I often find that videos from complete strangers on the internet posses a kind of original mystique even beyond whatever was actually supposed to be the point of the film.
Most videos tend to go viral because something amazingly insane happens in them, something so cute or goofy or hilarious or heart-lifting that, in this age of instant cyber sharing, it is simply impossible to deny the footage it’s fifteen minutes or so in the proverbial sun.
Yet, for every video making the rounds that we actually click on in our Facebook feeds or when we’re checking out Twitter, there are always a bunch that don’t ever gain much of an audience simply because they may lack that in-your-face ‘wow factor’ that so many others have.
And that’s kind of a shame, I think.
Because just like the millions of great films that don’t necessarily have a wild car chase or a shoot ’em up scene in them, there is much art and storytelling often to be elsewhere, in scenes filmed for some other reason than to pop your eyeballs out of your head.
Case in point:
I went fishing for video stuff on the internet today just to see if I could find something cool and maybe a little artful and elegant. I wanted to find some short piece that no one else had really bothered with yet. I wanted to discover a video on my own, like a great talent agent, just to see if it was possible.
And what I found made me pretty happy, too.
It might not be destined for viral legend or anything like that, but that’s exactly my point.
See, sometimes, if you really think about it, a young boy playing the accordion on some street somewhere, while his dad chatters at him in another language and his mom comes over to fix his hat and raise his chin up mid-song, sometimes that kind of stuff just really crushes another dumbass video of a cat snuggling with a gerbil or whatever.
Image and Video: YouTube/Spiro Markozanis
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