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This week’s featured short film is brought to you by a professional puppeteer and other artists living in their apartment in New York City who wanted to create something positive together. It’s another great example of writing about what you know and using what you have around the house to tell a story. [...]

This week’s film is an animated short called Bear Story (Historia de un Oso). The story was inspired by the director's grandfather, Leopoldo Osorio, who, after the Chilean coup d'état, was imprisoned for two years and then forced to live in exile for the duration of the dictatorship. The film was a critical success, winning the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film at the 88th Academy Awards. It is the first Chilean winner of an Academy Award and the first Latin American animation to win and/or get nominated for an Oscar. While it’s generally for all ages, I would recommend that parents watch along with their elementary-age children. The animation is stunning, and though it's sad, the elevated level of storytelling makes it well worth the watch. [...]

Happy Earth Day! Today we have two short films to share. [...]

WARNING: SCARY MOVIE! This short film is for our scary movie fans in middle school or above. So many of our students love to watch and make scary movies, and this short is an excellent example of how you can make something genuinely scary with minimal effects. There is no blood, no violence, no gore, and no [...]

Part music video, part documentary, today's short film follows Lil Buck through the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, marking the opening of the Icons of Modern Art: The Shchukin Collection. [...]

Today’s film is called The Short Story of a Fox and a Mouse, an animated short film from France. In this film, we meet a quartet of woodland creatures, and watch their relationships unfold. [...]

Here's another arts break activity to liven up your day. This is a beautiful, short documentary for all ages called He Who Dances on Wood. [...]

Over the next several days and weeks, I’ll be sharing some of the short films we use in our filmmaking classes at The Picture House, along with suggested discussion questions and activities. [...]