Riding the rails in Canada

To mark Canada Day why not enjoy this National Film Board of Canada’s film – it’s a documentary about a short film they shot with silent movie god Buster Keaton in the 1960s, where Buster gets stuck on a ride on a railway scooter, taking in some behind the scenes elements of the short film and chatting to the legendary actor:

Buster Keaton Rides Again, John Spotton, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

The Facts in the Case of Mister Hollow

This is another short film in the Cannes/YouTube/National Film Board of Canada award shortlist you can vote for over on the NFB’s YouTube Channel; I think this one is fascinating, well worth repeat viewings as essentially the viewer is studying an old photograph, but as the camera moves in and around the different parts of the image we see more and it becomes increasingly disturbing, creating, without any dialogue or real movement, a rather Southern Gothic narrative in the viewer’s mind. You can vote for the films in the running until May 20th. The Facts in the Case of Mister Hollow (which sounds a bit like a short story for a Neil Gaiman or Poe tale, I thought) is co-directed by Rodrigo Gudino and Vincent Marcone.

Sebastian’s Voodoo

This lovely animation, Sebastian’s Voodoo, by Joaquin Baldwin comes via Boing Boing and is in the running for a short film award at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival; you can vote for it via YouTube and while you’re at it check out some other animations (and other works) from the National Film Board of Canada on YT: