quarantine stream nomadic ambience

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Movie: Various short films from YouTube Channel Nomadic Ambience

Where You Can Stream It: YouTube

The Pitch: A series of high-quality videos that are part ASMR, part haunting road trip.

Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: Can’t get away right now? We’re all pretty much in the same boat. But with Nomadic Ambience, you can get a glimpse at locations across the world. Stroll through a New York snowstorm; watch the sunset off the coast of Portland, Maine; see the waves crash near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. It’s all available at the click of a button.

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The Quarantine Stream The Centrifuge Brain Project

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Movie: The Centrifuge Brain Project

Where You Can Stream It: YouTube (and below)

The Pitch: A short film following Dr. Nick Laslowicz and his experiments with physically impossible amusement park rides and their effect on cognitive function.

Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: The summer is halfway over, and let’s face it: things aren’t going to magically get better. The summer of 2020 might as well not exist. But we can dream. Dream of escape, of letting go, of finding ourselves out in the world again, amongst the crush of humanity. The Centrifuge Brain Project can be viewed as an amusing little curiosity, with its CGI-created amusement park rides that could never exist in the real world. But there’s something unexpectedly poetic at work here that makes the entire 6-plus-minute film both beautiful and haunting.

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life in a day 2020

Ridley Scott and Kevin Macdonald are reuniting to show you what Life In A Day in 2020 is like. And it’s more than just quarantine videos, though the executive producer and director of the YouTube documentary want your quarantine videos too. A decade after the original Life In A Day crowdsourced documentary, Scott and Macdonald are teaming up yet again to create the new feature film Life In A Day 2020, which will collect footage from people around the world to tell the story of a single day on Earth. Which means, yes, you could be a part of a Ridley Scott-produced film.

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Reunited Apart Lord of the Rings

Josh Gad‘s web show Reunited Apart has been attempting to keep everyone’s mind off of these unprecedented times by reuniting pop-culture figures from some beloved movies. The series started with The Goonies and continued with Back to the Future and Splash. Gad is keeping things going with a Lord of the Rings reunion, which promises to bring together Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Sean Astin, Orlando Bloom, and more of the cast of the hit trilogy.

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some good news

Some Good News, a web series that was essentially John Krasinski sitting in his house goofing off in front of a webcam all in the name of cheering up people in quarantine, is moving up in the world. Krasinski sold the rights to the web show to CBS after a bidding war. Also, he’ll no longer host it. Sources say Krasinski was hesitant to sell what started off as a free YouTube show to help distract people in lockdown, but in the end, money won.

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Edge of Seventeen Series Canceled

Back in 2018, YouTube ordered a series pilot for a television adaptation of the indie darling The Edge of Seventeen. The film starred Hailee Steinfeld as high school junior Nadie as she deals with her own awkwardness, the trials and tribulations of teen life, and the complications of her best friend starting to date her older brother. But the YouTube series pilot brought in Orphan star Isabelle Fuhrmann to play a new character named Mira, who would have endured some of the same struggles. Unfortunately, YouTube won’t be moving forward with an order for the Edge of Seventeen series. Read More »

david lynch short film fire

David Lynch is about to gift us with another one of his hard-to-find short films. Fire (Pozar) is a short written, directed, and animated by Lynch, featuring music by Marek Zebrowski. As part of the experiment of the movie, Lynch gave the short to Zebrowski and the composer then made music without any input from the director, with Zebrowski interpreting the visuals in his own way.

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World's Greatest Book Club

During the heyday of ABC’s Lost, actor Paul Scheer (The League, Black Monday) was such a fan of the show that he became the go-to host for events surrounding the mystery series. (He was on the ground floor during the launch of the Lost art show which catapulted Gallery1988 to fame.) Now Scheer is hosting a brand new digital series called The World’s Greatest Book Club for Marvel Comics, and he’s cashed in on that long-time fandom and landed Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof as the show’s first guest. Check out the debut episode below. Read More »

Reno 911 zoom

I know different parts of the country adopted self-isolation and quarantine procedures at different times over the past several weeks, but many of us are coming up on a full month of being in quarantine due to COVID-19. And amid all of the Tiger King discourse, our daily streaming recommendations, and films like Parasite and Portrait of a Lady on Fire hitting Hulu, you may have missed a few things that might help make your time at home a tiny bit better. So let’s run through a few of them, shall we?
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john krasinski some good news

John Krasinski wants some good news amid the seemingly endless barrage of bad news about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. And nothing brightens people’s days more than a mini The Office reunion. Krasinski is giving the people what they want with his new online show Some Good News, a charming homemade YouTube series in which Krasinski delivers heartwarming news stories and brings on special guests. And he brings a doozy of a special guest for his very first show: his former The Office co-star Steve Carell.

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