Support “Dead Girl,” a dark comedy about Hollywood’s obsession with murdered women

If you’re looking for cool, female-centric art to support, look no further than Dead Girl, “a short film about an actress playing dead to keep her career alive.” Created by filmmaker Rachel Sweeney, the project is currently raising money on Kickstarter. As the fundraising page explains:

Between Law and Order: SVU, True Detective, Criminal Minds, CSI, CSI: Miami, CSI: LA, CSI: Las Vegas, CSI — okay, you get it — there are a lot of women getting the axe on TV. The entertainment industry is obsessed with dead women.

Too often, we go an entire episode or movie without even finding out the dead woman’s name. Or, even if we do, we follow the often male detective or amateur sleuth as he uncovers the truth behind the victim’s demise — and more importantly, uncovers something about himself. Cute.

Dead Girl is about the woman behind the “Dead Girl,” who is VERY much alive.

But what about the actress playing the dead girl? What about the woman who is actually naked in the very real ditch? Or the girl in the lingerie who spent hours having liquid latex poured on her chest or bruises painted on her face?

Who are the women who play the “Dead Girls”? How does playing dead affect Rachel’s life off set?

The video below gives more info on the project and shows off Sweeney’s cinematic voice. To learn more or to make a donation, visit the Dead Girl Kickstarter page. Read the rest

Pensive film blends wisdom and vignettes of New York with Alicia Keys' music

"You have to be able to put yourself in a place to be able to see things." Alicia Keys' “The Gospel” juxtaposes gorgeous black and white footage of everyday New York with profound insights from those who live there. Read the rest

Watch the terrific reverse thriller REWIND

"Luck is a four-letter word." Watch how this clever film by Atul Taishete unfolds entirely in reverse. Read the rest

Are You the Favorite Person of Anybody?

Editor Adam Stein posted this charming 2003 short from back when everyone involved was in a very different place in their career. Directed by Miguel Arteta and written by Miranda July, who also stars. Read the rest

Dance and film bring an E. E. Cummings poem to life

As part of her “I Didn’t Write This” series, filmmaker Yulin Kuang brings E. E. Cummings’ poem “maggie and milly and molly and may” to life. You can watch all of Kuang's "I Didn't Right This" literary adaptations right here. Read the rest

Beautiful CGI animation of dewdrops

Russian animator Alexey Zakharov (aka seccovan) created this lovely short animation of dewdrops, plants and insects. Read the rest

Watch: 'Best Volleyball Blocks Ever' is weirdo dark comedy

This video from the sketch comedy show Studio C images a world in which a man’s face is the best possible volleyball block. Read the rest

Watch 'The Camera Collector', a lovely short film on passion (and high-end vintage camera superfans)

The Camera Collector tells the story of a vintage camera collector who fell in love with cameras in the 1960s, against the wishes of his father. After saving all summer for his first Leica, his father was waiting when he returned home. "When he saw it was a camera, he started punching me."

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Hilarious film re-enacts one year of sleep-talking

Friends and loved ones told Adam Rosenberg he talked in his sleep. They were right.

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Lovely short film “Hot Mess” celebrates female friendships

Hazel Hayes is an Irish YouTuber and filmmaker, and she recently uploaded this sitcom excerpt called “Hot Mess” on her YouTube channel. Read the rest

Compare the short film 'Whiplash' to the feature 'Whiplash', shot by shot

Jacob T. Swinney compares the short film "Whiplash" with the feature it became.

It's an interesting study in the shot-for-shot remake. With the exception of the location and the switch to Miles Teller as Andrew, nearly everything else is the same.

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Watch this cute short film about absurdity

Florent Porta created Preposterous, an animated CGI confection of brightly-colored objects behaving impossibly, set to Vic Mizzy's upbeat music. Read the rest

Watch the 'Don't Hug Me I'm Scared' finale

Don't Hug Me I'm Scared, the dark British web series of shorts created by Becky Sloan and Joseph Pelling, released its sixth and final episode. If you haven't seen the others that came out starting in 2011, start below first: Read the rest

Helping Johnny Remember: creepy video remixed from '60s PSAs

In 2005 Xeni wrote about this Ashleigh Nankivell's Helping Johnny Remember, a "fabulously creepy remix short, sliced and diced from an old public domain social guidance PSA and re-animated with AfterEffects." Read the rest

WATCH: Cruising Electric (1980), year's best action figure parody

Cruising Electric (1980) is both 2014's best gay-themed comedy, and a pitch-perfect homage to 1980s movie toy merchandising. I was honored to have this hilarious short by Brumby Boylston play before my new film in New York last summer. Read the rest

VIDEO: Hallucinatory NARCOSE captures free diving's beauty and danger (NSFW)

Thalassophobes and NSFW-phobes will want to skip this beautiful short about deepwater free diver Guillaume Néry and the kinds of hypoxia-induced hallucinations he experiences when free diving to depths beyond 100 meters. Thalassophiles who love beautiful underwater cinematography and trippy dream sequences will find the underwater footage hypnotic. Read the rest

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On: New episode and book

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On returns for a third episode in celebration of a new book, The Most Surprised I've Ever Been.

We covered creators Dean Fleischer-Camp and Jenny Slate when they won the AFI prize for the first episode back in 2010. Here's the 2011 sequel for you completionists. Read the rest

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