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…It’s Movie Monday: Mankind Is No Island?

Mankind Is No Island

Tropfest is the world’s largest short film festival.

Founded at Sydney’s Tropicana café in 1993, it now has an attendance of over 150,000 in Australia each February, and thousands more in other cities through out the world at other local Tropfests.

This year, the $20,000 first prize at the Tropfest in New York went to a film called “Mankind Is No Island” which was shot entirely with a cell phone camera.

The music is perfect, the effect is simple yet powerful, and the end result is a very emotional film that challenges the way we look at the world.

Enjoy:

[Via: Lens Culture]

…It’s Movie Monday: Fridges?

Nothing says dark digital short like…fridges?

Animator Fujio Tanabe’s short, called Fridges, was part of New York’s Japan Cuts, an annual festival of Japanese cinema, and takes a dark look at the often overlooked appliance that’s probably lurking in your kitchen right now.

Do you know where your leftovers are?

[Via: New York Magazine]

…It’s Music Monday: South By Southwest?

South By Southwest

South by Southwest (AKA SXSW) is an interactive, film, and music festival that takes place every year in Austin, Texas.

Because many of the bands that perform there each year are trying to make it big and break into the scene, they release an official torrent with most of the music from the festival for you to download and enjoy.

This years torrent contained 763 tracks, and played end to end, would be nearly 48 hours of continuous music.

If that sounds like a lot to go through to find what you like, that’s because it is, so Paul Ford decided to listen to them all and give you a kind of cheat sheet for finding the music that you like.

His chart ranks each of the songs on a one to five scale, and gives each a six-word review, making it easy to find the good stuff.

If you’re looking to be on the cutting edge of the music scene, then head on over to the download link and fire up your favorite torrent downloader, because it doesn’t get much rawer than this.

[South By Southwest]

[South By Southwest Torrents]

[South By Southwest – Six-Word Reviews]