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No Dogs No Masters

Jim Swill‘s latest documentary meditates on society’s use of technology with a particular focus on Southern Televangelists and the Selfie Culture. As always, he shoots his films on Smart phones, this latest one was shot on a shattered iPhone4. Swill made No Dogs No Masters while traveling around the United States and filmed, scored, wrote, and narrated the entire piece.

Swill explains:

“I make these films on Smart phones, this time a shattered iPhone4 while traveling the United States. This one in particular focuses on Southern Televangelists and Selfie Culture, while I was migrating out to live in Los Angeles California. There are a lot of themes relating to the municipal constructs that surround a more basic way of living, cleaning up after the messy thoughts, and the lack of interest in our own impending decays of sorts; like how technology advances around us at this rapid rate while morally we remain very much the same and things socially are still simplistic and grittier yet we’re holding this preview into a technologically saturated future.”

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15 Years Of Transparency

Kartell – 15 Years Of Transparency - from abstract groove on Vimeo.

15 years of Kartell transparency told through a surreal journey of light and plastic.

The protagonists: 7 icons of contemporary design.

From the lightness of La Marie to the success of Louis Ghost, all the way through to the majestic Uncle Jack (which marks yet another technological landmark for the company), the creative team at abstract:groove designed a visual path made of scenographic installations that come to life through simple creative clockworks, limiting the use of post-production to the bare minimum.

The actors in the film are extraordinary: their personality is shown through a clever use of lights, reflections and behaviours. The souls within the objects are animated by scenery and scenography, informed and mutated by the concept of “motion design”.

“Our main goal was to capture the soul of these objects through the relationship between light and plastic surfaces, trying to let them express as if they had a life of their own.”(Luigi Pane, abstract:groove creative director).

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Cymatics: Science Vs. Music

CYMATICS: Science Vs. Music – Nigel Stanford from Nigel Stanford on Vimeo.

 

From Nigel Stanford’s (the composer) website:

In 1999 I watched a documentary on ‘Synesthesia‘ – a disorder that effects the audio and visual functions of the brain. People with the disorder hear a sound when they see bright colors, or see a color when they hear various sounds. I don’t have it (I don’t think), but I have always felt that bass frequencies are red, and treble frequencies are white.

This got me thinking that it would be cool to make a music video where every time a sound plays, you see a corresponding visual element. Many years later, I saw some videos about Cymatics – the science of visualizing audio frequencies, and the idea for the video was born.

In 2013, I approached my friend Shahir Daud, a talented film director working in New York, and asked him if he was interested in collaborating on the video with me.

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Culture Shocked Sudanese Refugees Come to America

via Policy.Mic:

Cultural divide: There are snippets of “first time” experiences meant to delight.

“They call this chips,” a host tells the men at their new home, “they fry it and put it in a bag.” Another first time, eating a sprinkled donut at a grocery store, made passersby into gawkers.

“Many of us have many questions to ask, but only have a few people to answer them,” one man says.

There are also some other first time encounters that reveal certain truths about American society that would go unnoticed if not for the outside perspective, such as the costumed Santa Claus holding children on his lap in shopping malls.

“How is that connected to the birth of Jesus Christ?” one of the men asked.

Serious issues: In the neighborhood and surrounding city, merchants filed complaints with the local police. According to the video’s narrator, the owners “felt intimidated when the men enter their stores in large numbers.” As a result, a meeting was called to advise the boys not to travel in groups.

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Groening VS Kubrick

Simpsons Kubrick

Casting about for another spooky October post, this one didn’t take long.

The Simpsons annual “Treehouse of Horror” episodes have become an American Halloween television tradition given the show’s ridiculously long run and the intense creativity highlighted in these seasonal creep-fests. Often, the “Treehouse” episodes are among the best of a given season and if you’re wondering why the show is still on the air, a glance at their most recent tribute to Stanley Kubrick proves that the show continues to have relevance — and references — to spare.

Here’s the episode’s big scene courtesy of Vulture— it incorporates nearly the entirety of Kubrick’s weighty oeuvre. How many references can you catch?

I wonder what Rob Ager will have to say about this?

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5am Film Series: Invocate, SKG, and Ectoplasm

These were submitted to the 5am film series by Lary Love Dolley, who stars in all three films.

SKG from JonGunnar on Vimeo.

Invocate from The Evil I on Vimeo.

An amateur gothic necromancer raises more than she bargains for in a desolate New Orleans cemetery.

Ectoplasm from The Evil I on Vimeo.

A medium reaches out to the spirit world and the spirit world reaches within her in this experimental short horror.
*Note that Ectoplasm is unique in that every word and song is in reverse, the actual spoken word part and songs may be found in the proper order at the website below.*

ectoplasmthemovie.webs.com/

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