Today’s ‘Video of the Day’ is Ruby, a short film by Emma Allen that depicts life, death and reincarnation through face paint. It’s a hauntingly beautiful stop motion piece that looks like it took over 80 hours to complete. Enjoy.
Shabazz Palaces – “Black Up,” is the third ‘video of the day’ post featuring Kahlil Joseph’s work. Joseph is a spectacularly talented director whose visual style I’d describe as truly mesmerizing. His ability to capture the essence of people and spaces is nothing short of brilliant, and I greatly admire his work. “‘Black Up’ is a short film that portrays a fever dream induced by the music of Shabazz Palaces. The film features songs from Shabazz Palaces’ album Black Up on Sub Pop Records, as well as various pieces of unreleased material.”
I discovered Splitscreen: A Love Story about two years ago and never forgot it. Charming, simple, and creative, it’s a visual journey of love and exploration in which two people from separate sides of the globe meet. It was filmed entirely on the Nokia N8 cell phone and won the 2011 Nokia Shorts competition.
Written and directed by Philip Sansom, One Man’s Loss is a uniquely ironic comedy starring Hande Kodja, Tracy Feith, and Jeremy Mitchell. It has been screened at the Cannes Short Film Corner and LA Shorts Fest, and has been selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick.
After discovering Kahlil Joseph’s work, I’ve absolutely fallen in love with his style and visual aesthetic. Wildcat is a non-narrative short dedicated to the passing of his Aunt Janet. Like some of Joseph’s other works, the film features music by L.A. underground musician and producer, Flying Lotus. “Wildcat is a state of mind; an experiment inspired by the composition and performance of jazz music. The characters that populate this world are actual – cowboys; and envisioned – angels. The town they all inhabit is real – Grayson, Oklahoma.” Kahlil is part of What Matters Most, a collective of like-minded artists working to elevate each other’s work. Visit their site to discover more of his work.
In a new series (VIDEO OF THE DAY) I will be posting short films and music videos multiple times per week. From this year’s Sundance Shorts, Until the Quiet Comes, directed by Kahlil Joseph, features three songs by underground musician and producer, Flying Lotus. A magical combination of both mood and rhythm, Joseph’s film is one of the most captivating shorts I have ever seen. The hauntingly beautiful cinematography was done by Matthew J. Lloyd. Truly, one of my favorites.