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If you've been paying attention to Facebook lately, you'll probably have had someone share this video. Ma'agalim is the kind of film that is amazingly beautiful, well-produced, and at its heart, a music video. This one aims to recreate a penny arcade machine that tells a story of love and live. And beyond. It's beautifully animated, and most importantly, it's sweet.
This one completely reminds me of this year's Oscar winner for Best Animated Short, Bear Story. They have more than superficial similarities, but they both have amazingly well-developed visual style and are well-worth searching out.
If I ever put together a Best of Cinequest Shorts - 2002 to 2015, it'll be a fascinating program. From wild fantasies to science fiction marvels, to subtle dramas, and most important to me, Documentaries, it would be amazing. One film that would feature heavily on it is American Homes, one of those films that had an unknowing unfair advantage going into our selection process.
The best way to get me to back your film onto the program is to give us a film about one of my secret passions. Every year we get wrestling films, my most public passion, but send a movie about ghost towns, or Redwood trees, or smoked meat and your odds are much improved. Architecture is one of those passions. From the time I was a kid, I wanted to build houses, arenas, skyscrapers, and later, museums. I still do that. I tried making models, and drawings, but I have no talent in that arena, and thus it remained a hidden passion. When i first saw American Homes, an animated documentary that uses a book of the same name as the source work to present line drawings, simple animation, and the voices of prominent figures in the world of Architecture. It is simple, and that's not at all a knock; it is that simplicity that allows us to take in the two entirely disconnected streams and turn it into a single experience.
The film isn't online, but you can see a trailer at http://americanhomesfilm.com/.
Klaus at Gunpoint
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