In this ad from Wells Fargo, a couple learns sign language to welcome their new daughter.
In this ad from Wells Fargo, a couple learns sign language to welcome their new daughter.
Miley Cyrus has founded a new nonprofit called Happy Hippies “to rally young people to fight injustice facing homeless youth, LGBT youth and other vulnerable populations.” To help get the word out and help raise money, she is inviting her […]
My very wise mother always says, “If someone pays you a compliment, don’t argue or deflect it. Just lower your eyes and say, ‘Thank you.’” This wonderful film from the great folks at Soul Pancake shows exactly how important that […]
Robert Downey Jr. and Albert Manero, a #CollectiveProject student who founded Limbitless, surprised a very special child with a new bionic 3D printed arm at no cost to the family. To learn more about Albert and the #CollectiveProject visit: Microsoft […]
“Uptown Funk,” from Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, is covered in a sensational new video from longtime Mormon Tabernacle Choir member Alex Boyé and back-up performers ranging in age from 65-92. According to the Choir’s website, Between all of his […]
See what happens when Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Ana, Elsa, Olaf, Cinderella, Buzz Lightyear and other Disney Characters magically surprise unsuspecting shoppers with their “Disney Side.” Smooth moves, Mickey!
High school teacher Scot Pankey brings the funk to the entire school in this joyous dubstep video. I love its spirit and its inclusiveness; everyone is just there to have fun. It has become a viral sensation, tweeted by Michelle […]
When his sons text at the dinner table, a father responds. This film from Matthew Abeler won the Best Comedy Award at the 2014 Five16 Film Festival. In less than two minutes, it makes its point and makes us smile.
I can’t think of a better way to start the new year than these suggestions from Kid President. Happy 2015!
This reminds me a little of the depiction of a child’s world in The Complete Calvin and Hobbes and Barnaby. Many thanks to Slate for this and the others on its list of the year’s best ads.
Kristen Bell (“Frozen”) and the a cappella group Straight No Chaser have a new Christmas song sure to be a classic: “Text Me Merry Christmas.”
No one making movies anywhere is more creative than OK Go. This is pure kaleidoscopic joy. And all it took was a few umbrellas. Some background on the making of the video here.
A great video for Back to School from the hilarious Holderness family!
Sacla staged an impromptu Opera in the food aisles of a London grocery store. They planted five secret opera singers who were disguised as casual shoppers and store staff amongst the groceries who broke into song bringing the foodhall to […]
Produced by a team of Deaf campers & staff from Deaf Film Camp 2014 at Camp Mark Seven.
The Rijksmuseum museum in Holland took one Rembrandt painting from 1642, Night Watch and brought it to life the characters in a busy mall. Thanks to my mom for sending me this one!
A compilation of worldwide YouTube content, the crowd-sourced documentary “Life in a Day” by Kevin Macdonald, and local footage by Jon Goodgion. Audio is the spoken word poem “Instructions For a Bad Day” by Shane Koyczan.
Kevin Bacon’s adorable parody commercial has a lot of heart — and a great idea. You can support local businesses and your own favorite charities. Shift Your Shopping For Good involves hundreds of local, independent businesses, including dozens with […]
I just want the Roots to play on every song ever.
SoulPancake has performed a heartwarming experiment that proves a surprising path to happiness. Watch it; I promise you’ll be grateful.
This one is a smile-through-tears of the week. Just lovely.
Most beer commercials are about male bonding by watching sports or ogling pretty girls. But this Guinness ad is about real men and real friendships.
For more, check out Frances England’s new Blink of an Eye CD.
Photographer Sam Cornwell took one second of video a day of his new son, Indigo, and it is breathtaking to see him go from newborn to first steps. Guaranteed heart-melter.
In this lovely underwater Deep End Dance, Conor Horgan dances with his 76-year-old mother.
How did they do it?
This is a coach — and a team — who understand the score. Many thanks to my friend Ann Horak for sharing this touching story.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Murray discuss the word “reinforce” — to make something stronger.
Reminiscent of this year’s adorable Oscar-nominated short, “Paperman,” this very romantic Australian short is the story of a lonely office worker who falls for a pretty girl in the window of the building across the street.
Disney’s Oscar-nominated short is one of the best movie romances of 2012. It appeared in theaters before the feature “Wreck-It Ralph.” The music is by “Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s” Christophe Beck and it was produced and directed by John Kahrs.
This adorable film is the story of Christmas as told by the children of St Paul’s Church, Auckland, New Zealand.
Out of the blue, I was contacted by The Hang, asking if they could use some of my photos for a music video. I was delighted to say yes, especially after I heard the song, which is very funny and […]
From this weekend’s Comedy Central Night of Two Many Stars benefit for autism (Sunday at 8 Eastern), this touching duet: Her father says, “I’ve taken off the idea that there’s some limit on her.”
The Piano Guys play New Directions’ “What Makes You Beautiful”
Here he explains how he got thousands of people to dance with him on camera. Thanks to my wonderful sister-in-law Lise for sharing this with me!
I was delighted to get an update from Marc Erlbaum about what has happened since our interview about his new documentary on what people think about the meaning of life. Here’s his latest, a sweet reminder that while we sometimes […]
Could Joss Whedon be any more lovable? He creates smart, provocative, and funny television shows with strong and fascinating female characters. He directed one of the biggest movies of the year, “The Avengers.” And now he stars as an action […]
When a five year old gave her sister a haircut, their father interviewed them to get the whole story and the result is adorable.
The New Yorker has a lovely piece about this short documentary about a remarkable boy who created an entire arcade with just cardboard — and imagination.
Many thanks to my brother-in-law, Rob, a great dad, for sharing this tribute to moms.
A kid writes to an address he sees written on the Golden Gate Bridge — and meets his future wife.
The sweetest part is the end.
How can Kindle compete with this?
Lionel Ritchie’s “Hello,” performed by movie stars. How many of these clips can you identify?
Thanks to Roger Ebert for sharing this adorable video from the 5th graders of Kuinerrarmiut Elitnaurviat in Quinhagak, Alaska.
This charming and romantic little film from Ben Crawford won best film, best directing, best cinematography, best editing, and the group c audience award at the Boston 48 Hour Film Project. All films had to be made in 48 hours and have these elements: […]
This makes me very, very happy. For more, check it out on Facebook.
Another inspiring short from Nationlight.
I love this silly number from Easter Parade!
When did “My Little Pony” get so cool? According to BNET’s Constantine von Hoffman, the new Hub series “is the new, hip thing among the geekerati.” I love this presentation from a high school student whose assignment was to examine the […]
Lady Gaga loves her fans and they love her. An ad for a browser brought tears to my eyes.
Lou Costello was born on this day in 1906. His work with Bud Abbot made them one of the most successful comedy teams of all time, and their “Who’s on First” sketch is still one of the funniest exchanges ever […]
I love this commercial! Thanks to my friend Sammie Young for sharing this with me.
I love this sly parody of the “Old Spice” commercials. Go libraries!
Thanks to my friend Desson Thomson for recommending this touching version of the Beach Boys classic, sung by Vance Perry with his three sons.
Thanks to Slate’s Procrastinate Better blog for this lovely clip:
The glorious Esperanza Spaulding sings “Overjoyed” at the White House tribute to Stevie Wonder. Heaven. And here it is sung by Stevie himself. This is one of my favorite songs, ever.
This irresistible summer confection from Hanson (yes, the MMMBop kids are grown up and married with kids of their own) is inspired by a scene from “The Blues Brothers.” Just for fun, take another look at Hanson, circa 1997. I […]
An adorable response to Katy Perry’s “California Gurls.”
A gifted teacher named Gregg Breinberg has made an elementary school chorus from Public School 22 in Graniteville, Staten Island (New York) into an international sensation. Here they sing the Coldplay song “Viva La Vida,” and their sweet voices and […]
I love the gentle trick Biola math professor Matthew Weathers played on his class (with a little help from the University President at the end). If I can just be a movie nerd here for a moment, I’ll point out […]
From “Carousel,” the musical about a carnival barker whose love for a sweet small-town girl ends in tragedy when he tries to steal some money to take care of her. He gets a chance to come back from heaven for […]
Another one from my mom! This is a story of a dog who could not be what his trainer wanted but was even more than she hoped.
The brilliant movie director Werner Herzog (“Grizzly Man,” “Encounters at the End of the World,” “Aguirre: The Wrath of God,” and of course “Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe”), here is gently spoofed by an actor for his inclination toward dark […]
Thanks to my friend Bob Elisberg for recommending this sublime video!
This joyous salute to books and reading is guaranteed to cheer your day. Bravo to the teachers, the administration, the librarians, and most of all the kids at the Ocoee Middle School. Keep reading! Thanks to the wonderful Jennifer Farrington […]
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