Sunday, December 07, 2008

Strange Fruit

But in the best possible way. And it's the family that's strange, not the fruit. Actually, it's not the fruit or the family, it's the lusciously offbeat way they get filmed:

By the way, speaking of superior short films, my friend Jeff Middents has been leading his students at American University through a course in short films, which has required them all to contribute to a Short Films Blog. Each week, the students post about short films that satisfy a given rubric, often including embedded YouTube footage or other links to the films they're discussing as well as their own appraisals. As a two-time guest judge on the students' work, I've been really impressed by their insights and delighted to have a chance to see so many wide-ranging shorts. I hope you'll feel inclined to have a look—and if you're feeling so inclined, leave an admiring comment, and help Jeff's hardest-working students earn some extra credit. The week-long focus on award-winning shorts, including several Oscar winners, may be especially interesting to many of you; I particularly enjoyed the footage and the write-ups in the entries about Glas (entry by Drew Rosensweig) and Der Fuehrer's Face (entry by Lindsay Z.). Plus, as an ardent lover of The Danish Poet, I can't fail to mention Trinnyallica's spiffy reflections on that one.

To Jeff's students, if you're reading: great job! And since you're newly able to relish the art of the short film, here is Peel in its eight-minute entirety!

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Blogger NATHANIEL R said...

I love this short specifically for avoiding the pitfalls of so many short films which is to say... they all seem so aware of how limited their duration is that the habit seems to be to pick a tiny tiny subject or a one joke routine and end on the punchline.

but when i first saw PEEL i remember thinking about it days afterwards like it took that long to process all of what Campion was doing, despite it being satisfying on an immediate level too.

anyway. I had no idea you were going to include shorts in the countdown. nice surprise.

7:21 AM, December 10, 2008  
Blogger Middento said...

Yay! Thanks for the shout-out!

(And, o anyone reading this, um, today -- you still have 24 hours to give my students extra credit... so comment away!)

9:19 PM, December 13, 2008  

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