Archive for the ‘Other People’s Work’ Category

Junkyard Demento

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

If you love genre short films, you seriously have to start following Junkyard Demento.
The curation on this site is second to none – it is constantly updated with really fantastic shorts that you aren’t just going to stumble across on your own.

Seriously, head over to Junkyard Demento and prepare to lose the next few hours digging through some amazing content.

This Lemon Tastes of Apples by Hiwa K

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

This documentary piece by artist Hiwa K is one of the most compelling and tense works I’ve seen at the 2014 Images Festival. During protests in the Iraqi city of Sulaimany, Hiwa K plays the harmonica theme from Once Upon a Time in the West, accompanied by a guitar, over megaphones as a rallying song for the protesters. He and his team march through the crowds toward the armed militia as they use tear gas and fire into the protesters. It is a truly a remarkable document about a little heard about uprising (that was swiftly put down) in April of 2011.

Mexico by Mike Hoolboom & Steve Sanguedolce

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

On Friday, I dropped in on curated screening called Re-visioning Cultural Encounters presented by the Pleasure Dome programming collective. At the end of the programme was a film from 1992 that I really enjoyed.

Entitled Mexico, the best way I can think of describing it is as a fantastical and quite possibly insane travelogue about a journey through Mexico. It is equal parts funny, hypnotic and fascinating.

A streaming version of the film is available to watch here.

Life Doesn’t Frighten Me by Stephen Dunn

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Christmas came early!
I saw this short film at the University of Regina’s Living Skies Film Festival last year and now it is available online for everyone.

Directed by the talented Stephen Dunn and starring the always fantastic Gordon Pinsent, Life Doesn’t Frighten Me is a beautiful and funny short film about growing up.

Highly recommended viewing!
Check it out below.

For A Limited Time Only – Shorts from TIFF 2013: Part 1

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

I’ve had a chance to see a few of the Canadian shorts packages at the Toronto International Film Festival this week. Not only have the short films in those packages have been absolutely top notch but TIFF has also placed some of them on YouTube for a limited time.

Here is a selection of some of the great work being showcased. I’ll (probably) do a follow up after I’ve seen a few more of the shorts packages … but be quick! They won’t be online for long.

Directed by Randall Okita

Directed by Fantavious Fritz

Directed by Luke Higginson and produced by William Woods

Directed by Ryan Flowers

Directed by Yael Staav


Instead of following this post up with a “Part 2”, I just got really sick and all the shorts are now (more or less) offline.
Maybe next year!

Matthew Rankin is the best

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

So it turns out, I am a big fan of Matthew Rankin.

I’ve loved his work for years, I’ve just never known all these films related back to the same artist.

But now that I do – and in honour of him winning the Bite Comedy Award at the NSI Online Short Film Festival (which was the catalyst for this post) – here is a mini-presentation of my favourite Matthew Rankin films.

I Dream of Driftwood

Cattle Call – Co-directed with Mike Maryniuk

Tabula Rasa

Dad Mud by Johanna Haeseker and Jake Robinson

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Animator Johanna Haeseker came to my attention when she won an animation contest for one of my favourite podcasts WireTap.

Now she and writer Jake Robinson have a new animated short based on the morbidly funny true story of the scattering of Robinson’s grandfather’s ashes – Dad Mud.

It is pretty great!
Check it out:

Long Branch by Dane Clark and Linsey Stewart

Monday, November 5th, 2012

This short film is impossible not to fall in love with.

Dane Clark and Linsey Stewart pack so much comedy and heart into Long Branch that I’d put it right up there with my all-time favourite romantic comedy, The Apartment.

Contingency by James Morison

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

This is great!

2012 was the 20th anniversary of the $100 Film Festival. A festival very near and dear to my heart.
The festival was originally conceived by a filmmaker named James Morison and, for the 20th installment, he create a new film contemplating the history of the festival, it’s inception and his role in it all.

I don’t think there could be a better tribute to the $100 Film Festival’s anniversary than this film.

Contingency won the 2012 Best of Alberta award.

Some Highlights From The 20th $100 Film Festival

Monday, March 12th, 2012

The 2oth annual $100 Film Festival was over the weekend and, as always, it was extremely inspiring.
I’ve scoured the internet to find a few of the films that played at the festival that specifically stood out for me.
Of course, not everything is online so this is by no means a definitively list.

Before I start the show, I just want to congratulate $100 Film Festival programmer Melanie Wilmink on her fantastic final festival as she leaves the organization to explore new worlds.
For my money, she raised the calibre of the festival every year she ran it and, I hope, one day she’ll program another festival.

Now, here we go!

Peninsula Valdes by Mark Fiorillo


A Life’s Work by Adam R. Levine


Clouds by Ben Popp


Sound of the Sun by David Domingo


Undergrowth by Robert Todd