A nice concept item from Erik Wernquist, using the the words and the voice of the incomparable Carl Sagan as background. We are shown a future where we resume the exploratory roles natural selection endowed upon us and move out to our neighboring planets to become not a terrestrial species, but a solar one. Graphically exciting and immersive.
“We began as wanderers, and we are wanderers still.
Directed by Erik Wernquist
As a long time fan of both EveryFrameAPainting and also Jackie Chan, I couldn’t pass this up. The dissections of this talented documentarian are always enlightening and interesting. It might be said that breaking something apart and examining it is the key to destroying its anima and magic. That is true of both dissecting frogs and DVD special features, but these analyses do nothing but enhance the art and make one appreciate the work in ways one might not have previously explored. Links to Tony Zhou’s extensive Vimeo catalogue is below, and is a must for any aspiring film-maker.
Links: Tony Zhou on Vimeo
Wonderful and disturbing short film, currently making the rounds at the festivals and soaking up the well deserved awards. The escalation is artfully handled and the twists are effective; what starts as a tale of almost cliched middle-America and ’50’s Midwest sensibilities moves steadily into a tale of innocence lost and grief.
Directed by Josh Tanner
Tiny Worlds is an adorable look into a potential world where much is maintained that we never see. Each of the industrious vehicles has a character of it’s own, which is quite the feat given the films 59 second length. More of a showcase than an independent film, I’m hoping they’ll develop this further.
Second in the series of videos for the music of Jon Hopkins is Collide, directed by Tom Haines. Frighteningly aggressive and fitful, the main character forms a disturbing mockery of sexualized dance. Appearing to relive a rave night gone wrong in an abandoned factory, she spasms and contorts in motions resembling the ballet ‘The Rite of Spring’ by Stravinsky, a renowned classical piece in which a young woman dances herself to death. There’s a compulsion here too, she appears to be a prisoner to death, to drink, to fuck, to dance. Is she escaping? Or is she trapped?
It’s a powerful film, seeming to draw influences from Gaspar Noé and Fincher. The song is described by Hopkins as ‘the end of the world’, it’s easy to see apocalyptic tones, the girl, a frantic Nero, dancing in that ruined industrial complex as the world burns.
Director: Tom Haines