Documentaries Interesting Short Films

The Umbrella Man

A new short film by Errol Morris explores why a man was holding an umbrella just a few feet from where President Kennedy was shot in November 1963.

Like his friend Werner Herzog, the famed director has long been fascinated by the events surrounding the JFK assassination.

Morris has written an accompanying piece for the New York Times, in which he says:

For years, I’ve wanted to make a movie about the John F. Kennedy assassination.

Not because I thought I could prove that it was a conspiracy, or that I could prove it was a lone gunman, but because I believe that by looking at the assassination, we can learn a lot about the nature of investigation and evidence.

Why, after 48 years, are people still quarreling and quibbling about this case? What is it about this case that has led not to a solution, but to the endless proliferation of possible solutions?

The only thing I can recommend is that you click here to watch the video as soon as possible.

> NY Times directors statement and video
> More on Errol Morris and the JFK assassination at Wikipedia
> Thoughts on his nw film Tabloid

Short Films

A Year in New York

This short film by Andrew Clancy eloquently documents a year in New York.

Sometimes it is difficult to precisely say why a combination of images and music works, but I think this effectively captures a time and place.

Amongst the familiar imagery of the Big Apple (the Empire State building, Times Square, Central Park) are more surprising shots: Uruguay fans watching the World Cup and a Bond film showing outside in the park.

The music track is ‘We Don’t Eat’ by James Vincent McMorrow, which is free to download from Amazon this month.

> Andrew Clancy at Vimeo
> More on New York at Wikipedia
> Official James Vincent McMorrow site and his Soundcloud page

Short Films

Ray: A Life Underwater

With pirates dominating the box office over the last decade, this short film by director Amanda Bluglass comes as a nice antidote.

A portrait of deep sea diver Ray Ives, it explores his time spent on the sea floor.

Produced and directed by Bluglass, it was edited and shot by Danny Cooke, with dive photography by Neil Hope and music by Tony Higgins.

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> Watch it on Vimeo
> Find out more about Plymouth at Wikipedia

Short Films


Move is a short film by Rick Mereki that executes a simple idea brilliantly.

Along with his DOP and producer Tim White, he filmed Andrew Lees in various locations across the world for three shorts: Move, Eat and Learn.

Move is my favourite, as it uses the power of editing and framing to depict global travel in just 1 minute.

As Rick says on his Vimeo page:

3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38 thousand miles, an exploding volcano, 2 cameras and almost a terabyte of footage… all to turn 3 ambitious linear concepts based on movement, learning and food ….into 3 beautiful and hopefully compelling short films = a trip of a lifetime.

> Watch Eat and Learn
> Rick Mereki on Vimeo

Short Films

The Mountain

Terje Sorgjerd has posted another timelapse video called The Mountain, with stunning shots of the stars from Teide in the Canary Islands.

Earlier this month he visited the area, a mountain which is one of the prime locations in the world to view the stars.

The Teide Observatories have been there since 1964 and host various telescopes from around the world due to the optimal astronomical viewing conditions.

In this short film Sorgjerd captures the Milky Way galaxy, the mountains of the region and even a sandstorm in the Sahara desert backlit by Grand Canaria.

The Mountain from Terje Sorgjerd on Vimeo.

You can see his previous film The Aurora here.

> Terje Sorgjerd on Facebook and Twitter
> Buy the music (“Nuvole bianche”) by Ludovico Einaudi on iTunes