‘Mankind is No Island’ by Jason van Genderen is a short film shot entirely on a cell phone video camera; it’s a social awareness film that focuses on the homeless of New York City and Sidney, Australia. This 3.5-minute film with a total budget of $57 took first prize at Tropfest, a short film festival that its website bills as the world’s largest.
For Tropfest, each of the 100 submissions had to include a sunflower, the 2008 Tropfest Signature Item. You’ll have to watch ‘Mankind is No Island’ to see how a sunflower plays into this visual narrative.
‘Mankind is No Island’ is a curious look into the future of social activism. While celebrities certainly have the funds to raise awareness of their chosen issues, these guerrilla initiatives feel far more hard-hitting and insightful. On Sunday, we published a piece about A-listers speaking out against poverty; to me, however, Jason van Genderen’s visual narrative work spoke far more loudly.