Haunting, with a unique touch of beauty and fragility, filmmakers Ross Hogg and Duncan Cowles’ “Isabella” is a short hybrid creation that employs elements of documentary, animation and narrative film, jumbling them together in order to produce an exploration of memory and time that will likely stick with you long after viewing (the irony)! The concept of memory can be quite abstract and absurd. As we age, all of our thoughts, words, and past situations become elusive to our process of both digesting information and recalling it. “Isabella” studies those inevitable consequences of aging through the introduction of, well...Isabella, filmmaker Ross Hogg’s own 92-yr old grandmother. The outcome of watching and listening to her try to recall and recite once vibrant memories is surreal, heartbreaking and yet profoundly human. The message plugged into “Isabella”, with its complementing animation style and camera work (a flawless collaboration between the filmmakers' two talents), is strong. It comes together in a way you wouldn’t expect and yet can’t look away from. I, for one, can sadly relate. Personally having had a blind grandmother battling alzheimer's disease towards the end of her life, I was taught a lot about the human condition after watching it slowly and desperately wither away. A word of advice: cherish your own thoughts and talk with your loved ones before everything gets lost in time. And then watch this ironically memorable official 2016 Indie Street Film Fesival selection below!
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.
This little diddy is brought to us by Toru Hayai (Direction & Animation). The imagery, story, and accompanying music for this giant stuffed bear are all too grasping not to post. We are surprised this short has not been adapted into a commercial yet. This one is surely worth its run time of 1:35.