About Joseph Susanka

Joseph has been doing development work for institutions of Catholic higher education since graduating from Thomas Aquinas College in 1999. A grateful resident of Wyoming, he spends his free time exploring the beautiful Wind River Mountains, keeping track of his (currently) seven sons, being amazed by his (currently) lone daughter, and thanking his lucky stars for Netflix.

SSF: “The Casebook of Nips & Porkington”

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If any of you are curious as to what happens when you combine Richard Scarry and Sherlock Holmes, the answer is this fantastic little film. Charming style, story, and music, to be sure. But the thing that really makes it stick out is the way its creator (recent Sheridan Animation graduate Melody Wang) uses the newspaper as an integral [Read More...]

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Today’s SVS? My OTHER Favorite Selkie Movie, “Song of the Sea!”

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Remember a few weeks ago when I told everyone to watch John Sayles’ The Secret of Roan Inish, newly to Netflix? And remember when I said it’d have to hold y’all over until Tomm Moore’s Song of the Sea was made available on one of the mainstream platforms (although I also said you should just rent [Read More...]

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Cinematographers with Spellbinding Instagram Accounts

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I’ll be honest. A website that licenses music wasn’t where I would have expected to find a blog post about cinematography. But I’m catholic (small “c”, in this case), so I don’t really care where awesome comes from, just as long as I find it. In that vein, I can confirm that this blog post from Premium [Read More...]

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No Commentary Necessary — “Sulphur Hexafluoride”

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I’m putting the chances Cormac will rush off to find himself a big ol’ canister of sulphur hexafluoride as soon as he sees this clip at just about 100%. (I’d go “more definite” if I could, but this isn’t a sports metaphor.) Yes, I realize Adam said no one should try this at home, but this stuff’s crazy. (Which, “inexplicably,” [Read More...]

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SSF: “Ormie”

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This one reminded me of Pixar’s “Knick Knack.” And of “Frog and Toad Together.” And of cookies; warm, gooey, fresh baked chocolate-chip cookies. …and I have to go home now. For…reasons. Attribution(s): All artwork, publicity images, and stills are the property of Rob Silvestri and all respective creators and/or distributors. [Read more...]

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SVS: “Dear Frankie”

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Still in “Much Too Hasty” mode, but one of my “Draft-and-Follow” films just popped up on AMAZON PRIME, so I’m just going to roll this one out there and call it good. Here’s Dear Frankie. After years of lying to her son and pretending his deadbeat father is away at sea aboard the HMS Accra, a protective mother [Read More...]

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Djembe Therapy. It’s Good For What Ails You. I Promise.

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I’ve been saving this one for a while, but I decided to bust it out today for no particular reason except that I love it and it makes me smile every time I see it and I’m all about the smiles right now. Oh, and also because James got to play a djembe with the [Read More...]

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Oldie-But-Goodie: The Magic of Prince Rupert’s Drops

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Still not in a fit state to post anything meaningful. …which, I tell myself hopefully/delusionally, is somehow different than the state in which I normally post. (Pipe down back there. I’m trying to be encouraging. To myself.) While I wait for the medical merry-go-round to come to a stop — or even just to slow down a [Read More...]

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Heinrich von Herzogenberg Is My Latest Musical Discovery

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Let’s be precise. We’re not talking about just any von Herzogenberg; we’re talking about “Heinrich Picot de Peccaduc, Freiherr von Herzogenberg,” “an Austrian composer and conductor descended from a French aristocratic family.” Two historical facts of particular note: Early on he was attracted to the music of Richard Wagner, but after studying J. S. Bach‘s works he became [Read More...]

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SSF: “Remnants”

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The last few weeks have been a bit of a blur. Lots of hospital rooms, lots (and lots) of stress and prayers, and lots (and lots and LOTS) of Utah. Things are returning to (mostly) normal, but we’ll probably be feeling the ripples for a few months. Given the setting (and intensity) of the aforementioned few [Read More...]

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