2. Great Sites for Film Enthusiasts
3. Time to Kill Dept.
4. Blogs and the Like
5. Cypress Projects & Partners
USEFUL AND AMUSING LINKS CAN
BE FOUND ON THE EVENHAND
means new to us, not necessarily the world.
And while we freely admit to finding most of these websites interesting, educational,
and/or amusing, please do not misinterpret our fun-loving spirit as an
actual endorsement of the content therein, if any.
Posey's Suburbia Journal
It's just like having a conversation with Parker Posey, only you don't get
to say anything. But, sadly, indieWIRE has removed the article. Perhaps they will
see this link and restore it. Perhaps not.
Here are some other indie film sites, some by folks
who have chronicled the making of their independent films on the
web. Please click on the Mail Guy to e-mail us
if you have a web site for your independent film and we will list it here,
although bear in mind that we are primarily interested in sites that
contain an anecdotal diary or journal as opposed to the purely promotional
Smiling Through the Apocalypse
Tom Hayes' smart and funny documentary film about his dad, Harold Hayes,
editor of Esquire Magazine in its heyday, the 1960's.
- Lovisa Inserra's first film. An outstanding indie film
website that will surely preface a brilliant filmmaker debut. Plus, it
stars the charismatic Cosmo Inserra in the title role and the lovely Sandra
Andreis as the female lead. If you like the look of the Buster
site, give Lovisa a holler -- she does
web design, too.
- An indie film about thru-hikers on the Appalachian Trail. FilmThreat
says: "feels more natural than most Hollywood films and has a
subtle realistic charm."
Julia D'Amico Films
- Julia is a talented documentary filmmaker. Read about her most recent film,
"The Highwaymen," the story of James Gibson
and other itinerant black landscape painters of Florida.
The One Second Film
- The brainstorm of Nirvan Mullick,
best known (to us) for The Box Man, a brilliant animated short film. You
can join the thousands of other producers (7272 as of 4/02/07) of this 70mm film by making a
donation of as little as $1. The film will be one second long and the
credits/making of documentary will last... a lot longer. All profits will
Global Fund for Women. "Without each and every one of you,
this film would be next to nothing." Here is my producer page.
- A struggling screenwriter named Byron Snyder announced
plans to auction off his screenplay Vegetation on eBay. The
author's website says the script, about an alien plant,
"combines the feel and look of the movie Alien with the
movie, Little Shop of Horrors along with the flavor of Towering
Inferno." The opening bid was $25,000, but I guess it didn't sell.
The Day of the Triffids meets Three's Company?
READER - A fascinating documentary about the director's quest
for a highly acclaimed yet long-lost author.
- Chronicles the on-going process of bringing Harvestman
to the screen. Written by Paul Schattel, Harvestman is a coming-of-age
story set in a mysterious and sleepy North Carolina hamlet. "A
thought-provoking, hypnotic thriller."
- A site about the making of HOME PAGE, a documentary shown at Sundance
'99 (see also "Justin" in Time to Kill Dept.
below). One of the most interesting sites, in that it explores the
web phenomenon of wanton gut-spilling, and, indeed, indulges in it as
well. This is also a great site for documentary filmmakers
seeking like-minded individuals.
- A somewhat chaotic site (in terms of graphics), but it has an
entertaining journal on the making of THE PIG FARM, an indie film.
MY GRAVE - The official website. The director's diary goes off on lots of
tangents, but I found that appealing.
CITY FILMS - A well designed website with a journal on the making of DOUBLE DOWN, a
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SITES FOR FILM ENTHUSIASTS
There is a huge amount of
information out there for filmmakers and film buffs,
as well as services designed for the indie filmmaker.
This list barely scratches the surface.
FOR FILM BUFFS
INDIE FILMMAKER RESOURCES
THE PRESS & REVIEWS
CAST, CREW & CONTACTS
VIDEO & DVD
SELECTED FAN SITES
FOR FILM BUFFS
Movie Posters! NEW!
Created in 1996, Barewalls has over 100,000 classic and contemporary movie posters
available on its site.
Zero Circle Films -
Film Discussion, Analysis & Recommendation.
A thoughtful and well written website devoted to the discovery and joy that
Richard Hobby has found in the cinematic arts. "I became enchanted with
movies when I was very young. I have seen thousands of them in my quest to
find films of intelligence and heart. What great happiness whenever I discover
a great film I did not know!".
Internet Movie Database - Loads of info, including cast & crew,
on films, TV movies, episodic television, etc. (Cypress'
various projects are listed). In recent years the site has become
incredibly cluttered with ads, but it's still the best site for info
about film production and the people that participate on all levels.
"Your Taste Engine for Movies and TV." Type in a few words that describe the film you're interested in finding or watching
and Jinni creates a list of recommended films, complete with a still photograph,
sized adccording to how closely it matches your search criteria.
The Movie Timeline
- Forget about actual history; what day did the Poseidon capsize?
I'm not sure if anyone knows, but if they do, it will be listed
on the Movie Timeline. Starting in 65,000,000 B.C., when Racquel Welch
roamed the earth (or was that a mosquito?), the timeline places
every imaginable movie event when it "actually" occurred.
Hottest Hollywood Assistants
- Once again redefining the meaning of the term "timesuck."
You can anonymously submit your assistant's name. But, be careful
what you wish for; voting is instant and anonymous and the
average rating for those desperately seeking hotness seems to be
about 3.0 (out of 10). AS OF 4/03/06 THE SITE HAS BEEN SUSPENDED
- Massive amounts of data on films and celebrities, featuring release
dates, reviews, video/DVD info, trailers, entertainment news, etc.
- Want to know when a film is going to be released and by whom?
This is the site for you, my friend.
Albert Maysles Glasses
- Jess Search of Shooting People
tells an amusing anecdote of how she ended up with documentary filmmaker
Albert Maysles' spare pair of glasses and offers a gallery of photos of various
people wearing the very same specs.
- A compendium of early cinematic devices, complete with lots of little animations.
- An index of actors and their on-screen deaths. More proof that
the web encourages obsessive compulsive behavior. Creepy!
to music. Exhaustive and not very
- Everything you could possibly want to know about the sounds of the
movies, from Foley to sound
The History of the Movieola - You know, that funny green thing they used to edit films on before
the Avid and Final Cut Pro. "The fact that Movieola remains the worldwide
film editing standard, 63 years after its introduction, will forever attest
to the Serrurier genius." We have one in our office, just in case.
Mogul - An on-line game that let's you work your way up the
ranks to become a virtual studio head. Complete with back-stabbing and
- A site that has links to hundreds of official film websites.
Louise Brooks Society - "An homage to the art of the silent
film as well as one of its most luminous stars." (NYT)
Tracks - DVD commentary tracks recorded by fans, as opposed to
actors or directors. A fun idea.
Archive - They will be posting fan DVD tracks, too.
- "Eggs" are hidden features found on many DVDs, such as
audio clips, trailers, outtakes and micromentaries. This site tells
you how to find a bunch of them.
for Guys - "Movies For Guys is a site dedicated to movies guys like to
see. We're talking about movies with lots of action, babes, comedy
and the occasional drama as well (who didn't like Braveheart?)."
Rewind - The place to learn about "those awesome movies that made
the 80's one of the most diverse in cinema history..."
Nitpicker Site - "Amateur-looking" site for fans of continuity
errors. Filmmakers (like me) hate these kind of sites, because
they ignore the real truths of filmmaking -- storytelling and
character development in favor of, well, nitpicking stupid
details. If this is why you go to the movies -- enjoy!
Mistakes - Yeah, okay, here's another. Have some more
Stupid Movie Physics - "When supposedly serious
scenes totally disregard the laws of physics in blatantly
obvious ways it's enough to make us retch." Geez, get
a life, Tom.
Citatum: Movie Quotes
- A collection of (fewer than 200) choice movie lines on a site that includes mostly literary quotes.
- A site with an archive of more than 40,000 sound
effects. Obscene sounds are filtered from the index,
however, proving that they just don't get the point of the
- The movie hopper's guide. Advice on how to sneak into
films at your local cineplex, such as: "follow a
- Not to be confused with Moviesneak. This site
gives away surprise endings to films (e.g.: The Crying
Game -- OhMyGod she's a he!).
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You can now submit to more festivals on FilmFreeway than Withoutabox®.
What is MovieSet? "MovieSet is a platform and tool kit
that integrates with the actual production workflow process in order
to enable the creation of authentic real time content. Its ultimate
objective is to build core audience over each project’s life cycle
from Development through Distribution. Fans can authentically track
each film’s progress from green-light through to delivery. We know
that during Production the prime directive is to get the movie in
the can on time and on budget. At the same time, marketing is mission
critical. Each film featured on MovieSet™ uses our software to
integrate with Production and create a dynamic web presence."
"We're the next generation television network. We've been leveling
the playing field for independent shows since May 11, 2005. Independent
show creators are great at making content. We're great at technology,
business development, distribution and advertising sales. It's a match
made in heaven."
"CreateSpace is an on-demand distribution platform, enabling filmmakers
to make their products available to potentially millions of customers on
Amazon.com and other channels without requiring an upfront investment.
You start making money with your first sale, and again with each subsequent
sale. Your films will appear as in-stock DVDs for sale on Amazon.com, as
well as be available through other distribution channels. They will also
be eligible for possible email and/or online promotion as part of the
CreateSpace disc-on-demand program."
"4-Show.biz is now the most advanced communication, networking
and resource tool for the entire Entertainment Industry. The website
was built specifically with functionality for Everyone involved in
the creation, production and distribution of film, television, music
and digital media. Registration and Membership for all companies and
individuals in the entertainment industry is FREE!" I'm not
sure what you'll get at this superlative-heavy site, but give it a
"Don't just choose the movies to watch... Choose the movies to
make." IndieGoGo uses the Internet as a tool for independent film
financing. It's a social marketplace where filmmakers and fans can
connect to make independent film happen. Filmmakers can raise money
and awareness, find cast and crew, and gain credibility through the help
of their number one resource, the fans.
JustOnetv.com is a multimedia directory and interactive platform and
a comprehensive index of every relevant company in film and television.
VisualNet.com Rentals is a new on-line rental booking service for
the Film, TV and Video industries. Make your rental products
accessible to the more than 20,000 professionals that come to VisualNet.com
every day. From camera equipment to location venues, from recording
studios to postproduction suites, from mobile unit vans to camera cars,
everything can be rented on VisualNet.com Rentals
The Independent Magazine
- "The Independent is Back! The 30-year-old magazine devoted to
independent media makers made its online debut October 1st, 2007. As
you may have heard, Independent Media Publications has come forward to
take over the online and print publication of The Independent,
formerly published by AIVF, the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers.
The magazine has been a vital publication to the community of independent
media-makers from its first publication in 1978 through July 2006. We believe
there would have been a gap left with its absence. So with time generously
donated by board members, staff, writers, and interns and only $2,500 in
cash, we launched this website featuring hundreds of past Independent
articles, a comprehensive 'learn' section for new and working filmmakers,
classified advertisements, personal online accounts, and more. In addition,
we will have relaunched the monthly magazine online -- so expect regular
blogs, monthly interviews and features, as well as vlogs, books and more
- "Share your films. You don’t know what to do with your short
films and you don’t know how to get loads of people to watch your
movies. Now you don’t have to worry any more because bulletfilm.com
was created especially for people like you who are industry professionals
and would like to expose and promote their work over the quickest and
fastest growing medium the Internet."
- A service for filmmakers interested in self-distribution of their films
on DVD through Amazon.com. The CustomFlix DVD on Demand service
produces DVDs as customers order them and allows you to sell DVDs
without ever paying for inventory. They are waiving their set up fees
for the next one thousand independent films and CDs published through
Disc on Demand (4/07).
- Moviemakers from all over the country benefit from the free exchange
of information with this online film community that also hosts
networking parties as well as screenwriting and short film contests each
Truly Indie Film Distribution
- "Direct access to distribution services for innovative
films and filmmakers." An alternative to traditional
distribution for indie films. Sounds great, and they seem
to be getting high marks from filmmakers, but they don't
answer the big question on their FAQ: Who ends up footing
the bill for all of this fabulous distribution?
[Blanks] on a [Blank]
- "To us, the success of SNAKES ON A PLANE is a foregone conclusion
[Oh, yeah? I guess that didn't really pan out].
And when any film is a success, sequels are inevitable. But how do you
follow up the brilliance of S.O.A.P.? Do you put snakes somewhere else?
Do you put a different animal on a plane? The options, of course, are
endless, and as we were sitting around a table at a pub talking about
all the different possible cinematic combinations, we realized that we
really, really, really we wanted to see all those movies become a reality.
And so we set up the Blanks On A Blank film-making challenge, giving the
whole world the chance to show us the future of animal/vehicle disaster films."
Short Film Network - "The Short Film Network (SFN) is a cooperative organization that is
dedicated to provide exposure and praise for short films and their
filmmakers while providing highly creative and original content to
astute audiences. The programs of SFN include EXPOSURE: Short Stories
on Film compilations on DVD, the Short Film Academy, and the Annual
Short Film Awards."
- The International FILM, TV and AD Production Directory. Nice, uncluttered site.
- Toxic Shock Indie-Classifieds
- A site devoted to horror films and the like. Check out their
new Indie film listings: Services, Announcements, Crew & Casting Calls,
Help Wanted, Equipment for Sale & Equipment for Rent. Some creepy skulls with fangs, too!
- Reverse Shot
- "The New Magazine of Film Culture." Interviews,
symposiums, reviews. An eminently browseable site. Plus, they
provide reviews for indieWIRE. I rather like their blog. And
I especially enjoyed their recent blistering skewering of Reese
Witherspoon. Someone has to say such stuff.
- indieIN offers free film listings to independent filmmakers
with shorts and feature films playing in festivals, as well as to
filmmakers who are self-distributing. Launched earlier this year,
indieIN provides show times and information for independent and
foreign films playing both theatrically and in film festivals in
the United States, Canada, and the UK. By using indieIN Film
Listings, festival filmmakers can create a "personalized" page for
their films, including show times, synopsis, cast/crew, and photos.
[Brian Brooks, indieWIRE] "Because there is more out there."
"We work with Independent Film producers to promote their films.
Our services include: Trailers, Graphic Design, Promo Reels, Key Art,
EPK's, Posters, TV Spots, Fliers, Publicity Packages, Wild Postings,
Web Site Design, Direct Mail and Email Marketing. We've created
Award Winning trailers for such films as: 9 ½ Weeks, Terminator 2,
Unforgiven, Total Recall and 2004 Festival Favorite - Easy." CONTACT:
Chris Arnold 6855 Santa Monica Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90038.
Phone: 323-337-0393 Cell: 323-697-1747
"TribeHollywod.com is an exclusive entertainment industry networking
website... TribeHollywood.com has thousands of NYU Grads and/or industry
members - creatives, executives, investors, talent, techs, business people.
Every member can network with everyone else, create a presence and
showcase their info, photos, projects, etc." It's invitation only to join,
but a good percentage of the member profiles are accessible to the public.
"Quickflicks Accepting New Members for 2006. One month. One film.
Every Month. No Excuses. Are you ready to put your filmmaking skills
into fast forward? Quickflicks is now accepting applications for new
members in 2005. We meet once a month to screen and critique our
latest work. For more info on how we work, see
If you want to apply to join, send an email to newmembers (at) quickflicks.org,
listing: 1) Your name; 2) What brand and model camera you shoot on;
3) What editing system you use; 4) What kind of filmmaking experience
you have; and 5) Why you want to join Quickflicks."
The Indie Gathering
- The 2006 event was held on August 4th, 5th and 6th at the
Independence Holiday Inn.
"Participants are some of the top people in the film industry. The Indie Gathering will include an
independent film festival and convention. Other events will include a celebrity
banquet (inductions to the "Star Hall of Fame"), free lectures, and seminars,
acting competition, stunt competition, celebrity party, script competition and
much more! No other event will have the networking possibilities that this
gathering will provide. Awards will include trophies to 6 feet tall!
Distributors, investors and film publications will be present."
New York City Film Resources
- An online resource for independent filmmakers: "The ultimate
contact directory and buyer's guide for NYC film and media
professionals." Divides companies and contacts into 17 different
categories, including "Distribution," "New York Film Blogs,"
"Screenwriting" and "Talent and Casting." They have made it
really easy to add a link to your site.
- Another online resource for independent filmmakers. A huge success in the
UK, it was launched in New York in September 2003. The site features
an online profile for members, a daily e-mail newsletter and an extensive
database of members, fully searchable by names, profession, e-mail
address and categories such as "Films I wish I had made."
- Yet another online resource for independent filmmakers, also with branches in
New York and the UK. This one has the advantage of a website
designed by Lovisa.
$65 annual fee to be a member.
Tiny Picture Club - A Portland, Oregon collective of Super 8
filmmakers. They share equipment, develop their own film (check out the
"Recipes" section of their website) and even compose and
perform live musical accompaniments for their quarterly screening
series. Great logo, too -- reminiscent of the Shelter Records logo
before DC Comics demanded an adjustment.
Second Films - Create and upload your
own ten second film. Submitted films will be judged and the winners
chosen on March 10, 2003. First prize is $1,000. Brought to you by
Candide Media, a web design and production company.
The 48 Hour Film Project
- Just what it sounds like: after contestants draw a film genre out of
a hat, they have 48 hours to write, shoot and edit their short films.
Winners' films have gone on to play at prestigious film festivals. Some
The Challenge; The 24 Hour Video Race;
The Vancouver ReelFast 48 Hour Film Festival;
24-Hour Film Contest. And for those of you that feel this is all just
too fast-paced and modern, there's the
72 Hour Film Contest.
- DVD authoring & on-demand duplication; self-distribution with an e-store, streaming trailer and online promotion ($49.95
The Film Festival Channel
- Films chosen to air on the cable channel will be broadcast in the
Summer of 2004. Viewers will be able to cast votes for their favorites
on the internet or by telephone. Many categories accepted, but sorry, no porn.
- International film and TV production resources.
- "CustomFlix has created a complete system to help you independently
distribute your films worldwide. There's no inventory. No minimums.
No exclusivity. And no hassles!" DVD authoring and self-distribution support.
- "Do you know what audiences are saying about your film?
FilmBuzz does." They conduct audience surveys at film festivals.
- A website for indie filmmakers. Contains links to 800+ filmmaker
#1 filmmakers networking site on the net!"
- "The place for independent filmmakers on the internet."
- A website devoted to helping indie films find distribution. In some
cases you can buy films directly from the filmmaker. Includes
synopses, reviews, streaming video trailers and lots of links, too.
Festivals - An indispensable database of most film festivals with
website links. Thanks, Mark!
- Another Film Festival Database.
List - A new service that will submit trailers of indie films to
distributors and/or agents for their consideration.
Finders - A place to list your film for free. Distributors
pay to peruse the listings.
Film - A haven for independent films.
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THE PRESS & REVIEWS
- "The Art and Business of Making Movies. The most
widely-read independent movie magazine in the world."
Another magazine and website for indie filmmakers, chock
full of practical hands-on filmmaking information. Not to
be confused with similarly titled but presumably less widely
circulated "Filmmaker" magazine. The
Summer 2006 issue, the 2007 Guide to Making Movies
and the Fall 2006 issue all feature articles
by Joseph Pierson writing in collaboration with filmmaker Bruno
Coppola on their experiences at film festivals worldwide.
For PDF files of all three articles,
follow this link.
- The latest news from the independent film world, delivered daily to
your email inbox (if you wish). "Essential!" - J. Pierson
- Resources for filmmakers and hundreds of links to other film
sites. This is "Not Filmmaker Magazine!"
Magazine - This is Filmmaker Magazine!
- But, this is not Filmmaker Magazine! "Cinematic links
a-go-go" by category. "Great one-stop film info
shopping" (quotes from EW).
- Mostly mainstream coverage of the entertainment world.
Focus - Lots of film reviews -- and "no drooling references
to Drew Barrymore."
- The Movie Review Search Engine. Another great service
found only on the web.
it Cool News - The home of Harry Knowles, legendary e-critic
famous for his ability to scoop studio films (also see "Fat
Chicks in Party Hats" below).
365 - "365
films...365 days...one guy" Brian Quain's new year's resolution
was to see a film a day for the entire year and post his reviews on
this website. Well written, thoughtful reviews of Hollywood
blockbusters & indie films.
Critics Die - "This site is dedicated to bashing critics. Feel free to submit
his/her name if he/she hates a large amount of movies that most of us
agree that are very good, and heartily enjoy too many that most of us
agree that are blatantly bad." This one almost made it into
the "Time to Kill" section!
Movie Times - Rates films based on reader reviews. Lots of tiny stars and
bar graphs showing the demographic breakdown.
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CAST, CREW & CONTACTS
"Hey Guys it's Noah. I started this awesome website for actors so we can find
all the resources we need like coaches, photographers, sublets, doctors...
everything...and we get to review and rate them. It's also a great place for those
resources to advertise. The best part is... IT'S TOTALLY FREE. For everyone."
- A place to post your cast and crew needs for free. Appears to have
mostly low- or no-budget indie and student film postings, as well as
regional theater casting calls. But, hey -- you have to start somewhere.
You Cast It
- "At youcastit.com we let the fans choose who they would like to
see play their favourite characters, from novels, video games, comic
books, etc. on the big screen. The fans want to be heard, youcastit.com
gives them a platform to speak from. youcastit.com is also a tool for
everyone in the film industry; with a few clicks of the mouse you can
see which actors the fans love or hate for a part in a potential blockbuster
film." The site also features casting news on Hollywood films that are
in the works. A bit gossipy. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
- The site I've been yearning for! It tells you which agencies represent
actors, directors, writers, etc. Also searchable in reverse. BUT, a site like
this is only as good as the database, which depends on agents submitting
information, an action for which they seem to have a visceral dislike.
The site is affectionately known as "Whore Presents" around the office.
Sorry, but it's kind of unavoidable. Also note that IMDb Pro lists agents for
many people on their database as well. Neither service is free.
Industry Depot - "the one-stop-place for all those interested in the
entertainment industry. Producers, Directors, Screenwriters and Actors
will find helpful links as well as great opportunities for
Castinglist.com - Names
and addresses of casting directors, talent agents, producers,
- "Talent, Industry and the fans that support them!" A website in which actors, directors,
comedians, etc., can create profile in what they describe as "an
online community designed to help aspiring and accomplished talent
easily gain support, share their talents and gain worldwide
NYFilm.com - A site created by Chip
Signore, a NY-based 1st AD, for New York filmmakers. Contains many
useful links and the beginnings of a crew database. Are you still
there, Chip? I think the site got stalled in 2001.
- Lists important facilities, addresses of businesses and production
resources for independent filmmakers working in New York City.
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- Browse loglines and screenplays posted by screenwriters. Categories include:
Screenplay Submissions, Screenplays Wanted, Post Loglines. Free script coverage.
Ink Tip Writers' Script Network
- A free service to the industry. Their brochure cites 11 scripts found
through their service that have been produced. They list scripts that have won contests
and festivals, some that are represented by agents and managers, as well as
listings by genre. And note the correctly placed apostrophe. Sweet.
Script-O-Rama - Links to more than 600 famous screenplays and some
unproduced screenplays for sale.
Zoetrope - "A virtual Schwab's drugstore for
screenwriters" says The N.Y. Times.
Sun Productions - "A small independent film
company seeking scripts to be made into films.
There is no fee and all scripts will be read."
Mad Screenwriter - Internet resource directory for writers,
performers and filmmakers with special sections for women in film and
international filmmakers & writers.
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VIDEO & DVD
- A place to buy videos and DVDs on the web. Most of Cypress' films
can be purchased here -- and if you do it through the
above link, we get some pathetically small percentage of the sales price!
Picture Palace - Where to go if you are looking for videos of
"trashy camp films," "beat poetry" or
"Persian and Iranian-American films." They have more
than 52,000 obscure and hard-to-find titles.
Eddie Brandt's Saturday
Matinee video store - 60,000
titles, 5,000 of which have never been officially released on video.
They will deliver to anywhere in the country. NO
WEBSITE; call 818-506-4242 for a catalogue.
- Many out-of-print films, including more than 2000 foreign titles,
more than 600 classic British TV shows and mini-series, more than
250 silent films and more American films from before 1970 than
after. NO WEBSITE; call 212-691-7362. They are located at 37
Carmine Street, New York City.
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- Vincent Gallo Merchandise
- This is the place to find everything Vincent Gallo, from wardrobe to
vintage film posters to sperm. The latter can be hand delivered for an
additional charge. Something to think about while you watch your personally
autographed DVD of The Brown Bunny.
- Celebrity research, from the mundane to the extreme. A clinical look at stalkers.
Dreams - Fans post their dreams about Celine Dion on this site.
This is probably the definitive definition of nothing better to
do with your time. But, wait a minute -- Britney
has one too!!
Related to those above is Me
and Billy Bob, a site featuring 11 really short films that are clips of Billy Bob
Thornton to which Jillian Mcdonald has added her own image. Like what Billy
Crystal does at the Oscars, only it cost less.
Obsessive Fan Sites
- Here's where to go if you're an obsessive fan and want to see the
fine work of other obsessive fans.
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TIME TO KILL DEPT.
is why the web was created -- to replace television!
The Complete Little Nemo in Slumberland - The greatest comic strip in the history of comics. Need I say more?
Brought to you by the Comic Strip Library.
The Rescued Film Project - "The Rescued Film Project is an online archive gallery of images that
were captured on film between the 1930's and late 1990's. Each image in our
archive was rescued from found film from locations all over the world, and
came to us in the form of undeveloped rolls of film. We have the capability
to process film from all era's. Even film that has been degraded by heat,
moisture, and age. Or is no longer manufactured." A cool idea. I did it
once and loved the weird images of someone else's vacation. Here's the Vice
article about it:
The Man Who Resurrects Thousands of Rolls of Undeveloped Film.
- The Soul Storage Company
- "Unburdening Made Easy." Yes, you can actually store your soul!
It's apparently really easy, but I can't say for sure because I have not
actually done it. Some famous people have, however, such as Paul Giamatti.
- Stuff White People Like
- A blog devoted to stuff white people like. I am white and it is
true that I like all of this stuff. A lot.
- Everything you could possibly want to know about glass insulators,
Gustave Falconnier's blown glass bricks and prism glass. Seriously,
Undiscovered Bedrooms of Manhattan
- This is like a great and wonderful poem--especially written for New
- A reliquary of obscure timepieces from bygone eras as well as the
cutting-edge designs of today. Including camera watches--pocket & wrist.
Pretty darn nifty.
- Dead Squirrels
- Yes, they are the rodents you love to hate. If you have ever been
awakened at 5:30 AM by their incessant scratchings in the wall right
next to your head, you will enjoy this website. Die, Bobo, die!!!
- Who is Eviler?
- That's not really the name of the website, but it seemed to sum it
up pretty well. "The Depravity Scale" just sounds too dry,
but it is probably a more accurate moniker for this shockingly dull
website about the relative depravity of different kinds of murderers.
Where is all the splattered blood?!
- The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America
- Honestly, if you wait around long enough some obsessive person will
catalog anything. Who really gives a shit about the location of stray
shopping carts? Julian Montague, that's who!
- The Unethicist
- Now, don't get me wrong, I am a big fan of Randy Cohen's New York
Times Magazine column, "The Ethicist," but the Unethicist
makes me laugh. The Unethicist answers the same questions posed to
the Ethicist each week. Another fine service brought to you by the
snarkmeisters at Gawker.com.
- Spell with Flickr
- If you need to write a ransom note, but are tired of the tedious
process of cutting out individual letters and pasting them onto a
piece of paper, this is the site for you. The site contains a large
inventory of photos of letters from signs, which are accessed when
you write a phrase in the white box. If you don't like the neon
"i", just click on it and a replacement appears. This is
a nearly perfect time-suck: simple, easy to use, yet with limitless
possibilities. The complete works of Shakespeare? Why not!
- The Straight Dope
- "Fighting ignorance since 1973." The single best idea I've
heard in a long time came from this site: Don't sign the back of your
credit card; instead, write "Ask for picture ID" in the white
stripe. If someone steals your credit card, they will have to produce a
picture ID with your name on it and, if it's yours, look exactly like you.
UPDATE: since I did this two months ago, not a single vendor has asked
to see my picture ID. I love America.
- L'Appariel Window Standpoint Series
- Photos of windows from around the worlds with matching soundscapes.
It sounds kind of dreamy, but the few I clicked on were slow to load and not, um, especially
"artistic." And there are vast entire continents without any
representation here. Africa? Hello. Don't these people know anyone? They
need a MySpace page or DSL or something.
- Overheard in New York
- Yes, it's snarky, funny and, I suppose, all true. Anyway, why make
up oddly inane or bizarre conversations when the real thing is all
around us here in the City of Shows? I made a recent contribution
under my nom du plume, "Pip Nosher."
- Ze Frank's website
- Can the busy ants of the web hive create comedy? We've already firmly
established that collective collaboration is decidedly not the recipe
for art. What chance is there for our funny bone to be successfully
tickled by the masses working together? Slim, my friend, slim. But,
bless Mr. Frank for trying. How else would we know for sure?
The Full House Career Pyramid
- Yeah, this is "Time to Kill" core homework. Short. Sweet.
Yet still, magically, a total waste of time.
- Kids with Cameras
- "Kids with Cameras is a non-profit organization that teaches the art of
photography to marginalized children in communities around the world. We use
photography to capture the imaginations of children, to empower them, building
confidence, self-esteem and hope. We share their vision and voices with the
world through exhibitions, books, websites and film. We are committed to
furthering their general education beyond photography either by linking with
local organizations to provide scholarships or by developing our own schools with
a focus on leadership and the arts." Some of the pictures are stunning -- and you can buy them!
- The Raconteurs Official Site
- Thanks to Matt Dentler, the king of SXSW
for pointing us to this rockin' site. If you like PONG, you'll love this.
- The Fake Trivia Site -- as if real trivia wasn't tedious enough.
Annoy them by sending a strident email complaining that it's
just not true that Home Depot sells 37 different varieties of
- The Swapatorium
- My dear wife, aka The Displacement Activity Enabler (DAE), sent me this
link. Little did she know, several hours of my life would disappear
without a trace and I would be late for dinner... again. The Best of
the Worst Thrift Store Art Contest was fantastic. Many excellent links
to other fans of found photographs, amateur art, and brown crocheted
dickeys. First class stuff.
- The Broth
- Another collaborative drawing site (see SwarmSketch below). This
one uses mosaic tiles. You can see the little tiles getting dragged
around by others in real time, which is cool. But, the transparency
of the process also reveals how hopeless collaborative art usually is.
So, don't expect the splendors of Pompeii.
- Svenska Dansband
- This one is for Lovisa. Uppdaterad 2/5 med fyra nya objekt!
- Duff's Bar, Brooklyn
- Jimmy Duff, co-owner of the late great Bellevue Bar in Hell's
Kitchen, has created a masterpiece in Williamsburg. You'll find Duff's
across the street from Jimmy's sweet ride, the "Pimpmobile"
hearse on N. 3rd Street and Kent Avenue. That's Brooklyn, baby.
- Design Your Own Subway Sign
- All New Yorkers are familiar with the MTA's service announcements:
small posters with nothing but bad news. But, your chance for revenge
is here; this site lets you design your own convincing imitation signs.
Post in the Subway at your own risk. Most of the entries in the archive
are moronic or juvenile or both ("your a faggot"), but this is still a
great opportunity for the cynical New Yorker with a wry sense of humor.
- The Demolition of the Deutsche Bank Building
- The single largest remaining physical reminder of
September 11, 2001 is the Deutsche Bank building. It has been standing,
shrouded and vacant on the south side of Ground Zero for more than
four years. There is finally a plan to demolish the building and this
video, courtesy of RenewNYC.com,
shows, in astonishing detail, how the demolition will proceed. Fascinating.
- "A man, a plan, a canal, Panama." No, wait -- that's a palindrome.
There are many anagrams here, all conveniently located on one page.
Rearrange letters 'til you're dizzy.
- Open Bar
- Somewhere in New York City there is an open bar (as in complimentary
cocktails). If you don't have the connections to find it, fear no more
-- this site will give you the skinny and the low-down with its Free
Booze Locator. But, please, avoid the hysterical two-fisted drink
swilling that will betray your web-based origins.
- This is reminiscent of another site we had a link to here. The idea
is that many people contribute to a drawing, in the manner of a bunch
of ants all working for the collective good (milking aphids and
whatnot). The result is meant to be the artistic equivalent of a happy hive. But,
I stick by my earlier analysis -- all these drawings look like they were
done by undernourished kids on crack. So, knock yourself out -- add a
couple of lines.
- You mail your secret anonymously on one side of a 4 X 6
postcard of your own design and they post it on the site.
Some of the resulting confessions are great, others are
a bit self-consciously poetically sad or "edgy." A fun site which has
resulted in a book, a music video and a traveling exhibit.
- A collection of ephemera found between the pages of secondhand books. Brought to you by Miko.
The Many Faces of Susan Hesse
- This site demonstrates why too much free time is actually a good thing.
Remember the book, Play with Your Food? By cutting out
black & white photocopies of her husband's features and affixing
them to everything from avocados to shaving cream, Susan has
invented a wonderful world of somewhat somber creatures that, we
suspect, all sort of resemble her husband. Susan herself appears now
and again. I especially like the fork self-portrait.
Custom Creatures Taxidermy
- Unusual taxidermy art by Sarina Brewer. I'm not a big fan of the skinned
cats, but the Siamese squirrels is (are?) a riot and the FeeJee Mermaid is
an extraordinary work of art. P. T. Barnum would have immediately put
Sarina on retainer. "I call it art, you can call it whatever you want."
The Minnesota Association
of Rogue Taxidermists website has links to other purveyors of this
Satanic art form!
The Farber Gravestone Collection
- This site has information on more than 9,000 gravestones in the Northeast, most predating 1800.
- Own a hearse? Wish you did? Visit this site to check out some bitchin'
stock and custom hearse rides. Make special note of our buddy
Jimmy's "Pimpmobile!" Sa-weet! "Your gonna havta ride in one someday.
Might as well have a chance to enjoy the ride!"
Cigar Box Guitars
- Yeah, they're guitars...made out of cigar boxes. "The smallest niche in music history."
Ron's Pen Art
- To call these fantastic creations "inspired by Spirograph" does
not do them justice. Ron has developed a unique new graphic art
form using colored pens, drafting tools and a whole lot of patience.
- If you feel that you don't have enough to worry about in your day-to-day
life, visit this site. By inputting the size, speed, density and angle of approach,
the site will calculate your chances of being vaporized by an incoming meteor.
Or, in their own words: "This program will estimate the seismic, blast wave,
and thermal effects of an impact as well as the size of the crater produced
by the impact. The crater size is determined using pi-scaling." A decidedly
utilitarian and unspiffy site brought to you by the friendly folks at the Lunar
and Planetary Laboratory in Arizona.
- An "aquarium of digital lifeforms inspired by waterlife." Frilly and ethereal, just like those little microscopic critters you see in pond water.
The Creatures in My Head
- Andrew Bell is keeping track of his. How about you?
Fontifier Custom Fonts
- What a great idea -- turn your own wretched handwriting into a font. For $9.00
you can inflict your now strangely consistent chicken scrawl on everyone, all the time.
- This is the Google of fonts. Is it Weiss or Bookman? Find out by using
the handy font identifier. Weiss is one of my favorites and now I know
it was designed by Emil Rudolf Weiss in 1926.
How Everyday Things Are Made
- Fun for the whole family. Don't bother with a dial-up, though as there are
fancy graphics and Flash animations.
An International Catalogue of Superheroes
- Zarbot of the Philippines? Sweet.
- Celebrity portraits made from barcodes and other really cool stuff. Scott Blake
has created a world of fun with the lowly barcode. You can also reduce yourself to
a handy barcode by submitting data to the site. While we're on the subject,
you might check out Shakespeare in a stream of microscopic barcodes at
artcontext.org. Something to do in between bagging groceries.
World License Plates
- We always keep track of all of the different license plates we see on
road trips, but now we don't even need to leave the house! An amazingly
comprehensive collection of images of contemporary and past license plates
from around the world. Want to know what a livery license plate looked like
in Cuba in 2002? This is the place.
The Smart Car
- How come we can't get these in the USA? They are the weirdest little cars.
And now they've got a convertible AND a roadster! Arrgh! BUT,
rumor has it that these teeny tiny gems will be available in the USA soon.
- Imploding buildings. Not as much fun as it used to be, but still somehow irresistible.
- This really belongs in a "Reference" section, but be honest, haven't you
spent long moments thumbing through the dictionary marveling at all the
big words you don't know? I certainly have. Features Dream, Medical,
Thesaurus, English and Computer.
Drop the Rock
- I usually avoid getting all political on this site, but this is such a good idea,
I couldn't help myself. The site promotes the repeal of the Rockefeller drug
laws in New York State. The laws are draconian and racist, filling our prisons with
minor criminals. Bad. *The laws were recently revised, but the consensus
seems to be that the revisions didn't go far enough.
- Finally, a website that's actually useful. If only I had one of those wireless Palm
gizmos. Don't get all "flushed with enthusiasm" just yet, however. A
recent visit to the site revealed that the only toilets in the world are located
in California and China (not counting the three in Massachusetts).
Weird, I could have sworn I saw a toilet somewhere in New York City once...
World-Wide Media Exchange
"The World-Wide Media eXchange (WWMX) is a centralized index of digital
photos, where photos are tagged by the geographic location where they were
shot. It's an experimental research project run by the
Interactive Visual Media Group at
Microsoft Research. The project explores possibilities with digital photographs
and geographic location. The location where a photo was taken often provides
strong clues about its semantic content and also offers an intuitive way to index it,
even among a very large collection." Sounds all high-tech and superspecial,
but I don't quite get it -- it's mostly a collection of shitty tiny fuzzy snapshots of
uninteresting crap. Call me up when there are 10 million photos that are animated
into a 3-D time lapse panorama.
This is Broken
- A place to lodge a complaint about just about anything that isn't working the way
it should. A fun site that gives consumers a voice in the design and maintenance of products
and services. And some big anonymous corporations are apparently paying attention.
The Grammar Police
- Sort of like the Language Taliban, only I don't think they actually execute
anyone, even though they talk about it quite a bit. Their really mean!
Josh Gosfield's Mighty House of Pictures
- I swear this is my new favorite website of all time! Josh and his pal Jesus
Beat have accomplished what few before them could even dream of: making art out
of html code. This may not be everybody's cup of tea, but I love it. And don't be frightened
by the crazy home page; it's worth a further click on "Saint of the Month Club," the soul of the site.
Science Fiction Inventions
- Talk about obsessive! There are more than 500 pseudo inventions catalogued here, all listed
alphabetically with the name of the corresponding book and author. Links to real-life inventions are included.
The outer limits of the definition for too much spare time!
The Payphone Project
- The locations and phone numbers of payphones around the globe. "Stories,
pictures, phone numbers and news from payphones and public telephony."
- You know, like MUrray Hill 7. My home exchange is UNiversity 4, for Columbia University.
Not as big a time-suck as some of the other listed sites, but I think it's cool.
- What does your phone number spell? I discovered a neat feature
that's not described on the site: type in your name and it will tell
you the phone number that corresponds.
- Type in any word and the site will spit out the words that rhyme
with it. Go ahead - type "orange."
You know you want to.
- Upload an audio file and the site will play it backwards. No
download or special software required. I'm very bored.
Economy Bullshit Generator - Brought to you by Dack.com.
Sample: benchmark transparent functionalities
- "Weird & wonderful off the wires" - odd press releases
from around the world. Sorry, honey, can't talk any more, the
Shift site - In their own words: "Even
though ZetaTalk appears to have suffered a fatal blow to its
credibility due to the failure of the expected pole shift in May
2003, it has scored significant past prediction accuracy in issues
related to the subject to justify lasting attention."
Whatever you say, Zeta.
- A site that tells you how popular you are, once
you've uploaded your buddy list. Too damn much trouble for me
and it will probably just confirm the worst.
of Mass Destruction - This one speaks for itself. Also available by doing an "I'm
Feeling Lucky" search for the same phrase on Google.
- This is simply the greatest website. But, don't bother going there
unless you can accommodate Flash & a throbbing techno soundtrack.
PLEP - It's
hard to say what this site is about, since it seems to be a
completely random assortment of scores of the oddest links -- with
no introduction or explanation. Hooray! There's someone out
there with more free time than me!
the Mermaid - Sorry, Ellona, but Bambi is the new babe of the
week. Be sure to check out Bambi's other outstanding website, Cornstar!
Smoking Gun - You heard about it on the 11 o'clock news,
but if you want to view the mug shots (Nick Nolte's is the best),
read the e-mails, see the police reports, this is the site for you.
The poop behind the headlines.
- She's fabulous, she's alluring, she's Ellona!
- This one will only take you a second because as of this posting there's only one
photo on the website. Pretty unusual stuff, though, especially if
you've ever tried to stack more than 3 playing cards.
It's just not possible!
of Hoaxes - Features the "Hoax Photo Test" to see if
you can tell the difference between digitally manipulated or
staged images and the real thing. Here's
one you won't have any question about.
Link to Us - This site contains a log of links to sites that
don't want to be linked to. That's like opening a retail store and
saying you don't want customers, so let's all make links, shall
we? Unless they foil us by using the
Bozo utility (and does that nut Larry
Harmon know that's what they call it?!).
- You can manipulate appliances, turn lights on and off and
generally wreak remote havoc in Paul Mathis's house.
Museums - 72 collections are featured here. They're
Museum of Online Museums - The Galleries section highlights
the collections of individuals who are compelled to share their
weird accumulations with the rest of us. Included are links to the
Internet Museum of Oddity Records, the LSD Blotter Art Gallery and
Milk Bottle Tabs Museum. An outstanding time waster!
The site now features an annex: MoOM Annex!
Miniature Golf - A friend called this a "time suck." Absolutely.
Dot Net - An index of more than 1,000 pseudo-science sites ranked from
"Cranky" (downright strange) to "Illucid"
(Something so bizarre that it defies understanding). Where
obsessive fans go for laughs.
Smaller Picture - You get to choose whether the next pixel in an
image is black or white. Eventually, based on the many tiny
decisions made by many different people, the picture will either
look like something or not. I went there and it all looked like
crap. Ants are better at this sort of thing.
Warnings - You know, when the top step on the ladder says "NOT A STEP."
Chicks in Party Hats- The controversial (and hilarious) site run by the mysterious
Miguel with help from his acerbic pal, SeanBaby.
Sample captions: "meat scandal story: 'sandwich queen hugs
the porkball!!!'" and "Hello. There is a butt in
- This site takes spam that arrives at its server and
automatically converts it into a continuous audio broadcast. They
have also archived audio clips of particularly bizarre spam. Great
in theory, but I couldn't get it to work.
Phobia List - More than 500 names of phobias. Don't go here
if you've got Anablephobia (fear of looking up stuff).
Encyclopedia Britannica - Pretty nifty, but I use an 1898
International Cyclopedia, thank you very much.
Look Same? - This site has a test to see if you
can tell the difference between Chinese, Japanese and Korean
faces. In response to cries of racism, the person who created the
site says that she is posing a question, not providing an answer.
I got 9 out of 18 right (slightly better than average).
- A "well-managed and quite choosy" communal
database of original, fictitious inventions. Plenty of dialogue
amongst weirdo pseudo-inventors, too. Fried chicken flavored
lip gloss? Handy.
- The Institute for Applied Autonomy's site is an interactive map
that shows walkers the path of least surveillance between any two
points in Manhattan. Residents of the other four boroughs
Urban Legends Research Center - You mean they're not
really going to bomb all the malls on Halloween?
Noises - The sounds animals make interpreted in 36
Peppers - Photos and heat ratings for more than 300
varieties of chili peppers. More essential information!
Museum of E-Failure - Home pages archived by the site's creator, Steve Baldwin, are
the only surviving elements of websites that have crashed and
burned (unless you count the occasional sock puppet for sale on
eBay). This site has collected hundreds of defunct home pages. So,
what happens if Steve's site goes under? I guess we can
Domains to find out.
Features a true random number generator, using atmospheric noise
(whatever that is). There is also a truly random virtual coin toss
for those sticky decisions -- and you can choose the type of coin
that's flipped. Heads or tails?
Prison Names - Get your very own prison nickname. Without going to jail! My
name is Ugly Skanky Bitch Twat (no one said it would be pretty).
is Evil - Poking fun at the mono-browed muppet. Interesting trivia: a
photomontage of Bert and Osama Bin Laden that was created for this
site actually appeared on a poster made in Pakistan by Bin Laden's
supporters. Truth is stranger than fiction. Out of business
-- see The Museum of e-failure above.
Auctions - Bizarre auction site listings compiled by Steven Frank. You can
even add your own. My own contribution was the 1940 fruitcake I
saw for sale on eBay. Just as fresh as ever!
- If crustaceans were porn stars. Slutty shrimp!
Magnet Poetry - Virtual fridge magnets. Dennis
would be pleased.
WuName - Features the Wu-Tang Clan name generator. My WuName is Homicidal
Terrahawk. What's yours?
Meat - Yes, it's a website about a plate of rotting meat. Delicious! Also
features Stinky Feet (really gross) and the Fat Contest (there are no losers).
Bubble Wrap site - Includes virtual bubblewrap. Finally!
Toys - The history of a toy company that never existed. Featuring Ethel the Opera Lobster and other fine products.Nothing to
buy! - actually not true any more. What is the web coming to?
Magazine - Real people tell their stories: alien abductions, giant crabs,
Fonts - Now you can write a letter in Jack the Ripper's handwriting.
Island U.S.A - Hermaphrodites, bearded ladies, etc. Fun for the kids!
Plympton's website - You know, the animator.And now there's another Plympton
which features the "anicam," a webcam that lets folks
watch Plympton create his new animated feature, "Hair
High," from start to finish. The camera, over Bill's shoulder,
is on from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
AND THE LIKE
- A blog about opening a cinema. "Over the last 8,640,000,000 milliseconds,
I've served up nearly 30,000 incredibly funny words, including, but not
limited to: mimosas, hat, the, fork, five deck platterpus, wizz, and weenus."
Here's a site that ranks blogs and accomplishes
other weird web-related stuff. They offered up this handy link so
you can search their site!!! Cool!
Dullest Blog in the World - Dave Walker has set out to create the dullest blog
ever and by all accounts he has succeeded admirably.
- Snarky metrosexuals in NYC chat about Anna Wintour and speculate
on the gayness of one another's boyfriends. This is either why you
live in NYC -- or why you don't. For other New York-centric
blogs, visit www.nycbloggers.com. And hey -- we're on the map!
- A site that ranks blogs and tracks blog updates. I found the
site confusing, but my online journal predates my awareness of
the whole concept of a blog, so what the hell do I know?
Everything you always wanted to know about Justin -- and
then there's more! (Justin is featured in the 1999
Sundance documentary Home Page -- see Other
Indie Film Sites on the Cherry links page).
& Julie's Trip to Fiji
- A postcard epic. Featuring Eugenie the annoying dog!
- This is the latest sensation -- attach a camera to a giant
postcard and mail it to a friend in the hope that your friendly
postal employees will snap candid shots of themselves sorting
mail. A rogue subset of Mail Art!
- This link directs you to
Flickr's compilation of photos of New York City. If you can
guess where the photos are taken you will win the
admiration of the habituees of Flickr. Good photos also garner
- A popular photoblogging site. I found it annoyingly slow-to-load (and that's with DSL, dude).
Big Happy Fun House
- Ron Slattery's collection of found photographs. Sublime images with text to match.
- Word themes seeking photographs to match. "Peace" was today's
word; a thoughtful choice in light of the bombings in London this morning.
- A found wedding album and other photos of a mysterious resident
of Brooklyn from the 1970's. Visitors are invited to help create
a fictional life for this missing person. Not very clearly organized,
but similar to Abbie's Story (see The Found Photograph Sites
I Was Little - Continuing the theme of photo compilations, this one is
devoted to paired pictures of people when they were little and
now, usually with self-revealing commentary.
Mirror Project - A compilation of more than 12,000 photos
submitted by visitors to the site. The only criteria is that
the photos must be self-portraits shot in some sort of
reflective surface. Some pretty artistic stuff. A relates site
which offers more conventional in-the-mirror self-portraits.
Then there's the Daily
Photo Project. Jonathan Keller has taken a self portrait
every day for the last several years. Not for the faint of
heart: he often wears the same shirt two days in a row (!).
Jon ought to animate the results and enter himself in the Ten
Second Film contest (see Great Sites for Film
Hey--I'm a genius.
Jonathan did animate himself and is posted on YouTube alongside
Noah, who became more famous for doing the same thing.
This young woman does it, too. And, as if that is not enough, there are dozens of moronic parodies, as well.
Found Photograph sites - Renewal
offers several collections of found photos; Spillway
invites visitors to post found photos on the site; IsThisYou,
attempts to unite people with their lost photos; Abbie's
Story allows the viewer to make up a story about a coy
woman in an old found photograph and post it on the site (yawn).
Each of these sites treats the finding of anonymous photos
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