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.
We appreciated the days when Hedi Slimane worked with promising unknown bands on runway soundtracks, but that doesn't diminish our enthusiasm for a good fashion week collaboration. Hedi Slimane and Liars made for a fine team at Saint Laurent's Women's Spring/Summer '13, Collection VIII show at Paris Fashion Week. Liars frontman Angus Andrew remixed the "Mr Your On Fire Mr" single as a 19-minute, punky-dance epic for Slimane's Saint Laurent show. It maintains intensity and heightens the experience, never settling in as background music. No easy feat.
Between the rise of Chance the Rapper and a continuing epidemic of gun violence, Chicago's West Side has been a regular feature on blogs of all stripes lately. But director Eric K. Yue captures a different kind of stardom in his short on basketball playing Chicago high schooler Sire, who treats the camera to a blend of natural charisma and self-promoting ego.
The film is part of "Tribute," a collaboration between Dazed & Confused and Mainline films focusing on the state of youth and we are already curious to see more. Read an interview with the director at DazedDigital.com.
The sisterly trio Haim just released its debut album Days Are Gone (Pitchfork finds it winning). In contrast to the album's overall hygenic-sound, the "Desert Days" video directed by Tabitha Denholm for the album track "Honey & I" has a bit of grit in it—and even electric guitar. The clip finds the ladies holed up at a cinder-block house found by the director on Air B&B and striking poses in pick-up trucks.
Electronic R&B slinger Autre Ne Veut's latest video from the much-gushed-about album Anxiety is just out—and it should also bring a bit more attention to BANGS's director Allie Avital Tsypin. Upon initial viewing, the movements of the formally-dressed partygoers seem very odd—but near as we can tell, they're synched up pretty tightly with the musical elements in the song. The tuxedoed men appear to lock with the kick drum, for example. The arty video is a production of MOCAtv—and also pumps us up for a live October tour from the Hampshire College grad otherwise known as Arthur Ashin.