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18 JUNE, 2009

Independent Film Spotlight: Future Weather

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How a 13-year-old is giving Al Gore a run for his money, or why indie is alive and well.

Video week continues with something from the depths of indie: Future Weather, a sweet coming-of-age film about the relationship between environmentalism and social hardship — a brilliant addition to our earth-centric essential viewing recommendations.

Laduree is a 13-year-old girl who, in the midst of a forestry experiment, realizes she has to take action to save her hometown from global warming. Except in the process of this epiphany, she gets abandoned by her mother. Tossed over to her grandmother, she is thrown into a depressed rural community.

As Laduree faces her uncertain future, she reimagines her life as a public service announcement, translating her own reality of family struggles into our collective one of environmental apocalypse — a compellingly fresh angle on the sustainability dialogue, if we ever saw one.

Future Weather, from Philadelphia-based duo Jenny Deller and Kristin Fairweather, is a finalist in the Netflix Find Your Voice competition. It is also the winner of Showtime’s Tony Cox Screenwriting Award. Production — sustainable by design — is slated for this fall, with the film set to hit theaters next year.

16 JUNE, 2009

Wego Motel: Soap

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What a motel has to do with Taiwanese soap and the reputation of the ad industry.

Video week continues with Wego Motel, a stunningly shot Taiwanese short film about soap that’s really a sophisticated commercial for something else entirely.

Directed by Masami Kamiyama, this is the kind of work that presents the advertising industry in the best light possible — as art and entertainment and something much richer than a product message, much deeper than a call to action, or, at the very least, something that gives you a few minutes of goodness rather than taking them away from you.

Out of Ogilvy & Mather, Taiwan.

15 JUNE, 2009

Animation Spotlight: The Chimney Sweep

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What a paper airplane has to do with the quiet art of being human.

It’s video week on Brain Pickings, and we’re launching with The Chimney Sweep, a beautiful stop-motion animation in every sense of the word — beautifully written, beautifully art-directed, beautifully shot.

It isn’t flashy. There are no special effects or peppy indie music score. It’s quiet and simple and incredibly, touchingly human.

Put your headphones on to fully experience the subtle yet rich soundscape — it’s part of the film’s quiet magic.

The Chimney Sweep is the final-year work of UK art student Joseph Mann — whose feet are firmly planted in our up-and-coming talent to watch list.