This November, we thanked our lucky stars for the Vimeo community. Whether filmmakers or film lovers — or both — you are the ones who keep us inspired, make us laugh, remind us of the fragility of the world and its great beauty. You provide a magnifying glass on what is most real in this world, and what can never exist (but looks awesome anyway).
Thank you, Vimeans, for sharing your amazing artwork with us! #blessed
Without further adieu, here are our absolute faves from the month of November 2018.
“Vince — FUN!” from Ryan Marie Helfant
Ever since its launch in 2007, Google Street view has provided a way for internet surfers to travel through the suburban neighborhoods, rural dirt roads and abandoned ghost towns of the pale blue dot we call home without leaving our chairs. Those who are fearful of leaving their house are able to travel the world, and the 250+ Google cars that travel the world snapping photos sometimes capture some interesting moments that otherwise would have gone undocumented. If you look hard enough, these moments frozen in time contain easter eggs that say a lot about the culture of a place and its people. Ryan Marie Helfant’s newest music video was inspired by this thoroughly millennial window to the world.
“PRIMO” from Federica Gianni
How is masculinity defined? Is it determined by physical size or strength? What about one’s assertiveness or proclivity for violence? Must masculinity be defined by men alone? Is it conditioned socially or is it something you’re born with? These questions have deeply intrigued Italian filmmaker Federica Gianni, who explores the many definitions of masculinity in “PRIMO,” one of our Staff Pick Premieres this month.
“METTA WORLD TEETH” from LAMAR+NIK
On December 12th, 2011, the NBA player known as Metta World Peace gave an interview to the Los Angeles Times about his recent name change. The former Ronald William Artest Jr. completely disregarded the reporter’s question and decided to talk about his teeth. Film directing duo LAMAR+NIK bring us a dramatic performance of Metta’s absurdly wonderful answer, resulting in a delightful short video that you’re definitely going to want to share with your buddies.
“In the Distance” from Florian Grolig
Sometimes, animation provides a keyhole into a life that will never exist, a building that will never stand, and an occurrence that will never happen yet still carries the emotional weight of reality. “In the Distance” is a prime example of the power of imagined images to make us feel sympathy for a man willingly stranded on the top floor of a tall building to keep safe from a war waging around him. With nothing to keep him company but a radio and a clucking chicken, the anonymous loner shows us the price of peace in a time of conflict.
Drawn to the mountains in search of the ski bum lifestyle, Oskar Enander had no intention of ever becoming a photographer. Today, Oskar’s iconic and unique perspective is highly sought after in the ski world. And yet, he shoots very little outside of winter. This film goes behind the lens in Oskar’s home town of Engelberg, Switzerland to explore a life in the mountains and the influences that shape a ski photographer.
“ΔNOMΔLY” from Jacco Kliesch
We asked filmmaker Jacco Kliesch about the inspiration behind one of our best eye candy videos this month, and he summed up his goal nicely: “Last year, I decided to go on a journey to Iceland, and most of the time when I travel I want to make a video about it. [This time, however], I wanted to create something new. So I asked myself: what would happen if gravity ceased to exist?” Ever wanted to experience pieces of the darkly beautiful island of Iceland levitating in the air? Go on, then — press play and be amazed.
Winner of the Illy Prize for best short film at Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival 2018, this solid observational doc provides intimate glimpses of one very special day in the lives of high-school seniors from an industrial corner of the Florida Everglades. Riding the high of prom the evening before, an irresistible pull of the beach makes the long-time friends drive 60 miles to chill, pose and revel in the waves. Watch closely, however, and you’ll find that this fascinating piece isn’t just another day at the beach.
Seven-time Staff Pick recipient Michael Shainblum may be based in the San Francisco Bay area, but you would never know that he calls any one place on the planet his home. “The Wormhole” (his first Best of the Month badge!) captures scenes from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, New York City, Dubai, Doha, Singapore and Shanghai, combining each metropolis into kaleidoscopic shapes that render them more or less unrecognizable. Add timelapse and hyperlapse techniques to that ambitious concept, and you’ve got one of the most unique depictions of major world cities we’ve seen in a long while.
“Operation Jane Walk” from Robin Klengel & Leonhard Müllner
We know, we know… “Operation Jane Walk” is a video unlike any other we’ve ever given the “Best of the Month” badge to in the Travel category. It takes place in a future New York City, where the only people walking the streets are armed men in camo gear. If you can avoid the gunshots coming at you from the opposition for a short stint, you’ll hear some interesting facts about New York landmarks you’d otherwise hear from the mouths of seasoned tour guides. It’s a fascinating repurposing of a post-apocalyptic world with a dark humor that offers timely commentary on urbanism, architecture, a video game’s inherently violent design. Press play on this incredibly unique travel video, and you’ll soon understand why it received the Staff Pick Award at IDFA 2018.
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