Feb, 2013

The legend of John Henry is a classic tale of man vs. machine, and has never been depicted on film like this before. Whitestone Motion Pictures could have created a full-length featured film and I would have devoured it. Although the short-film length feels appropriate, I definitely could have watched and enjoyed a longer version of John Henry and the Railroad. This inspirational morsel of folklore is refreshing and necessary, even if only to balance out some of our hollowest forms of entertainment and our inexcusable scarcity of minority heroes.

This is the tale of John Henry. The one from the railroad story. Legend goes that John Henry was a freed slave. John took his only son out looking for work. He was out to make a new life for himself. He heard somethin’ about railroad work needing to be done. So that’s where he went. But trouble was just around the bend.

A film from the artisans at Whitestone Motion Pictures.

Soundtrack available on iTunes.

Feb, 2013


If you have 20 minutes, you should watch Valibation. It’s a short film directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson (he’s done a Harold and Kumar movie but this is nothing like that) that shows how being addicted to your phone can turn into a disease where the phone actually becomes a part of you. It’s dark, it’s weird and it’s revealing—would we want our phones to be a part of us? That’s not an automatic no, right?

Strauss-Schulson told FirstShowing:

“I’m addicted to my cell phone. I’m on it all the time. Why? Why am I on Instagram all day? Why do I have a reflex to grab my phone the second someone gets up from a table at dinner. Why do I care if someone retweets me… What is that?

I don’t have the answer, but it seemed like an interesting and, hopefully, relatable issue to dive into with this new short.

And it’s true. If your phone isn’t in your hand already, it’s pretty much always within arm’s reach. It’s an addiction and there’s no cure. The short film doesn’t hold any punches and can get pretty gruesome. But as sick and unrealistic as seeing a phone literally become a part of your hand, it feels like the future will eventually make it that way. [Valibation]

Feb, 2013

Alice Finch has created one of the most impressive pieces of Lego architecture to date: a 400,000-brick version of Harry Potter’s Hogwarts School. So large that it can fit Daniel Radcliffe inside.

It took an entire year to build, which gives you an idea of the complexity of this project. It’s not only the impressive exteriors, which capture the architecture of the original with stunning detail, but the interiors, which contain many of the key scenarios in the film. [Leg Godt]

Feb, 2013

THE BIG BOY, a gentle marshmellowy giant, protects a small town from terrible storms with his body, fills the lake with an abundant supply of water for the village to drink and helps workers lift extremely heavy objects. The people love their Big Boy until the giant has a terrible accident. When the towns-people turn on him, their village is never the same again. THE BIG BOY is a beautiful and heartbreaking tale written and directed by Lee kyu-tae.


Feb, 2013

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Jeff Brooks – O R I G I N
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