Tuesday, August 31, 2010

It's So Nice To Have a Wolf Around The House, Paul Fierlinger, 1979

A friend sent me a story about Paul and Sally Fierlinger's 2009 film My Dog Tulip, and I was reminded how much I enjoy Fierlinger's work.
Part One

Part Two

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Candy's Film, Candy Spliner, 1973

Since it's Sunday, how about a whole bunch of nudity?

It's tasteful.


Saturday, August 28, 2010

Watching Grass Grow, Don Hertzfeldt, 2005

Fascinating* time lapse film in which animator Don Hertzfeldt..well... animates.
Illustrating, among other things, the importance of rocking out to the animation process (it is vital. VITAL)

This is an extra on Hertzfeldt's Bitter Films Volume One anthology, which you can PURCHASE HERE.

*to me, anyway.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Adagio, Garri Bardin, 2000

Stunning, expressive stop motion from Garri Bardin.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Jak działa jamniczek , Julian Antonisz, 1971

No translation (I think the title is "how a Dachshund works")
but I really like this one anyway.

Friday, August 20, 2010

The Dream of a Ridiculous Man, Aleksandr Petrov, 1992

AMAZING work with paint on glass. Based on the story by Fydor Dostoyevesky.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Monday, August 9, 2010

Sita Sings the Blues, Nina Paley, 2008

This is the full movie.

Your Name Here Presents...

Sita Sings the Blues is an AUDIENCE-FUNDED PROJECT released under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike License.

"Sita Sings the Blues" is based on the Hindu epic "The Ramayana". Sita is a goddess separated from her beloved Lord and husband Rama. Nina Paley is an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her by email. Three hilarious shadow puppets narrate both ancient tragedy and modern comedy in this beautifully animated interpretation of the Ramayana. Set to the 1920's jazz vocals of torch singer Annette Hanshaw, Sita Sings the Blues earns its tagline as "the Greatest Break-Up Story Ever Told." It is written, directed, produced and animated by American artist Nina Paley.


What? You hate watching movies on your computer? You can BUY THE DVD! Or a t-shirt, or a pin.

Nina Paley discusses the copyright issues that have plagued her film here.

A tip o' the pants to Roxy for telling me about this film.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

RSA Animate, Andrew Park, 2009 - 2013

RSA Animate is a fascinating series, showing sped up footage of artist Andrew Park illustrating talks hosted by The Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts, Manufacture and Commerce. The amazing thing about these shorts, at least to me, is that they make everything the speaker is saying so stunningly clear. I can pick out exactly which points to agree and disagree with, and why. I think it's not just the fact that they are illustrated: there is something about watching the illustration in progress that keeps me utterly focused on the lecture. It resembles the way I have always taken notes in class (in one particular psychology class, I gained myself a bit of an audience.) Except it's better. Or at least, neater. At any rate, I am posting ALL OF THEM. Because I love you. Or because I don't want you to get anything done today. Up yours, Tuesday.

Stein Ringen; The Economic Consequences of Mr. Brown:

Matthew Taylor; Left Brain, Right Brain: Steven Davis and Stephen Lubner; Superfreakonomics: Phillip Zimbardo; The Secret Powers of Time: Jeremy Rifkin; The Empathic Civilization: Barbara Ehrenrich; Smile or Die: David Harvey; The Crises of Capitalism: Dan Pink; Drive; The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us: Slavoj Zizek; First as Tragedy, Then as Farce; You simply MUST subscribe to their Youtube Channel. ETA: Matthew Taylor;21st Century Enlightenment Ken Robinson; Changing Educational Paradigms RSA Christmas Greeting Stephen Pinker: Language as a Window into Human Nature Evgeny Morozov:The Internet in Society; Empowering or Censoring Citizens? Renata Salecl: Choice The Divided Brain: Ian McGilChrist The Power of Networks; Manuel Lima The Truth About Dishonesty: Dan Ariely The Power of Outrospection, Roman Krznaric Re-Imagining Work, Dave Coplin This isn't an RSA joint; it's a wonderful TED talk by Denis Dutton (RIP, 1944- 12.28. 2010) but Andrew Park does his thing here too, and THAT's beautiful. TED:: Denis Dutton; A Darwinian Theory of Beauty

Monday, August 2, 2010

Adicolor Black, Saimon Chow, 2006

One of a series of films commissioned by Adidas to promote the 2005 reissue of its Adicolor shoes.