"60 seconds of pure cinematic brilliance" - Film Threat
1. THE FILM MUST BE EXACTLY ONE MINUTE IN LENGTH
2. THE FILM MUST HAVE NO CUTS
3. THE NUMBER 3 MUST NOT BE MENTIONED
4. THE FILM MUST HAVE LIVE SOUND ONLY (NO POST)
5. THE FILM MUST HAVE NO DIALOGUE
6. ONLY BLACK, WHITE, & PRIMARY COLORS MAY BE USED
7. THE FILM MUST BE SHOT IN ONE TAKE, WITH NO REHEARSALS
8. THE FILM MUST BE PROJECTED IN 35 MM
9. THE CAMERA MUST NOT MOVE
10. ARI VON GOLD MUST PERFORM IN THE FILM
WINNER - BEST NARRATIVE SHORT South-By-Southwest Film Festival
POPULAR JURY AWARD Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival
"This film is only one minute long. Yet, what is said in those precious 60 seconds could fill a series of books about film and pop culture. Written, directed by and starring Ari Gold, 'Culture' is one part performance piece and another part essay on movie violence and moviegoer's thirst for blood -- or it may just be enjoyed for what it is, an actor flexing every muscle in his highly trained body. It will take you longer to read this review than to see the film, but it may be seen over and over again and examined and argued about as to its meaning. 'Culture' is 60 seconds of pure cinematic brilliance."
"The best 60 seconds of film you’ll see at Sundance"
"An amazing one minute short film. It's a shame most of you won’t get to see this bit of brilliance.... We were giggling with pleasure and disbelief at the unexpected genius behind this one. Fantastic stuff."
"Ari Gold made a wordless one-minute short ('Culture') in which he goes through comic paroxysms until he falls down.... 'The number three must not be mentioned' is one new declaration from Mr. Gold's Dogma 99."
- New York Times
"In sudden strike of inspiration, five of us shoot a short film here at our working place. The film is inspired by "Culture", one minute masterpiece by Ari Gold, an American filmmaker who sent us 'Culture' just before the war began."
- Serbian opposition filmmaker, in "The War Diaries"
"Theatrical shorts are poised for a comeback. The fact is that this Christmas, three features had shorts on them--but they were children’s movies. It would take a different, hipper sensibility for a short to connect with adult audiences. And this year's Sundance has one that could, observers say. It is a one-minute comedy, Ari Gold's 'Culture,' best described as Franz Kline meets Pulp Fiction. Showing with the hottest featurelength comedy at Sundance, 'Culture' has received as much praise as many of the features."
- Denver Post
Sundance Film Festival
South-by-Southwest Film Festival - Best Short
Sao Paulo Short Film Festival - Audience Award
Hamptons Film Festival - Student Award
Texas Film Festival - Best Short Film
Belgrade Lo-Fi Film Festival
Une Nouvelle Veine Des Cineastes Jeunes, Paris
Hamburg Film Festival
Cuba Film Festival
Los Angeles Independent Film Festival
ShortSpan Touring Film Festival
+ 60 other cities/festivals