Documentary about James Broughton, poet, filmmaker, Radical Faerie

James Broughton (1913-1999) was an icon of San Francisco counterculture and the Bay Area's Beat scene. A poet, filmmaker, and prankster, Broughton was one of the original Radical Faeries and a member of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. His gravestone reads: "Adventure – not predicament." I can't wait to see this new film about Broughton, titled Big Joy, that's currently on the film festival circuit! "Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton"

Califone's music video auto-generated from Tumblrs

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Califone Stitches 608x608The new video for Califone's "Stitches," the title track from their forthcoming album, generates itself from images and Gifs culled from a selection of Tumblrs. The band is a collaboration with filmmaker Braden King and programmer Jeff Garneau. The new album, Stitches, will be released September 3.

Watch the video here: Califone. Stitches.

Background about its creation is available at their record label Dead Oceans' blog.

Bullets underwater in super slow motion

The beauty of bullets fired through water in superrrrr slowwwwwwww motioooonnnnnnn…. [video link]

Bauhaus video for "Ziggy Stardust" (1982)

Bauhaus ziggy stardustTonight, I shall watch Peter Murphy sing the songs of Bauhaus live on his Mr. Moonlight Tour. Please enjoy Bauhaus covering David Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust" from 1982. The track is available on Crackle: The Best of Bauhaus.

Blindfolded man pranked with fake bungee jump

This blindfolded fellow is told he's about to bungee jump off a bridge. He gets quite a surprise.

FaceMashups: videos of blended celebrities

FaceMashups is a video project by someone named Chase who blends together two celebrities into a surreal amalgam of horror, beauty, and celebrity. Above, Natalie Portman blended with Will Ferrell. Co.Create interviewed Chase who came up with the idea as a way to teach himself Adobe After Effects. "Face Mashups' creator explains how he's literally changing the face of celebrity"

Fireworks by PES

"Fireworks," a classic from 2009 by PES. Happy Independence Day!

LSD ABC, fun "A is for…" animation

A wonderful and trippy "A is for…" animation by Laura Sicouri and Kadavre Exquis with music by Kadavre Exquis. The music is available on a vinyl pack that includes the digital download and postcards from the film.

A24 Films logo motion graphic

Last night, I saw the Bling Ring. My favorite part was the logo motion graphic for A24 Films, the distributor and production company that released the movie. Seriously, it's fantastic! Designed by Grand Army with sound by Felt Not Heard. Below is another terrific version that didn't make the cut.

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"Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," animated and accelerated

Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" (the movie) on speed. Er, even more speed. From 1A4 Studio who have done this with a number of movies, including Star Wars, Back to the Future, and The Matrix.

Faces deformed by rubber bands

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Photographer Wes Naman who famously wrapped his subjects' faces in scotch tape has now twisted people's mugs into grotesquery with rubber bands. You can revel in their beauty here and watch a behind-the-scenes video below!

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Man does "karate dance" to Offspring tune

"Karate Dancing To Offspring" (Thanks, Gabe Adiv!)

Animation about cell phone data mining

Michael Rigley created this beautiful animation, titled "Network," for his BFA design thesis project at the California College of Art. It's about personal data captured by cell phone providers and is quite relevant this week.

Vision-tweaking minimalist music video

Chris Kirk/Mindbomb Films' mind-bending minimalist music video for Brian Grainger's "Swamp Bike." Watch it full screen. Try not to look away. (Thanks, Syd Garon!)

Tintype stop motion animation of a circus

Fine art photographer Antonio Martinez combined more than 800 dryplate tintype photographs of a circus into this mesmerizing stop motion animation "Near the Egress." Absolutely stunning work. (Thanks, Randall de Rijk!)