Porsche held a contest inviting ten filmmakers to riff on the tagline for the Panamera, "Thrilling Contradictions," in a 60-second film. The winner was an entry called Fire and Ice by director Ross Cohen, a concept that uses just those two elements in a premise as simple as it is rewarding. For his efforts, Cohen will receive a trip to the Chicago International Film Festival, and you might see the short in the pre-movie advertisements in a theater served by Spotlight Cinema Networks.
As someone who doesn't profess to know a lot about Wes Anderson – I know who he is, and I've seen a few of his films, but that's about as far as my knowledge of the writer/director/producer goes – I can tell you that you don't have to be a Wes Anderson devotee to enjoy the short film below. That said, after reading a bit of background information from Slate, something tells me that Anderson fans are really going to appreciate the intricacies of its craftsmanship.
The conductor and orchestra – and the chap who's tap-dancing on the rear fender – are life sized. The Studebaker they're having a ball in and on, however, is ginormous; it's a massive wooden prop for a promo film from 1930 called Wild Flowers, and a wonderfully cheesy reminder of the lives our grandparents and great grandparents considered everyday.
It's been 50 years since Bruce McLaren founded his now world-famous Formula One team. For half a century, the name has been at the forefront of racing and performance development, and to mark its golden anniversary, the company has crafted three short films. The first, titled simply "Courage," follows a fictionalized version of the team's founder as he recounts his brief life on the day of his death. At just under four minutes, the quick clip manages to succinctly capture the passion and drive n