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Strangely compelling short film of men throwing rocks… with the wrong hand

Article: Strangely compelling short film of men throwing rocks… with the wrong hand

Juan Etchegaray’s short film “Men Throwing Rocks with the Other Hand” may not immediately sound like the most interesting thing in the world, but it’s strangely compelling and the end result is artistically hysterical.

Sundance Channel presents the Vimeo Festival + Awards winners!

Article: Sundance Channel presents the Vimeo Festival + Awards winners!

Last month, the Vimeo Festival + Awards gave out $5,000 grants, as well as a $25,000 Grand Prize, to winners in 13 categories. Now Sundance Channel, which was pleased to be a partner and sponsor of the awards, is getting ready to air some of the best — and to get you up to speed, we’re sharing a list of all the winners!

Spend a day in one Indian boy's shoes with the Vimeo Fest winner for best doc

Article: Spend a day in one Indian boy's shoes with the Vimeo Fest winner for best doc

In case you need a bit of perspective, make sure to catch the winning video doc from this year’s Vimeo Festival + Awards: AMAR, subtitled “All great achievements require time”. Watching this young Indian boy’s utterly tireless effort throughout his roughly 18-hour day–from work, to school, to home, to school, to work, to homework, and with a warm smile on his face at all times–would give even the most jaded and overworked Western urban professional pause. Amar is 14 and supports his entire family (while managing to be top of his class at school). It’s also refreshing to see a documentary that is more of a video testimonial as opposed to one that makes use of a traditional voice over.

Music videos are still relevant at the Vimeo Festival

Article: Music videos are still relevant at the Vimeo Festival

Remember when music videos were like visual junk food available for mass consumption on TV channels such as Music Television and Video Hits 1? For better and worse, the medium has changed drastically, since now one must actively go out and search for music videos…and of course the main place to look is online. This has meant that music videos must demand our attention with true artistry, in the hopes of ‘going viral’. Manchester Orchestra’s video for SIMPLE MATH, created by two boys who simply go by ‘The Daniels’, made getting into a car wreck look like true evocative fun.

Online video gets the serial treatment at the Vimeo Fest

Article: Online video gets the serial treatment at the Vimeo Fest

In the ‘Series’ competition at the Vimeo Festival + Awards, video-makers competed with pieces they made in parts, like those serials from back in the day…but updated in an online sorta way. The winning series, OFTEN AWESOME, takes a look at one man’s diagnosis of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and the effect it has on himself and his best friend/lover. A quietly heartbreaking moment.

Vimeo Festival + Awards wrap up: Go out and make a video

Article: Vimeo Festival + Awards wrap up: Go out and make a video

The Vimeo Festival + Awards blew through NYC this weekend, temporarily taking over the IAC Building (and Vimeo HQ) on the Hudson River with cute, young, artsy people and others who watch video online (i.e., a little bit of everyone). Video artists, digital wizards, crack-shot editors, sound mixers and filmmaking hopefuls presented their work in a variety of screenings and presentations, as their peers and admirers crowded the ground floor of IAC and nearby Root Studios to get a peek at what is usually viewable on their computer screens.

It’s curious to note the novelty here–not specifically with regard to a video (as opposed to film) festival per se, but a real-life festival for online video content, and at a time when so so many people are producing it. While YouTube has become the equivalent of being out on the sidewalk and never knowing what’ll hit you (not to mention the crush of ads), viewing material on Vimeo can be likened to the experience of this festival; a more vetted lot of stuff will come your way, still with the thrill of the unexpected, the beautiful, the awry or the just plain twisted.

Vimeo Awards + Festival (brought to you by Sundance Channel)

Article: Vimeo Awards + Festival (brought to you by Sundance Channel)

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Vimeo Festival returns with your best shot at a 2012 festival premiere

Article: Vimeo Festival returns with your best shot at a 2012 festival premiere

The 2012 Vimeo Festival + Awards: Submissions now open! from Vimeo Festival + Awards on Vimeo.

Face it, you were not nominated for a Golden Globe and your chances for an Oscar don’t look good, either. It’s ok, though… there is a film award you can still win. Look no further than the Vimeo Film Festival and Awards.

Stop-motion trip of a lifetime

Article: Stop-motion trip of a lifetime

MOVE from Rick Mereki on Vimeo.

Australian auteur Rick Mereki and Tim White created this wonderful travel video titled MOVE, commissioned by STA Australia, that has rapidly gone viral around the tubes of the Internet. Starring one lucky dude Andrew Lees, these guys traveled a total of 38,000 miles to 11 countries over the course of 44 days. I recommend just clicking on the play button above and watching it for the first time without any spoiler explanation. That said, I love the way their editing rapidly stitched together Andrew’s time in various locales around the world, some familiar and others not, into one coherent movement that underscores our shared connectivity despite our vast differences.

Come on, Vogue

Article: Come on, Vogue

ME AT NINE, PERFORMING TO MADONNA IN SUMMER ’91! from Robert Jeffrey on Vimeo. I don’t know who Robert Jeffrey is, but God I need to! He’s uploaded this amazingly gay video on Vimeo of himself, age nine, proving Gaga’s not the only formidable challenger to Madge’s gay icon status. This made my day! Week!…

Vimeo of the Week: LEGO Technic Super-8 Movie Projector

Article: Vimeo of the Week: LEGO Technic Super-8 Movie Projector

Lego Technic Super-8 Movie Projector from Friedemann Wachsmuth on Vimeo. Friedemann Wachsmuth’s amazing little film Lego Technic Super-8 Movie Projector is pretty freaking awesome. The filmmaker/designer built a fully functional Super-8 projector using nothing but LEGOs! Ok, wait, I take that back. He did use a lens, reel spindles and a lamp not made of…

Vimeo of the Week: Under the Lucan Sun

Article: Vimeo of the Week: Under the Lucan Sun

Under the Lucan Sun from Leonardo Dalessandri on Vimeo. Under the Lucan Sun is a film by Leonardo Dallessandri that captures visual snapshots of the architecture, people and nature of a small Italian town. It’s both creepy and beautiful. In a few short minutes mood is established and you’re longing to know more about the…

Vimeo of the Week: Collision

Article: Vimeo of the Week: Collision

Collision (by Max Hattler) from Max Hattler on Vimeo. Max Hattler‘s film COLLISION was created in 2006 and it shows “Islamic patterns and American quilts and the colours and geometry of flags as an abstract field of reflection.” In 2008 The Gaurdian wrote, “to note the five long years that the Iraq campaign has chalked up this…

Vimeo of the Week: Symmetry

Article: Vimeo of the Week: Symmetry

Symmetry from Everynone on Vimeo. Symmetry, a film created by Everynone, comes in at under 3 minutes long. This is a remarkable thing to note as the film has such an powerful emotional punch. The film’s split screens shows the dualities of life. A muscled torso sits side-by-side with weights, cookies with milk. Cops and…

Cuckoo Cats

Article: Cuckoo Cats

Absolutely Cuckoo Cats from SINLOGO on Vimeo. Yes, I know stupid cat videos and pictures have haunted the Internet for, like, um, ever. But this video just has me giggling like a big ole’ sissy. Set to The Magnetic Fields’”Absolutely Cuckoo,” the film shows three silly synchronized felines bobbing their heads to the music. I…

Vimeo of the Week: The Art of Drowning

Article: Vimeo of the Week: The Art of Drowning

The Art of Drowning from Diego Maclean on Vimeo. In the above video, THE ART OF DROWNING, filmmaker and animator Diego Maclean brings to life the poem of the same name written by Billy Collins. Collins also reads the verse here on the film, a tale of what one sees when their life flashes before…

Vimeo of the Week: Too Fast, Too Much

Article: Vimeo of the Week: Too Fast, Too Much

“Too Fast, Too Much” from Nathan Mauger on Vimeo. Nathan Mauger’s Too Fast, Too Much is a delightful little film. Mauger filmed the movie in Beijing using time lapse at night. The results of his filmmaking capture the chaos, and conformity, of the streets of China. Nathan writes about the project: A video I made…

Vimeo of the Week: Water & Rocks

Article: Vimeo of the Week: Water & Rocks

Water & Rocks, New Zealand from Metron on Vimeo. When posting my favorite Vimeo video of the week round these parts I find myself returning to moving, ethereal short films focusing on natural beauty. This week’s choice, Water & Rocks, is one of those types. As I have two friends in New Zealand now I…

Vimeo of the Week: Fluid Dress

Article: Vimeo of the Week: Fluid Dress

Fluid Dress from Charlie Bucket on Vimeo. I am so obsessed with Vimeo, the designer man’s alternative to YouTube. I often times get lost on the site clicking from video to video, some music videos, some commercials, some short films, and some art. To celebrate this love of Vimeo I am going to regularly feature…

Wanderlust

Article: Wanderlust

Wanderlust from Thinklab on Vimeo. I’m mesmerized by the video Wanderlust. Since stumbling upon it via Vimeo I’ve repeatedly gone back to the little gem to sneak peeks of the world these filmmakers captured. It’s directed by Thinklab who “inspired by a TED talk by Stefan Sagmeister, packed up a Canon 5D and travelled through South…

2010 Vimeo Festival Awards: OOPS

Article: 2010 Vimeo Festival Awards: OOPS

oops from Chris Beckman on Vimeo. Chris Beckman won the Experimental Short category at the first ever Vimeo Awards held this year with his 10 minute compilation of “appropriated digital video” footage collected from YouTube of people dropping their cameras. In addition to great segues between each clip, I especially really like the second one…