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A funny final touch for Victor Solomon‘s miniseries Words.

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The Red Suitcase

A newcomer unsettles the peace of a small town, bringing music and dance to the isolated community, but also broken hearts and instability. When gone, he leaves behind a young boy and a red suitcase filled with questions.

A short movie by Saul Freed (of Karni & Saul), made as part of the Channel 4 Mesh program.

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Still Life

Nathan, a pill-popping, over-caffeinated driver, accidentally hits something with his car. Panic-stricken, he searches for help in a strange and desolate town that offers very little in the form of human kindness. He just entered the Twilight Zone…

A short movie by Jon Knautz, kind of a life size version of M.R. JamesHaunted Dolls House.

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Daily Show: Obama is the Lion King

The intro to last night’s Obama’s speech was quite moving. A great American story. I was so moved, I have to admit I was a little teary-eyed. I was raised by a single mom, how can I not be. Well, I turn on the Daily Show and they top it with pure brilliance!

The Daily Show version versus the real deal.

Bonus videos:

Obama has nerves of steel

One of the greatest speeches. The best presidential speech I have ever witnessed. With such high expectations, with so much pressure, in a friggin’ stadium, with the biggest audience watching – he simply nailed it. It was so emotional even though there was nothing fluffy about what he said.

As I walked my dog afterwards, I realized that his focus must have been on intention. Behind every word, he did not emphasize the poetics of it but the why of it. I never understood how people were inspired by speeches. My cynical outlook saw speeches as verbal punches. And though there were many punches that landed on McCain. I was truly inspired. I was set to motion. Powerful stuff. My adrenaline is rushing.

(I will post the intro video when I find it.)

Walk It Off

The coolest thing is that you can switch perspectives while watching it. I await the imitators.

Watch it.

Replay

Wonderful visual storytelling.

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Democratic Convention Day 2 – Let’s talk about visuals

I can’t help myself, there is so much cheez, I have to comment on it.

11:41pm – Today’s The Daily show was one of its finest. I will post the video later.

11:36pm – From Hilary’s speech:

It makes a lot of sense that next week John McCain and George Bush will be together in the Twin Cities, because these days they’re awfully hard to tell apart.

The video.

The best line tonight (maybe the best of the convention?).

11:10pm – Hilary Clinton gave an excellent speech. She said the right things, sometimes there is a disconnect between her body language and what she is saying. But she has earnestness, she is not embarrassed to do that. So refreshing in events like this.

10:42pm – whoever edited the Clinton video needs to learn how to use After Effects effectively. Geez!! I will try to find a video of it somewhere.

Post-Keynote speech – WTF? Mark Warner sucks as a speaker. Nixon was more elegant.

Earlier: It has now evident that the networks are now unable to cover live events. The day of relying upon an anchors to cover a live event competently is over. The current crop of anchors cannot relax in front of the camera. So it is awkward for them and awkward for us.

I love Olbermann on his show but he is paired wrongly with Chris Mathews. Both have an incredibly strong personality and it feels like a big cock fight. It is also clear that there is a lack of respect for each other.

CNN is generally all over the place that you can never seem anchored anywhere. Wolf Blitzer has a deer-in-the-headlights look.

Ms. Hollywood & Ms. Public Service

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Daniel Bohrer – La Vie

Reminds of something else on here, just can’t put my finger on it.

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Carrboro Film Festival

This fall I will be part of the selection committee for the 3rd annual Carrboro Film Festival. An incredibly popular festival in the Chapel Hill/ Durham area. That is North Carolina for the uninitiated. It was sold out last year and it will most likely be sold out this year. We are generous with gifts and awards. The festival is very keen on young voices and independent filmmakers.

So if your film has been posted on Ticklebooth, you can be sure that I will be a big supporter of your film. I am not the final word because we do have a panel of selection judges but I can be persuasive.

Check it out.

A Good Night’s Sleep

Hey! It’s a while since I’ve made cross blogged posts. This post is split in two parts. The other half can be found here.

A Good Night’s Sleep is a short movie directed by M.A.Y.O. (that is Priya Sanghvi and Dan Scott Goldstein) about a less that ordinary night at a sleep clinic.

Watch it. (Quicktime)

And then check out the cross blogged post about Bathtub.

Al Dente

Taking place in a colorful and musical universe, “Al Dente” is a short film which tells us the story of a little street girl discovering the magic and the dangers of an ogre’s kitchen.

Directed by Jean-François Barthelemy, Maël François and Carlos Felipe Leon Ortiz, students of Supinfocom.

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Going to the movies? What’s the point?

I used to love going to the movies. I can’t remember a first date that wasn’t at the movies. Yes, I am quite selfish that way. But it has been two months since I have been to the movies. I have been to film festivals but that is quite a different trip than a visit to my local multiplex.

What is even weirder is that I don’t miss it. I think this is largely due to what I do here at Ticklebooth. What I post here is so much interesting than what the studios are putting out. Look at our recent picks selections in our sidebar, it is riddled with original ideas.

The short film/ online video genre are putting movies to shame. When I say “movies”, I mean feature films mostly from Hollywood. However, I seriously cannot tell the difference between mainstream Hollywood and independent cinema. People are playing poker by the book. Where is the fun? Where is the gamble? When is the last time a movie was willing to upset you? I don’t mean Batman losing his girl in Dark Knight kind of gambles.

The style of modern film is contained in very small boxes. You either have the tripod look or the shaky hand held look. Everything is high contrast. If it is an action film, you see more blue. If it is a drama, you see warmer colors. Cinema has a language but it isn’t this narrow.

Other notes:

My best-of-the-year list for online video is a much harder decision to arrive at than my best theatrical released movie list. I have more choices, a more diverse set of qualities to compare. I have no sequels, no reputations, no teases to deal with. What do you think?

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