1. In 1562, Flemish artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder completed a painting called "The Triumph Of Death". In this panoramic landscape the sky is blotted out by black smoke; ships and dead fish litter the ocean shore; and an army of skeletons experiment with myriad death techniques. The living are badly outnumbered and the variety of fated tortures seems endless. There is little room for whimsy in this tableaux.

    Over 200 years earlier, a nasty plague, commonly known as "The Black Death", left a cruel and massive mark on European civilization, wiping out half of Europe’s total population. This was a quiet pervasion of death - an invisible pathogen carried by herds of tired rats. This plague triggered a series of social and economic upheavals with profound effects on the history of medieval Europe, guiding its survivors into the sort of self-inflicted darkness pictured by the Elder Bruegel.

    Looking back at this historical trajectory, Peter Burr, Mark Fingerhut, and Forma have created a spiraling interdimensional narrative aptly titled DESCENT - a meditation on one of humanity’s blackest hours. Taking the form of a desktop application, descent.exe gives the user a brief glimpse of a world descending into darkness - an unrelenting plague indifferent to the struggles of the user. There is a silver lining, however, tucked into the software’s final sweep. An equanimous watcher, reduced to a single eye, looks on as the plague of rats that has infested your desktop destroys itself.

    This video is a recording of descent.exe running alongside Fingerhut's deepdesktop.exe.

    Download descent.exe here: (pc only)
    markfingerhut.com/descent-setup.exe

    Visuals: Peter Burr peterburr.org, undervolt.co/Peter-Burr
    Programming: Mark Fingerhut markfingerhut.com/
    Music: Forma - Descent (from Physicalist, Kranky 2016) formasounds.bandcamp.com/, formasounds.com/

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  2. After a very successful festival circuit, running on over 180 film festivals and winning more than 50 awards, we’ve decided that it’s finally time to share “The Present” with the rest of the world.

    “The Present” is based on a great little comic strip by the very talented Fabio Coala.
    Make sure to check out his page: mentirinhas.com.br

    “The Present” is a graduation short from the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in Ludwigsburg, Germany.
    We really hope you enjoy the result of our hard work. Thanks to everyone who help creating this film and everyone who supported us during the festivals. Thanks a lot for making this such an incredible journey.


    Soundtrack by "Zealand"
    itunes.apple.com/us/album/present-feat.-septemberkind/id915500091

    A more detailed list of all the festival awards:
    01. Int. Festival of Animation Cinema and Comics Cartoon Club - Cartoon Kids Award
    02. Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival – Grand Prize Best Animation
    03. FESA - Best Film for Children
    04. Animago Award - Nominated for Best Short Film
    05. Int. Student Film Festival Pisek – Special Jury Award
    06. Animalada - Best Short Animated Film 2014, Jury Award
    07. Anim Arte – Maxi Second place: Audience Award
    08. 15 Short Film Festival – Jury Award Best Animation
    09. PISAF – Audiences Prize (International)
    10. International Family Film Festival – Best Foreign Short Animation
    11. Enfoque, Int. Film Festival of Puerto Rico – Best Animation and Audience Choice Award
    12. Filmschau Baden Wuerttemberg – Best Animation
    13. El Corto del Ano - Special Jury Mention
    14. Watersprite 2015 – Best Original Film Music
    15. California International Shorts Festival – Best Animated Short
    16. Short Tiger, Next Generation – Short Tiger Award
    17. Landshuter Kurzfilmfestival – Audience Award Kids
    18. Soul 4 Reel Festival – Best Animation
    19. Canada International Film Festival - Best Animation
    20. CMS Int. Children´s Film Festival – Special Mention
    21. Monstronale – Int. Children Jury Award
    22. Sehsuechte Int. Student Festival Konrad Wolf – Best Children Film
    23. RiverRun International Film Festival – Best Student Animated Short
    24. VAFI – MIDI Section First Prize
    25. Newport Beach Film Festival – Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking
    26. Timeline Film Festival – Filmmaker Award
    27. Animayo Festival de Cine de Animacion – Director Award
    28. Chile Monos Festival Internationcional de Animacion – Second Place Int. School Short Film Competition
    29. Carmarthen Bay Film Festival – Best Animation
    30. Int. Film Festival for Children & Youth - THE HERMÍNA TÝRLOVÁ AWARD FOR YOUNG ARTIST AGED UNDER 35
    31. Rendezvous Festival – Best Animation
    32. Accolade Global Film Competition - Award of Excellence Special Mention: Animation (Student)
    33. Long Day Short Film – Grand Jury Prize
    34. Animatio Curtas Vila do Conde IFF – Curtinhas Prize
    35. Anima Mundi – Best short film for Children
    36. Maramures International Film Festival 2015 - Audience Award
    37. Real to Reel International Film festival – Best Student Animation
    38. Giffoni Film Festival – Second Most Voted Film
    39. Traverse City Film Festival – Audience Award for Best Kids Short
    40. Ariano Film Festival – Best Animation
    41. Int. Film Festival Nueva Mirada for Children and Youth - Golden Kite" Award
    42. Joy House Film Festival – Media Super's Best Film
    43. ArTelesia Film Festival – School and University Award
    44. Summer Slam Film Festival – Best Animation Short
    45. Catalina Film Festival – Best Animation Film
    46. Sapporo Shorts Fest - Best Student Children Film Silver
    47. Sapporo Shorts Fest - Best Student Director Award
    48. AKUT – 2. Audience Award
    49. NYLA International Film Festival - Best Animation
    50. Austin Film Festival - Animated Short Audience Award
    51. Seoul Guro Int. Kids Film Festival - Best Animated Short Film
    52. Filemon - Best Short Film
    53. Virginia Film Festival – Audience Award for Narrative Short
    54. Ojai Film Festival – Honorable Mention
    55. Gold Coast International Film festival – Jury Award for Best Student Short Film
    56. Short Film Awards – Best Animated Short
    57. Roshd Int. Film Festival – Third Prize
    58. Olympia International Film Festival – Children´s Jury Award for Best animated short
    59. Los Angeles Independent Film Festival - Best Animation

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  3. A timid insurance clerk named Ike is our only hope of convincing God to halt the impending apocalypse.

    SUBSCRIBE HERE: http://www.eli-shapiro.com/subscribe
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    Check out the review on Short of the Week: https://www.shortoftheweek.com/2015/06/01/ike-interviews-god/

    WINNER: 1st Prize, Best Writing, Best Acting - NYU TISCH, NEW VISIONS AND VOICES FESTIVAL 2013

    Official Selection:
    FRIARS CLUB COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL 2014
    SCREEN ACTOR'S GUILD FOUNDATION FILM SHOWCASE 2014
    DC SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL 2014
    MONTCLAIR FILM FESTIVAL 2014
    HOLLYSHORTS MONTHLY SCREENING SERIES 2015
    1 REEL - BUMBERSHOOT, SEATTLE MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL 2014
    WINNER - "BEST FILM" - HOLLYWOOD SKY FILM FESTIVAL 2016
    PARIS INTERNATIONAL CINEFEST 2016
    LONDON INDIE FEST 2016
    GARDEN STATE FILM FESTIVAL 2014
    BOSTON SCI-FI FILM FESTIVAL 2014
    TROMADANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2014
    WOODSTOCK COMEDY FESTIVAL 2015
    SHORTYNALE FILM FESTIVAL 2015
    ICON SCI-FI & FANTASY FESTIVAL 2015
    TARTU STUDENTFILM 2015
    STAIRWAY CINEFEST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2016

    Written and Directed by: Eli Shapiro
    Produced by: Eli Shapiro, Julianne Augustine, and Morgan Ingari
    Cinematography: Oliver Anderson
    Starring: Ryan Wesley Gilreath, Alyse Kenny, Linda Jones, Paul Bright, Joe Genesis, Vernon Richardson, and David Mohr

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