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Wholphin DVDs… collections of amazing short films
8 years ago
(December 18, 2011 03:49 PM)
Member since January 2000
Hello, I'm new to this board... so forgive me if this topic has already been addressed.
I recently subscribed to an online DVD rental service and have fallen upon the Wholphin DVDs. I have been really enjoying seeing these collections of short films and am working with local art venues to get to know Wholphin and show more shorts at various events. I wholly recommend renting these to all folks with limited access to short films through other means.
Wholphin is a quarterly DVD magazine containing a selection of short films which have had little or no exposure elsewhere. It was created by Dave Eggers and Brent Hoff of McSweeney's publishing house. It is named after the marine animal of the same name, a rare hybrid of a false killer whale and a dolphin, which highlights its unusual nature.
Eggers and Hoff claim they were inspired to create it after the Cannes Film Festival, which is one of very few places at which many of these short films can ever be seen. Short films and documentaries have limited exposure to the general public because, in the words of Hoff, "they're too short to show on TV, and they don't play in theatres because they'd rather show some great trivia about Adam Sandler."
The first issue of Wholphin was released in December 2005, containing among others a documentary by Spike Jonze about Al Gore, by David O. Russell on U.S. soldiers in Iraq, films by Miguel Arteta and Miranda July, David Byrne and Selma Blair, Turkish sitcoms and Iranian animation.
Issues 2, 3, and 4 each came with a bonus DVD of the three parts of the documentary The Power of Nightmares.
***So I've seen 4 movies/wk in theatre for a 1/4 century, call me crazy?**