Short Film

Tim Cawkwell – Light Years – The film diaries of Tim Cawkwell (1968-2018)

LIGHT YEARS – The film diaries of Tim Cawkwell (1968-87 / 2015-18)

LIGHT YEARS brings together a series of short films made on 8mm between 1968 and 1987 to create a single diary film in 25 sections with its own narrative arc as a bildungsroman or story of self-education.

Between 2015 and 2018 this material was digitized, reduced and re-edited, and voice-over and sound added. LIGHT YEARS draws inspiration from the American Underground films reaching Britain at the time, and seeks to emulate the qualities of the diary, making the personal public and re-envisioning the world. Read More »

Pierre Étaix – En pleine forme AKA Feeling Good (2010)

‘Feeling Good,’ was originally one of the vignettes included in the director’s anthology feature ‘As Long as You’ve Got Your Health,’ but was later replaced with another short when Etaix was given the opportunity to re-work and re-release that film. In this comical misadventure, a man (Pierre Etaix) attempts to enjoy a camping trip out in the peaceful wilderness — but, as one might expect, he runs into a few issues, leading to a series of silly accidents. Eventually the man is forced into a satirically larger-than-life camping ground (fenced off like a prison) where he meets more bizarre characters and attempts to escape. Read More »

Wes Anderson – Hotel Chevalier (2007) (HD)

This is the short movie that works as a prelude for The Darjeeling Limited by director Wes Anderson, starring Jason Schwartzman and Natalie Portman, with beautiful music including a song by Peter Sarstedt. Read More »

Philip S. Solomon – Psalm IV: ‘Valley of the Shadow’ (2013)

Synopsis
Pairs moody landscape imagery culled from a video game with John Huston’s reading of James Joyce’s ‘The Dead’. Read More »

Philip S. Solomon – Psalm II: ‘Walking Distance’ (1999)

Journal of Film and Video
Response to Phil Solomon’s WALKING DISTANCE
By Albright, Deron

“Imagining one of those rusted medieval film cans having survived centuries, a long lost Biograph/Star, a Griffith Melies co-production, a two-reeler left to us from, say, the Bronze Age, a time when images were smelted and boiled rather than merely taken, and they poured down like silver, not to be fixed and washed, mind you, but free to reform and coagulate into unstable, temporary molds, mere holding patterns of faces, places, and things, shape-shifting according to whim, need, the uncanny or the inevitable. . . WALKING DISTANCE is a simple Golden Book tale of horizontals and verticals, a cinema of ether and ore. . . ” Read More »

Krzysztof Zanussi & Henryk Ryszka – Samolot z Budapesztu AKA A Plane from Budapest (1961)

An early Zanussi short. Fun fact: it’s called “Plane from Budapest” but the only arriving plane in the movie is from Amsterdam.
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Here we see short scenes from a random day at the airport. We have flying planes, landings, passport checking scenes, passengers waiting for their relatives. This documentary shows the ordinary but unique behaviors and reactions of the passengers and the airport maintenance staff. Read More »

Jean-Marie Straub – Einleitung zu Arnold Schoenbergs Begleitmusik zu einer Lichtspielscene AKA Introduction to Arnold Schoenberg’s Accompaniment to a Cinematic Scene (1973)

Music: Arnold Schoenberg, Begleitmusik zu einer Lichtspielscene, opus 34, 1929-1930.
Words: Schoenberg’s letters to Wassily Kandinsky (April the 20th and Mai the 4th 1923), Bertold Brecht’s speech at the “Congrès international des Intellectuels contre le fascisme”, (Paris 1935). Read More »