Friday, October 4, 2013


Last Minutes with ODEN from Eliot Rausch on Vimeo.

Eliot Rausch is a filmmaker from Los Angeles, California. His short documentary Last Minutes With Oden won the Documentary Award and Grand Prize at the 2010 Vimeo Festival + Awards. He has since created films for organizations and brands including The Red Cross, Vans, Under Armour, Duracell, and Ford. His documentary series Ed’s Story, chronicling pastor Ed Dobson’s battle with ALS, was featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” In 2013, his short film Find Your Understanding, created for Expedia was awarded “Most Tear-Jerking Viral Ad of the Year” by Ad Age and one of TED's 10 Best Ads of the Year. Rausch’s film ambitions took root in college when his Ogilvy & Mather internship ended and he refused to leave.

Teenage photographer Tommy Petroni distills 4 months of video he took of his friends in all sorts of settings down to 4 graceful and moving minutes in a wonderful ode to friends, fun and being young.  Tommy is 17 and from Los Angeles.  He made the film with the encouragement and support of Eliot Rausch (director of Vimeo’s Video of YearLast Minutes with Oden).  Short of the Week wrote of the film, "Petroni captures the nostalgic, wistful feeling for things not yet past that is dynamite to the heart when done well. Youth is a wonderful keepsake for him and his friends, but its actually more resonant for those of us who’ve recently outgrown that stage of life, and for whom seeing it imaged so well is bittersweet."

If you have time today,

YOUTH from Tommy Petroni on Vimeo.

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