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. “Adman” from Callner Brothers
Written and directed by Ben Caller and produced by Adam Callner, “Adman” is a comedy about a man whose major life milestones are portrayed through a series of advertisements. Absurd, funny, and poignant, we fell in love with this clever story instantly, which would probably make any of the made-up brands featured very happy.
“Horse” is as good a name as any for this beautiful and silly music video from Staff Pick newb Vedran Rupic. (It could just as easily have been titled “Shoe Car” or “Hiding Panda” or “Fake-Punching a Tiger in the Face.”) Rupic’s video for Salvator Ganacci’s catchy tune came out of nowhere — which is fitting, since every image in this delightful video does, too.
3. “Kanarí” from Erlendur Sveinsson
Winner of the Staff Pick Award at Aspen Shortsfest, this gripping story throws a curveball that will leave your jaw on the floor. Incredible performances, a unique setting, and a breathtaking ending make this awesomely-good film one bumpy ride.
Isolation, angst, and insecurity are the peanut butter and jelly of stories about teenagers. Bullying is another common theme; filmmaker Lucas Hrubizna manages to combine them all in a way that will shatter your heart. Using only the lyrics of folk singer Sam Tudor’s song, “Joseph in the Bathroom,” this piece is a creative-yet soul-crushing window into the world of adolescent outcasts.
5. “Segregated By Design” from Mark Lopez
Have you ever wondered about the economic origins of white privilege, but didn’t know where to start? We recommend this brilliantly thorough lesson from filmmaker Mark Lopez. Since its release, Lopez has been contacted by teachers at high schools and universities alike, asking for permission to show the work in their classes.
6. “The Suplex Duplex Complex” from Todd Rohal
From the man who brought us the messed-up “Rat Pack Rat” and the wildly creative “M.O.P.Z,” comes the true story of some early ‘90s Wrestlemania dudes in a battle against their buzzkill landlord. Told in complete rhyme (yes!), and as pure as a Saturday cartoon, Todd Rohal’s “The Suplex Duplex Complex” is one of the most unique comedies you’ll ever watch.
7. “Shadows of Bangkok” from Jiajie Yu
“Shadows of Bangkok” doesn’t play like a travel video. It’s more like a series of cinematic photographs that move gracefully within their frame. Resembling the setting and look of Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Only God Forgives,” and the darkness and mood of Martin Scorses’ “Taxi Driver,” this awesome travel film gives viewers a mysterious and mesmerizing look into a side of Thailand you won’t find in a tourist brochure.
“Nordurland” is a film about surfing in the harsh, cold waters of the North Atlantic. It follows three friends as they travel from the sub-tropical rivers of Australia to the frigid blue waters of Iceland in search of waves. The film brings viewers along for the ride, as the friends find and surf locations more difficult and stunning than the last.
Purple mountains with sharp spines; a gold cloak of light pouring over shadows; and a lone astronaut, exploring. Is this the set of a sci-fi movie, or a cinematic tribute to the preserved lands of the Southwestern US? The title might be a giveaway, but it’s the latter. In this sublime portrait of nature, filmmaker Andrew Studler implores us to take a long, loving look. This is our pale blue dot, and it’s the only one we have. Let’s protect it for generations of Earthlings to come.
12. “L’Ogre / The Ogre” from Laurène Braibant /Papy3D Productions
Has your appetite ever been as large as a house, as ferocious as a giant, and as all-encompassing as the universe? Meet “The Ogre,” a very big man who just wants to eat a nice meal until he outgrows Earth and is forced settle for a life eating planets, stars, and everything else under the Sun.
11. “Octave” from James Medcraft
“Octave” is an exploration of the urban world made new through the reordering of physical time. Filmed from a moving vehicle, the film uses motion and time to create a seamless, evolving architectural canvas; the result is a unique and mesmerizing perspective of urban Hong Kong.