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Your Own Personal Sundance

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Sundance has released 50 of the shorts at this year's festival to be available online to anyone, including those of us not lucky enough to be in Park City right now, through June 20th.

The webpage to choose which shorts you'd like to see is here.

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I like the way that film festivals are catching on more and more...there's a list of many of them here at this site. Two of the best shorts I ever saw were four or five years ago - one is Lee Lanier's Mirror (you can download it here at their site, or buy the dvd), and The Electric Heartbreaker (an ode to Casio keyboards and weird dance moves), which I thought was *hilarious*!

Now that Av and I have Netflix, we get a lot of documentaries - our last one was The True Meaning of Pictures: Shelby Lee Adams' Appalachia, in which the film was great but it made me really not like him so much...and it killed my (probably ultra-naiive) idea that the pictures he takes are natural - instead, they seem to be largely *very* staged - you know, not so much of-the-moment but rather photographs that are sometimes entirely choreographed. That movie left us with many questions and doubts about the sincerity of his motives. Bleh.

Next on our Netflix queue, though, is something much lighter - Schoolhouse Rock! Conjunction Junction...what's your function?.....hooking up words and phrases and clauses... Yay!

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