Posts Tagged ‘Other People’s Work’

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.

Music Video for Mint Julep’s “To The Sea” by a nice idea everyday

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

I am all about this Mint Julep music video created by a nice idea everyday! ALL ABOUT THIS!

Trailer for Kurt Harder’s Cody Fitz

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Back in February, I posted a short film by a filmmaker in town named Kurt Harder that I really liked.

Well, over the summer, dude went out and made a feature film!

The film is Cody Fitz and the trailer that they put out for it looks pretty damn slick.

Stay Home by Caleb Wood

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Watched this short animated film by Caleb Wood via Booooooom last night, pretty great!


Vincent Varga’s Imagine & Kurt Harder’s My Name Is Clarence

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

The Calgary International Film Festival has a program called Youth By Youth Cinema showcasing the next generation models of filmmakers. While attending the 2010 YYC program, I caught two films that really stood out for me — Vincent Varga‘s Imagine and Kurt Harder‘s My Name Is Clarence. Both these directors are in high school and both of them ended up winning top honours in the YYC program. (Imagine won Best Live Action and My Name is Clarence won the Youth Renegade award.)

Needless to say, I am extremely impressed (and kind of intimidated) by their raw talent.

And now you can be too!


My Name is Clarence from Kurt Harder on Vimeo.

Oh, and my wicked, awesome fundraiser for my new short subject social satire Uni is still going on! If you have the urge, your donation will go a long way to getting our independent short film off the ground! Plus, there are some cool gifts for donors. Click the unicorn below to get all the details!

The Colony

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Short films are such elusive creations.

After hours and weeks and months of hard work, an amazing short film will get a festival run for a year or two and then many will just disappear. There are good reasons for this and I don’t want to get into a debate on the market and distribution available to short films. I just want to lament how difficult it is to pass along short film recommendations at times.

Which brings us to today’s post, The Colony by Jeff Barnaby. I saw the film in 2009 at a short film program ImagineNATIVE put together to screen in Calgary with Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers. Its a story of madness, self destruction, love triangles and chainsaws set in Quebec. Everything in the production is top shelf, Jeff Barnaby has amazing cinematic vision. I usually shy away from short films that are more than 12 minutes long but, at 24 minutes, The Colony uses every second of it’s runtime perfectly.

Below you can watch a trailer for the film. While I don’t believe the film is still appearing in any festivals, it is distributed by Vtape. I contacted Vtape to find out if copies are available to be purchased and you can indeed buy a copy of The Colony by emailing Unfortunately, the cost is $40 (CAD)! I do highly recommend this short film but you’ll have to make your own judgement call as to whether the price is right.

Time Piece

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

This is a repost from an article I was reading over at the AV Club today.

It is a really cool short film that Jim Henson (!) made in 1965. I mean, I knew he made films but I didn’t realize he made non-Muppet films. This is a fantastic experimental film with a great concept, witty sound design and some amazingly intricate editing.

Check it out!