Leave it to Spike Jonze to direct a seriously odd short starring Kanye West with some cameos from musician Fonzworth Bentley and skateboarder Mike Carroll. What starts out as simply a story of Kanye in a drunken stupor, ends in an unpredictable, surreal climax that is trademark Spike Jonze.
CONTENT WARNING: this short contains some strong language, and a scene with mild sexual content.
For those of us who choose not to take LSD this Saturday, I am told that Mike Peter Reed’s “20015” is a good substitute. “20015” is hypnotic, colorful, and energetic. It presents a strong intensity that slowly builds throughout.
Inspired by a Kobel Abe novel, “The Box Man” is a great example of Nirvan Mullick’s keen attention to detail. The beautifully hand-crafted scenery and smooth frame rate both serve as evidence of the excruciating amount of time he sacrificed for this short.
Mullick is currently working on an ambitious project called The 1 Second Film. His goal for this film is to generate one million dollars, and donate all profits to the “Global Fund for Women”. For more information visit The 1 Second Film homepage.
Also, For more of Mullick’s work, go to nirvan.com.
The classic horror film Child’s Play meets David Lynch’s Eraserhead in this creepy seven-minute short directed by Thomas Lee Rutter. “A Child’s Toy” blends surrealism with an ambient composition to create a product that is nothing short of terrifying.
The band Xiu Xiu (named after the award-winning Chinese film, Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl) is anything but conventional, so it’s only fitting that the strange and innovative Cam Archer should direct the cinematography for their song, “The Fox and the Rabbit”. Instruments, lyrics, imagery: everything comes together in this short to create an experience you won’t take lightly. “When the fox hears the rabbit cry, he comes running… but not to help.”
Heather Mahler takes us on a fanciful journey through the campus of Snow College in Utah. Energetic, imaginative, and fun; “Wake Up” will be the highlight of your Saturday afternoon. Music by Snyder Mahler.
“Kuntsbar” (in English, “Art Bar”) is Whitehouse Animation’s brilliant interpretation of a confusing world where all artist-created realities live side-by-side. Watch for the visual citations to Jackson Pollock, Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and others art masters.
As uncomfortable as it is original, Unglewd will challenge your concept of music. Samples of chatter and screeching, accompanied by erratic drums, blend with a slew of distressful images to make this week’s short a bad trip you must experience.
For someone who wasn’t around fifty years ago to see the original airings of “The Flintstones”, watching Fred and Barney down a couple glasses of Busch beer may come as a bit of a shock. Younger generations commonly view the Flintstones as a family friendly comedy appropriate for all ages, but the show was initially intended for adults.
Fred and Barney’s casual drinking aside, this commercial has even more odd qualities in store. The hypnotic circle at the beginning, repeating of slogans, and Mr. Slate’s hallucinations make for an anomalous gem.
For some Adult Swim viewers, it was hard enough to believe that Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim’s grotesquely odd television series received a second season. To their dismay, Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job! premiered season five (season “cinco”) in February of this year. Although the series focuses on comedy, Wareheim claims that the show is greatly influenced by the awkwardness of David Lynch‘s work.
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