Archive for November, 2011

Confessions of an Online Dater

Posted by    |    November 26th, 2011 at 6:00 am

Photo courtesy of fallenscoop.com

Despite what your adorable Southern mother might say about there being “plenty of fish in the sea,” we all know that the here in Dallas the dating “sea” is more like a lake.

Online dating seems to be the way to go for many singles, and Lucy* is no exception.

The petite 28-year-old dental student created her first online profile in 2009. After three years of using sites like Match.com and eHarmony, this bubbly blonde has met her fair share of guys.

I was curious to know, as I’m sure most of you are, about the online dating world. So, I asked Lucy to share with me some helpful hints and funny experiences she had during her online dating experience. (more…)

Surface

Posted by    |    November 24th, 2011 at 6:00 am

These tentacle-like objects emerged from a bubbly surface and I immediately thought space! It’s in outerspace! Maybe that wasn’t the reaction you had at first, but yet a valid guess on my part I feel. Then I realize, it wasn’t some alien creature’s arms I had just seen, but a girl submerging herself in water.

Surface is a compilation of  shots of two people immersing their head in a 1 by 2- feet fish tank. If nothing else, this will make you want to plunge your face into a body of water.

You get rather dizzy trying to figure out which direction the camera is angled during some of the shots. I found myself turning my head side to side trying to distinguish down from up.

Regardless of the amount of odd stares you get due to your head-turning antics, it’s an artistic piece worth watching.

Thanksgiving by Alex R. Johnson

Posted by    |    November 24th, 2011 at 6:00 am

Rich is panicking. It’s the day before Thanksgiving and his original plans for spending the holidays alone have lost their romantic glow. But no one is home. Or they’re just not picking up. Or they’re avoiding him. Either way, his list of names has quickly dwindled to just one: Great Aunt Ruby.

Spending time with family is what you’re supposed to do on Thanksgiving. It’s just that Rich was hoping it wouldn’t be his own.

A comprehensive write-up on this short film can be found here.

Quiet Signs of Love: Atypical Romance

Posted by    |    November 21st, 2011 at 8:25 am

Quiet Signs of Love from ikonfilm on Vimeo.

Quiet Signs of Love is a wonderful two-part short film highlighting an atypical romance.  A hearing man falls for a deaf classmate, and the struggles and triumphs of their relationship suddenly change their worlds.  Daniel, the main character, pursues a relationship with Hannah, despite her inability to hear.  Hannah gradually accepts his advances, teaching him basic signs and introducing him to the deaf community.  As they grow more comfortable with each other, it is apparent that the hearing/speaking barrier causes some difficulties.  Hannah doesn’t want help in situations where her deafness impedes her, and Daniel doesn’t understand why she won’t accept help.  All in all, it’s a touching love story about two people who defy the norm of what a relationship “should” be. (more…)

Worked For Me: How Do YOU Survive a Break-up?

Posted by    |    November 14th, 2011 at 2:15 pm

There are quite a few really interesting things about Ken Simpson’s heartfelt short film, “Worked For Me.”  One of them is that this film only cost $800 to make, and it looks like dynamite.  Another is that the same guy, the brilliant Ken Simpson, wrote, directed, produced AND edited this film.  Oh, and one more tidbit?  The doctor’s lab coat and stethoscope were part of the DP’s Halloween costume.  But the most interesting thing of all about this short film is that it has a nugget of wisdom that can save millions from spending exorbitant amounts on shrinks, self-help books, and large bar tabs. (more…)

You Are Mine

Posted by    |    November 11th, 2011 at 6:00 am


First, I thought I was watching an Abercrombie & Fitch commercial with their trademark All-American woman standing around in a jean jacket.

Then I realized it wasn’t.

You Are Mine has no words, no actions, just a woman and the sun. It’s a piece that leaves me feeling rather nostalgic after viewing, wondering and day-dreaming about things out of my reach, moments I have yet to experience.

“I am my lover’s and he is mine” appears at the end of the film.

I am my friend’s and she is mine. I am my mother’s and she is mine. I am my sister’s and she is mine. Fill in the blank: “I am my _______ and _______ is mine”.

A Mother’s Letter

Posted by    |    November 8th, 2011 at 12:44 pm

It’s been written and said countless times that there is nothing like a mother’s love. It is all-consuming and can be overpowering at times. They want to do everything they can for their children, keep them close and keep them safe. But all children must eventually grow up and leave their mother’s side. They must become independent and their own person, but they often stumble or stray. The path to independence and self-loving may not always be a clear one.

This is the concept behind A Mother’s Letter. Juxtaposing the past with the present, the short film represents a visual dichotomy between innocence and a fall from grace set against a mother’s poignant letter to her daughter. Watching the film, I couldn’t help but think of the movie, Thirteen, with Evan Rachel Wood and Holly Hunter. Both films illustrate how easy it can be to slip into a life of drugs and alcohol, no matter how innocent your beginnings. But perhaps most importantly is the plea both mothers have for their daughters. They are torn apart by their daughters behavior, literally begging them to try and find the innocent girls they once knew and understood.

And while all parents realize that their children must eventually grow up and break free from the constant protection that surrounded their youth, I would imagine that there will always be the desire to protect just a small piece of innocence within them. So in a sense, this could be a letter from any mother, constantly calling on their children to hold onto the purity of childhood for just a little longer.

“Criminal Injustice” Stomps Out Love

Posted by    |    November 7th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Photo courtesy of Vanityfair.com

Amanda Knox’s ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, gave his first interview since they were released from jail. The interview, which aired Friday on Italian TV, discussed everything from reaching out to the victim’s family to what lies ahead for he and Knox.

In 2007, Sollecito and Knox were charged with the murder of Knox’s roommate, Meredith Kercher. Their sentences were overturned in early October and they have since gone their separate ways. Sollecito links the split to being “victims of criminal injustice and [their] relationship was overcome.” While they “are linked by circumstances,” Sollecito feels that they need to go their separate ways. (more…)

Forever’s Not So Long

Posted by    |    November 7th, 2011 at 10:48 am

 

If you found out that your life would be cut short in a matter of hours, what would you do?  How would it affect your relationships? In “Forever’s Not So Long“, a short film by Shawn Morrison and produced by Garrett Murray, a  major meteor is set to collide with earth in a matter of hours.  George, our main character, finds himself dumped, alone, and not sure what’s left to live for…except a serendipitous thing happens.  He meets a girl on the street, and through a short interaction, asks her to spend the rest of her life with him.  In one swift afternoon they go from virtual strangers to comfortable lovers.

The premise of this film is moving; our lives can end abruptly at any moment.  Without this looming disaster, would George have ever met this lovely new lady?  If his girlfriend hadn’t left just moments earlier, he may have died in the arms of a woman who never really loved him.  However, through the desperation to have a bond with someone, George faces the end of the world with his new “girlfriend”, creating a relationship that normally takes months or even years to develop in a few short hours.  The beauty of this film and what it reveals about relationships is how happiness and comfort can be found even during the most dire and depressing of circumstances.  Think of all the reports of couples who fell in love through the horrible reality of what occurred on 9/11. There is never a hopeless situation. Love can be borne from tragedy.  Watch Forever’s Not So Long and be reminded that connection can stem from anything….fleeting as it may be.

 

Notte Sento: I Feel the Night

Posted by    |    November 3rd, 2011 at 6:00 am

If this isn’t the modern-day version of Roman Holiday (minus the prince and princess) I don’t know what is. Notte Sento sums up the wonder and romance of Italy in just less than 7 minutes which, if you’ve been before, you know is hard to do.

After a young woman’s train is cancelled to Milan, she wanders outside the train station to wait for the next train.

With one, what I should call, fortunate misstep, she meets a young, handsome Italian man who whisks her away on the back of his Moped (naturally) for a night of fun and freedom in the Eternal City, a.k.a Rome. (more…)