It’s once again the day before what I consider to be the highlight of the summer calendar of endless music festivals, Reading & Leeds; which in addition to being three days of beer, bands (and fingers crossed) hot hot sun, is our annual opportunity to take some of our fave DN films and play them in the great outdoors of the Cinema Tent – OK so technically the great ‘covered’ outdoors but no need to split hairs.
Each year that El Vez & I put together the DN shorts selection, we marvel that it’s possibly the best year yet. This year is no different so a massive thanks goes out to all the directors listed below who gave us permission to screen their films, as well as our long term partners OFVM who’ve provided the platform to showcase these great films for the last five years. As always we shall be in attendance at the Reading leg of the festivals so if you’re there at any point give me a shout over Twitter so we can meet up and chat music and film over a beer or two. And be sure to go watch the films (click on the posters above for timings) you won’t be disappointed!
Animals – Minilogue by Varelsen
Live action / animation mixed music promo for Minilogue.
Bloc Party – This Modern Love by The Take-Away Shows
“It was on an October night, in Paris. We went to a pub, made some noise outside with a German band. Kele, Bloc Party’s singer, went out. We asked him to sing. He said no. We asked again, he said ‘yes but’. Then, we asked again… Here it is, just one song, an old song, played acoustic for the first time. From Bloc Party, a Take Away Show.”
Cerrado Al Publico by Poet Zero
A short film about a police officer and barriers of understanding – physical and otherwise.
do bem – Suco de Laranja 100% fruta (MPC de torradas) by Hardcuore
Stop frame beat machine.
Dollar Bill Greenburg by Dandy Dwarves
Distracted by an array of pastries, ‘Dollar’ Bill Greenburg has his beat-up car heisted from right under his nose. If the clues fit together, he might just have his revenge.
Fiume Night 01 _ Nikaido Kazumi by Vincent Moon
Osaka, Japan, February 28th, 10.40pm – She plays as the world walks by.
Friendship – The Graveyard Shift by The Late Misters
Promo for Friendship – The Graveyard Shift.
The Greatest Gift by Daniel Bloomberg
A short film of green jello, chocolate sauce massacre and a cafeteria full of pretty women inspired by the psychoanalytic ideas of Jacques Lacan.
Hirsute by A.J. Bond
A young time traveler is confronted by an arrogant and hairless future version of himself.
I Love Sarah Jane by Spencer Susser
Ah, young love. The air seems clearer. The sun seems brighter. There’s a spring in the step. Too bad about the zombie apocalypse.
Khoda by Reza Dolatabadi
What if you watch a film and whenever you pause it, you face a painting? This idea inspired Reza Dolatabadi to make Khoda. Over 6000 paintings were painstakingly produced during two years to create a five minutes film that would meet high personal standards. Khoda is a psychological thriller; a student project which was seen as a ‘mission impossible’ by many people but eventually proved possible!
Let there be Sound by Tom, Dick & Harry
A musical creature drifts through space in complete harmony with it’s residents until…
The Life Size Zoetrope by Mark Simon Hewis
The Life Size Zoetrope is the celebratory life story of one man, told via a one-take live action shot of a human zoetrope containing the film.
Place by Matt Clugston
A bespoke video piece developed for the 2007 Plus+ International Design Expo by Clusta, set to Boards Of Canada’s In a Beautiful Place Out In the Country.
Ralph by Alex Winckler
First love hurts.
Sebastian’s Voodoo by Joaquin Baldwin
A voodoo doll must find the courage to save his friends from being pinned to death.
She Farted and Created the World by Scott Coello
An animation about a dog who farts and creates a world… and follow a sort-of evolution cycle within it.
A Short Love Story in Stop Motion by Carlos Lascano
A couple of pencil-outlined birds escape from a little girl´s drawing, leading us through the life she dreams of.
Sorry I’m Late by Tomas Mankovsky
A stop motion short film shot with a stills camera in the ceiling pointing straight at the floor.
Sour – Hibi no Neiro by Masashi Kawamura + Hal Kirkland + Magico Nakamura + Masayoshi Nakamura
This music video was shot for Sour’s ‘Hibi no Neiro’ (Tone of everyday) from their first mini album ‘Water Flavor EP’. The cast were selected from the actual Sour fan base, from many countries around the world. Each person and scene was filmed purely via webcam.
Subprime by Beeple
Watch the American housing market spiral out of control.
Sunshine Bob by Dandy Dwarves
Think a little smarter. Try a little harder.
We Got Time by David Wilson
In-camera animated music promo for Moray McLaren’s We Got Time.
White Red Panic by Ayz Waraich
A little thriller about two guys mixed up in the wrong side of life, and the toll it takes on their character and soul.
ZOMBIE ZOMBIE, Driving This Road Until Death Sets You Free by Simon Gesrel & Xavier Ehretsmann
First non-official video clip made for Zombie Zombie, the electrifying French duo of Etienne Jaumet and Cosmic Neman. Directed by Simon Gesrel and Xavier Ehretsmann thanks to their favourite toys… the GI Joes! The video is an homage to the director and soundtrack composer John Carpenter, especially one of his masterpieces: The Thing.
Zoo by Robin Bushell
A trip to the zoo ends in colourful chaos.