Category Archives: Short Film (documentary)

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Welcome to The Last Bookstore

Welcome to The Last Bookstore

This documentary short profiles Josh Spencer, owner of magnificent downtown L.A. literary haven The Last Bookstore, which he named with tongue only slightly in cheek after the Borders chain went under. Chad Howitt directed and edited; James Laxton (Tusk, The Myth of the American Sleepover) was the … more »


Seventy Years of Los Angeles, Then and Now

Keep an eye out for vestiges of old Los Angeles in this side-by-side comparison of downtown L.A. in the 1940s and now. The contemporary footage, captured in sync by director Keven McAlester, DP Max Flick and grip Brian Hayashi for The New … more »

Wilson Tennis Ball Factory

See how the little green spheres are built in this wordless documentary look at the mass production of tennis balls, from glop to globe, in just over three minutes. It's directed by British photographer and filmmaker Benedict Redgrove. 


Trailer: A Solitary Mann

The 40-minute documentary "A Solitary Mann" is a study of painter Jeremy Mann, who works on wood panels with a variety of unconventional image-making techniques — staining the wood surface, stripping off paint with solvents, and using an ink brayer to spread ink … more »


The Physics of Flip Tricks

School is definitely in session as Super Deluxe presents a skate video with a difference. Elegant slow-motion footage combines with cartoonish overlays to demonstrate the physical maneuvers of skater and skateboard involved in the front side flip, the fakie big flip, and the … more »

Power of Puppies

Can Puppies Fix Boredom?

Did you know March 23 is National Puppy Day? Yep. To celebrate, Purina Puppy Chow and production company SoulPancake created this video showing surprise puppy bombs being dropped on a preschool, a gym, and a retirement home. (It's a sequel, … more »



On March 20, 2015, a small team of photographers led by Reuben Krabbe set out to capture an image of a skiier silhouetted against the backdrop of a solar eclipse in the Arctic. This 31-minute film about the difficult, uncertain undertaking … more »

Terrible Casting Calls

Casting Call: The Project

Before you go off to write up character breakdowns for your next project, you might want to watch this short video of New York actresses reacting to "really terrible casting calls" to learn how not to alienate potential performers. The … more »

Gramercy Typewriters

Family Business: Gramercy Typewriter

Take a look inside the Gramercy Typewriter Co., where typewriters (and the act of typewriting) are being kept alive in the 21st century by a father-and-son team of experts.

George W. Bush campaign ad

How to Win an Election

Political strategist Mark McKinnon, who counseled George W. Bush on both of his campaigns to the White House, says storytelling is the key to politics. "Great storytelling is not about ideology," he notes. "Great storytelling is great storytelling." In this … more »