Always a Family

Over the course of the year, curating the Short Film of the Day feature has given me a deep and affecting appreciation of the art form. Before, I hadn’t given much thought to the little bastards, but the truth is that they are incredibly versatile and representative of the boundaries that film can break. They can be jokes told well or human dramas driven home. They can be a perfect bite or demand to be expanded into a full meal. They can feel classic or break out into the long, strange realm of experimentation. They are so much more than movies with short runtimes. There’s one difficulty in judging them, though. With such variation, pinpointing how one can be better than another gets to be tricky. So, no matter the order, the one constant is that all the movies listed here are outstanding at what they do. The other (small) problem is that sometimes short films spend a long time touring festivals and otherwise being unavailable online. Thus, eligibility here is based solely on when a movie hit the web for us to digest. In that way, it’s the best short films from 2010-2011, but I have a feeling that that trivia won’t matter once you sit glued to the screen at the talent on display here.

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Why Watch? Go grab some tissues. No, really. You’ll need them. StoryCorps is doing an amazing, beautiful, difficult job of finding at least one story for every life lost on September 11, 2001. They’ve recorded family members and friends talking about the loved ones that died that day, and they’ve begun the process of creating animated short films which tell about their lives. This particular story features a divorced couple who still love each other and a phone call to say goodbye from the 103rd floor of the World Trade Center. What does it cost? Just 3 minutes of your time. Check out Always a Family for yourself:

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