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Posted by on May 18, 2010 in Art, Entertainment, Life | 11 comments

Validation – We All Need It Sometimes

I am often amazed by the richness of creativity that is available on the internet. Yes, there is an abundance of utter garbage out there too. Sometimes you do need to spend a little time sifting through the piles of junk, but with patience and perseverance, you often get rewarded by pieces of pure pleasure. Gems in amongst the rubble.

Validation” is one such gem. And it sparkles in its’ own very special way.

Billed as a ‘fable about the magic of free parking’, it is a multi-award winning short film which proves the point about perseverance and believing in something and in yourself.

It was released to YouTube way back in October 2008 and has since achieved a little over 3,500,000 views. Starring TJ Thyne and Vicki Davis, and written, directed and composed by Kurt Kuenne, its’ 15+ minute running time is probably the chief reason that it hasn’t made double the number of views that it deserves.

Don’t be lame enough to discount the film based on its’ time – the internet can be used for much more than instant gratification. And YouTube can provide more value than that given by the 20-second face plant clips.

I assure you, the time it takes to load and watch “Validation” is absolutely worth it. If you don’t come away smiling, I’ll eat my next parking ticket. In fact, if you don’t sit through most of it with a smile on your face, your heart is probably entirely disconnected from your soul.

Do the “play and pause” thing, go get breakfast or lunch or a coffee while it loads, and then come back and watch it play. You will not be disappointed that you did.

Let me know if you are, and I’ll get my parking ticket ready for consumption.

Some of the many awards that “Validation” has received:

  • Winner – Best Narrative Short, Cleveland Int’l Film Festival
  • Winner – Jury Award, Gen Art Chicago Film Festival
  • Winner – Audience Award, Hawaii Int’l Film Festival
  • Winner – Best Short Comedy, Breckenridge Festival of Film
  • Winner – Crystal Heart Award, Best Short Film & Audience Award, Heartland Film Festival
  • Winner – Christopher & Dana Reeve Audience Award, Williamstown Film Festival
  • Winner – Best Comedy, Dam Short Film Festival
  • Winner – Best Short Film, Sedona Int’l Film Festival

11 Comments

  1. I'm astonished to see the title of this post, because it's the same as one I am busy writing, albeit about a different subject. Some of my old friends have just joined WordPress and are feeling as though they're out there alone in a wilderness without the validation of daily comments from readers. I'm trying to write a post explaining that readership is what matters …

    Anyway, now I'll watch the movie, thanks for the link. (Just popped some rye bread in the toaster, got a nice little chunk of cranberry-infused stilton …)

    • All this talk of validation around at the moment – you think it means something is lacking in our collective consciousness?

      I’m glad that this overlap of thoughts happened. Shows that we are not all that different from each other.

      Let me be the first to tell you (today at least!) that you are AWESOME! Heck, I’ll even validate the meal: cranberry-infused Stilton! Wow, that’s brilliant. What fine taste you have.

      🙂 Have a great day!

      • pfffft … I’m all validated-out after that!

  2. Very Cool post G! Excellent. brilliant to watch 1st thing in the morning as I just have!

    You really are Great!

    • Glad you enjoyed it Don.

      I’m only Great because of the people I know – people like YOU whose very greatness just rubs off on the likes of me!

      Validated to the max!

  3. It is a wonderful film!!!
    BTW, when the film was loading I had my siesta.

    • Hi Satyakam, and welcome to The BlaBla Blog – thanks for stopping by.

      Very pleased that you enjoyed “Validation” as much as I knew you would. I love the idea of taking a siesta while waiting for it to load – that’s BRILLIANT!

      You sir are a clever man, and a better human being the many others who simply didn’t bother to comment.

      And now you too have been validated!
      Have a fantastic day! And come back and visit us again.

      • Hi Greg…
        U r most WELCOME 🙂
        I felt like I’d have said more than what I’ve commented: the hangover of the movie still continues and has raised small ripples in some closed quarters of my thinking machine.
        I could very well recollect a Robin William’s movie PATCH ADAMS having a similar theme. More than medicines, soldiers and wars we need this validation.
        Are we really living our lives?
        We smile but artificially.
        We say “I love U” but superficially.
        We care but pretentiously.
        We talk more of being committed and less of actually being one!
        Ahhh!!! Too much of emotional outburst… need to take some rest!!!

        By the way, THANKS A TON for validating me.
        Satyakam

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