Each day this week, we have shared one of the five documentary finalists in Vimeo's first-annual video contest, along with commentary from the program directors and judges. Today we have the delightfully charming Facts About Projection by Temujin Doran of Studiocanoe.
One of the three judges for the documentary category is Doug Pray, the filmmaker behind Scratch and Hype! Here's what he has to say:
Facts About Projection by Studiocanoe is the most wonderfully simple autobiographical short you'll ever see.
It's filled with fragments of found archival footage and facts about the dying art of projecting celluloid in an old movie theater. It's got a 26-second break in the middle that tells you everything you'd ever want to know about the author. It's a tribute, it's an industrial, it's a love story, it's funny, it's sad, it's got heart, and it's none of these things too much, but it's entertaining and makes you happy.
Perhaps the most beautiful fact about Facts is that it's not trying to be anything great or profound. It just is. And all in exactly three minutes.
Winners will be announced Saturday, when the Vimeo Festival and Awards take place in New York City. A panel of 27 judges — including Vincent Laforet, M.I.A. and David Lynch — has narrowed more than 6,500 submissions down to five finalists in each of nine categories, such as "narrative" and "experimental." There will also be one overall winner, who will receive a $25,000 grant to make a new film.
Who do you think should win?