In our recent blog post eulogizing the HD channel and announcing the relaunch of Staff Picks, we promised that we, your trusty Vimeo curation team, would be experimenting with fun, new ways to highlight and package the consistently excellent content you bring to the site. In that spirit, enjoy what we plan on having become a regular feature—plucked from Staff Picks, a Best of the Month watchlist!
Innovative? Perhaps not, but it's such a no-brainer of an idea that it's astonishing we haven't done it until now. The Staff Picks Channel currently features over 150 videos every month, which, frankly, can be a little overwhelming. Why not collect our favorites—the essential, must-watch, instant classics of the previous month into one mind-melting aggregation of awesome?
That's what we've done here, and I think you will agree that the films represented are amazing work. The techno-futuristic sci-fi True Skin was bought for feature film development by Warner Brothers the very week it debuted, and while no official word has come down yet, Hollywood is circling around Dan Blank's amazing sushi chef vs. sea monsters teaser, Monster Roll, as well.
Stepping back from the fantastical to the merely fantastic, Staff Picks alumna Celia Rowlson-Hall and Matty Brown return with some of their strongest work ever, a brutally funny satire and a wonderful visual travelogue respectively, while newcomer J. Alan Spearman, a photojournalist for the Memphis Commercial-Appeal, blew us away with his sensitive and richly-realized portrait of South Memphis as seen from the eyes of a young poet.
And how could we have a list without time lapses? This month we've got two, both pushing the artistic limits of the form in addition to the technical, showing us our world in startlingly unfamiliar, yet beautiful ways.
We've also added a peppering of brilliant music videos and animations to this tasty stew. Aaagh! Too much good stuff! But, even though it's jam-packed, the whole package's runtime is less than your average feature film. Spin through the hubnut below or lean back, watch in Couch Mode and enjoy. This is the best of October. This is Vimeo.
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