We're thrilled to be showing prolific short filmmaker Trevor Anderson's work for the first time at the Sundance Film Festival. His documentary about the High Level Bridge in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, which stands a block from where he lives, was a personal project for the filmmaker. Anderson describes the bridge as "an impressive structure that crosses a breathtaking river valley; also two of my friends died there." He adds, "Sometimes the strongest subjects for films really are right outside your door." Shot on the Sony Webbie, the film takes full advantage of the consumer-grade camera. "What can I do with this camera that I couldn't do with a more expensive one?" Anderson asked. Then he realized, "Oh! I can huck it off the bridge!" In case you are concerned about Anderson destroying a perfectly good camera, fresh snowfall cushioned the landing, and the Webbie works just fine.
Filmmaker Nick Paley found the simplicity of his newest venture "Andy and Zach" both a blessing and a curse. "From a producer's perspective, it was very straightforward compared with some of my previous projects. I shot the interior scenes myself, in my own apartment, with two close friends as the leads," says Paley. "From a director's perspective, it was the hardest movie I've made so far. Its success depended entirely on performance and story. The finished film has very little in the way of spectacle...unless you call Christmas lights spectacle, in which case this movie is your summer blockbuster." Paley, who cast his friends Zach Woods ("The Office") and Andy Kachor in the titular roles, grew up in Vermont but graduated from NYU and has been living his life as an NYC filmmaker since. "Andy and Zach" rides a fine line of being quite sweet without ever turning sappy, and the heartfelt film about friendship doesn't need a surplus of T&A Apatow-esque jokes to appeal to a male crowd. Up next for Paley? Both a feature script to shop around and a new short, "Open House," which takes place outside the walls of his apartment.
Assaulting the senses with dazzling visual imagery and gloriously over-the-top action, this high-octane animated adventure plays with classic video-game archetypes while simultaneously concocting its own fully rendered environment. Collectively directed by Valere Amirault, Sarah Laufer, Jean Delaunay, and Benjamin Mattern, the film displays the considerable talents of all four artists in developing an atmospheric anomaly of stylistic bravado that fashions a fight between an 8-bit superhero and a high-def boss in a retrogaming world. Much appreciated for the painstaking hard work involved as well as the fast-paced clarity of the result, "8BITS" is a welcome shot in the arm for any program.
Tahir Jetter makes his first visit to the Sundance Film Festival with his dramatic short film "Close." With its truthful and intimate look at a turning point in a relationship, Jetter describes "Close." as "heavily autobiographical." In fact, at the New York premiere of the short, one particular audience member found the film's narrative more than coincidental, to which Jetter can only comment, "Nothing like making a movie about a person you've been romantically involved with and then having that person go and see it." A graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Jetter is working on expanding "Close." into a feature film.
A jet-propelled robot, a beaming sun god and an impish spider are not the likeliest of characters to embody the ultra-luxurious world of Chanel, but Peter Philips, the innovative mind behind them, has made his name pursuing the unexpected. Chanel’s Global Creative Director of Makeup took a break from conceptualizing cosmetic gold to don the animator’s cap for today’s short, a work inspired by a series of headdresses he crafted from beauty product packaging for a Vogue Paris shoot. Built from a trove of compacts, glosses, brushes and more, Philips’s characters embark on a journey that begins with a lipstick-powered automaton blasting through the clouds and ends on more familiar ground, with a model whose chic ensemble channels Mme Chanel herself. Philips came to the task with the requisite technical skills, having studied graphic design before attending Antwerp's Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts. But he did concede on one creative point—the music. “If it were up to me it would have been disco,” he confesses.
Beyond Black Mesa is a short Independent fan film Inspired by the Half-Life Video Game series directed by Brian Curtin.
Directed by Brian Curtin
Producer: Matt Hall, Mat Powell
Actors/Grips: Joy Gravel, Walt Thomas, Andrew Gothard
Special Tracks: Nate Quarterman
Narrator: Taylor Robinson
Audio Mastering: Eric Chapman
Wikipedia just celebrated its tenth birthday. The ‘State Of Wikipedia’ video is part of the ‘State Of’ series made by interactive agency from JESS3, and is narrated by Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales. Today, the English Wikipedia now stands at 3.5+ million articles (up from roughly 500,000 in March 2005), and more than 17 million across all languages. No matter what you think about Wales, the foundation or the site, that’s an impressive feat.
"In tandem with the first public screening as the finale to Florence's Pitti Immagine #79, SHOWstudio exclusively showcase Gareth Pugh's latest collection, specially designed for the event and shown via a unique fashion film created with Ruth Hogben. Inspired by the centuries-old tradition of art and decoration in the city of Florence itself and richly-coloured in saturated Catholic shades of blue and gold, Pugh's latest work is not a pre-collection but a precursor - or, as he puts it, a mood-board - of the collection he will show in Paris on 2 March 2011. The film itself is both inspired and inspiring: taking baroque illusionistic ceiling painting as its starting point, for this unique fashion film presentation the piece was projected onto the ceiling of a fourteenth-century church in the heart of Florence, fusing the historical and the futuristic in a one-off fashion experience."