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Short Film Friday: What Sharks Eat in France

Short Film Friday aims to pass along short films that I find on the web. I have a massive appreciation for cinema, especially short films and documentaries. Want to play along? Share your short films with me on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #shortfilmfri.

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Discovery Channel’s Shark Week begins this Sunday. Who’s excited?! Growing up in California allowed me to develop an immense respect for the ocean and marine life. Since moving to Chicago, I’ve found that a lot of people have a fear of sharks. It’s as if they think they will be eaten by a shark if they so much as look at the ocean.

In truth, shark attacks do not happen very often. From 2006-2010, there were 179 total shark attacks in the U.S. and only 3 of them were fatal. That number poses a very small risk for me, but if the idea of being bitten by a shark has you worried, today’s film should ease some of those fears. 

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Short Film Friday: Food

Short Film Friday aims to pass along short films that I find on the web. I have a massive appreciation for cinema, especially short films and documentaries. Want to play along? Share your short films with me on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #shortfilmfri.

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I came across this stop-motion flick and was impressed with it’s creativity. In this short film, a culinary cast of characters is personified and given a chance to express its feelings towards food and health. I can’t decide if I like cheeseburger or the crab best. It’s a close call. Watch the film below and leave a comment letting me know which is your favorite!

Synopsis: Ordinary table food showcase their personalities in this stop-motion film dedicated to food. (more…)

Foodie Pen Pal Reveal Day: July 2014

It’s been awhile since I have participated in a Foodie Pen Pal exchange. I have really missed connecting with fellow foodies so I thought I would start up with the program again this month. I was hoping my garden would be producing an excess of peppers, cucumbers, eggplant, and tomatoes to send to my match, but no such luck. Maybe next month! :)

This month I was paired up with Betsy over at Betsy Between the Miles. She sent me a box of homemade and local items along with some Trader Joe’s favorites. Being from California, I love, love, love Trader Joe’s so I am always happy to find new items they stock. One of the first things I Googled when I moved to Chicago was Trader Joe’s. I honestly do not think I would have made the cross-country move if TJ’s didn’t have a Chicago store.

What Was in the Box?

July Foodie Pen Pal Reveal Day | cucinakristina.com | #foodiepenpals

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Short Film Friday: This Is Where We Live

Short Film Friday aims to pass along short films that I find on the web. I have a massive appreciation for cinema, especially short films and documentaries. Want to play along? Share your short films with me on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #shortfilmfri.

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One of the best parts of having summers off is having endless hours to sit in the sun and read. I’ve always been a rigorous reader, but the pile of “to-read” books is always higher than my “read” books during the school year. 

Today’s film is a beautiful stop-motion animation from 4th Estate Publishing. It was shot over a 3 week period and makes you want to dive through your computer screen into this cityscape of literature. The background and characters are all build from books they have published over the last 25 years. Can you spot any you have read? 

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Short Film Friday: 4th of July Edition

Short Film Friday aims to pass along short films that I find on the web. I have a massive appreciation for cinema, especially short films and documentaries. Want to play along? Share your short films with me on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #shortfilmfri.

Since Short Film Friday fell on one of my favorite U.S. holidays, I thought I’d share four short films highlighting the 4th of July. The first three are cute animations under 20 seconds and the last one captures the beauty of our country from sea to shining sea in just under four minutes.  

Happy 4th Of July! from Jimmy Simpson and John Provencher

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Short Film Friday – Runaway

Short Film Friday aims to pass along short films that I find on the web. I have a massive appreciation for cinema, especially short films and documentaries. Want to play along? Share your short films with me on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #shortfilmfri.

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A few weeks ago, I posted a short animation film called Pilgrim, starring a refrigerator desperately in search of an electrical outlet in the desert. I happened to come across this adorable student film by Susan Yung, Emily Buchanan and Esther Parobek also starring a fridge. 

The expressions Chillie makes throughout the film help you connect with him and the relationship between Chillie and his owner is honest and sweet. I will probably have a hard time getting rid of my old fridge when the time comes!  

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Short Film Friday: Winterthur – Tomorrow

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 Time Out Chicago recently posted an article titled “100 Best Animated Movies.” I was delighted to see one of my favorite animated films, The Triplets of Belleville, land at the #22 spot! The Triplets of Belleville was nominated for Best Animated Feature in 2003 and was directed by a French animator named Sylvain Chomet. It is currently available to stream on Netflix. Watch it!

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Short Film Friday: Fallin’ Floyd

Short Film Friday aims to pass along short films that I find on the web. I have a massive appreciation for cinema, especially short films and documentaries. Want to play along? Share your short films with me on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #shortfilmfri.

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I’m a total sucker for films that tell the story solely through the use of image and music. It reminds me of the Saturday Morning Cartoons I grew up watching in the 80’s. Anyone remember Tom & Jerry (my favorite) and Merry Melodies. 

This film is so beautifully illustrated it makes my heart smile even though the subject matter is sad at times. Created by Anikey animation studio‘s Paco Vink and Albert ‘t Hooft, this film is one you’ll need to watch more than once to pick up all of the intricate details. 

Synopsis: After being dumped by his girlfriend, a street musician descends into a dark depression. His everyday life is haunted (and sometimes guided) by a demon on his shoulder.

Running Time: 8:52

Short Film Friday: Pilgrim

Short Film Friday aims to pass along short films that I find on the web. I have a massive appreciation for cinema, especially short films and documentaries. Want to play along? Share your short films with me on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #shortfilmfri.

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In keeping with the Irish theme that has been present this month, Pilgrim is a short animation by Irish animator, Matthew Darragh. I was once asked in a job interview, “If you could snap your fingers and instantly acquire all of the skills and training you needed for any job in the world, what profession would you chose.” Without hesitation, I answered, “I’d be an animator.” Cute little short films like this are the reason why!

Synopsis: A refrigerator desperately scours the desert in search of an electrical outlet.

Running Time: 3:34

Short Film Friday: The Wednesdays

Short Film Friday aims to pass along short films that I find on the web. I have a massive appreciation for cinema, especially short films and documentaries. Want to play along? Share your short films with me on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #shortfilmfri.

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The Wednesdays is a live action short film written and directed by Conor Ferguson. I first saw this film in 2007 or 2008 (I can’t remember exactly!) at the Irish Film Festival in Chicago. The Irish Film Festival is one of my favorite film festivals in the city! Every year, I clear my calendar to attend the closing “shorts” night. This film resonated with me and I am happy to have found it on YouTube and be able to share it with you after all of these years.

Synopsis: Feeling imprisoned by old age, Mr. & Mrs. O’Leary, long for a way to feel young again. They finally come across a solution and partake in it every Wednesday. However, their discovery lands them in trouble with the law.

Running Time: 13:43

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