Every month, the Vimeo Curation team finds the best short films on the internet and serves them up on a silver platter, a.k.a. the Best of the Month series. For a bite-size taste of essential watching, we present this playlist of our faves. Sit back, press play, and enjoy!
1. “The North Face Presents: Lhotse” by Dutch Simpson and Nick Kalisz
In 2018, Hilaree Nelson and Jim Morrison became the first people to ski down Lhotse, the fourth-highest mountain in the world. How high is it, you ask? Neighboring Mt. Everest, the peak reaches 27,940 feet. Dutch Simpson and Nick Kalisz’s film about this arduous journey made our heads spin with inspiration and awe. And with “Lhotse,” their 11th Staff Pick, The North Face continues to wow us with their incredible stories of game changers in the action sports world.
2. “Natural History Museum” by Kirsten Lepore
The dioramas of today’s natural history museums contain dusty scenes of cavemen and animals doing their thing. But have you ever thought about how museums will portray modern humans in decades, centuries, and millenniums from now? Staff Picks legend Kirsten Lepore gives us a peek into our phone-less, body-less future in this super creative animation for Belvedere Vodka.
3. “Quarter Life Poetry on Surviving the Office – Circle Back” by Arturo Perez Jr and Samantha Jayne
Receiving a Staff Pick in 2015 was Samantha Jayne’s “fuel to keep writing,” and we are so glad she did. She and director Arturo Perez Jr. have a way of articulating the plights of millennials that is both validating and brilliant. Staff Picks “Circle Back” and “Damn I Love This Friday Night” are part of their Quarter Life Poetry series, which premiered on FX in September.
4. “Brotherhood” by Meryjam Joobeur
The Grand Jury Prize winner of the Vimeo curation team’s Unofficial 2019 jury awards at Sundance, “Brotherhood” is a fantastic piece of cinema. Stunning cinematography and a gripping story made this film one of the most anticipated releases of the year. Need we say more?
(Read more about “Brotherhood” in our interview with the filmmaker, here.)
5. “Déguste” by Insolence Productions
A finished plate is a work of art, but what happens behind the swinging door of the kitchen is a transfixing performance in itself. Behold, “Déguste,” the sights and sounds of a stressed-out cook through a macro lens. You can’t taste this film, so director Stéphane Baz made sure to turn its vivid sights and sounds up to a solid 11.
Ian Pons Jewell is a Staff Picks machine. Since receiving his first badge in 2013, Jewell has made wildly inventive music videos about possessed asian restaurants, imploding neighborhoods, and now, a nose on a crazed hunt for booger sugar. In short, we can’t wait to see what this wizard behind the lens does next.
7. “Magic of Hong Kong” by Timelab.pro
We’ve been watching Vimeo creators fine tune the art of the time-lapse since the Staff Picks channel was founded 11 years ago. Our team sees quite a few on a monthly basis, but “The Magic of Hong Kong” just may have pushed our standards up a notch or two. Depicting a gorgeous glow-in-the-dark version of bustling Hong Kong, this shiny piece of eye candy will satisfy the symmetry-hungry perfectionist in us all.