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Krump is a powerful and evocative dance style created in South Central Los Angeles, born of the pronounced duress and hardship experienced by many residents of these areas. The dance form itself calls upon deep emotional candidness as the dancer plumbs the full extent of their frustrations, experiences and struggles and physically manifests them into incredibly moving performances.

While I certainly appreciate the warm shooting style that expertly supports the medium it depicts, as well as the superbly edited interviews and scenes that construct a somber yet optimistic narrative about what Krump means to the people who practice it – I feel the best description of the film comes from the disarmingly honest perspective of the featured dancer and co-creator of Krump, Tight Eyez:

It’s helped me say things I can’t say to people… like when you don’t know your mom until you’re a teenager, that’s me. I haven’t seen my father since I was four. I have two pictures of him. One is in my room, and one is a mugshot on the internet. You have to put that somewhere. It’s therapy sometimes. And we make the ugly part of our lives beautiful at that moment. We make it good. So, we’ve figured out how to turn the evil we experienced into creativity and that’s the spiritual part about it, that’s why it’s spiritual for me because I’ve done that, because of the type of life I’ve had, I would have been a different man if I didn’t have Krump.

Director: Maceo Frost

Released in 2017.

A recent find thanks to someone on Facebook, this lovely little film shows the intimate relationship we develop with our machines and the little joys we cherish, and how the sadness that life throws at us, one way or another, makes us hold on to these joys ever tighter.

Directed by Dustin Cohen

Released in 2013

Just a short offering today; solitude is described by a man who got a taste of the wilderness and never looked back. Quiet and alone with his thoughts, he humbly imparts chunks of knowledge we should all take seriously.

Made by Finback Films

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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

Snippets and clips of a world alien to my own but that I’m inspired to visit. I’m partial to the graininess, especially so to the de-saturated simplicity. I’m taken by the words, the timing of the images, the minimalism countered by the clutter. There is monotony of urban living, gently moulded in with humanity, a balance between the two.

Very good.

Fragments Of Time from Daniele Manoli on Vimeo.

Directed by:  Daniele Manoli

Released: 2013

Link: danielemanoli.com

Not quite a short fictional film, just a tiny film made about a tiny area of human habitation hovering above a tiny area of space, otherwise known as the International Space Station. Representing the very pinnacle of envy that can be inspired in me, this film shows some practical advise for getting some shut-eye in space.

An enlightening film about autism, specifically Aspergers, amongst other variants. The full complexity of these mental disorders are not yet known, but those ‘afflicted’ are specialized people, in that they experience the world in a specific way, such that ‘normal’ people might never understand. Imagination, affection, humor and the idiosyncrasies of existence are uniquely experienced and absorbed, in ways that non-autistic individuals can scarcely appreciate.

To say we have much to learn from autistic people is an understatement. The nature of the mind as a landscape, yet sometimes as a prison, is never more evident than when we see it in children. This playful, yet moving film shows us that standing apart and alone is not always a disease, but a challenge and process towards conscious and emotional evolution, no matter what hands we have been dealt.

“I am perfectly normal, everyone else is weird. The entire world is weird; I’m fine.”

Released: 2012

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