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Get Thee to NYM's Online Video Showcase

Young again: A scene from Young American Bodies, featured in NYM's online video special (Photo: Joe Swanberg)

By S.T. VanAirsdale

I've been a bit behind on blogging the terrific online video package in this week's issue of New York Magazine, but only because I'm still agog over the Young American Bodies sex-romp outtake starring director Joe Swanberg and Sarasota Film Festival programmer Holly Herrick. Is this how Swanberg seals the deal for fest invites? Will a Matt Dentler tryst make the cut for season three? And has anybody told Amy Taubin?

Anyway, there's enough here to keep even the least likely workday procrastinators busy for hours, particularly with Vulture's addition today of viewing suggestions from a range of Web personalities in and out of New York (Alert! Marcos "Daily Kos" Moulitsas ZĂșniga watches political content!). The collection of all-time great New York videos is especially great, with the film section spotlighting two early Kubrick shorts (Day of the Fight and The Seafarers) and a brief interview with the director from the NYC premiere of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The only downside is that everything looks culled from YouTube, and my own favorite video of late (embedded after the jump), Brooklyn director Phil Mucci's stunning silent gothic The Listening Dead, is over at Atom Films.

I guess there are some fine YT entries out there as well; my favorites have all been pulled down since my appearance this summer at the inaugural ROFL! competition, but you really can't do much better in a pinch than Venetian Princess's Tribute to The Pets Lost From Recall:

And I still have a soft spot for the video that got me eliminated in favor of Andrew Baron's half-assed slide show:

Anyway. I guess I should get back to work.

Posted at November 14, 2007 12:31 PM

Comments (5)

My video with Joe is far too graphic, even for "NSFW" warnings.


Okay, true, Amy Taubin was insane not to attribute The Reeler in her Mumblecore summary slash Joe Swanberg takedown.

But: anyone else think Joe Swanberg has a big-time cockpunch coming his way?

The clip supplied by New York Magazine has all the substance of a Red Shoe Diaries episode. Swanberg woulda flourished at Cinemax fifteen years ago.

You're right, Stu: "The Listening Dead" is fantastic and I did miss it. --logan hill, ny

Damn. I went to the Sarasota Film Festival this year, and pretty much all I did was sit in on poker games with Edward Norton and Brian Koppelman. What gives?

Thanks Stu!

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