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WATCH Red Bull Music Academy’s Short Film of The History of the Iconic NYC Label, DFA

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Perhaps one of the most iconic record labels for electronic music and well, music with a definitive kick drum, DFA Records is a tight-knit family of artists and visionaries that don’t really need an introduction. From LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, The Juan MacLean, Nancy Whang, Holy Ghost!, YACHT, and so many more, DFA Records has a reputation for making music that is perfect for essentially anyone, but especially White hipsters. Hey, just being honest, DFA caters to that audience and they even admit it in their short film.

Teaming up with Red Bull Music Academy, a creative NYC-based production team, DFA records sat down for a short film that explores the craze and allure of DFA and how it’s become an indie sensation that gets the kids to dance. Featuring interviews of everyone aforementioned, the short film takes a look at their in-house production, marketing, promotion, and everything it takes to do all things DFA.

Titled, Too Old To Be New, Too New To Be Classic: 12 Years of DFA, this short film is available online for you to watch and enjoy. Immerse yourself in the culture of DFA.

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‘WHATEVEREST’ – The Inspiration Behind Todd Terje’s Dance Hit ‘Inspector Norse’ [15 Min Film]

Screen shot at 2013-03-26 2.02.03 PMLast year one of the biggest dance tunes to storm the electronic dance music (EDM) community was Norway-based producer Todd Terje’s infectious single, “Inspector Norse.” The song is arguably one of the best releases of 2012, and it’s a track that you can’t help but to dance to. I myself have been out dancing and a few DJs have played it; forcing me to dance like a maniac and jump up and down with a smile on my face. :)

“Inspector Norse” is a tune that inspires many to get up and dance to the good vibes, but apparently it was actually inspired by Marius Solem Johansen–who goes by the internet alias Inspector Norse. According to the short “documentary” by director Kristoffer Borgli, Todd Terje was inspired by this failed musician  Inspector Norse and his passion for dancing and making drugs out of household chemicals. Thus, the song was born!

The short film, WHATEVERESTwas well received by audiences and was even winner of Special Jury Award at AFI Fest 2012. But after careful research, it seems that this documentary is actually more along the lines of a mockumentary. Videos of Inspector Norse making drugs on Youtube and dancing never existed prior to this movie. Terje claims that he was inspired by the hundreds of videos of Inspector Norse, but there is actually only one video…which was upload around the same time this film was in the making.

So it appears it might all be clever creativity that is the driving force behind this story and the song, but one thing we do know is that whether merely fiction, fact or a combination of both (more so along the lines of fiction,) WHATEVEREST is still a beautiful short film. The film just gives us a glimpse into the sheer brilliance of Todd Terje and his witty sense of humor. He’s not just an amazing producer, but a creative guy with a vivid imagination of a guy named Inspector Norse who loves to dance. Do I approve? Yes, this gets my seal of approval. Great song, excellent film! :)

Watch the music video, which features clips from WHATEVEREST and then be sure to check out the full 15 minute “documentary.”

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Half-Hour of Awesomeness | ICON’s ‘Portland to Dakar’ Adventure Film

Life should be experienced to the extreme. It’s a motto of mine that I’ve had ever since I was young, which explains while growing up in Colorado I did my fair share of ATV riding, hiking excursions high up in the mountains, and other adventures. Oh, and I’m not done yet, I’ve still got a lot of things planned for this next year. I want to train and get in excellent shape to handle a variety of activities. I want to go rock climbing again, learn how to kayak, go parasailing, zip-lining, bungie jumping, snowboarding, skiing, and for the first time in my life…actually get on a motorcycle.

Motorcycles are pretty cool. I’ve only ever rode on an ATV before, but I would like to at least catch a ride in a motorcycle with a hottie leading the way. Haha, I can have my fantasy…right? I mean, actually driving one sounds like a challenge, so I’d rather be a passenger and have a serious grip on the driver; I’d be terrified of falling off!

Anyways, my point is I think that extreme sports are pretty radical and I love watching videos on the web. So when I ran across the latest short film from ICON, I knew I had to share it with y’all. Basically ICON Motorsport decided to test the limits of riders Nick Brocha & Ernie Vigel, and put the two riders on an extreme adventure trying out Triumph’s Tiger 800XCs.

The short film is called Portland to Dakar and it’s about 31 minutes in run-time, but it’s totally worth watching. The short film features a lot of cool stunts and the terrain is insane! I mean can you imagine accomplishing stunts on asphalt, water, snow, dirt, mud, and jagged rocks? It’s the type off-roading that is truly suitable only for the professionals, and Nick & Ernie are clearly the best to get the job done.

Watch the film below. If it doesn’t make you want to try some type of extreme sport afterwards, then I must be the only one that thinks like that. Hey, what can I say? I’ve got a Colorado heart, the outdoors & extreme sports are waiting for me to wake up, smell the coffee, and start an adventure.

 

 

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The Chaos of Death Waiting: ‘The Backwater Gospel’ (Short Film)

Death: A perilous subject that is often hard to discuss, yet a disparaging reality that we can’t ignore. At some point or another life comes to an end; often too soon (unexpected tragedies) for many. Death has a way of creeping it’s way into the atmosphere and producing havoc, and the events within the past few weeks over in the Middle East are a clear indication of the destruction that the undertaker (death) can cause.

Openly discussing subjects such as death are sometimes viewed as taboo in various societies (while others rivel in it), but in the world of creativity and expression through film, death is an excellent subject matter for thought provoking revelations.

Films have the power to create change, inspire conscious thought, or just entertain merely through comedy, drama, or sheer violence.

The topic of death in films is often driven by raw violence and senseless killing, or at the least some form of revenge. However, in the short film The Backwater Gospel, death takes the form of a deeper sociological commentary, as well as a disturbing outbreak of violence.

The Backwater Gospel is a stunning (yet disturbing) thought provoking animated short film from The Animation Workshop. For those of you who may not know, The Animation Workshop is one of the world’s leading animation studios and it’s based in Denmark. For years the animators their have executed remarkable projects and The Backwater Gospel is one of the projects from 2011 that made quite a statement.

So what exactly is the film about? Well it’s the story of the Undertaker(death) coming to town and the religious folks quivering with fear at the thought of who death is coming to get. Which in contrast to the beliefs of their religion and the preaching of the pastor, they shouldn’t be living in fear. Yet, fear is a powerful weapon and it begins to consume the small town and the Church members. Shortly afterwards, the fear leads to a murderous rampage being unleashed in the town. And what about death? Well, the Undertaker sits back and watches the chaos unfold.

This film caught my attention for a few reasons. First off, I must say that the animation and overall characterization is impeccable; expect nothing less than greatness from The Animation Workshop. Secondly, the film touches on the social commentary of religion and the chaos that can be caused on one’s own accord. Death didn’t have to even lift a finger, the “saints” acted on their “unholy nature” and took actions into their own hands–casting the first stone on the town’s apparent “sinner.”

Of course, I don’t want to spoil every aspect of the short film and all the events that unfold, so I highly recommend you watch the hauntingly disturbing film for yourself. I’ve given you the gist of the film, but you need to watch for yourself and formulate your own opinion of it. It’s a little under ten minutes in runtime and you will surely be left staring at your computer screen analyzing the events that proceeded death’s arrival.

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Riveting Surrealism + Socio-Political Commentary | Short Film ‘I, Pet Goat II’

I must officially declare that I, Pet Goat II is the best animated short film I’ve ever seen. Never in my life have I been so intellectually and emotionally drawn to an animated short film, but I, Pet Goat II is a film that beckons for your complete attention. Don’t even dare attempting to multi-task while watching this film, because you will miss out on some powerful symbols that evoke theoretical thought and the abstract reality of “the fire at the heart of suffering.”

As I aforementioned, the film takes a look at “the fire at the heart of suffering.”  I, Pet Goat II truly captures some of the defining moments that shape our history, as well as socio-political messages that deserve hours of intense intellectual conversation. I could try to breakdown every aspect of the film’s message, but I’ll leave that up to y’all.

Many folks out there are dissecting this video and breaking down each symbol, but Andrew S. Allen over at Short of the Week sums it up best. He said,

“I, Pet Goat II is a difficult film to dissect, but I’ll give it a try. First, the story is less of a narrative and more like an interpretive dance of modern travesties—America’s war on terror, religious fundamentalism, militarianism in Aftrica, totalitarianism in China, and exploitation all over the world (some of which may seem a little heavy-handed to us Americans). It’s packed with loaded symbols used to remix pop culture into a new mythology complete with surreal landscapes and zany characters.”

The short filmed is by a new Canadian animation studio Heliofant  and it just proves that surrealism isn’t dead, it’s alive…and packed with riveting socio-political commentary.

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com

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Awesomesauce | ‘Heymoonshaker’ Short Film, David Crowe Dubstep Beatboxing

Listening to the Adventure Club Remix made me think of this amazing dubstep beatbox my mom had shown me about two weeks ago. I never got a chance to post it on here, but I figured I would. It’s amazing to see what people can do with their vocal box, and this guy beatboxing is truly amazing! He hits every single beat, including the iconic beat drop that makes dubstep so amazing.

This amazing guy I’m talking about is, David Crowe. He’s got a lot of videos on YouTube, but his short film Heymoonshaker is pretty cool. You actually get to see David Crowe and A.K.A Andy BaLco on their UK Tour in London. It’s a cool inside look at their tour and their street performances, which are epic! It’s amazing how they can do so much dubstep beatboxing, but it never all sounds the same. Very innovative!

Watch the three part short film below. If you want to go straight into the action, then start with the second video.

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com