Filmmakers Give Directions
A website called TurnHere.com has aggregated an eclectic and growing library of short destination-based films made by real filmmakers, most of them locals who know what they're talking about. You're just as likely to find a piece on Brattleboro, Vt., as you are Seoul, Korea. And viewing is free. We especially like all of the films' professional production values. Most run about 3 to 5 minutes. Two of our favorites are "I Love NYC Pizza," created and hosted by a competitive eater named Crazy Legs Conti, and the fast-paced Reykjavík short, which mixes city shots, sight footage, and quick-cut interviews with locals in an MTV-esque style.
Even though some of the films seem as if they were scripted by tourism offices and lack cutting-edge insight (ahem, "SoHo has become the shopping mecca of New York City"), we still think the concept of enlisting indie filmmakers to create shorts about their big city, small town, or favorite BBQ joint is pretty cool. TurnHere.com uses the same streaming in-page viewer as YouTube.com, so you don't need to worry about downloading a video player. Just click and go.