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SFW FILM PICKS: Reviving Redwood

Reviving Redwood-CG Meetup

YVFF 2021: King of Dinoland and Kiss The Ground [Final]

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King of Dinoland

This film allows me to reminisce about my childhood growing up in the desert.

Abe’s personality is very adventurous and childlike, and I think his environment really brings that out of him. When you grow up in a desert (whether physically or metaphorically), you learn to make something out of nothing. Nature is very much a part of your life. Abe’s love for his art is infectious. Whether he makes money from his craft or not, the experience he gets from crafting his wooden pieces is therapeutic. The film was a wild ride, and I thoroughly enjoyed it

Kiss The Ground

Though this film is not short (at nearly two hours), I think you should watch it. The theme is soil science and regenerative agriculture. The film does a great job of breaking down soil science and explaining how climate change works. Our environment is not designed to be mass-produced. Yet, we live in a world of mass production and excess, with the final result being: us all suffering in the long term for a day’s short-term gains.  

Woody Harrelson narrates the film.

Melbourne International Film Festival: Your Street and The Echo

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Your Street

The film starts with the narrator wanting to establish a connection with the viewer. Showing the viewer that life has many commonalities regardless of who you are or where you live. You soon realize that the narrator is not talking about you, specifically, but through you to someone who resides on the other side of your reality.

The narrator makes it appear that we can all be this person, and as the film progresses, a connection is made between the viewer and this person. The tone starts to get darker, the words more course. You begin to feel like the narrator is telling you the details of your own demise.

You are now the story being told rather than something separate from it. As the narrator continues, the perspective shifts from who you are and what happened to you to how you are viewed—describing how the street named after you has largely been forgotten. How because of the curiosity of one man and his knack for storytelling, your legacy can continue.

[Note: the film pays homage to a young Turkish girl who was killed mercilessly during 1990s]

The Echo

It was such a fantastic film, being only three minutes, the film did not seem to miss anything with its abundance of visuals and storytelling. In those three minutes, artistic elements such as improv dance and spoken word stood out, commanding your attention.

Other Films to Watch:

With the Cattle

I thought this film was stunning. It accentuates nature and the beauty and tranquility of living in the countryside.

Nestor

This film was an interesting perspective on what it feels like for a person with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder to navigate their environment.

Oldboy’s Apples

I like how this film is only stop-motion animation but can still be visually unsettling. All I can say is, you did an excellent job. This filmmaker and crew are very talented at what they do.