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THE TAP DANCER on Weekend Watching 050714 on OneSmallWindow.com

Random Stop is the most harrowing short film we have ever featured on Weekend Watching and it is important for me to put it up front in this selection because it is one of the most powerful pieces of short filmmaking I have ever seen. But this is not a film to be watched lightly. I hope you have the courage to watch it through but if you don’t feel like having a bad day because of the evil visited upon people by other people, skip on through to the other films in this selection.

Random Stop

When the synopsis of a short film reads, “On his way home at the end of his shift, Sheriff’s Deputy Kyle Dinkheller made one final stop. Based on tragic true events.” I am tempted to run a mile in the opposite direction. Whom am I kidding, I’d never get that far. So I made it a point to watch Random Stop the moment I loaded it, as opposed to letting it be just another open tab on my browser.

This is superlative filmmaking and the perspective we experience it from makes it all the more powerful. I am sure big things are expected of filmmaker Benjamin Arfmann. I watched this one a few days ago and I have still not been able to stop thinking of it.

Change

I love it when a ‘come together’ message comes together as well as this one did.
Good delivery, tight performances.

Odile et Michel

Filmmaker Danny Sangra makes perfect little shorts that capture just a single idea beautifully with a great sense of humour. Odile et Michel is a fun addition to his filmography.

Ashley Fiolek

This is the story of a woman who is totally badass and the filmmaking does a great job of giving us a glimpse of her unique world view.

Liars

I have tremendous respect for filmmakers who successfully achieve one-take films. As an added bonus, this one is funny.

The Man Who Turned Paper Into Pixels

I love documentaries that teach me something new and have this easy style of narration that makes it really easy to consume and process the information at its core. This piece about Claude Shannon is an excellent example of this type of filmmaking.

The Tap Dancer

I just encountered MP Cunningham’s work and this film is just one in a series entitled “One Minute Doc.” The way this video is filmed, edited and graded, I want to go live in that world. I am an unashamed fan of the pretty documentary and this series is all that with a tiara and a radiant smile.

Escarface

Every studio desirous of making visually stunning films should stake-out the talent at animations schools like Supinfocom because the student work coming out of these places is insane. In the best way possible. This tale about two grannies who carry out a heist is just cool beyond belief.