Posts Tagged ‘Dallas’

Virgin Media Shorts

Posted by    |    January 20th, 2012 at 12:37 pm

A satirical and comic portrait of a beautiful, stylish and truly nasty man. Don Justino is filthy and gorgeous, cruel and mean – irresistible to women with low self-esteem.


Whatever Lola Wants, Dan Blank Makes Happen

Posted by    |    October 18th, 2011 at 11:05 am

Go take a look at this really stylish video, Whatever Lola Wants, produced and directed by Dan Blank.  It features the retro song and dance group called The Satin Dollz that remembers the glory days of the 40′s and 50′s glitz and glamour.  Along for the ride is a Jump-Jive music ensemble from the United Kingdom called The Jive Aces, and the sultry voice of the late Sarah Vaughan.  Forget Madonna, Lola embodies the original Material Girl.

Can you put all this old school talent together with a little modern cutting edge technology and make some magic?  Dan Blank and his team figured out how to do it.  What’s even more incredible, they did it on a 40′s and 50′s sized budget of around $2000!  Shot entirely with a Canon 7D DSLR (and almost entirely using a Canon 35mm 1.4L lens), and post production with liberal use of After Effects, this video has an incredible polished finish to it.  It also seems to perfectly capture the spirit and feel of the days-gone-by portrayed by the Satin Dollz and Jive Aces. (more…)

“Last Minutes With Oden” by Eliot Raush

Posted by    |    September 25th, 2011 at 8:00 am

This week, we present a video that will make you cry.  Each and every Dallas pet owner has at some point had to deal with the last days of our pet’s lives.  This video is about Oden.  Oden was dying of cancer, and his owner, Jason Wood, has to make the call and then follow through with it.  This short film is graphic and uncensored, so you must prepare yourself to get up close and personal as Oden is euthanized on camera. 
Last Minutes With Oden is a raw, deeply personal first hand account of unconditional love and support that a three-legged dog brought to others who were struggling with a variety of issues.    And this is the real story.  Oden unconditionally comforted people who were hurting despite his own pain.  Oden served a vital purpose in this world and he did it well.  
This short film does not fully develop the story of Jason Wood.   Claire Booth, a writer for NPR, describes Wood in an excellent article she published in October of 2010.  In that article, she noted that “He is “a radical, Mother Teresa-type-person,” Rausch explained. “They call him the Mayor of Long Beach … His life is dedicated to loving on the forgotten people.” That’s because Wood, in a sense, is a ‘forgotten person’ himself. He is a convicted felon and former drug addict who spent 10 years in jail. Although he has been clean for 10 years, and has made it his new life mission to help others, Wood can’t seem to get a job — or get by.” 

We also note that Wood disliked the fact that Last Minutes with Oden won a Vimeo award.  Well, we thank him for allowing a talent like Rausch to document a story which resonates with so many of us who have loved and lost our pets. 

“Go say hi to Jesus and tell him we are coming.  We are coming soon.”

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‘Amo la Vida’ by Nic Askew

Posted by    |    September 20th, 2011 at 8:00 am

We are not fans of talking head short films, but Julio Alalla is amazingly effective.  We selected ‘Amo la Vida’ for the YouPlusDallas short film network because this short film is all about the message.  Except for shooting this film in black and white, there is nothing about the method of shooting or special effects to talk about.  ‘Amo la Vida’ and this short film confirm in my mind that Julio Olalla is someone worth listening to.

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Dallas Video Fest 24

Posted by    |    September 15th, 2011 at 1:00 am

Dallas Video Fest 24 will be Sept. 21-25, 2011 at the Angelika Film Center and Texas Theatre in the city of Dallas. The Dallas Video Festival, under the care of Bart Weiss, is one of the oldest video-based festivals in the country.

This year’s festival will present a large selection of films,  panel discussions, workshops and seminars. According to the folks at the Dallas Video Fest, Opening night will feature the film, “Film Socialisme,” the new feature from  director and French New wave pioneer Jean-Luc Godard. They will also present a MMA documentary “Once I Was A Champion,” about the life and struggles of former UFC Champion Evan Tanner. as well as documentary “Connected,” created by the founders of the Webby Awards.

YouPlusDallas and its short film network and gallery will showcase several of the Dallas Video Fest 24 short films over the course of the next few weeks.

YouPlusDallas Launches Short Films Network

Posted by    |    August 21st, 2011 at 5:00 am

YouPlusDallas is launching YouPlusShortFilms,  a new initiative designed to support Texas-based film makers.  Our friend, Bart Weiss, has been kind enough to experiment with us in this noble effort, and so we inaugurate our new network by showcasing the winners of the tenth annual  24 Hour Video Race.  This event is presented annually by the Video Association of Dallas.

KERA’s Anne Bothwell, photographer/videographer David Leason, D Mag’s Peter Simek, Laura Neitzel, a founder of the 24 Hour Video Race ten years ago and I judged the final entries which were screened on Monday, May 23 at the Angelika Film Center. (more…)

The Lighthouse

Posted by    |    August 15th, 2011 at 5:00 am