Short Films

Whiplash Short Film

Why Do So Many Short Films Have That “Look”?


Moral of the story: color grading is a storytelling device.

Captain Yajima

Drop What You’re Doing and Watch ‘Captain Yajima’


Some nefarious ne’er-do-well is giving people around the galaxy the boot. But the heroic Captain Yajima is on the case!

Tcm Let Me Come In Bill Morrison

Bill Morrison Breathes New Life into a Decaying Silent Film with ‘let me come in’


TCM viewers get to experience a haunting, yet romantic opera pieced together from presumed-lost film footage.

Nimic Lanthimos Matt Dillon

Yorgos Lanthimos Gets Even Weirder with Anti-Doppelgänger Short ‘Nimic’


The director of ‘The Favourite’ ruminates on his favorite theme in this eerie short film starring Matt Dillon.

Rev Possum

How ‘Possum’ Uses the Uncanny as a Metaphor for Trauma


What’s worse than doppelgangers, puppets, and spiders? A combination of all three of course.

Honeyboy Image

How to Read ‘Honey Boy’ as an Act of Forgiveness


Here’s a video essay on why ‘Honey Boy’ operates on empathy.

Eli Short Film

Animating a Manic Episode: The Bold, Beautiful Sundance Short ‘Eli’


What we’re watching: a true story that draws from the realms of high strangeness, magical thinking, and manic delusion.

Nichelle Nichols Uhura Star Trek

On Blaxploitation and Breaking Barriers: The Radical Impact of Nichelle Nichols


Representation matters. Just ask Nichelle Nichols.

Donnie Yen Kill Zone

Choreographed Chaos: The Realistic Fighting Style of Donnie Yen


Here’s a video essay on why Donnie Yen’s fight choreography kicks ass. Literally.