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The Best of SquiggleBooth

As an online film critic and impartial judge, Ajit has asked me to pick 2006’s Best Of Squigglebooth. Over the past year, we have watched Squigglebooth evolve as a place to express doubt, anxiety, and beauty. Its first episode, posted in May of this year, was an expression of love and a dedication to memories that fill the lonely void of time spent apart. Since then, Squigglebooth has become a collaborative effort to challenge the mind and the heart through visual expression. With 27 squiggles this year, each unique in its message and presentation, it was hard to choose “the Best” but here are my top picks.

Blurring Fat
I’ve always believed that you could see some ones passion and insecurities by looking them straight in the eye. This blurred video takes that concept and illuminates it by adding a steamy glaze that covers the bodies and their reflections in the mirror. It is a literal discussion, not unlike one that you may have had with a spouse, about the concept of beauty and how one’s comfort in life can affect the way that they maintain their body. Not to mention, after going home, eating tons of food, and spending time with the family, I feel like this short is a reflection of my current post holiday routine.

Tuning Out Roadkill
Not for the weak of the stomach, I was a little afraid to watch a piece that highlights the tragic loss of fuzzy animals on the side of the road. Once I was able to get past the images and look deeper into the meaning, Tuning Out Roadkill proved to be a chilling monologue about the cold, harsh reality of death. Directed, edited and scored by Squiggles founder Ajit Anthony Prem, this short feels especially pertinent, as the war in Iraq appears to have reached another turning point.

Extreme Skipping
I think the concept of passion and sports is one that has been up to debate for ages. Is dancing a sport, horse riding or jumping rope? It depends on who you ask. Some one who is passionate about their past time, trains to become athletically elite, and always demonstrates good sportsmanship deserves to claim their sport, no matter how ridiculous it may be. This short by Marc Miller is a parody on the challenges of many athletes to prove themselves as just that.

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