Category Archives: Film

Down the Glen

Nearly a year ago, Irish musician Patrick Dexter began posting online videos of himself playing the cello. Since then, his open-air recitals, shot outside his picturesque cottage in Mayo on the rural west coast, have been viewed millions of times. The video … Continue reading

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You & Me Me & You

Graphic artist Anthony Burrill recently created an enormous typographic mural in Leeds, England. The short documentary below explores the ideas behind the artwork and its meaning to the designer. You&Me and Me&You shows Burrill’s signature letterpress typography blown up to … Continue reading

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Telling Stories About Heroes

I was dead chuffed to stumble upon the wonderful short film “Troll Bridge” which was based on an original short story of the same name by the late great Terry Pratchett. Directed by Daniel Knight, the movie was created after … Continue reading

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Because we love watching the flock’s precision glide

Artist Kate Sweeney turned  the poem “Murmuration” by Linda France (below)into a profound and heartfelt animated short film. Created for the 2020 Durham Book Festival, the timely work will surely resonate during this trying period for all of us. MURMURATION … Continue reading

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There are always exceptions

If you have ever traveled in the United Kingdom, or even read a British novel, it’s likely that you have been confused about the correct pronunciation of place names. I’m chagrined to admit that I constantly got location names horribly … Continue reading

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Under the Social Influence

By now you have probably noticed that I’m a sucker for a clever travel/tourism campaign. So it will be no surprise that I fell hard to this clever video from New Zealand urging travelers to stop repeating stereotypical photos they … Continue reading

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more like dreams spoken aloud

The Last Bookshop is a bittersweet short film by Richard Dadd and Dan Fryer, which imagines the story of very last bookstore in the world.

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Wild in Scotland

Way back around the turn of the century I had the opportunity to spend quite a bit of time in Scotland. While I have great affection for Edinburgh and Glasgow, the true treasure of the country is to be found … Continue reading

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Happy Public Domain Day Eve

Way back in 1998 Congress passed the Copyright Term Extension Act extending US copyrights by 20 years to life-plus-70 for human authors and 95 years total for corporate authors. The extension was retrospective, so works in the public domain went … Continue reading

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Escape via Slow Travel

During these troubled times, we all need an escape. Here’s Escapista, a collection of slow video for our times.  The curated website was created by Brazilian software developer Cristiano Dalbem. Like many savvy slow travelers, he also embraced the concept of … Continue reading

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