How to Sleep (1935)

A humorous look at the problems people have trying to sleep received an Oscar for Best Comedy Short in 1936.

Director: Nick Grinde

Stars: Robert Benchley

Production Company: MGM

A lecturer seated at a desk promises an informative film about how to sleep; it's a sequel to and inspired by "How to stay awake," which put his audience to sleep. He plans to examine the causes of sleep, the causes of insomnia, and recent research on sleep, including a time-lapse film of a man changing positions 55 times during an 8-hour rest: why exercise, he asks, when you can sleep like a top? The film instructs one on how to get a drink of water during the night without waking completely, and other useful skills for the insomniac.

Year of the Rabbit

A sharply animated piece to celebrate the return of the Rabbit in the Chinese Calendar. Been nice knowing you, Mr Tiger.


Instrument of mass destruction. (complicated technical solution to aide in simple acts of vandalism).

MythBusters: Sheet Thwarts Motion Sensor

This was one of those myths where upon hearing the "logic" behind how it's supposed to work, the viewer suspects it's the product of a poor understanding of the device in question, but nope, this one's totally accurate: A simple sheet draped over the head was able absorb the sound waves emitted by an ultrasonic motion sensor. It seemed to kinda cut down on visibility -- but we assume one could always cut eye holes, if they don't mind sneaking through the lair of a supervillain looking like a Peanuts cartoon ghost.

Louis Theroux: The Ultra Zionists

Aired February 2, 2011 on BBC Two.

Louis Theroux spends time with a small and very committed subculture of ultra-nationalist Jewish settlers. He discovers a group of people who consider it their religious and political obligation to populate some of the most sensitive and disputed areas of the West Bank, especially those with a spiritual significance dating back to the Bible.

Throughout his journey, Louis gets close to the people most involved with driving the extreme end of the Jewish settler movement - finding them warm, friendly, humorous, and deeply troubling.

Groundhog Day: Horror Recut

90's comedy classic Groundhog Day recut as a horror Movie. Phil is having the strangest day of his life when he discovers he is immortal.

Any movie can be a horror film with the proper musical background. Happy Groundhog Day.

Spring Colors

The beautiful parks of London, which in its immensity, a given space with flowers, trees, plants, and tiny insignificant insects and animals invisible to the hectic and busy everyday lives of most.

by Alessandro Cirillo


Presented by the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. SFJFF is proud to present the 2009 Academy Award Winner for Best Live Action Short Film as its free online short for the month of February. Directed by Jochen Alexander Freydank.

Chernobyl The Lost Film

This film shows the terrifying images captured by the Russian filmmaker Vladimir Shevchenko on scene at Chernobyl those dreadful days in April 1986. Shevchenko later died suffering from the radiation he exposed himself to. Sadly, his name is not among the official casualties of the accident.

Fast and Loose: You Can't Hurry Love, Interpretative Dance Game

The BBC has a TV program called Fast and Loose. Its a game show with a segment called Interpretive Dance, featuring David Armand, whom you might remember as the guy behind the hilarious interpretation of "Torn" by Natalie Imbruglia. Now he has a regular job doing what he does so well.

David Armand mimes the words to Phil Collins' "You Can't Hurry Love" for Humphrey Ker and Jessica Ransom to guess the song.

Why is Glass Transparent?

Sixty Symbols regular Professor Phil Moriarty discusses transparent glass and the so-called energy gap.