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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 was born and raised in Maryland and now lives on Tennis Court in Brooklyn. His most recent narrative feature, Septien, world-premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was picked up for distribution by Sundance Selects. In addition to directing Cocaine Angel (2006) and Silver Jew (2007), he is also a proud alumni of Filmmaker Magazine's annual "25 New Faces of Independent Film" club (2006). Visit his indieWIRE blog Boredom at its Boredest——for more sporadic personal updates.

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