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This week, you lucky ducks get two special treats; one, a tiny bit aged, and the other, brand spankin’ new.

When I put out the call a few months back asking a wide range of film experts to send me links to favorite short films available for free viewing online, James Clauer’s The Aluminum Fowl was the only title that received multiple recommendations. Clauer’s 13-minute document of a strange group of cockfighting, bike riding, aluminum foil wearing brothers in Louisiana has a raw poetry that rewards on multiple viewings. See for yourself:

Which leads into today’s second treat. Even though Clauer is busy putting the finishing touches on his feature film debut, World’s On Fire (that’s the working title, at least), he recently found the time to direct the new video for Luke Roberts, whose own debut, Big Bells and Dime Songs, was recently released on Thurston Moore’s Ecstatic Peace label. “Unspotted Clothes” is not only a great song—Best of 2010 mix CD, here you come—but Clauer marries the music’s groove with his particular blend of arresting imagery and comical spice. Spread the word. This song and this video are diggy-diggy-dope. ***Obviously, watch it in full-screen to get the full impact.***

Luke Roberts “Unspotted Clothes” from Dustin Lane on Vimeo.

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Michael Tully is an award-winning writer/director whose films have garnered widespread critical acclaim, his projects having premiered at some of the most renowned film festivals across the globe. He is also the former (and founding) editor of this site. In 2006, Michael's first feature, COCAINE ANGEL, chronicling a tragic week in the life of a young drug addict, world premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. The film immediately solidified the director as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s "25 New Faces of Independent Film,” a reputation that was reinforced a year later when his follow-up feature, SILVER JEW, a documentary capturing the late David Berman's rare musical performances in Tel Aviv, world-premiered at SXSW and landed distribution with cult indie-music label Drag City. In 2011, Michael wrote, directed, and starred in his third feature, SEPTIEN, which debuted at the 27th annual Sundance Film Festival before being acquired by IFC Films' Sundance Selects banner. A few years later, in 2014, Michael returned to Sundance with the world premiere of his fourth feature, PING PONG SUMMER, an ‘80s set coming-of-age tale that was quickly picked up for theatrical distribution by Gravitas Ventures. In 2018, Michael wrote and directed the dread-inducing genre film DON'T LEAVE HOME, which has been described as "Get Out with Catholic guilt in the Irish countryside" (IndieWire). The film premiered at SXSW and was subsequently acquired by Cranked Up Films and Shudder.

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