its viewers through its narration - covering a wide spectrum of thoughts and feelings along the way. We promise you those feelings will keep echoing long after the last frame. With his pulse on great personal design and unique narrative style, Dennis Sungmin Kim's ten month endeavour turned into a first year film that #1) he should be extremely proud of and #2) you should watch right now! And while you're at it, why not check out more of the best short films on the web!
The story of a woman looking to escape her problems at the bottom of a Vodka bottle, Samuel Aaron Bennett’s Baby is a contemplative short that centres around themes of parenthood and responsibility. Premiering earlier this year at SXSW, Bennett’s film cleverly mixes dark-humour with some heavy subject matter to create a film which is as entertaining as it is thought-provoking.
The Paris/Montreal filmmaker collective DentDeCuir is known for some pretty outlandish, creative material. She’s Bad would be right up there at the top with the best of them. The story, special effects, and stylized look of the film, coupled with the electronic sounds of the DyE feat. Egyptian Lover soundtrack, make this film fall within its own unique genre. It’s part music video, part video art, part romantic drama and thriller. Using animalistic imagery, vibes, and movements, we see predator and prey told through the lens of woman meets man. Every action and thought uses special effects to project how closely innate human feelings resemble the actions of animals going off of instinct. It’s like watching a Nat Geo nature show, on drugs, projected onto the skin of these two lustful individuals. There’s really nothing else out there like it.Loads of street creds to Dent De Cuir for being borderline innapropriate, and over the line innovative!
Here's a short documentary portrait on a innovative designer who has created a low cost solution to landmine clearance, captured by director Callum Cooper. Massoud Hassani's Mine Kafon is a wind-propelled sphere made from bamboo and biodegradable plastic that can be used to clear landmines. When designer Massoud Hassani was growing up in Kabul, Afghanistan, there were several wars raging on nearby. He and his brother would play on the deserted fields making their own rolling toys with scarp materials but sometimes the objects would roll dangerously close to the landmines. This intense childhood experience inspired Hassani's design work, and the Mine Kafon is the result. This lifesaving design has been shortlisted as a finalist in for the 2013 INDEX: Award. This short documentary finished in one of the top spots for the GE FOCUS FORWARD Filmmaker Competition.
This beautiful video takes a tender look at one soul’s attempt to bargain with death before finally succumbing. The animated short, by And Maps And Plans, a small Dublin-based studio, has raked in loads of awards and was even shortlisted for the 87th annual Academy Awards. Its title, ‘Coda,’ is fitting for a video about our ultimate end. Take a look!
Dogs of Life explores the line between passivity and consideration. It explores human nature using surreal and subliminal messages. It tells the tale of a retired bounty hunter who goes above and beyond the appropriate call of duty to help his neighbor, who is like a stranger to him.
One of our definitions of Innovation is to create while looking at the world from different perspective. The fun loving, hungry filmmaking team of Jack Tew & Sorcha Anglim have a real knack for story telling from a wonderfully alternative angle.
Filmmaker Shaka King quotes the Urban Dictionary definition of 'mulignan,' (pronounced moo-lin-yan), as "Italian-American slang for a black man. Derived from the Italian dialect word for eggplant." King says the short film "Mulignans" is "a racial experiment, an experiment on you, the viewer." He says his experiment will succeed if he achieves in placing the audience in total discomfort with racial humor in between laughs.
"The Heat" is a short documentary about Heather "The Heat" Hardy, a single mother and professional boxer who was displaced by Hurricane Sandy. Heather uses fighting to provide a living for her and her daughter, Annie, while simultaneously pushing the sport of women's boxing into the mainstream.