Bus Root, by Hannah Holland - http://www.veoh.com/videos/v218381eASSbSJR;jsessionid=51B5A60FE592F15E05... - A young professional woman gets her car towed and is forced to catch the bus to work. She soon finds herself surrounded by a seething scrum of schoolkids, all talking at once, bitching about each other and getting on each other's nerves. By the end of the journey, despite her disdain, she seems considerably less self-obsessed than she was at the beginning, and we've had a glimpse into one of the undercurrents of English life. The performances in this short film are astonishingly natural, and the editing, use of camera-angles within a confined space, and choice of music are all spot-on. I don't know anything at all about Hannah Holland, the director, and was unable to discover anything from the Web, but this is a must-see.
First Screening, by bpNichol - http://vispo.com/bp/introduction.htm - Curated by Jim Andrews, who was also involved in re-engineering it, this is a loving recreation of a suite of animated-text poems from the Canadian poet bpNichol, created in 1983-4 using an Apple IIe computer and the Apple BASIC programming language, both of which became obsolete within the space of a few years. As Andrews points out, this is "some of the earliest programmed, kinetic poetry" ever created, which makes it extremely interesting from the literary-history point of view: but it's also lively and witty in its own right, perfectly capable of standing alongside today's more technically-advanced work. bpNichol unfortunately died whilst undergoing an operation in 1988.