What was the first movie you ever saw? What was the one that made you cry? Which one terrified you so much you nearly ran, or did run, out of the theatre, or kept the lights on all night? Films and books/texts are not in conflict with one another, they act as pillars on a strong brain and heart. Our instructional time is eroded by so many other agendas, however, that when we’re mentally drained, and the desire to just pop in a movie overwhelms us, our good admin remind us that students have plenty of time to guzzle large doses of media. So bear with me here: this isn’t about popping in Mulan when you have nothing else planned. (Although I absolve you: I love Mulan.) And I guess I can make a strong case for Lion King (Hamlet), Cinderella (good chance to explain about blended families and friction), the Little Mermaid and how tragic fairy tales Hans Christian Andersen wrote are sanitized by Disney, and why. I could go on. And we all know that seldom is the movie as good as the book. That’s because they’re different species from the same phylum. Those are grand discussions in and of themselves.
But this is about those little films that get us to understand themes. Ideas. Beliefs. Movements. I’ll try to post as many as I have collected here, but am sure to leave some out. If you find some good ones, please click on the post and add a comment.
Expanding Gender: Youth Out Front from Frameline Distribution on Vimeo.
Nuit Blanche from Arev Manoukian on Vimeo.
Descendants from Goro Fujita on Vimeo.
Pixar – One Man Band from Ricardo Pereira on Vimeo.
Toonocalypse from The 2D Workshop on Vimeo.
2016 OSCAR® Nominated Short Films – Live Action and select Animation from SHORTS HD on Vimeo.
The Boy with a Camera for a Face from Spencer Brown on Vimeo.
Lights Out – Who’s There Film Challenge (2013) from David F. Sandberg on Vimeo.
Parvati Saves the World, Act1 from Rattapallax on Vimeo.
Taking the Plunge from Taking The Plunge on Vimeo.
“The World Is As Big Or As Small As You Make It” | Sundance Institute from Sundance Institute on Vimeo.
Valley of Dolls from Fritz Schumann on Vimeo.
Confessions of an Idiom from Amanda Koh on Vimeo.
THE MONKEY’S PAW (2011) from Ricky Lewis Jr on Vimeo.
In the Beginning from Arthur Metcalf on Vimeo.
1982 from Gina Breslau on Vimeo.
Dust – Short film starring Alan Rickman & Jodie Whittaker from Jake Russell on Vimeo.
There’s a Man in the Woods from Jacob Streilein on Vimeo.
Ormie from Ormie Pig on Vimeo.
Heartless: The Story of the Tin Man from Whitestone Motion Pictures on Vimeo.
DreamGiver from Tyler Carter on Vimeo.
Mitología / Mythology from Rafita Films on Vimeo.
Short Film ‘The Black Hole’ from PHOTOPLAY FILMS on Vimeo.
Return of the Cicadas from motionkicker on Vimeo.
The Man Who Was Afraid of Falling from Joseph Wallace on Vimeo.
Slug Invasion from The Animation Workshop on Vimeo.
The Lost & Found Shop [film] from Caleb Slain on Vimeo.
Invention of Love (2010) – Animated Short Film from Bujang_Cadiak on Vimeo.
Chris Garneau – Dirty Night Clowns from ROCK*iT FiLMS on Vimeo.
VIVA LUCHA from Team Mighty on Vimeo.
Procrastination from Johnny Kelly on Vimeo.