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The sight of a tiny handmade puppet hitting a tiny handmade crack pipe will likely make you laugh. If that doesn't work, try a tiny puppet blowing up a tiny drug lord's house. These scenes, from William Child's puppetry biopic of Pablo Escobar, manage to tell Escobar's actual story of a life of crime with the humor that comes with the territory of handmade puppet animation. According to It's Nice That, the five-minute film is supplemented by a box set, which includes a book of production photos that didn't make it into the film. Watch the short film below. 

"El Patrón" was created by William Child. See more of his work on his website, including a video for Action Bronson.

MGMT's third LP, the self-titled MGMT, will see release in just about a month and a half, but this morning they've shared a new clip for the second track we've heard from the album, "Your Life Is A Lie." The Tom Kuntz-directed clip is a series of pretty amazing scenes with some impressive recurring visual rhythms. If the surreal visual language of the video looks familiar, director Tom Kuntz is also responsible for Old Spice's "The Man Your Man Could Smell Like" spot. Check out both clips and some of our favorite scenes from "Your Life Is A Lie" below. 

MGMT is out September 17 from Columbia Records. 

Old Spice's "The Man Your Man Could Smell Like"

In 2010 Chicago singer Willis Earl Beal published an autobiographical novella in the form of a few issues of a zine. For his contribution to Nowness' "Shorts on Sundays" series, he adapted elements of that original zine into the short film, "Principles of a Protagonist." In the six-and-a-half minute film using the same hand-drawn line aesthetic as his Acousmatic Sorcery album cover, Beal outlines the character traits that every protagonist requires. One of those principles, he explains, is the reason for his "Nobody" T-shirt and tattoo.


Greek filmmaker Romain Gavras has made some of the most epic short films in recent memory. His reel boasts landmark videos from M.I.A., Jay-Z and Kanye West, and Justice, as well as a series of spots for Adidas. His latest project, "Charge", a new ad for Samsung Smart TVs, has plenty of his signature high-action stunt work and features cheerleaders taking down gladiators, and a dinosaur in a dead sprint with a police car. [via It's Nice That]