Little Feet, Alexandre Rockwell's new film, is about childhood in all its moments of weirdness and beauty. In the film, two young children (played by Rockwell's own kids, Lana and Nico) decide they to set out on a surreal journey through Los Angeles to set a goldfish free. It opens on Friday in New York, accompanied by Frances Bodomo's short film Boneshaker(also a project!).
Lana and Nico's drawings appear as titles in the opening of the film. "The drawings came about when my daughter and I began talking about a journey these kids might take," Rockwell writes. "Nico, my son, joined in and they began to tell the story in pictures." The result was part storyboard, part coloring book: "Sort of as if Jon Cassavetes directed an episode of the Little Rascals."
The best publishing projects of 2014 came in many formats and shapes and sizes, but they all share a dedication to highlighting a variety of original and essential voices. Here are a few of our favorites of the year.
This book is Neil Taylor's loving examination of a particular time and place during which indie rock came into its own as a genre. It's available soon, but you can follow along on the project's Facebook page, where Taylor is sharing new finds.
Graphic designer and all-around fun Internet guy Adam J. Kurtz provides plenty of prompts--both practical and fantastical--to harness creativity everyday. We talked to him earlier this year, while the project was still going on, and you can now get it here.
The highbrow indie book publisher Coffee House Press goes delightfully lowbrow in this anthology about cats on the Internet, and why we love them. The book's not available yet, but we had to include it — partly because it's called Cat is Art Spelled Wrong.
There are a total of five (!) Kickstarter-funded films on the Oscar shortlist for Documentary Feature. It's an incredible array of films on a variety of subjects, and we couldn't be prouder to see them all noted this way. Watch the trailers for each below.
Vivian Maier is one of America's greatest street photographers. Her work, which seemed to be destined for obscurity, was rediscovered after her archives were purchased in an auction. From there, the story just gets more interesting. This documentary examines Maier's work and place in the American photo canon.
The Internet's Own Boy is about Aaron Swartz, internet pioneer and activist. It follows Swartz from his teenage years, through to his involvement with RSS and Reddit, as well as his political advocacy and untimely death. It's also a film about the future of information on the internet.
Keep On Keepin' On is a story about music and inspiration: 91-year-old Clark Terry, who played with Duke Ellington and mentored Miles Davis (among many others), is passing his torch on to his last student, a blind piano prodigy named Justin Kauflin.
Citizen Koch is a film about money, power, and politics. It's a journalistic story to shed some light on the huge influence of the billionaire Koch brothers, and their presence in the world of politics, entertainment, and beyond.
Art and Craft is the fascinating tale of America's most prolific art forger, Mark Landis, whose enormous talent has been secret for years — until he is discovered by a collector and made to confront his decades-spanning legacy.
Every year, the folks behind Mystery Science Theater 3000 spend Thanksgiving sharing their favorite meal of all: a marathon of cheesy movies from the MST3K vaults. Tune in this Thursday as they serve up six classic episodes and a hearty helping of conversation with creator Joel Hodgson — and in the meantime, enjoy these three projects we’re thankful for.