The Argentinian artist Francisco Miranda, aka Tooco, has an exceptional eye for intricate design—and it’s apparent in this surrealist short film, Genesis, that he calls “a voyage through the creation of life…from the tiniest cells up to the huge universe.” Miranda worked with the graphic designer Guillermo Daldovo on this piece, and is represented by Machas, a creative consultancy based in London.

27-year-old Rosa grew up in Peña Blanca, Guatemala—and, like most women in her rural village, was discouraged from attending school. “You have to help me take care of your brothers,” she remembers her mother saying. In this short documentary by Living on One Productions, Rosa – These Storms, Rosa gazes straight into the camera and tells her story. It’s one of redemption, ultimately; she talks about being pregnant, rejected by her family, and left alone to seek care and support. And yet, in the end, Rosa finally ascends.

The film was produced by Zach Ingrasci and Chris Temple, and directed by Hannah Gregg and Sean Kusanagi. For more information about Living on One, visit their website. 

How do we perceive the world? It’s a question that neuroscience has sought to tackle, but which poets and artists have pursued for even longer. The Fundamentals of Neuroscience, a MOOC from Harvard University, is presenting a series of artistic ruminations on the nature of sensation called Poetry of Perception. In this short animation by Hannah Jacobs, Emily Dickinson’s classic poem “We Grow Accustomed to the Dark,” is put in motion.

The series was conceived of and produced by Nadja Oertelt, and the full series is rolling out on Vimeo over the next few weeks.

In schools nationwide, lockdown drills prepare both teachers and students for the possibility of a violent intruder. They typically follow the same script—the teacher ushers the students into a small enclosed space, locks the door, and tells everyone to be very, very silent. Lauren Knapp juxtaposes scenes from a drill with cautious interviews in her short film, Lockdown. “We now treat school shootings as a normal occurrence. It’s when it happens, not if,” a parent says. “As much as I hate it, we’re better off being prepared and facing reality than putting our heads in the sand and saying it won’t happen here.”

More of Knapp’s work can be found on her website.